Thursday, April 11, 2013

In The Bad Times & In The Good Times

Last night, I was just getting ready to write my post when a big storm blew in and we ended up hanging out in the basement for awhile.  After the tornado sirens quieted down, we headed upstairs to bed with the wind howling and lightning flashing.  We turned out the lights fulling expecting to be awakened with more sirens and another trip to the basement before morning. 

Thankfully, that was not the case.  The storm moved on, and the only real damage we woke up to this morning was my smashed daffodils.  Those poor flowers popped up out of the ground too early and suffered through a few rounds of snow, including having a foot of snow dumped on them a few weeks ago just as they were beginning to bud.  They proved to be strong hearty flowers though, and I quietly blessed whoever lived here before me and spent the time planting all those bulbs! 

Those delightful yellow beauties were so special to me this year as our long awaited spring finally arrived and they were allowed to flourish in the warm spring sun.  I'm grateful I got to enjoy them because this morning...they didn't look so good.  Last night's storms really did them in and I'm so glad I snapped a few shots of them a few days ago before they were destroyed.
Thank you so very much to whoever planted all of these bulbs and the many others around our yard!

Yesterday and today I did my April Quests in very different fashions.  Yesterday was a day full of excited busyness and I found myself offering up prayer throughout the day in "snippets".  Today there wasn't nearly as much on the schedule, so I took a long walk on the treadmill and prayed and prayed and prayed the entire walk. 

Pray for Someone
My Someone for yesterday was my pick.  She is my dear friend, Praise Girl, who has really seen her fair share of difficult times.  My heart goes out to her because even through all the very tough stuff, she continues to praise God and she knows at her core that He is in control and will take care of her every need.

Praise Girl has a very strong desire to do something that at this present time she cannot do.  It's so frustrating for her and is weighing heavy on her heart.  She has begged God to fulfill this desire and yet He has not opened that door.  As her friend I totally understand the request that she continues to petition God for each day, and my heart hurts with her.

Praise Girl and I both know that God is a loving God who only wants the best for us and His Plan is always the best.  It seems like this topic has come up a lot lately on this blog in several different stories.  It's interesting that I happen to be waiting on God for a clear picture of His Plan in my own life and I also happen to know a fair number of people who are in the same Waiting On God's Plan To Be Revealed boat. 

This boat is getting a bit crowded, but we all keep comforting each other and reassuring each other that we are in the right boat, going the right direction.  Because honestly, even if we have no idea where this boat is going to dock, we need to be on this boat.  Can I get an Amen? 

Praise Girl is already on my daily prayer list, but yesterday, I spent the entire day chatting with God about her and her needs.  I just love her so much and I can't wait to see what God's Plan will be for her and her family!

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Today, I have been praying for Two Someones that are dear dear friends of our Aunt Love and Uncle Jayhawk.  Aunt Love sent me a request to pray for them.  I have met these dear friends of theirs and I was honored to pray for them today.  While traveling this winter, the husband suffered numerous health problems and they are currently working on getting him well enough to make the trip back home.

Thinking about them today, I was struck with how difficult this must be.  Dealing with health issues is tough enough, but for it to happen while away from the comforts of home and loved ones makes it an even more challenging ordeal. 

This morning during a long walk on the treadmill, I prayed for this sweet couple.  Throughout the day, I have asked God to comfort them, encourage them, strengthen them, and heal him.  I pray they will be able to return home soon where they will have friends and family to support them, encourage them, and just be there for them. 

Encourage Someone
Last night, I was able to encourage a friend through text messages.  We chatted back and forth for a while during a time when my friend was struggling with a situation.  I am thankful that she came to me and we had the opportunity to talk a bit.  Happily, I heard from her again today and she was feeling better.  A few text messages were just the boost she needed to continue on her journey with a lighter heart.

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Tonight I plan to write a note to a Someone that I have had on my mind lately and want to encourage.  I haven't seen him in a long while, but I have heard that he is doing remarkably well and has achieved several great successes lately.  I need to let him know how proud I am of him and all that he has accomplished.  I want to encourage him as he works toward his next goal.

Many of my prayers and encouragements have been for people who are struggling.  There are plenty of people going through troubles and sometimes prayer or a word of encouragement is all I know to do to try to help them through it.  It is nice to be able to celebrate the good things in life too and I am happy today to share a word of encouragement with Someone who is doing well at this point in his life. 

One of the most wonderful things about God is that He is always there with us...in the bad times...and in the good times.  He hurts when we have sorrows and He cheers when we have joys. 

Do you have a hurt?  Do you have a joy?  Do you know Someone else that does?  Please, feel free to share with me (email or message) and I will pray for you - good...or bad...or both! 

2 comments:

  1. You make me smile -laugh - cry - find all the good things even in the bad. Thanks so much for being my friend. Especially for sliding over and allowing me in the boat with you!

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  2. Thanks for being my friend!! Yes, I'm glad we are sitting together in the boat. I know it's rocking a bit for you right now...but I'm holding your hand and it's going to be okay, because we both know the Captain personally and He knows the way!
    And your comment made me laugh...smile...and cry!

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