June 14/2016

Scripture:   “For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is like to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”.   Philippians 4: 11-13

Observation:   As I read this scripture I am reminded of a time in my life when I was faced with the responsibility of raising six young children under the age of 10, one who is intellectually disabled,  with not a cent to my name – my late husband neglected to provide that security when he bowed out of doing life leaving me to somehow manage. I went from having it all, to frequently going without a meal when there wasn’t enough to go round. After I accepted Jesus, I went through the process of being overwhelmed with my situation- stressed and anxious, to a place of absolute trust that I was finally in very good hands.

I have learnt to make the most of what I have and be content with it (and have become an expert at recycling and refurbishing lol). I have discovered that lying awake at night worrying about how I’m going to pay the bills achieves absolutely nothing.

Application:   It’s not easy trying to make someone understand that you can find peace and contentment in the midst of chaos and strife, I have learnt to give it all to Jesus and I can honestly say that I no longer allow situations to stress me out. It really comes down to letting go and letting God take full control, to fully and completely trust that Jesus is the safest and surest place to be. God provides ALL that I need for each day, one day at a time, leaving me free to live my life according to God’s perfect plan for me, I just need to follow where He leads.  Thirty years ago I nearly gave up because I felt I couldn’t do what lay ahead of me on my own – then I met Jesus!

Prayer:   Father I thank you that you heard my distress call that lonely Sunday night 30 years ago and came to my aid. I thank you that you lifted me up in the palm of your hands and wiped away my tears, thank you that you walked beside me when I was lonely. Thank you that you’ve blessed me countless times over and for your faithfulness because you’re always there even when I have neglected to spend time with you. You truly are an awesome God! Amen

If my story resonates with you and you are facing things in your life that have overwhelmed you, I would be happy to chat with you if you need someone to talk to.

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