I would have you to remember My goodness, for I have watched over you even when you felt alone, even when you felt desperate, even when you felt forgotten, even when you have been without.
I have never left you. I have never forsaken you. I have been with you all of these days from the very first day you gave yourself to Me, and I have watched over you.
It is true that I have allowed you to walk through some hard circumstances, but do you not know that they are making you stronger? And, do you not know that they are giving you the right to exercise the authority that I have given you? And, do you not know that they cause you to cling to Me?
Your destiny is already written and it is one of victory, not failure. So, walk with Me in trust and love. Victory is assured. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Dare to believe you can be what I said you can be, says the Lord.
Rest assured that I have begun a good work in you, and I will bring it to perfection, says the Lord. You are not an inferior product. You have been redeemed and set apart for My kingdom. Refuse to believe lying accusations that bring condemnation. You are chosen and designed to fulfill My purposes in your place on the earth.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
In honour and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. This was written by Erma after she found out she was dying from cancer.
If I had to live my life over…
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later… Now go get washed up for dinner.’
There would have been more ‘I love you’s, more ‘I’m sorry’s.’
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute; look at it and really see it; live it and never give it back.
Food for thought….
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you”.
We quote that scripture and meditate on it whenever we go through a difficult time. We encourage each other with that scripture, and rightfully so. But that scripture is like a coin that has a flip-side.
God is always with us. He is not just with us on a Sunday when we are standing in church. He is with you right this very moment.
So what are you busy with?
If you could see God standing next to you, will you still do what you are doing? If you could see God in the car with you, will you still curse and swear at the driver in front of you? If you could see God walking next to you, will your feet still walk towards that sin you know you shouldn’t do? If you could see God in your office, will you still flirt with your colleague? If you could see God leaving work with you, will you still go to the bar and have one drink too many? Will you still light that cigarette? Will you still yell at your spouse? Will you?
God IS there, you just can see Him.
Has the coin dropped?
We are living a life with God, in front of God. What does He see?