Saturday, June 16, 2012

Breathe

People often say that "Time heals all wounds".  I am not finding this to be true.  I know that God is capable of healing all wounds but He has also told us that Heaven is our destination and THERE is where there will be no more pain or loss.

I don't quite as easily shed a tear over the friends I lost over 20+ years ago but a sadness remains knowing they are gone and their loved ones still think of them each and every day.  My friend David passed away over 3 years ago and I still can't speak about him without tears filling my eyes and a heaviness in my heart that I can't explain.  The grief seems to deepen as time goes by.  I miss his humor.  I miss his hugs.  I long for his insight on things that are going on in my life.  Because of his health, I knew that losing him was a reality I'd most likely have to face one day but I never imagined it would be this hard.  When he left, it truly feels like a huge part of my heart went with him. I am amazed at how well his wife and children have continued on with their lives because I can't even imagine the depth of their hurt and grief.

I've heard "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened"----and I can do both in the same moment.  HATE the hurting. Long to be with God in a place of continual peace but until that time comes, I hold tight to His Words:

Friday, June 8, 2012

Prayerful Reminders


Much-Loved and Dearly-Missed friend, Pam Belflower



Beautiful Stella Rose who stole the hearts of so many, including those of us who were never privileged to meet her face to face.  Look forward to seeing that sweet, michevious girl in heaven one day.

 3 lb. little joy named Bela Rose with her new doggy-brother, Bailey, after she very unexpectedly joined our household after someone left her sick little self at a public shopping place. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Borrowed Prayer #1

Thought for the Day: Let God take control of your life.

Memory Verse: "...thy will be done." (Matthew 6:10)

Lesson: A key step to overcoming psychological problems is to let God guide and direct your life. You need to "let go" and "let God."


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I readily acknowledge that I have spent most of my life trying to do things for myself and by myself. I have tried to control my life and steer it in the direction that I felt it should go; the direction that seemed to make perfect logical sense; the direction that seemed so entirely reasonable.

As you know, I have crashed time and time again. And finally I have reached the point that I can no longer drive

Heavenly Father, I think I am finally ready to move over and let you take charge...to take a backseat in life...to trust you completely and let you take total control of my destiny.

But I must confess I'm worried. I know my past history. I know that at some point in time I may be tempted to start driving again...to grab the wheel, to interfere.

As we journey, please please protect me from myself. Keep my hands off the steering wheel, and quiet the nagging voices that lure me to take back control...

...Don't you really think we should be going this way Lord? ...Can't you see that it really makes so much sense that this is the direction I should be going?

Precious Savior, help me to realize how dangerous it is to rely upon my own will, my own skill, my own ability to cope with life. Although I have gained some limited success, relief, and happiness, I now realize how perilous and unwise my journey has been.

I cannot fool myself any more. I can no longer pretend that I know the road...that I know what's best for me...that I can see what perils lie around the next bend. I have been a fool, and I have teetered on disaster time and time again. I have driven recklessly, with very little thought for Thy will.

Dearest Lord, thank you for my depression! I rejoice in my pain and sorrow and in all of the circumstances that have brought me to this point in my life. I have been brought so low I can finally let go.

Over to you Lord! Thy will be done.

Copyright, Dr. Brian Campbell, 2009