Friday, May 14, 2010

When God Says No!

What do you do when you get an answer to your prayers and it is not as hoped? When this answer comes after months of prayer by you and others and your answer is not as you wanted! When you feel your safe world crumbling all around you yet again?!! When you feel shock and pain and hurt on hearing the news you had anxiously waited for and you are asking why? When will my trials end? Why this painful journey?
This is how I felt yesterday when I received news of a dark cloud in my life that had just been hanging around for months.This cloud had robbed me of joy and was ever present. My mind would be filled each day with this. All I could do was to hand it over to the Lord and pray. Finally I am released from this cloud but not in the way I had prayed for.

Today I am sitting and reflecting and my focus is on my blessings. Trying to keep everything in perspective. He knows best and He has a plan for me. As hard as this is I have to keep my faith. The Lord is still testing me and helping me to grow. I was thinking today that the outcome of my surgery some months ago could have been so much worse. I could have been diagnosed with the cancer the blood tests and scans suggested I had. Praise God He saved me and everything was normal! How I have thanked and given all the praise and glory to Him each day!! So this trial pales by comparison.

I am reminded of a bible verse as I write today:

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,saith the Lord,thoughts of peace,and not of evil,to give you an unexpected end"
                                Jeremiah 29:11

So here I see that my plans are not the Lord's plans and I must put my trust and faith in Him.

And a favourite bible verse of mine: 

"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 thy paths"
                                Proverbs 3 5:6

How I love these two verses and have clung to them so many times and I will again.

I would like to share a photo of leaves on a tree in the Fall just changing colours as a new Season arrives. I am reminded that this is a new season for me right now and Seasons change.


  1. I am praying for you. Everyday when I get up out of bed I thank God for all the blessings He has given me in my life. I know that when the time comes when He takes me home, it will be a glorious moment. I continue to stay focused on Jesus daily and the burdens seem to fade. God's blessings to you. Lloyd

  2. Lots of prayers from me. I am trying to remember everyday that I am so very blessed. I remind myself everyday that He is in control.

    May you be very blessed today.

  3. Hey Linda

    Glad to find your page! Thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing your words of encouragement.

    So sorry to hear that you have been living under a dark cloud. Glad that the results of the surgery have not indicated cancer.

    I will be praying for you as you continue forward - learning to walk in this new season!

    Blessings to you,

  4. Hi Linda. Thank-you so much for sharing your beautiful blogs and your support regarding mine. I am blessed to be a follower...:) I will continue to pray for you and thank-you for sharing those beautiful Bible verses. Many blessings to you.

  5. Hi Linda,
    I am sorry you have been feeling this way. You are in my prayers! I am praising God with you that the results of the tests were not cancerous!
    Love the photo of the leaves and all of the inspiring scriptures.

    Have a blessed weekend sweetie!

    love and hugs

  6. I'm sorry for the answer to your prayers being different than expected or hoped for. I pray that the LORD will continue to comfort and strengthen you as you trust in Him anyway. I love the verses you used. They are personal to me too. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog recently.

    Enjoy this new season. Peace and joy to you.

  7. Hi Linda, I am hurting with you over your news, & will be here for you in any way that I can. God is faithful, & He will sustain you during this trial, just as He has in the past. I am praying for you, & praying that the Lord gives you peace & hope. Love you beary much Linda!!

  8. Hey Linda.........You have a beautiful site and I was blessed by you sharing your heart in this post. I'm praying that the God of ALL comforts ministers peace, joy, encouragement and hope unto your heart this day.......He is Faithful!!

    I'm following along with you now!!

    Sweet Blessings!

  9. Your faith ins both encouraging and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  10. Linda, I am sorry to hear of your disappointment, but I know that God is faithful and He will see you through and comfort you. I will be praying for you!