We lost a family member on Saturday. It was not unexpected. But, please offer up your prayers for the repose of the soul of Billie Gray. She was a sweet and kind lady, and died much too early (age 69). Also, her husband, Allen, is taking it very hard, so please pray for his consolation and comfort.
Do any of you have a perfect life? Things happen every day in all our lives, some small and some larger, that seem to impede our path and focus on our Gratitude to our Father God and the Son, Jesus.
We were traveling home from South Georgia yesterday and a large motor home pulling a jeep flew past us. They had to be doing at least 80+mph. My husband and I commented on the high rate of speed as they sailed on down in front of us. Traffic was moderate and suddenly we see a zip-line of brake lights and dust down the road in front of us. When we reached that point, there was a car in the median with a pretty torn up front end. And then, there it was, the big motor home and jeep. Only the jeep was not directly behind the motor home as it had been, but pushed all the way to the right side of the bus. The people in the car were already out examining the front end and it didn't appear as anyone was hurt, except probably some pride.
I am uncertain as to what happened, but I found myself thanking God that the bus was way past us when the accident occurred. I was so very grateful that we were not involved and that it appeared nobody involved was hurt.
I have had a bad habit of being a right seat driver, and it has always irritated my husband. This is just one of the many, many things that I have tried to conquer. Small as it may seem, I was always telling him to speed up or slow down or change lanes or go this way. In this case, our speed precluded us from being involved in this mishap. God was surely looking out for us! Hallelujah!
When something does not go as planned, or a little voice inside you says "take a different route today", it is God working in your life. He protects His children as much as possible, though some are quite contrary to even thinking God had a hand in their lives at a particular moment.
What we must have in our lives is a mind that thinks of God and Christ FIRST! If you have given your life to Jesus Christ, then He and the Father God take over your life for you. You may pray til the cows come home for certain things, and for days and months. But if it is not pre-ordained by God, you are only going to get what He feels you need. Ever heard that saying "you don't always get what you want, but, you always get what you need"? This is true in Christian life. It is so difficult to accept God's will in this earthly life. Sometimes you think "he's not listening to me" or "he doesn't care." Au contraire! God's love is infinite and He ALWAYS cares and loves you, and He always does what is best for you every second of your life.
Be patient in your prayers when you give something to God. He has "six degrees of separation" (for lack of a better phrase), and what he does affects everyone you know. He may use you as his instrument of peace and you may not realize it. Do not question God's command. It has and always will be "Thy Will Be Done!" Accept this with great gratitude! I have no doubts because I have seen prayers answered immediately and then others have been stewing for a long time now. It is difficult to be patient, but if you will make this a practice, it will become second nature in time. You will find there are no more additional worries over that particular situation because you gave it to God and you trust Him to handle it. It's called FAITH, we all know it. Just put it into practice and save yourself another bad day or worrying.
Be Grateful for all that you are and all that you have, and let the worry go to God! He heard you the first time, even before you spoke the words of that prayer, He saw it on your heart. Amen.
Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.
John Henry Jowett
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
The King James Version
The King James Version
Lovingly in Jesus Christ,