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Thank You, Lord

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Thank You, Lord! by Julie O’Brien

 

Oh, how I love rainbows. It isn’t the majestic array of color that captures my heart. It is the reminder of God’s promise. All of His promises. The promise that He will never leave or forsake us, that nothing can separate us from His love nor snatch us from His hand. The promise of eternal life. That no weapon formed against us can prosper. That no matter how big our obstacle, or opponent is…we have the victory, in Jesus. The battle belongs to our Lord and nothing is impossible for Him. For it is not by our power or strength that He has placed the enemy under our feet, but by His power & might. Jesus said, follow Me. He never said it would be easy He did promise we would never walk alone.
A Bible study I am in by Beth Moore speaks about the battlefield being in our mind, not really about our actions at all. The enemy knows if he can get to our minds, that our mind controls our actions. He knows our weaknesses. It may be anger, lust, self pity, etc. The good news is, the enemy has no authority over those that belong to Christ Jesus!
  
Lately, I am ashamed to admit that I have failed my Lord and Savior. I have struggled with heartache & hurt that just did not make sense or seem fair. I allowed the pain to overwhelm & consume me. Instead of stopping to give thanks in all things, I allowed the enemy to steal my joy in being a child of the KING! All else pales in comparison to the knowledge, that I belong to the One True Living God. I pray that I will remember that even in my darkest hour. That I will remember to Praise His Holy Name not only on the mountain top, but as I walk through the valley. God is faithful, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
   
When I struggle, it is because I have moved..lost my focus, taken my eyes off Jesus & looked to myself for answers or the plan. Praise God! His mercies are new everyday! His grace is sufficient. Time for me to return to my first love..my one true love..the lover of my soul. For we cannot serve two masters…I long to serve my Heavenly Father. He alone is worthy….

So, thank you Lord for teaching me to walk by faith & not by sight. Thank you for teaching me to be as thankful for the thorns as I am for the roses. Thank you for the faithful Brothers & Sisters You have blessed me with. They truly have held me up before You, when I was unable to stand before You on my own….
  Love in Jesus, Julie, O’Brien

I am a single Mom of five sons and six daughters. My children range in age from eight to nineteen.   Only seven of my children  remain at home with me. Two of my sons have gone on to be with the Lord. My two oldest sons have recently left the nest. All but one of my children joined my family through adoption. Mostly from overseas orphanages.We home school using a Christian curriculum. I am also employed as a Registered Nurse on a very limited basis. I believe a Mom’s place is at home raising her children, if at all possible. I enjoy gardening, reading, and listening to praise & worship music.

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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