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Blessed and Trusting

O my God, in you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. Psalm 22:4-5

Much to my surprise as I walked during my lunch hour, I moved from the pavement on to the grassy area and appreciated the natural cushion under my feet. As I enjoyed the view of the boats docked, listened to the birds happily chirping, marveled at the eb and flow of the water, I realized that the sun was a little to warm on my brow, but that was really ok. I smiled, because underneathe my feet were crunchy leaves. It felt exhilarating to be able to move my limbs, feel the sun and escape from the routine work duties. What I really appreciated were the crunchy leaves.

The leaves signaled for me another change. Another season was approaching, fall was in the air. My mind raced back to when my brothers and I would pile the crunchy fallen leaves and dive into them, we were serious acrobats. Nose dives, back flips, belly flops, oh was that fun! I am sure we entertained ourselves for hours with the other neighborhood kids. I never remember being hurt or someone complaining that they had hit the pavement underneath the layers of leaves.

So here I am many, many years later long gone are my childhood days, but for a moment I relive that joy of that moment. We were really trusting that the pile was cushion enough to absorb the impact of our fall. Thank you Holy Ghost for that –what cushions our fall now during over ever changing seasons? I pray it’s your trust in God!

Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28: 6, 7

I am truly appreciating that childhood memory and understanding that seasons in our lives come unexpectantly nevertheless they will come. And I’d like to think and just give testament that when I believed my journey would result in one way, another episode was birthed. But like you we got through many roller coaster seasons of lack sickness, sorrow, poverty, plenty, health, wealth, and happiness.

Like you I now understand it’s critical for our mental and spiritual health to study God’s word, embrace those spiritual truths which will result in our maturity-our faith being built up. Does this sound familiar? “If only I knew then what I know now!” Were you like me friends during our seasons of deep despair we couldn’t fathom that the end of that particular season was just around the corner?

In retrospect, I believe we miss the whole point of a particular season whether we perceive it as good or not. There were many life lessons that probably escaped me because I was so consumed with getting over the hurdle that seemed to consume me! Well that was then and thank God this is now.

Admittedly I didn’t value and understand the worth of the valley seasons as I do now. Are you in agreement with me that during each season there is growth and maturity? Our emotions can choke the life out of us!

The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. Luke 8:14

Well, now we understand that we should just learn to have appreciated that life lesson of _________________ (you fill in the blank). Because just as spring turns to summer and summer into fall, if we simply activate our father’s faith, have our mother’s resolve and our grandmother’s wisdom and TRUST that God does save! As Darryl Coley sings to the utmost Jesus Saves!!! Change is eminent and the Lord will anchor us through all our seasons—if I simply trust HIM- the all wise, all knowing, all loving Heavenly Father!

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you. Psalm 9:10

Come on let’s finish our lunch walk and be sure to enjoy the changing autumn leaves! Blessings to you!

Joyfully Submitted by
Linda Mose Meadows
The Blessedness of Believing-
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
blessedlm@hotmai.com

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Blessed and Still Climbing

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!
2 Corinthians 4:16,17

As I descended the stairwell back to my office,the steps didn’t feel so rigorous today I suppose it’s because I am accustomed to climbing the double steep stairwell. It’s not only great exercise but the elevator is being repaired. Actually there are two sets of steps. The building I work in is being refurbished; at least the third floor is anyhow.

As I climbed the stairs for the second time this morning, I reflected on my husband’s urging that I ought to share my thoughts, in hope of inspiring others to not give up on life. At that moment I began to make a mental list of family and friends who have encountered the rough spots of life. This year and last year have been tremendous hurdles for them spiritually and physically. I don’t discount that I am also in that number. Know that I am so close to friends I consider them in this family circle of love. So as I climbed the stairwell I began to reflect on the real hurdles that have, I am sure tried their faith, caused them great anguish and surely must have made them feel they were suffocating from the pain. Silently we often suffer through. Admittedly these personal struggles are life’s strangle holds.

Some of them are currently going to weekly chemo therapy and anticipating weeks of radiation treatment, some of them now have failed kidney’s which result in weekly dialysis treatments, others like my family have had to bury a loved one-a toddler, a teen and a young adult all of which are resulting from an unexpected and oh so tragic death. Some wake up battling depression and isolation while others have to make the decision, do I or don’t I go through the surgery on my heart or brain unsure of the outcome!

Oh Lord the issues of life have been stifling and this leg of the journey really is steep. But God! And the truth is that the real beauty is we who believe in Jesus have a lively hope and can report favorably we that are over comers.

The sun does stream through the often worn fabric of life. Our faith may waiver, our issues don’t magically disappear, but we move–sometimes at a snails pace assured that this is not the grand finale!

Our steps may be shortened, our hurdles numerous and our mountain top experiences few and far between but the fact remains that we are alive and breathing with a melody in our heart! There are moments when we understand that peace that passes all understanding does guard our hearts and minds! We won’t give in nor give up on God! What awaits us you ask? The answer of course: a renewed spirit and a resilient faith.

Oh friends and family we can rejoice and be confident in our blessings as we climb the stairwell of life that God’s word assures us in 2 Corinthians that He provides us with glorious power to push on and continue in his service no matter the struggles:

And so, since God in his mercy has given us this wonderful ministry, we never give up. 5 We don’t go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are your servants because of what Jesus has done for us. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But this precious treasure-this light and power that now shine within us-is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own. 8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. 9 We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. 10 Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies…16 That is why we never give up.

New Living Translation, 2 Corinthians http://www.blueletterbible.com

Come on friends,let’s keep climbing! I’ll see you at the top of the stairs.

Joyfully Submitted by
Linda Mose Meadows
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
blessedlm@hotmai.com

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