Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today is Thursday

There is so much going on in the world lately that I've been kind of plugged into news reports. Mind boggling disasters in Australia, record temperatures (high and low) all over the map, ice storms in Kentucky. What to do? What to do? I take a large breath, consider all the confusion and difficulties and think: God is still in His heaven. He is still watching over everything. I trust Him completely--most of the time.

Then comes the hard part: What am I going to do to assist Him in doing His work? Will I be kinder today to everyone I come in contact with? Will I try harder to spend my time more wisely? Will I be less critical of others? Will my conversations with Him be more listening on my part for the directions and guidance I need? Will my heart break with contrition for those things I do that I know I shouldn't? OR should be doing and don't? Will I ponder deeply at the wonder of the incomprehensible atoning sacrifice of the Savior of the world and then feel more deeply how committed He was to providing the way back home for me? Do my words reflect my heart's desires, or my actions reflect what I know is right?

Each day is a clean page on which to write. God is watching. I cannot hide from Him. I want my history to be something He will be happy to accept whenever I happen to meet Him again.

Faith has always seemed a constant in my life. Faith in Jesus Christ is essential. Do I struggle? Oh, yeah! Are there times when I don't or haven't known what/how I would deal with this or that huge challenge? Absolutely! Do I get discouraged sometimes. You bet. However, I know that when I open the Scriptures and look and compare what they contain, His Spirit speaks to me and gives me comfort, guidance and hope. Sometimes reading the Scriptures brings up more questions. Often, after having read a certain passage I know I've read many times before, I find new light and new understanding. That's one of the things I love most about reading the Scriptures. They aren't stagnant. They're as fresh today as they were when they were first penned by God's holy prophets.
One of my most favorite Scriptures ever is Proverbs 3:5-6---
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I can't tell you the comfort those 27 words have been to me over the past 30 years!

How do you deal with the roiling challenges that confront you every day? What keeps you sane and hopeful? Or, do you have challenges like that?


Debby said...

Thanks for this post. I needed to remember that my path is directed. Sometimes I spend so much time worrying about my path that I forget. I am where He put me. I am here for His purposes. I need to trust in Him.

My favorite verse:

Be still and know that I am God.

I get caught up in busy-ness sometimes. Sometimes, I simply need to stop.

Bush Babe said...

What keeps me sane... my kids. My husband. My family. The goodness in the vast majority of people. The outpouring of support and hope felt over the past couple of days for our fire victims illustrates this.

My other technique is to 'crop the crap out'. Focussing on the rubbish is deadly for the looker. When I do that I feel myself going down, sinking to the level of the nastiness. When I refocus on the good stuff, perspective returns.

I guess really its the same thing you do PW... I just call it something different.

Pencil Writer said...

Debby and BB, Thank you both for sharing. We do have to focus on what is good, what can bring peace into our jumbled world.

You both help me focus one the good things, too! Thanks again.

And Happy Valentine's Day to you both--BB--may be past your actual VD, but hugs to you and Debby, just the same!

Mary Paddock said...

I take refuge in Gary and the boys when things get rough.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

Pencil Writer said...

Mary, our loved ones are so very important to our peace. I love yours and Debby's scriptures, too. Interesting how there are some "one liners" as I heard someone refer to them recently, that just stand out for so many of us.

Kind of like Jesse's: John 14:15, If ye love me, keep my commandments. (Jesse is the young missionary I helped make a quilt for back in was it November?)

How much the world could benefit from those six simple but oh, so powerful words!!!