Friday, May 26, 2017

Building An Arsenal of Scripture

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."
I Timothy 6:12

On Easter Sunday, I published this post, and in it, I mentioned this,

"God has given me an exacting assignment that is requiring every bit of my creative time and energy.
It is requiring me to press hard into prayer and moments with Jesus for much needed inspiration and help.  I have never felt more dependent upon Him or more in need of His Divine in-pouring into this very incapable vessel of clay."

I have been, and still am, very much involved in the exacting assignment God is asking of me,
and I tell you that ever since it began, I have been going through a season of severe, and I do mean severe, testing.

I will not lie and tell you that I feel victorious in this testing.
Let me just be transparent and brutally honest.
There is no sense in sugar-coating it or trying to falsify the truth for the sake of "appearances".
It is what it is.

I have not been and am not happy about these trials.
I have felt downright angry and abandoned and disillusioned more times than I'd like to admit.
Dear Lord, forgive me, but I have railed out questions to Him, like,

"Where are YOU?"
"What did I do to reap such punishment?"
"Why are You against me?"
"Lord, I am doing everything You are asking me to do, so why are You allowing this?"
"Do You not see what is going on?"
"Do You even care?"

I think I have totally failed the test.
Shamefully, I have not gone, nor am I going through this trial very all.
I have not "counted it all joy", even though, our precious son, Zach, often reminds me of James 1:2.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations..."
As Zach gently reminds me of this verse, he also goes on to include the next verse that reads, 
"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."
Zach tells me that it is not that we feel JOY because we are undergoing such tests and trials,
but what we "count JOY" is the result of the trials.
We count are supposed to count JOY the good that is being wrought in us through our testing.

Dear Zach!
I have lost count of the times that he and Kevin have stopped what they were doing to pray with and for me.
God bless my dear, patient, loving husband and son.

It is no secret that I often have a hard time "feeling" God when I am going through such difficulties.
If you are a person who can feel Him in those places, I applaud you, my friend.
More often than not, such is not the case with me.
And, because of that, I struggle.
You can read more about my struggles HERE and HERE.

The other night, out of the blue, the dear Comforter came to me with three words.
"Arm yourselves likewise."
That was it.
I had heard the verse many times throughout life, but, for the life of me, in that moment,
I could not remember where it was located in the Bible or exactly whom it was referring to.
I kept wondering, "Arm yourselves like who?"
I couldn't wait to finish what I was doing so I could look it up and see the surrounding context and find out who we are to "arm ourselves" like.
Was it referring to Paul?

"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."
I Peter 4:1

Christ, our loving Lord!
Of course, it is He we are to arm ourselves like!

The precious Holy Spirit continued to speak to me,
"Child, you are not using your armor.
You are not picking up your Sword to fight."

I could not deny His truth.
The constant battering and bruising and attacks by the enemy had rendered me exhausted,
discouraged, and near-lifeless.
I had NO strength left to fight.
No energy to pick up the Sword that lay, shamefully unused, by my side.

Whether you and I like it or want to admit it, 
we are engaged in spiritual warfare that is very real.
We can pretend it isn't happening.
We can bury our heads in the sand and hope satan doesn't discover our hiding place.
We can try to run away from the battlefield.
The truth is that when we sell out to God and determine with all our heart and mind to follow Jesus, 
regardless what it costs, we step into a raging, hostile, merciless war zone with a target on our back.
This is reality.
This is what is going on.
The more we sink into God, the more we strive to be like Jesus, the more satan perceives us as a threat.
What he perceives to be a threat to darkness, he will oppose.
The harder we try to work for God and pursue the building of His kingdom, 
the more determined satan will be to oppose and extinguish what God is doing in and through us.

"And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him."
Zechariah 3:1

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
2 Corinthians 2:11

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12

This is real, folks.
No doubt about it.

If you continue reading the above passage in Ephesians 6, you will find that God has provided a six piece suit of armor for us to "arm ourselves like" Jesus, so that we can triumph in this spiritual war.
 1.  Belt of truth
2.  Breastplate of righteousness
3.  Shoes of the Gospel of peace
4.  Shield of faith
5.  Helmet of salvation
6.  Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

I find it interesting that of the six pieces of armor, five are defensive, but only one is offensive.

