Got Problems? Get Jesus

the scream_Bing photosAre there ever any times in your life when you feel totally overwhelmed? Are there times when you shake your head, and struggle to remember the times when life didn’t overwhelm?

Sometimes, it seems as if trials, troubles and adversities pile up, and hit relentlessly, without any sign of letting up. Disappointments. Frustrations. Set-backs. We get attacked from every side. It’s enough to bring us to our knees.

Maybe that’s where we should be. On our knees. Surrendering. Not to defeat, under Bing photospressure, but surrendering to God’s sovereignty, under His grace.

When life beats us up and threatens to undo us, whether it’s illness, loss, estrangement — fill in your own personal blank — peace can be found in remembering all that Jesus has done for us, and simply telling our Savior we love him.

Taking our focus off our problems can be difficult sometimes. We try, but then something else attacks us, and brings us right back to the center of worry, disappointment, pain.

Bing PhotosIn marbles, there is a game, Bombardier, where the players hold their shooters over the ring of unsuspecting marbles below. The released shooters fall, smack into the marbles, and scatter them every which a way.

Life can be a lot like that.

 

That’s when we need to be mindful that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above. Savor those gifts. Take them into our being, and thank Him.

First sip of hot tea, or coffee in the morning…Jesus, I love you.

First bird song of the day…Jesus, I love you.Bing Photos

The presence of a friend…Jesus, I love you.

Smile from a stranger…Jesus, I love you.

Food in the pantry…Jesus, I love you.

Rest from a day well-lived…Jesus, I love you.

Forgiveness from our sins…Jesus, I love you.

When we take our eyes off our problems and disappointments, and direct them to the goodness around us, how can we not tell Jesus we love Him?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

 I (Jesus) told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world. John 16:33 NCV

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Opportunity to Trust God

I just received word an article I wrote for Today’s Christian Woman, “Letting Go”, went live July 10, 2013 on TodaysChristianWoman.com’s ParentConnect site.

This post talks about opportunities God gives us to trust him. “Letting Go” tells of an opportunity God gave me to trust him, over 30 years ago. Today’s Christian Woman has asked me to spread the word about the article, so that’s what I’m doing. 😉

Last week I sat in my family practitioner’s office, where she told me I should have come in to see her a week earlier. Although I am fond of my doctor, I do not like going to her office. I’d been dealing with this particular health concern for over two weeks before I finally made the appointment to see her. I think — hope — the medicine she gave me is working.

If not…off to a specialist. Here again, I like this physician. Just don’t like going to his office. Especially in light of the last procedure he performed. Think needles. And a lot of pain.

As I thought about this current problem, I remembered all the many, many, many things God has gotten me through. Opportunities to trust God, as one dear, sweet friend calls them. I realize this present situation is minor in comparison.

I also think about people I know, and the difficult opportunities to trust God they are currently facing.

Dialysis, or kidney transplant? Place loved one in a nursing home, or take care of him at home? Surgery, or chemo? Confront with God’s truth, or allow child to go down the wrong path? Stay, or go? Stand up against the bully, or continue to be bullied? Tell the kids you can’t afford it, or go deeper in debt? Is this the one, or do I wait for another? Speak the truth in love, or let it slide? Step out in faith, or not?

Tough decisions. Tough situations. Tough circumstances. Tougher God.

Perhaps you are in one of those opportunities to trust God situations right now. If you are, please know I’m praying for everyone who reads this, that you will find peace in your circumstance, continue to trust God knowing He is faithful, and have wisdom to know what to do next.

So what do you do? Where do you turn? Who do you lean on?

How about going to Jesus?

Our Lord and our God, you are my mighty rock, my fortress, my protector. You are the rock where I am safe. You are my shield, my powerful weapon, and my place of shelter. You rescue me and keep me from being hurt. 2 Samuel 22:2-3 Contemporary English Version

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Wild Ride

Ever felt as if you were taking a spin on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride? Puttering along at a gentle speed, music in the background…although the music may be repetitively annoying.

Then, all of a sudden, you’re jerked to the left and plunged down a dark tunnel. You climb to get out, only to face various, irritating characters, and serious roadblocks.

Life. Yep.

Life here at the Casa de Quandt has been one wild ride, of the Mr. Toad variety.

We were on the tail end side of X, which we’d dealt with for one and a half years. We were no longer in the middle of the tunnel, but about to punch through. The ride had slowed to a manageable pace.

Next thing we know, we’re slammed with Y. While Y has been on the horizon, and certainly did not develop over night, it knocked us into a whirl of added confusion.

In the midst of dealing with X and Y, Z broadsided me with a gale force, which threatened to shiver me timbers.

Just like on raging roller coasters, where brave, albeit not within my definition of sane, people jostle for the front seat of the Death-defying Super Monster Assassin of Doom, and fling their arms skyward, as they plummet waaay too many feet for my comfort, I found myself raising my arms in surrender. I could not handle the combination of X, Y, and Z.

I was done. As Pilot likes to say, “Done. Stick a fork in it.” I could no longer handle it. But that didn’t mean I was defeated. Nope. Anything, but.

For when I surrendered, Jesus took over. He slowed the wild ride, or at least balanced my equilibrium to a tolerable level. That works for me.

Years ago, when Pie was in middle school, he created a sign with our Commodore 64 computer and dot-matrix printer. Yeah. YEARS ago.

Pie taped the paper sign to the door of our garage, which led inside the house.

Below the words, SE of Disorder, sat a sailboat.

Pie had taken the line from one of the songs on my Jimmy Buffet tapes. The sentiment described our lives perfectly, at the time.

Too bad I didn’t learn to throw my hands up in surrender to God’s plan, and Jesus’ help, sooner.

Still learning.

Feel like you’re stuck on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride? Ask God to stop the madness. Hand him the wheel. Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. (1Peter 5:7)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Hold On To The Promises

As I have mentioned before, this past year and a half has not been the most pleasant of times for Pilot. He and I have felt trapped in a dank, dark tunnel.

Thankfully, through it all, God provided what I call “grace-drops”, and treasures in the dark to keep us hopeful and trusting in his sovereign power.

To celebrate us punching through, and reaching the end of the tunnel we traversed, (cue the Hallelujah Chorus) I would like to share this video with you.

Are you working your way through a dark, seemingly endless tunnel? Hold on to the promises that God will never leave, or forsake you, my friend. Don’t lose hope. Keep trusting the God who has a plan for you. A plan for you to prosper, not a plan to harm you.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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