Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TRUST ME

Several weeks ago I had a routine medical procedure. When I woke up, however, I was coughing and choking. And I could not speak above a whisper. That's not a problem, normally. In just a few short days I had been invited as the keynote speaker at The First Reform Church of Tampa, women's retreat.
My hubby took me home, sat me in my chair and took care of me. As the day progressed, so did the pain. The only thing that did not change was my voice.
By three a.m. I was also sick from the excruciating pain.  I woke my husband and suggested he call the squad.  I was doubled over from the pain, and trying to convince myself not to be sick, and whispering to my hubby I would be okay. I will never forget the look on his face as they loaded me into the back of the ambulance.
Amid the confusion of the medic starting an IV and hooking up a 12 lead EKG, and the pain, I felt a little overwhelmed. I whispered a quick prayer to myself, "Lord, take care of my husband and what about the retreat? Should I get in touch with them and cancel---at this late date?"
It was at that moment I heard His voice. That still small voice I have come to know and love. He whispered...Trust Me.
I wasn't sure what that meant. Was He going to heal me? Or replace me as the keynote speaker? It didn't matter because I knew the Lord had everything under control. 
The morning I had to leave, my husband said, "talk to me, let me hear your voice." I spoke with that 'Kermit the frog' squeak. My husband said, "what are you going to do?"
I assured him, the Lord said, 'trust Me'. Besides, I didn't need my voice until 7:30 that night.
Not only did I have a voice that night (and the next day), I did not need or use a microphone.
The Lord did exactly as He promised. He healed me!
By Monday morning, 'Kermit the frog' was back, but I no longer needed my voice. My throat is still healing.
God gives us exactly what we need, when we need it.
Luke 9:11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him.  He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

TIME TO SLOW DOWN

Cleaning my desk off this morning I found a stack of papers "I'll take care of later". I actually have an entire week to just breathe. Checking my calendar a second time this morning, how did that happen? It is truly God's way of saying, 'I want you to slow down, smell the flowers I've put in your backyard'. Today feels like I've just be awakened from a deep sleep. When I look at the date I lasted posted to my blog I think someone changed it. September? Really?
In one week, three people told me I need to slow down. So, this morning I'm clearing the clutter from my desk. Breathing, deep breaths. And spending lots of time in prayer. I'm calling this my own little time to "Refresh, Revive and Renew". 
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Soon it will be time to open the windows, and feel the fresh, moist spring air. I can hear the birds singing. 
God doesn't stop the music, He just changes the song.
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'M NOT SAYING GOOD-BYE

I think God puts people in our lives sometimes for a season and sometimes for a life time. I lost one of those "life time" people a few days ago. He was my brother-in-law, but I truly claimed him as my brother.
John Jurich was the kind of man who made you smile when you didn't feel like it and always had a "story". I have so many memories of him saying, "did you hear the one about....?" And then I would sit back, watch the sparkle in his eyes and wait. 
He didn't meet a stranger. I can't think of anyone who didn't love him.
I'm struggling with my own tears, but rejoicing for him. Because of health issues he hasn't been able to play golf with his buddies for several years. He has been very limited in what he could do. Watching him struggle as he fought the good fight was difficult too. So in that regard I'm happy he is where he is today. 
A few days ago when he took his last breath here on earth, Jesus was waiting, His arms wide open, just the way John greeted everyone. When Jesus met John I know He said, Matthew 25:21 Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness.
I think John and Jesus are probably playing golf today, and if I know John he is probably saying, "Jesus, have you heard the one about......"

Monday, September 9, 2013

WHERE IS GOD

Before the next tear slid down her check she said, "God doesn't hear my prayers anymore". From her perspective she had lost her job, her house, her health was failing and her husband "found someone else" (her words).
She tried to catch the next tear with the tip of her finger. "Where is God?"

Before she went on I had an idea what she was thinking, "what have I done wrong?" 
I have heard people say many times, "I think God is punishing them something." Really?
I think about Job. His story still fascinates me to this day. God and the devil made a deal. God knew Job would never lose his faith. Job 1:1 This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil The Lord told Satan to go ahead. Do what you will to him, except do not harm him. Three of Job's peers knew (falsely) Job had sinned and God was punishing him. Job lost everything. But in the end, his faith never wavered. Job KNEW the Lord loved him. And everything he lost was restored and doubled. When I shared this story with my friend at first she didn't feel much better. We prayed together. I encouraged her to read Jobs story for herself. Over the next few days things got worse, before they got better. However, I watched her faith being strengthened as she realized how the Lord had been trying to work in her life. Eventually she found a much better, higher paying job. She found a cute (her words) apartment with a view (also her words). And her husband, well lets just say she feels she's better off without him. Philemon 1:7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement.......

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Abraham and Isaac

I heard a message the other day that really made me think.
I'm sure most of you know the story of Abraham and Isaac. The Lord told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham must have been confused by God's request (to sacrifice his son).Genesis 22:2 After all, he and his wife Sarah had waited years before Isaac was born. While Abraham was climbing the mountain I'm sure so many doubts were running through his head. 'What's this all about Lord', really, my son? Surly, you can't mean Isaac.'
In the message I heard the other day, the Pastor reminded us that as Abraham and Isaac were climbing the mountain on one side with all the questions, the answer was climbing up the other side.  The Lord had already planned for the lamb to get stuck in the brush, the sacrificial lamb. The Lord already had the "problem" worked out.
I try to remind myself daily when I don't know the answer, that God already has it worked out. In fact, he had the solution worked out before I knew there was a problem.
 Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him...
 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A BASKETFUL OF DAISIES

I did my best to keep up early yesterday morning, by responding to each birthday message. But they started flooding my inbox at 50 or 60 at a time. Many people called and sang happy birthday to me. I received many text messages and got lots of hugs from many other people.
My birthday was one of the best. We had lunch and dinner with friends who also sang to me.
One phone call I received left me with tears in my eyes. A couple who read my book, The Cross and The Rainbow as a devotional everyday had just finished reading one of the stories. They always put me on speaker so I get to talk to both of them at the same time. The husband said, we are calling just to tell you how much we love you. We feel like we really know you just from reading your books. I kept waiting for the....and we hope you have a happy birthday. Which never came. They didn't know it was my birthday.
After we hung up I sat for a moment, reflecting. I appreciated all the messages I received , the phone calls, the cards and the hugs. But that one phone call was different. They were only calling to tell me they love me.
What a great example they set. My goal is to call at least one person everyday.....for no reason except to tell them I love them.
For anyone reading my blog today I am sending you a basketful of daisies. Just to let you know I love you. 
Judges 5:31...But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.  

Monday, April 22, 2013

SMALL BLESSINGS

Someone convinced my husband it would be a good idea for me to join him at the gym three times a week. Unfortunately my hubby was also with me when the doctor said, "no more dairy, wheat, soy or processed sugar."
Great! No food and I have to work out! What next? 
So I shouldn't have been surprised when at lunch a few days ago I excused myself go to the bathroom to wash my hands, I asked my hubby to order for me.  I mentioned I would like french toast.
When I came back to the table I had a nice salad!
One of the things I used to take for granted was my health. I've always been blessed with energy and great health. 
So many of my friends ask me to pray daily for pain, test results, healing. And energy.
Someone said to me a few days ago, at the gym, she didn't feel she had much to be thankful for. She said she lost her job and was about to lose her house.
We talked for a few more minutes when she suddenly realized just being able to be at the gym was a small blessing. 
Thank you Lord for the small blessings too.
Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing....