Today I am feeling somewhat "down" despite the beautiful sunshine outside! We all experience these "up and down" times in our lives at some point I know.It is how we deal with these moments that count.
The past week has been one of great reflection and trying to focus on all that God has done for me.Thinking about all the many and wonderful blessings He has bestowed upon me. Health, family, a roof over my head and friends are but a very few. The list is truly overflowing!! So why am I letting another trial invade my thoughts and cloud my day? I have been examining myself and thinking about my unceasing prayers and how I prayed for a successful outcome to my problem. The answer came with a resounding "No." Now this is not because God didn't answer my prayer-He did!! What the real issue I am thinking is that I am struggling with the answer I received!! How many of us pray and we get an answer that is not as we expected or wanted? Often times we even think that God did not answer us. But He does according to His will and not ours!!
It is here that I see that my will is not God's will. He has a plan for me. I have been agonising over so many things. Should I change my place of work,should I reduce my hours,why has this trial come about and so on! I have been asking God to show me His will for my life and waiting for His answers. I would like again to share the following bible verses. I speak of these verses so many times but they mean so very much to me:
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart:and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and He shall direct the paths.
Proverbs 3 5:6
When we put all our trust in God we do not need to worry. He is in control. If we are not trusting God we will spend much time fretting and worrying about everything! The bible tells us worrying is unnecessary:
"Wherefore,if God so clothe the grass of the field,which today is,and tomorrow is cast into the oven,shall he not more clothe you,Oh ye of little faith?"
He is there ready and willing to carry each and every one of us through whatever comes our way if we seek Him. What a comfort this is!!
I will thank God for all the prayers that are answered,the ones that are "yes",the ones that are "wait", and the ones that are "no" for His answers are wiser than mine. I am aware too that whilst I did not like this answer to prayer or understand it I will be thankful. For now I have to trust and have faith.
I would like to share another bible verse:
"A man's heart deviseth his way:but the Lord directeth his steps"
And a beautiful quote!!
"Since God offers to manage our affairs for us,let us once and for all hand them over to His infinite wisdom,in order to occupy ourselves with only Himself and what belongs to Him."
J P de Caussade
And some pictures of my grandchildren with Laura my oldest daughter. Precious blessings!