As the precious Holy Spirit dealt with my heart the other night,
my thoughts immediately went to the time Jesus was so sorely tested in the wilderness,
right before He began His earthly ministry, and how each time satan came to Him with such audacious temptations, Jesus overcame by wielding the Sword of the Spirit and verbally speaking the Word of God.

"And take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God..."
Ephesians 6:17

If Jesus conquered satan by quoting the Word of God, how can we hope to be victorious in any other way?
And, how can we quote His Word if we have not hid it in our hearts?

Psalm 119:11 says,
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."

How can it readily be drawn forth in the heat of the battle, if we have not saturated ourselves with it ahead of time?
Just as a U.S. Marine would never enter hostile territory without a rifle or other offensive weapon,
a soldier of the cross should never walk into hand-to-hand satanic combat without the Sword of the Spirit.

Before walking into my current battles, I knew this.
A near-lifetime of Scripture memorization has equipped me.
The Word of God is there, settled deep into my composition.
But, what good is it doing if I am not actively picking up the Sword and using it?

When the Lord whispered, "Arm yourselves likewise", I finally got the message.
The reason I was feeling so defeated, whipped, and overcome was because I was not arming myself.
I was not wielding my Sword.
The armor was there, available, but I was not taking advantage of it.

I don't know what you may be going through, but I know of a certainty that you are going through something.
We all are.
If Jesus Christ was not exempt from severe testing, what would ever make us think that we are?
So, the thing for each of us to do is to build what I call an M.S.A., 
aka as a Massive Scriptural Arsenal.

Arsenal - a collection of weapons and military equipment stored by a country, person, or group; 
an array of resources available for a certain purpose.

Don the pieces of armor...every, single day, and read the Bible.
Immerse yourself in the Word of God.
Search the Scriptures.
Absorb them.
Infuse them into every possible waking thought.
Soak your soul in them.
And, here is the most important thing...
memorize them.
This is what it means to hide them in the heart.
Deposit them into your Massive Scriptural Arsenal.
This way, the Word will be there, a sword ready to be drawn in the heat of the moment when you are face to face with the enemy.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12

In closing, I would like to share some of the stock in
  my personal Massive Scriptural Arsenal.
I hope you will adopt them and use them to start building your own M.S.A.
Trust me, my friend, and I know you already know this,
but, you will need it.
God bless you as you press forward, in Jesus' name, ever fighting the good fight of faith.

"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Luke 10:19
(A dear friend emailed me this one the other day.  I had forgotten about this verse!  Oh, it has blessed me and fortified my courage!  Our dear Lord spoke this verse from His very own lips.  I have added it to my M.S.A., and it will stay there from now on, ready to be wielded, as needed.  Thank you, dear Kathleen for this reminder!)

"Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
James 4:7

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
Romans 8:37

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the LORD."
Isaiah 54:17

"For Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me."
Psalm 18:39

"If God be for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 8:31

"Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
Zech. 4:6

"But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one."
2 Thessalonians 3:3

"I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD."
Psalm 118:17

"The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways."
Deuteronomy 28:7

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."
I John 4:4

"One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, He it is that fighteth for you, as He hath promised you."
Joshua 23:10

"Through Thee will we push down our enemies: through Thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us."
Psalm 44:5

"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good..."
Genesis 50:20

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds..."
2 Corinthians 10:4

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Ephesians 6:11

"Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.  Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you."
2 Chronicles 20:15,17

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
I John 1:9

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."
I Peter 5:8,9

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
I Corinthians 15:57

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 18:18,19

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
I Corinthians 10:13

"Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God He shall fight for you."
Deuteronomy 3:22

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
Romans 12:21

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Joshua 1:9

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler."
  Psalm 91:1-4

"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us:  And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him."
I John 5:14,15

"If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it."
John 14:14

I would love it if you would share one (or however many you would like) Scripture(s) from your own personal Massive Scriptural Arsenal in the comments below!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Purpose Of Our Pain

"For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth..."
Job 19:25

I started following the Blind Pig & The Acorn blog several years ago.
Kevin first found them on their Youtube channel, and somehow, from there, we found their blog, written by Tipper Pressley.

We have often let their playlists automatically play on our desktop computer,
as we enjoy the amazing harmony, the beautiful music, and hearing the old-time songs we love so well.

