Today I was saying a prayer and a statement came out of my mouth that stopped me cold. In Bible terms I think I would have said “Selah”, or “stop and think on these things”, so that is what I am doing.
I am always thinking about something that will be encouraging or thought-provoking, sometimes I admit I have a little rant but not that often and then only when it is very important (she said with her tongue in her cheek!). I am not going to tell you in this article exactly what that statement was but I do want to ask you a question, one that requires that you take a moment and write to me. If it is something you would rather the public not know you can email or by Facebook message, or in the comment section here if you are willing to bare your soul in public…which I seem to do a lot of times.
This past week I told you about Mrs. Audie Murphy and how she made her own place in the world after her famous husband died. With his death she got a job in a VA Hospital and became an advocate for patients. As an aside I have a friend whose husband is in treatment for cancer. This man served his country in the time of the Viet Nam War and if anyone deserves to have health care and preferential treatment it would be him. Another friend of mine served in Viet Nam and has bone cancer as a result of the Agent Orange which was sprayed from planes in an effort to kill the thick vegetation in the jungles so the enemy could be seen more clearly. He has not received the treatment he needed from the VA either! I would say these men who went around the world and fought a war then came home to demonstrations and criticism deserve to be treated with more honor than they are at receiving present. I would say we need more advocates to take a stand and help them!
But I digress, the point is that Mrs. Murphy had a life-changing incident and instead of letting it ruin her she did something that made her stronger and helped others along the way, good for her!
There are many success stories like that one and we see times in the Bible stories that make the point also. Noah built an ark and weathered the storm, Jonah took the ride of death for three days in the belly of a great fish and when he was literally vomit on the shore of Nineveh evangelized them and saved the whole land from destruction at the hand of God. Daniel proved his faith in God after he was thrown in the den of hungry lions and had a little visit with them all night without becoming their supper. Just know this, and yes I know it is cliché´ but true, there is no victory without having to fight a battle my friend!
If you ever receive a blessing and a promise you can bet your bottom dollar that the devil heard it when you did and will try to fight you to the point that you give up right before the answer or blessing over takes you. Yes overtakes! Deuteronomy 28:2 “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” All of the wonderful things you can expect follow this statement, read it for yourself!
Maybe you are wondering where I am going with this and what it was I meant when I said this would require a little time from you, here it is. I really need to know from you, “Can you name a time or an incident in your life that basically changed your destiny?” There are things that have made your life better, or maybe turned it toward the worst it could be, but whatever it is please tell me about it. I am writing something, and it is the statement that I said I wouldn’t tell you about right now, and I need your input. I will not use your name or exact circumstances and maybe will use it only to encourage my own self, but I want to hear from you about it.
If you want to email it, firstname.lastname@example.org To repeat myself, if you want to just leave it in a comment you can do that on this site or message me on Facebook, either way would be fine with me.
Remember this my friend, Romans 8:26-28 tells us this: “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
I am counting on that promise with all of my little heart, and hoping to hear from you!