Life is definitely different after the stroke. Whether it is simply my priorities which have changed or more than likely some brain readjustments, it's different and it's okay! Everything sequential seems to take so much longer. Cooking, which was a joy, is now a chore. Decorating for parties/holidays used to be one of my passions. I could get up at 6AM and work on Christmas decorating even if it took until midnight to complete. This past week, after four days of attempting to decorate, I told my husband to just put all the boxes away, I'd had enough.
Tis the season for wants. Santa is making his mall appearances this weekend and will have a lapful of little ones listing their wants. So many of those gifts will disappoint before Christmas day is even over, but the festivities and traditions of the season still bring joy.
What is your greatest heart tug (want) right now. Whew! President Elect Trump probably wants his cabinet in place. There are so many who want healing to come to their bodies or their loved ones to come to a saving knowledge of Christ. I prayed for a young woman this week, who is longing for job security. Santa can't provide these things, but with God all things are possible! Also, God deciphers what is best for us and sometimes has to take us down a different path to bring us to that end.
The She Reads Truth entry takes us to the book of Habakkuk 3:171-18 and the author writes:
"...look what Habakkuk says at the end of his prayer—after he’s just listed out all of his legitimate needs that seem to have gone unnoticed by the God he unwaveringly serves:
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation."
She points us to another important passage which brings peace. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
On this Thanksgiving weekend, I am giving thanks for you and for the encouragement you are to me and other brothers and sisters in Christ. I know God knows your wants and more than likely each of you has a desire for someone to fall passionately in love with Jesus. An answer to that prayer is the greatest gift we could receive.
Father, we have this treasure, which is that we know there is an all-surpassing power from you! Not from us. We may be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed. We may be perplexed, but not in despair and we may have experienced persecution, but we are not abandoned. Maybe we have been struck down, but we are still here and not destroyed. Okay, this truth is making me want to do my hallelujah dance! God, what you did in your earthly form as Jesus through his death and resurrection is all we could ever want for. It has been finished and we do rejoice even in the midst of these light and momentary troubles, for we KNOW that our eternal glory far outweighs all of them. We fix our eyes, not on our earthly wants and what can be seen, but on our greatest desire, implanted in our souls by You, Glory with God in the highest! In Jesus' Name Amen
The best gift is yet to come!