These people have been such a blessing to my family and me.
I can't begin to tell you how sad we were when "Pap" (Tipper's father and the elderly gentleman in many of their videos) passed away last year.
Oh, my!
Even though we never met him (or any of them, personally), we almost felt like we had lost a member of the family.
It was hard to think of future videos being posted without Pap being there to sing along with his son, Paul, and other family members.

One day, back in January of this year, Tipper included a song that I had never heard before in her daily blog post. 
This song has come to mean an awful lot to me...especially right now.
It is called "Job's God", and I hope you will take the time to listen to Tipper's brother, Paul, 
sing it in the video below.
The words to this song are just amazing.
(I've included the lyrics below the video.)

I know God must have really wanted me to get the message of this song,
because a few days ago, Kevin found it, on his own, on the Blind Pig & The Acorn youtube page.
He called me in to where he was and said,
"I want you to hear this song.  It reminds me of you and what you are going through."
I had no idea what the song was, until the video began to play.
I could hardly believe it.

You can click Job's God to read Tipper's original post which introduced me to this song.
She shares her brother, Paul's words concerning the authorship and other information about the song,
including what the song meant to her father.

Tonight, I am fighting yet another battle in this ongoing spiritual war, (aren't we all?),
 and I tell you the truth, right now, I feel like I, myself, could have written at least part of the words to this song.
Because, to be perfectly honest, and, dear Lord, please know that I mean no disrespect,
sometimes it feels like God has sort of backed up and allowed satan to pounce with all fours.
Have you ever felt like that?

Another beautiful photo by my dear friend, Gentle Joy

I write to you straight from my heart tonight.
I don't understand a lot of what I am going through right now.
There are situations in my own life and in the lives of those I deeply care about, 
that I do not understand.
Perhaps, you can relate?

It is in times like these that dear Zach, aka as "Little Mr. Wisdom", often reminds me, 
"Mama, when we can't understand God's logic, we have to trust His wisdom."

I am now walking through one of the times I described in this post, and like Job must have felt when he said,
"Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him:
On the left hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold Him: He hideth Himself on the right hand, that I cannot see Him:  But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold."
Job 23:8-10

If video doesn't load, click here.

Lyrics to "Job's God"

I can feel the hand of Satan, 
As a tempter pressing sore;
He has been before the Father, 
Asking leave to press me more.

Though God slay me, yet I'll trust Him, 
I shall then come forth as gold;
And I know the Redeemer liveth, 
I can feel Him in my soul.

I can hear the Father granting, 
Saying, "You'll not touch his life.
Though you crush him, he'll not falter,
He will rise above the strife."

Though God slay me, yet I'll trust Him,
I shall then come forth as gold; 
And I know the Redeemer liveth, 
I can feel Him in my soul.

Though I stumble, I'll not stagger. 
By His Grace, I'll make it through; 
For His Grace is all-sufficient, 
And I know that God is true.

Though I look all about me, 
And His face I cannot see;
Still I know that through the darkness, 
He beholdeth even me.

Though God slay me, yet I'll trust Him,
I shall soon come forth as gold;
And I know my Redeemer liveth. 
I can feel Him in my soul.

I hope you draw as much encouragement from this song as I have,
because the words are true.
I know that in my heart, even though the trial is hard to endure.

I think of Job, and it occurs to me that he probably never had one clue as to the fact that his severe testing and trials would one day make it to the pages of God's Holy Word.
He could not have imagined how many millions of people would read his life story and find comfort and solace in knowing that even though God allowed him to be tried beyond measure, He saw him through his trials and restored double to him after He brought him through.
I am thankful that God's providence allowed for Job's vulnerability and humanity to be revealed and his words and the expressions of his heart to be recorded upon the pages of what we now call our Bible.

Job may have found no logic or sense in the fiery trials he was called upon to walk through, 
but how many of us have turned to the pages of his book in the Bible for encouragement as we have gone through our own hard places?
Just as we draw strength from reading of how God brought Job through his trials, 
perhaps someone is finding hope and courage by seeing or hearing about what God has done or is doing for us in our situations, perplexities, and difficulties.

I wonder about the person who wrote this song, "Job's God".
Tipper's blog post mentioned that the author of the song was named as S. N. Greene.
What was he or she going through to write such heart-wrenched lyrics?
Just what sort of pain would draw such words from the soul and compel a person to write them down?
We will probably never know, just as the author of the words will never realize how much consolation their song composition is bringing to us now.

