Exercise Your Right To Be Resilent

If only life were calm seas all the time. A perpetual vacation would be paradise. Unfortunately we live in a fallen world and are beset with financial loss, divorce, death, loss of jobs, a devastating medical diagnosis, betrayal and when that happens we tend to focus on what is happening around us not who lives inside. Life can knock us around in a grand fashion.Paul was not speaking out of turn when He asked the question “Do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?

2 Corinthians 13:5

So when any number of devastating circumstances fall at your door. Remember that Jesus isn’t only walking beside us, He is living in us. If He is living inside us, we can know that no matter what happens. He is going to be there with us. 

The Biblical References to our resilience are abundant. 

Joshua 1:9

2 Timothy 1:7

Romans 8:37

Ephesians 6:10

A particular favorite of mine. 1 Peter 1:8-9

Stop dwelling on the bad. Yes, it hurts, it changes your life, it feels as if nothing will ever be the same but remember where your strength comes from. Stop looking out, start looking up. 

Exercise your faith even when you don’t feel like it. 

The hope, faith and trust that you experience when you rely on Jesus Christ will temper the hurt and pain if only by the fact that we know we are preceded by Him who we have put our faith and trust in. 

Christ will keep His promise to always be with us. 

The definition of resilience is “the ability to persist in life’s pursuits in spite of difficulties and obstacles. Isn’t it comforting to know that our resilience is grounded in our faith in Christ and nothing can shake that. 

Be strong in your trials with the truth you know of Christ. 

As you wade through the pain trust in the truth you know of Christ. 

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT)

Dottie
My Weakness/His Power/My Victory

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God Does Give Us More Than We Can Handle………………….I Guarantee It

We have all heard the sayings, God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, if He brings us to it He will bring us through it and even in scripture it says that all things work together for the good to those who love God. We often kid that we have no trouble handing our troubles over to God but the troubling part is leaving them there. We are a people to love to maintain control over our lives.
I don’t want to be consumed by what I went through with my Father as he died and I don’t want to over focus on it but I do want to use the experience to point out some things that I learned from that experience.
Watching Dad die was like trudging through every level of hell in slow motion and at heightened sensitivity. It was all consuming and is still very alive to me. With that said, as horrible as it was, I felt God’s presence washing over me day after day, God was so present it was almost like I could reach out and touch him. The moment Dad died was not horrific, it was peaceful and God was fully present for both of us. Dad literally passed from my hands to Gods hands.
God does give us more than we can handle, I guarantee you He does. He wants us to need Him. He wants us to cry out to Him when we can no longer bear what is going on around us. The funny thing is even though I felt God so strongly there were times I was tempted to (and did) forget He was there. It was easy to ignore His presence and fall back into the struggle of handling things my way instead of letting the comfort and strength that was literally washing over me carry me through the struggles.
It is the control freak that lives inside me I suppose and now I know that to some degree anyway that control freak is guided by Satan. God had his ways of getting my attention back on Him however. When I was focused on what God was doing in that room I was content, comforted and supported. When I let my attention wander the days were torture and filled with chaos.
This might sound simplistic and let me tell you for certain…………………..it is simple.
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me………..for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt 11:28-30)
It was wonderful being surrounded by my family and the many friends who came in. They offered comfort and support in their own way. However none of them could substitute for the presence of God in that room.
It was a valuable lesson for me.
Dottie
……………………..and so I ride
Matthew 11

Going Home

DadHe is there in times of trouble and times of turmoil. There is lots of scripture to reinforce the fact that this indeed is true. In Deuteronomy it tells us that God Himself goes before us and will fight for us. Psalms showers us with an abundance of the comfort that God offers us. He is our stronghold, our light, and our salvation. He is our confidence and our unfailing love.
Well, I think that I got special training in pursuing the truth of these statements. It is a special kind of agony to watch a loved one wither and leave this earth. To need them here but to want them to go is a pain I wish on no one.
When the hospice nurses tell you to tell them that it is ok to go rest now, that they have your permission to leave and find the light, if you were like me, your first thought was………..no.
Then on second thought I found that an answer of “no” was more for my benefit and not for my Dad. Telling him it was ok to go meant that I had to come to grips with the enormity of what I was losing. But wait a minute, wait just one dog gone minute. Isn’t that discounting totally the enormity of what Dad was gaining?
My Dad is being taken home very, very soon, much to quickly for me. It is easy to get stuck in the sorrow and pain of living without him. I can’t stay in the sorrowful place, I am concentrating on the wrong thing. I can rest assured and celebrate the fact that he is indeed being taken home. The legacy he leaves us is priceless but the prize he is about to gain is irreplaceable, incomparable and precious.
So yes, I whispered those words in my Dad’s ear…………….”it’s ok to go rest now Dad. God is here with us and always will be, He will take care of us. Now you go rest my dear Father, God is waiting for you.”
Dottie

When tragedy strikes

Well, days like today make you question absolutely everything. Many families were touched by this horrific accident. The city and the county were enveloped in fear and sorrow as we waited. We waited to hear how many cars, we waited to hear how many victims, we waited to hear how many fatalities.
But mostly we waited to hear the answer to “Why God, why did you let this happen?”
We want answers as to how in the world a loving God can do this, we want a reason for the tragedy.
When bad things happen that make us question our trust in God, we have two choices. We can either flee and run as far as we can from God, or we can run home, as close as we can to God.
It is normal I guess,( it certainly is for me), to want to know the “why “of events. We think that with reasons we can get some comfort and we can gain the courage to walk forward through the pain. With reasons we turn to self-reliance and not leaning on God during tough times. That doesn’t seem like such a good idea.
I’m not sure we are meant to understand all things, I am sure we are meant to trust, even when it makes no sense.
In times like these lean on the truth of who God is and what God is. Lean on his love, lean on the fact that God is here to help us through this.
I for one don’t want to be driven crazy wondering why this was allowed to happen, so that means I have some choices to make. Do I trust God and what He is doing or not? Sometimes there simply are no answers this side of heaven.
Dr James Dobson says it so wonderfully, “If we truly understood the majesty of the Lord and the depth of His love for us, we would certainly accept those times when He defies human logic and sensibilities. Indeed, that is what we must do.”

Indeed, that is what we must do.Image
Dottie
…………………and so I ride