“Suffering Swells Our Feet So The Shoes of Earth Do Not Fit”

DESCRIPTION: Man plodding through water after Peter, who is running on top, and Moses, who has separated a nice track CAPTION: HOZEKIAH FOUND THIS RACE WITH MOSES AND PETER TO BE GROSSLY UNFAIR

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Bill Cosby at the dentist’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBqY6cJD3CE

“Each of us should carry a thankful heart for every “yes” we receive from God as an answer to prayer. We can also be thankful He doesn’t say “yes” to prayers that are not in agreement with His will—prayers that are based on our wisdom and not on His; that would bring leanness to our souls; that would put us in the wrong place; that would make us ineffective; that would bring us into wrong relationships; that would cause our hearts to cool; that would keep us from His highest and rob us of His best.”–Roy Lessin 

“I know not by what methods rare,

But this I know, God answers prayer.

I know He gives His pledged word

Which tells me prayer is always heard,

And will be answered soon or late,

Though often it is hard to wait.

I know not if the blessing sought

Will come in just the way I thought;

I leave my prayer with Him alone,

Whose will is wiser than my own,

Assured that He will grant my quest,

Or send an answer far more blest.”

-Unknown

 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 1 John 5:14 AMP

 “Suffering swells our feet so the shoes of earth do not fit.”  –Joni Eareckson Tada

Lord, every single good gift comes from You…
(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
 
 
 
285.. Per dear Deb’s doodle drawing lesson: I will choose to live as the greatly blessed child of God that I am , not a spiritual orphan.  He is my forgiver: I confess my sin to Him and I am forgiven.  He is my redeemer: I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. He is my Saviour: I am saved through simple faith.  He is my deliverer: I am delivered from every bondage to sin… delivered from eternal death/separation from Him,   delivered from fear and doubt.  He is my provider and I am well provided for by Him in every way.  He is my defender: I am defended.  He is the lover of my soul: I am loved with an everlasting love.  He is my healer and I can trust Him to heal me if that is best. (Oh Lord, is it Your best to heal me of cancer, the invisible tourniquet sensation on my arm, the side effects/damage done from the chemo?  I wish healing me would be Your very  best! I pray so.  Please help me to trust and rest in You and your will no matter what.)  I know my absolute ultimate  “perfect” healing will be a new body in Heaven, worshipping Him there forever, just not sure about the here and now on earth part.  Because of my position in Christ, I do not have to “live as an orphan” or give in to bitterness, lonliness, a controlling nature, fear, doubt,  blaming others, broken relationships, or anger OR ANY OTHER SUCH THING.  God has MUCH better for me!  Thank You Lord and Deb for the “doodle drawing lesson” spelling this out for me!
 
286.. The children relishing Esther M’s chocolate chip muffins.  They smell so good and I am happy for the kids to have this special treat and thankful for self control not for me to eat them too. 🙂  I am sooooooooooooooooooooo ready to be off of steroids and chemo after the treatment in mid October. Thank You Lord for my body exactly as it is right now, with all the various changes that are hard for me…I “present my body to YOU as a living sacrifice….”
 
287. Praise for answered prayer of  Luellen and Ron coming through cardiac surgery so well
 
288. The release and relief of being able to take a break from the sobering and sad things and be able to smile and laugh out loud over funny things
 
289. Suffering is swelling my feet so the shoes of earth no longer fit

2 thoughts on ““Suffering Swells Our Feet So The Shoes of Earth Do Not Fit”

  1. Paula, this Hungry Heart devotional encouraged me today and reminded me to lift you up to our Father.

    9-27. SUPPORT, NOT RELIEF

    “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

    Relief from pressure may seem merciful, but support in the pressure produces growth and maturity.

    “There is a greater blessing for us than relief; there is the Father’s support, for it imparts to you an acquaintance with Himself which relief does not. Relief makes one more satisfied with things here. I have known some who could tell you of a long list of mercies, most touching, truly proof of the tenderness of God.

    “Thank God, we all know something of His tenderness. But then there is a greater blessing, namely, that He does not remove the pressure, but raises you above it, so that, though you are not relieved, you are better off than if you were merely relieved, because you know His heart who supports you in the pressure. You have made a deep acquaintance with your Father, and your heart is more attached to Him.” -J.B.S.

    “It is not getting away from our circumstances, our environment, our associations, that we need, but the Lord Jesus’ likeness where we are. The Father placed us there, permitted the trials for a purpose, and He stands ready to bring us out into a life of liberty, if we will stand with Him in trust and endurance while He works it out.”

    “Have you asked to be made like your Lord; that it might be ‘not I, but Christ’? Have you longed for the fruit of the Spirit, and have you prayed for patience and love? Then fear not the stormy tempest that is at this moment sweeping through your life. A blessing is in the storm, and there will be a rich fruitage in the ‘afterward.'”

    “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

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