Today, before we had our Thanksgiving meal, I felt compelled to speak. I looked around at the faces of family and friends. I looked around at my home. I looked at the table set before us and my heart overflowed with thanksgiving. I had to say something.
You see, 2011 started out as a year of terrible uncertainty for us. On January 3, 2011, I was put on a medical leave of absence. It had become apparent that due to serious medical issues, I could no longer work. As the year went on and my chances of being able to return to work were vetoed by various doctors, the possibility of still being denied long-term disability and even keeping our home became very real.
I have shared in other blogs how at the beginning of the month, we are aware that even with my disability not enough money will come in to pay all of our current debts. At the end of each month, we praise God for once again He has stretched money just a bit further, provided additional work for my husband, moved on someone to gift us in someway and so forth. In other words, He has faithfully kept our little boat afloat.
I looked at family and friends who had gathered in my dining room and I smiled. They were well-aware of what I meant when I smiled and said, "God has kept us here!" The year which started out rough and became even rougher as it moved into spring, summer and even early fall is ending up far different than I could have imagined it.
Do not ever give up! I don't care how dark or difficult the path seems. I do not care if that path winds through the very Valley of the Shadow of Death. Never, ever give up! Stubbornly cling to God for He is faithful! When the enemy comes to accuse you of this or that, plug your ears and tell the enemy to take his complaints about you to God. You will be amazed at how quickly that silences the enemy.
Always remember that you are loved! God LOVES you... yes YOU! This isn't warm, fuzzy gospel... this is the truth. God love YOU so much that He gave His only begotten Son... that YOU might be saved. You, yes you. Do you really believe that God was not aware of your sin, your faults and your failures when He saved you? Of course not! Knowing who and what you are and what you are capable of or not capable of doing, Christ died for you and He died for me. Amazing!
I am very thankful to God for bringing me thus far. I am very thankful that the VERY best is yet to be!
I can truly say Amen and Amen, to this wonderful blog. In all my 78yrs, I have truly experienced God's wonderful Grace and Faithfulness. My story is different to K's, of course, but it is also a witness to my Heavenly Father's great care and provision and great Love through my huge grief, at times in my life.
So, I can also say with K, that God has brought me thus far, by His Grace.
Thank you K, for reminding me, that "Underneath are the Everlasting arms." Every day He is so Faithful. Thank you Lord.