Thank God From The Bottom Of My Heart

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There is a list that is put out every so often that list the top ten
stresses in life.
  Some of the stressors change over the years… the
current list now has Jail term listed.  Imagine that?  Back in the 90s
Jail term was not even on the list, instead I remember ‘moving’ to be
among the top 10. I remember the list from then because my mother
pointed out to me that I had experienced 5 of the top 10 all in one
year…Pregnancy, marital separation, divorce, moving and change in
financial state.  How did I survive?  I think back and all I know is
that I had to keep going.  I had no choice.  Well maybe I did.  I
suppose I chose to keep going.
 
Thinking




For a period of several years beginning in 2004 I once again
experienced several of the top 10.  Add to the current list, Moving, 3 times since that year.  And guess what getting ready to do it again!
Smile  Well I am only kind of stressed cuz fortunately that is the only one on the list I am currently experiencing – Thank the Lord from the bottom of my heart…..


Top Ten Stressors



Death of spouse
Divorce
Marital separation
Jail term or death of close family member

Personal injury or illness


Marriage


Loss of job due to termination


Marital reconciliation or retirement


Pregnancy

Change in financial state



Loss is inevitable in our lives.  From the time we are born till death we suffer loss on a myriad of levels.  I believe it is the very thing that God uses to draw us to Him or prove us, to prove our character. Are we destroyed because of loss or do we become more hopeful?   I am sure it would depend on where one’s faith is placed as to the answer to that particular question for each individual.  At times I have felt as if I would perish from a loss.  Devastated would be a better description.  I look back and think how did I come to acceptance of these losses?  How do I continue to move forward while forever feeling the stab of pang every time a fresh memory crosses my mind?  It really boggles my mind at times.  I will be going along minding my own business when all of a sudden from out of left field comes the same emotions and sensations I had the very moment the world turned upside down.  And my world has turned quite a few times.

This one thought has been going through my mind for weeks now, how are we to view the future if loss is constant?  How do you answer why?  What should one look forward to?  As a Christian we have the hope of heaven, where there will be no more sickness, no more death or tears.  I have been at a loss to answer these questions for myself let alone others. Personally most of my answers come from God’s Word.  But I have to admit that there are times when even those words do not seem to give adequate comfort to others who are not as close to the Lord.   I have been to several funerals this year and like most who experience a loss of a dear friend or loved one the questions come.   It certainly makes you take inventory of your own life when faced with bodily death.  And I have been doing that for sure…

In thinking about the losses we experience I realized there are two types of losses that we can never regain. Our innocence and our life.  Everything else is, what I would consider, re-attainable, repairable or replaceable to some extent.  Job, of the bible, is the perfect example to the list below….But the last two, innocence and death, once experienced can never be altered or changed. 

Income 
Home  
Family 
Relationship
Freedom 

Innocence 
Death


You know both God and His Son experienced loss.  Loss of fellowship with Adam and Even in the garden, ironically, He had created them for that very reason.  But as with all things, don’t you know, God knew what the future held for He and his creatures.  God experienced the death of His Son.  The moment Jesus bore all our sins His Father had to turn away.  And in that same moment Jesus experienced loss.  Throughout the Bible, men and women became the examples to us of the human experience of loss.   We can not escape it.  We will all suffer loss.

Looking again at the list above why do you suppose the last two are not re-attainable, repairable or replaceable?  Can I tell you? 

Because of all the things on the list those are the two that are associated  with the forbidden fruit, disobedience, sin.  The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis 2:16-17 KJV

The Lord knew that once they ate of this fruit their eyes would be open to good and evil…their innocence would be lost forever. And from disobedience sin and death would enter into the world forever.  They would not be able to escape death nor would they be able to take back what they had done.  In my humble opinion knowledge of a thing holds you accountable for it, if you deny it then you become a liar. 

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was
walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the
LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
Genesis 3:8-10  KJV

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Close your eyes try to imagine that you are a bystander in the Garden of Eden watching both Adam and Eve. Now you see them take the fruit and their eyes are glimmering with anticipation of what it will taste like.  Do they show signs of fear?  Do they hesitate?  Do they question?  Now you see them bite and you hear the delicious crunch of fruit as juice explodes outward. And in one single instant their eyes close with satisfaction.  But almost instantly their eyes shoot wide open only to be described as a horrifying realization of something they had never known before.  Confusion, fear, desperation   They could not deny what they had done nor could the deny what they suddenly were now very aware of, shame.  Lies, good as well as evil have entered into their lives forever.  Death, the end of life forever.


"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:19 KJV

As ominous as forever sounds, the story does not end there, Thank God from the bottom of my heart for that.  For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  He had a new forever plan, one that redeemed…re-attained, repaired and replaced the sin that every man and woman is born into.  Close your eyes and try to imagine you are a bystander in heaven watching the Lord.  Now you see Him writing in a book and and His eyes are glimmering with anticipation of all those who will join Him soon.  Now you see Him hold out His arms to those who have already gone before.  And as He wraps His arms around each one arriving in one single instant His eyes
close with satisfaction.  Do the arriving show signs of fear?  Do they hesitate?  Do they
question who it is greeting them?  Instantly their eyes shoot wide
open with what can only be described as awe and wonder, something they
had only hoped of but had not known before.    They can not
deny who they are standing before nor can they deny what they are suddenly now
very aware of, Glory.  Truth, the Living Word.  Life, Eternal. Forever.


Consequently,
just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so
also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that
brings life for all men.
For
just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made
sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be
made righteous.

 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so
that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through
righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:18-21 NIV

And this is why we can accept loss and move forward because, as born again believers we have a hope, hope of heaven, hope of eternal life.  No more loss, Forever!

