Journey Notes

“But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.”‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/2th.3.3.nlt

I sit here, listening to a chorus of little violinists as they practice the song, “Lightly Row.” These violinists are all boys and all under the age of 9.

One wise little man blurts out a great thought…”Who doesn’t know Lightly Row?!” In my mind (and in my smiling heart) I think, “I don’t know how to lightly row!…but wait, maybe I do…”

The realization hits me- although it seems like the world is caving in around me, it’s really not. I’m on THE solid rock. Endurance and faith in the Lord is what I have and this is merely part of the journey to becoming whole in Christ.

As a child who exclaims with great enthusiam, “Mom! Look at me! I can [do that which I didn’t think I could…].!!!” When we grow in our faith, we really do reach that which we never could’ve reached alone.

In the past, therapists and friends have pointed out my heightend sensitivity issues. I mention this because it’s been a major factor in my life and has caused me to fall into heavy anxiety and minor depression.

My old reaction pattern is to (figuratively) crawl into a ball and close my eyes until the craziness has passed. My emerging feeling is different- my eyes are squinted shut for a moment. It does not  take (as long;) before I realize I can safely open my eyes and face what’s been set before me.


It’s always astounding to me- the way God chooses to speak to us. This time, it was through the verse of the day, followed by the innocent words of a child.

Never did I think real joy existed here on earth. I was so very wrong. God IS faithful. He DOES protect his own. The fruits of the spirit CAN be attained.

Blessings,

Greta

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  1. God speaks to us in many different ways. There are so many ways that you can find Him if you just look and pray.

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  2. Smile, Greta. 😆😆😆

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  3. You have a unique gift for combining Scripture, everyday illustrations, and words of wisdom. Blessed! Through your blessings, you bless many others.

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  4. I was reminded also of 1 Cor 10:12

    “…God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

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  5. When you’re in the middle of things, it can be so hard to see the blessings all around us. The beauty is slowing down enough to focus on them. But it always seems like when you do, He’ll make them crystal clear! Even in the smallest of actions can blessings be found. Keep your eyes open! Blessings!

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