Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Word FILLED Wednesday: COLD for His Purpose!

I have been exceedingly blessed this Winter to have escaped any major illness.  I tried to maintain my thankfulness during this last we endured a horrible cold and fever. 

The weather was beautiful...and I gratefully allowed my quickly recovering children to scamper about outside in the sunshine while I sat with eyes closed in the sunny rays.  I felt like a convalescent--unable to focus on reading, or eating, or anything--but simply resting at the Indiana seashore.

You see the purely human terms...was dreadful.  It was a week of FULL activity that I'd been planning for months.  It was to culminate with our Women's Day retreat...which I was coordinating.  And...God took some things off my plate.  And people were gracious and helpful.  And...resoundingly God pointed out that this Day was for HIS glory...not mine.  And he blessed it abundantly--the sun shone--and women grew in faith and unity together.

I was blessed by the speaker.  If she ever meets me again she might not recognize me, so subdued was my personality by cold meds....hahaha!  She shared many things...but really "unpacked" Romans 8:28...and what knowing the truth of it does for us.

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."  Romans 8:28

It reduces doubt.  Gives us truth to balance our feelings.  Prevents bitterness.  Reduces negative responses (anger, frustration, depression).  AND...eliminates the need for us to manipulate circumstances.  I truly see how God did this for me just this week....and looking His faithfulness to me throughout the years.

God is good...all the time.  All the time...God is good!!


Joan said...

Your post is perfect timing for me. I've been thinking a lot this week about things working out for God's glory - not mine.

Thank you for this.


Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Perfect for me as well! He keeps reminding me HE is God and HE is in CONTROL! Thank you for continuing to use your difficult circumstances to bless others on this Word-Filled Wednesday and to give HIM all the GLORY! Praying you are all recuperated! :)

Julie Arduini said...

I agree, a perfect reminder. I know when I've been praying I keep asking that our circumstances be used for the furthering of His Kingdom and for His glory. So right, all the time, God is good.

Alida said...

"eliminates the need for us to manipulate circumstances."

So grateful that we can rest in His promises and that we don't have to rely on our own understanding of our situation and circumstances.

lori said...

I see I'm not alone..."eliminates the need for us to manipulate circumstances..."
yes, indeed...we can be certain that in Him there is no real need for us...His purposes are, well, perfect...

loved this!!


Angel @ Finding The Inspiring said...

I love this scripture and your post about "what knowing the truth of it does for us." Reminds me of all the riches we find in His word when we take the time to look. Blessings!

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Boy! That's a lesson I have to keep learning over and over again. To rest in the peace that He is in control.
Good verse, and so glad you had a blessed retreat.


Joyfull said...

Beautiful picture and verse. Thanks for sharing how God moved in your life and the encouragement and reminder that He is in control of all things and circumstances.

hip-chick said...

i love what you found in this scripture. I love that this "eliminates the need to manipulate circumstances" letting go is very difficult but also very freeing.