None of our trials are without purpose.
Sometimes, we go through hard things for the benefit of someone else.
As they see how God enabled us through and restored us after our trial, they are able to find the fortitude to trust God for their own affliction or distress.
He has a reason for everything He does, even though it is often unseen by us.
Sometimes, down the road, He makes it clear.
Other times, we never know or see the full purpose or scope of why He allows what He allows.
He is God, and we are not.

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9

I don't know what you are going through, but I trust you will take cheer in knowing that God did not waste Job's pain, and He is not wasting yours.

I also hope you will stop by and visit Tipper's amazing blog and check out the Blind Pig & The Acorn youtube channel.
You will find encouragement in both places.

In closing, I am including a video of a blessed, old song beautifully sung by Tipper's daughters, "The Pressley Girls", along with Paul.

Before you listen, though, I have to mention one more thing, 
on a much lighter note and somewhat totally off the subject.
It is no secret that I dearly love soap,
especially, homemade soap.
I think my love for homemade soap is beyond normal and is more like an obsession.
One day, while looking around Tipper's blog, I happened to notice that one of the Pressley Girls has her own Etsy Shop called, "Apothecopie".
When I saw that she sells homemade soap, I decided I had to try some.
I ordered the Lemon Poppy scent, and, let me just tell you, 
it is wonderful!
This soap is gentle, it rinses very well, and it smells amazing!
I hope you will stop by and visit Apothecopie and order some of your own!

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God bless you, dear readers!
Heaven will surely be worth it all.
"...knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward."
Hebrews 10:34-35

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wasted Moves

"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him..."
Ephesians 1:10

Every now and then, Kevin, Zach, and I enjoy playing Candy Crush.
It is great fun, and we sometimes take turns, especially when we reach a level that is hard to beat.
I'm sure most, if not all of you, have tried the game, so I am hoping you will know what I mean by a "wasted move".
It happens when you are trying to "burst jellies" or make a match,
there are no possible matches where you need them to be, 
and, off in the distance, in a completely different section of the screen, you see flashing to alert you to a possible match in the flashing area.

I always get frustrated when this happens,because you only get a certain number of moves during each turn, and it seems like a waste to use one of those moves on something that does not appear to be helping to clear the level.
But, there is something interesting that often takes place if I go ahead and take the suggestion of the game and use one of the proposed moves, even though it appears to have no desired impact on what I need to happen.
As I use the recommended move, the surrounding areas are impacted.
Things start shifting around, and even though the proposed move at first appeared to have no bearing whatsoever upon the area I was trying to clear, it sets in motion a domino-effect chain of events that ends up moving things around to benefit the overall success of clearing the level.
What looked like a wasted move turns out to be the very thing needed to propel to victory.

It reminds me of life.
Have you ever prayed so hard that something would happen,
that a mountain would move,
that there would be a shift in your circumstances,
that God would allow something to take place that would bring about necessary breakthrough in a difficult situation, only to see Him allow something that appeared to be completely irrelevant to transpire?
Perhaps, in the midst of your intercessory praying, all of a sudden, He asked you to do something that seemed to be totally unrelated to the impossible hindrance in your path.
Maybe it felt like a completely wasted move, and perhaps you fought doing it for a while because it truly seemed to have nothing in the world to do with resolving the issue for which you were praying,
but, after looking around and seeing you had no other available options, you went ahead and obeyed the gentle urge God impressed upon you.
As you walked forward in obedience and did this seemingly unrelated thing,
you were amazed at the succession of events that followed.
What seemed immaterial, irrelevant, and off-point, ended up causing surrounding circumstances to shift, eventually connecting to the situation you had been praying about and shaking things up to the point that breakthrough burst onto the scene.

With God, all things are relevant.
Everything is connected and makes sense.
There are no wasted moves.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28

Even when the action He bids us to take appears to be out of place and unrelated to what we are praying for, we can be sure and certain that if God is telling us to do something, it is never without significance.
That seemingly wasted move may not even be remotely applicable to the problem at hand,
but the result of our walking in obedience to God and doing it anyway may be the catalyst that will spark the very result for which we have so earnestly prayed.

