We are in the middle of our big packing week, and I pull a muscle and get a cold.
For the past three days, I have had a sciatic nerve or pulled muscle issue which makes it hard to bend over and lift items–something that must be done at this stage of the game in the moving process. I am so thankful that tonight I am feeling better than I have felt the past couple of days. My cold is getting much better as well.
All the girls decided to get colds along with me, and Kiley picked up a fever too. So it has been not a fun week. It seems that for all that we have gotten moved, that we have so much more still to do in the next couple of days.
It is tempting to be negative, but then I read in my devotions verses that rebuke the negative tendency:
Psalm 66:1-2 — Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
And I read to my children from Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story (affiliate link) about the struggles they had as missionaries yet the people who stayed with them do not remember hearing one irritable or unkind word which was a further rebuke to me.
Even when days are “hard” (which seems silly to say when I consider what others endure), I am commanded to make a joyful noise to God, to be proclaiming His honor and His praise.
If I could remember to praise the Lord at all times instead of being crabby, my children would see the difference Christ makes in my life and would maybe follow that example and be kind and patient as well.
No matter if my life was always hard, God is always good. He is always with us. He has given us His Comforter who resides inside of us. He is wonderful. The key is to take our eyes off of the temporal, and to fix our eyes on the eternal. We need to fix our eyes on Him
Many times the Lord will give us encouragement just when we need it. Three years ago, I was blessed to have a missionary family live next to us for 9 months. The wife and I became wonderful friends. She encouraged me and sharpened me to be more godly. It was at a time I needed the encouragement and friendship.
Then they went back to where the Lord has called them. We cried and I really missed her for a couple of months. This week on Tuesday as I was sore and feeling lousy from my cold, I was upstairs packing some books when I came across a cookbook she had given me so I could cook authentic food from where she ministers. She no longer needed it as she could now cook the food from memory. For some reason, I opened the book before packing it, and inside the book was a thank you note from her that I had never seen. I cried as I read it and was amazed at how God saved that note for me at a time when I needed a little encouragement.
God knows what we need when we need it! He is worthy to be praised!
If everything does not get moved by Saturday, it will not be the end of the world. A muscle strain is wonderful as it shows I have functioning legs! God has endowed us with so. much. stuff! Many people could move their few items on their backs. Remember in all the hustle and bustle, people are more important. God’s glory is most important!
Take time for what is truly important:
Praise God today!
Make a joyful noise thanking Him for His goodness today!
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