Grace to you all

Shell


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18 thoughts on “Thank God From The Bottom Of My Heart

  1. Amen, sister! I\’m lucky in that while I experienced 5 of the 10 on the list over a 5 year period they were fairly spread out, except for 2005 when we were hit with 3 at once. Our faith and trust in Him pulled us through just as it always has. Peace, Shelly.

  2. You got it covered pretty well my friend. I think that at one time or another we experience some sort of loss but having them all hit at once is indeed huge. I always think of the scripture that where sin does about grace does much more about…sin being also things just going badly wrong and grace being God\’s unmerited (unearned) favor. I never expect everything to go right but I do expect that God\’s love will never fail. Blessings to you my friend.

  3. Losses….that is huge. I have had so many and am in the day of having more confirmed. In 1998 I had a falling accident just after my nest emptied. To this day I am not always quite sure just whay I am here. Last March I once again came very close to death and eventually felt the presence of my dad with his hand on my arm telling me "Eileen, it is not your time." I thing I was thinking "Why." So here I sit. Hmm…I wrote in one of my blogs "You do not have to seek your destiny. Your destiny will find you." I often do think of the agony in the graden…."Let this cup pass. But if it be your will…" The old Eileen, may have enter this phase of her life kicking and screaming, but for whatever reason there is simple surrender and working my best to live an honorable life in this foreign land. My Lord is at my shoulder even though I do get knots in my stomach from time to time.

  4. Duckie, .I am reminded of an entry on my daily devotional calendar by Elizabeth Elliot (one of my favorite authors) she writes…"Loneliness is a wilderness, but through receiving it as a gift, accepting it from the hand of God, and offering it back to Him with thanksgiving, it may become a pathway to holiness, to glory, and to God Himself." "For the waters burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert." Isaiah 35:6I believe you could substitute the word loneliness for anything that causes us pain…and you certainly have a list of things to offer up to the Lord…the blessing of it may be in allowing others who come by your space to offer them up to God with you in prayer….thereby lifting your burden, blessing the ones who pray for you and with you….that is a sweet savor unto God!!!!

  5. You are an amazing woman! I appreciate what is happening and know the list. Faith will open the next door. It happens every time. Be strong and I am with you in prayer, Jilly

  6. Like you, I have experienced 5 from your list. Losing a loved one has been the hardest for me. Great blog & comment too. No wonder I keep coming back!Susan aka Texas Eyes

  7. That was a great post. It made me think about the loss of innocence and hte loss of life not being recoverable and why. But like you said, thank goodness the story does not end at the Garden , bu countinues to the cross.

  8. hi shell, this is really an answer to your comment on my space, need to read your blog again, and then I can comment on that. I am back on line, things in many areas are improving, just heard martin has been offered a job nearby and we are thanking god for his provision, believing this to be an answer to prayer. as for me, I am a little thrown at the moment, by health issues, but god knows, god cares, so there I must leave it. do hope your concerns will lessen and you will feel our lord\’s enabling as you yet again move, I know how stressful that can be. god bless – nita x

  9. amen and very thought provoking. yes loss is hard to accept, very hard, – praise our lord for that room he has prepared for us in eternity – where there will be no more tears, no more pain.

  10. hi shell, just to amend from previous comment about martin\’s job, they offered it to him and he accepted was to start wed, then a hour or so later, phoned to say dont bother, we have someone else – the job situation is getting very frustrating for them. he is working at the moment, but it is not secure, and he has to pay pounds to park and on congestion charge, daily, not to mention the cost of fuel. this job would have been for 6 months, at least, near to home, so no travelling expenses. but it was not too be, can only hope and pray god has something better waiting in the wings.

  11. very powerful, thanks for sharing. also the Lord never give us more than we can bear. when we look back on the tumols that we went thru (and thought they would never end or that we wouldn\’t get thru it) that\’s when we realize that His grace is sufficient and we are made stronger because of it. I believe that we go thru what ever it is we go thru is for a reason or many reasons, which could be to teach us, so we can help someone else when they go thru, so they know they\’re not along. Often times we don\’t know the reason till years later. Thanks for the post.

  12. Unfortunately we can\’t avoid stress, but equally important is that we have His strong right hand to hold us firm during life\’s storms. The power and truth of this post only supplies more reason to count you as a faithful friend. When faced with a mountain, we climb it. If a deep valley lies in our path we walk through it. It is the only way to reach our ultimate goal. Shell, you will always have a friend in this man. Gut check after gut check you find enough light to persevere. Blessings to you my sister in Christ.J.W.L.

  13. Good afternoon Ms. Shell…It has been about a week…Might be time for another Andy’s treat???You will enjoy football season even more with your son playing. Yes…There will be bumps and bruises.Yep…God is more than enough. As I often say, “If (when) people really get to know Him (God) they really like Him.”Have a nice evening…GregI remember when there was a time in my life when I had six out of ten stressors going on at the same time…Yikes! Take a double dose…Triple dose of God presence. We can never OD with God.http://blogquest.spaces.live.com

  14. Shell-grace to you and God bless u and yours always.you are a wonderful person and friend.IF YOU GET TOO STRESSED-TAKE ONE OF THOSE survey test-those test are so stupid- all your stress will disappear.lol

  15. This is so true, thank u for your visit,and prayers,grace to u always. What a wonderful day it will be when we stress,and lose no more,but untill then,we must journey on.Continue on your spiritual journey,my friend.

  16. That is such a comfort to me. Loss does happen, does come to us all but as you say the great hope that comes from righteousness and salvation is a salve and more to the human race if we will receive it.

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