In this post about feeling God-forsaken, I included the song "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns. There is a line in this song that has been echoing in my mind for days.
"Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held."

If video doesn't load, click here.

Sometimes, as God leads us to take steps that are propelling us forward towards our ultimate goal,
it feels like our world is falling apart.
But, in reality, every questioned "wasted move" is actually forcing things to fall into place.
It is hard, if not impossible, to see, at the time, but, many times, as we look back, in retrospect,
we clearly see that there really were no "wasted moves".
That each time God rearranged a piece of our life's puzzle, He had a reason for doing so.
Just like a jigsaw puzzle requires certain pieces to be placed so that others can be added,
God has to orchestrate things in our lives in a certain order.

As I look back over my life, thus far, I see moments when my world has been shaken to its core.
Don't we all?
One such time that comes to mind happened a short time before I left home to venture out on my own.
I spent many evenings sitting alone, seated on a deserted rock, or walking along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, contemplating, considering, and praying over my future.
I was lonely.
More than anything in this world, I wanted to find the man God had created just for me and to start our life together.
Though the dear Lord walked close to me and our relationship was precious, I longed for the right human hand to hold, as I walked and took in the magnificence of the lapping waves near my feet in the sand.
Due to a chain of events, completely not my doing and beyond my control, things at home became beyond miserable.
As much as I wanted to stay with Mom and Dad and continue life with them as I had for all of my years to that point, situations at hand completely prohibited it.
I literally had no choice.
Looking back, I can see that God knew that if He allowed things to remain comfortable, I would not want to never leave.
He also knew that about 180 miles away, the soul mate He had created with me in mind was waiting, every bit as lonely as I was, praying just as hard as me, and it was time for his prayers and my prayers on the beach to be answered.
The "fullness of times" had come for us to meet, for the right human hand to take hold of mine, and for the days of loneliness to be over for both of us.
This whole situation and my having to leave home sooner than I wanted to felt like a completely wasted moved.
My world felt like it was falling apart, as I finally accepted the reality that home was no longer a place for me, and God nudged forced me to absolutely step out, leave my comfort zone, and make
 plans to move to that place 180 miles away.
Soon after I got there and just a little over 30 years ago (boy, does that make me sound and feel old!), I laid eyes on my soulmate and future husband for the very first time.
If God spares time and our lives until one special day in June, by God's amazing grace, we will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary.
I can tell you without a shred of hesitancy and straight from my heart that it has been the most wonderful life, the sweetest of journeys.
Kevin and I have walked through fiery trials time after time.
We have laughed until our sides ached and cried until our hearts broke,
but whatever the situation, we have done it together,
hand-in-hand and side-by-side.

That 180 mile move felt very wasted, at the time.
That feeling couldn't have been farther from the truth.
Nothing, and I do mean nothing, about that move was wasted.
God knew.
He knew who I needed to walk through life with.
He knew the exact shoulder I needed to lean on,
the particular set of arms I needed to hold me when I cry.
He saw the whole picture...every bend in life's road, every heartache, every surprise,
every situation that would rock my world.
He knew that Kevin and I would never meet if I were to stay where I was.
So, through some painful, uproarious circumstances that were hard to navigate at the time, He orchestrated every necessary detail, and He took me to exactly where I needed to be.

I will never be able to thank Him enough for my dear, sweet husband, and I pray every day that God will give us many more years together.
Every second He chooses to give us and our dear son is beyond precious to me.
I praise Him for the way He has led my life's decisions and done what He knew was best,
even when it looked like a "wasted move" from my limited, inferior-to-His point of view.
I'm so grateful He does what is right, regardless how much we kick and fight.

Perhaps, you are experiencing a similar time in your own life, my friend.
Maybe it looks like your world is falling apart.
Let me just tell you this.
Regardless how it looks to you, there's a good chance that it is actually falling into place.
Just go with it.
Let God lead.
I can assure you that if you do, you will never regret it.
He always, always has your best interests at heart.
He absolutely does what is right, every, single time.
Just let Him hold you during the transition.
Lean into Him.
Trust Him with all your heart.
Watch Him fit the pieces to your life's puzzle into place.
He is weaving a beautiful tapestry, and one day, you will see.

(The 2nd blog post I ever posted here was on 10/2/2011, and it was about puzzles.
If you'd care to read it, click here.)