Saturday, March 28, 2015

Choices- Updated

  Sometimes I hear the neatest things on the radio as I drive to and fro every day.  I wanted to share this one.  I was listening to Christian radio where a woman was sharing about how her family was being destroyed by some choices her husband had made.  This is the lady, pictured, Sheri Rose Shepherd.  And she was mad. I mean mad. Her son was turning away from God, feeling disillusioned, and she felt like she was losing everything.  

She sat down one day, and told God, "After all I've done to serve YOU over the years, and all I've endured, you need to fix my family. I don't deserve this and you owe me that. It's embarrassing to have everyone see this. You fix it NOW or I am quitting church and quitting everything. I won't ever speak to you again." 

The reply she heard was a gentle reproach, "Was my life given for you not enough?"   

She decided to follow Him no matter what. Whether he fixed her marriage or not. She let go.  I don't remember if God healed her marriage or not.   What does matter is what she chose to do in her crisis. 

Life is about choices.  We can choose what we do with the circumstances we're in.

Here is another story that has always inspired me from the first (I think) Duggar book.  I took it straight from the Duggar site- so please forgive the empty box.  (The picture wasn't there anymore.)

Michelle said:

"It was 1:00 AM in the morning as I stood folding laundry with tears streaming down my cheeks. Feelings of being overwhelmed flooded my mind. I cried aloud, "LORD I NEED YOUR HELP, I can't do it all! I feel so inadequate! Diapers, dishes, laundry, meals, cleanup, school lessons, baths, hugs, kisses, correction..." My list seemed to go on and on.
Then it was as if a still small voice said, "Michelle, it's easy to praise ME when things are going good, but are you willing to praise ME now?" Immediately the scripture that says, "Offer up a sacrifice of praise", came to mind.
I said, "OK Lord, I will praise you even now! It really is a sacrifice!" So through the tears I began to sing, "The joy of the Lord is my strength". In my heart there was a release as if a burden had been lifted. I finished the laundry at 2 AM and went to bed.
Days later, I was at our piano teacher's home (at 7 AM) trying to catch up on paperwork while the children were taking their lessons. Instead, I kept drifting off to sleep! The teacher noticed and asked, "Are you OK?" I replied, "I'm fine, I'm just tired. I was up late finishing laundry."
As we talked more she said that she actually enjoyed doing laundry and that she would be glad to come and help me! That weekend when she arrived we had mountains of dirty laundry, and when she left we had nice, neat, orderly stacks of clean laundry! For 12 years now, our piano teacher, whom we consider a part of our family and loving call "NaNa" has faithfully come (now twice a week) to help us with laundry! GOD sent "An angel" in answer to my cry for help.
He is faithful to hear the humble cries of his children. "Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up." God lifted my burden (literally mountains of laundry!) and freed me to meet the more urgent needs of my family. "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory...""

 I just love this.  When things go wrong for me, do I think to praise the Lord still?  I am thankful for my sisters who give me practical ways to follow Christ and examples to follow of kindness, gentleness, praise and love. 

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