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What are your impossibles?

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We all need a reminder at times that God can and does do anything.  Is anything to hard for God?  NO!

I recently began to make a list of “impossibles” for myself to post on my prayer wall — things I can’t do.

I look forward to ticking these off as God does the impossible again.

The only catch is that we have to give our imposssibles to Him.

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Yesterday I shared how God gave me a song to minister to my soul and calm my fears as I struggled with problems my loved ones were facing.

But there is more to the story. Even as God calmed my fears through the words of this song and reminded me to praise him, He reaffirmed those thoughts in another way.

My sister and I both love books and she recently sent me 3, of which one was the Assemblies of God devotional, “God’s Word For Today.” That same night I picked up the devotional and read the one for that day.  It was called, “Suddenly Everything Changed.”

The scripture with the devotion was Acts 12:7.  It reads, “Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.  He struck Peter on the side and woke him up.  “Quick get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”

The devotion…

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Time for a Checkup

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I have been a very bad girl.  I recently ran out of medications, and with no refills available, I had to call my doctor.  I’ve actually only seen that doctor once, and have debated about going back to him versus going back to my other health care provider or seeking someone else entirely.  He was busy, so I was scheduled to see His wife.  I think this was a God thing.  You see, it had been a year and a half since I had been to the doctor.  I had not been taking care of myself for a long time for various reasons, and it’s time to get this back under control.  The good news is that my blood sugars and my asthma are both doing well.

 

Another issue I struggle with is weight.  I had lost about 70lbs and was doing well.  Then I got it in my head that I would start taking my diabetes medications like I’m supposed to.  Big mistake?  I don’t know, but I gained all that weight back and more in a matter of a couple months, even though I stopped as soon as I realized what had happened.  With a bum knee and all the extra weight piled on, I am in worse shape than ever.  And I am discouraged.

 

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English: A doctor listens to the lungs of 3-year old boy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why do I tell you this?  Sickness of the body (or lack of physical good health) often keeps us from being the people God created us to be.  My struggles keep me chained, in a sense, and hold me back from being/doing what I would like to do.   Even ministry items have to be thought out carefully before taking them on.  Many of those things that a normal 54 year old woman can do, I cannot.  I’ve had medical issues all my life and have had to adjust my life to accommodate them.  But, I often get frustrated because I want to be like everyone else (or as I perceive them).  Fortunately, many health issues can be taken care of by medication or just waiting for them to pass.   Sometimes, God chooses to completely heal.  All the time He is in the process.

 

So, when it comes to doing things like playing with the grandkids, going to the mall with my daughter, having a party for my Sunday School Class, and much more, I often have to pass or get help.  In one sense, that keeps me dependent on God, and that’s a good thing!  On the other hand, it limits my ability to relate with others doing every day things.   It’s amazing how God uses my ‘dis’ abilities at times, so I trust Him that He’ll give me the ability to do what He wants me to do, but I also wonder how many times I’ve let Him down because I just can’t do some things.

 

How’s your Health?

All of the above, a struggle I have on a daily basis, got me thinking about spiritual health.  God is much more concerned with my spiritual health than my physical health, and the only disability there is me.  How do you measure spiritual health?  How often do we miss out on ministry opportunities because our spiritual health is not very good?  How do we get healthy once we realize we’ve become spiritually sick?

 

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The first way spiritual sickness strikes is common to man:  sin sickness.  Those who have not accepted Christ have a sickness unto death, and the remedy is to let Jesus cover your sin with His blood and make you white and whole again.   Sin sickness still lurks in the natural man while we’re on earth, however.   If we are not progressing toward becoming like Christ, we may have allowed our sin sickness to taint our spiritual health again.  We heal this problem by keeping short accounts with God, confessing our sin, and getting right with our God.

 

Busy-ness

Another way we can become spiritually sick is through busyness.  Are you so busy you let your quiet time slip?  Do you go through the motions, looking churchy, but feeling bankrupt inside?  When we get busy, especially busy doing “God’s Work”, we may let our relationship with said God (and others) slip without even realizing it.

 

Wrong Thoughts

We can do all the right things but for all the wrong reasons.  If we do things to be seen by man, because we feel like it’s an obligation, or to be with our friends, we may have a problem.   All of those things are ok, but not if they are our motivation.  Our thoughts determine so much about us.  They also act as a barometer or thermometer to tell us we’re having problems and need to get help.

 

7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:…”  Proverbs 23:7a

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Luke 12:34

Fortunately, the Great Physician is always on call, 24/7.  He gave us a prescription for spiritual maladies in the Bible, and sends His Spirit to help us understand the medications and convict us let us know when we’ve become spiritually sick.

Here’s hoping you find yourself healthy after this check up 😀  If not, I recommend you put in a call to the Great Physician.

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I just had to share this. It’s pretty awesome. I hope you’ll give it a gander

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This is a very interesting example. Not sure if I’m on board with it 100% until I have time to digest it, but it’s great none-the-less. Enjoy 🙂

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This is a great post by a dear lady. Saying no (for those who find it difficult) opens up doors to communication by freeing your time, allowing others to take responsibility for their own problems, and freeing us of resentment toward self and others. Enjoy and give D a shout out. Her blog is truly an inspiration. 😀

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Owning Yourself

I was reading one time and it said the hardest thing in the world for adults to do is to say no to their parents. I have watched people who would run themselves ragged because they could not say no when the parents were demanding. I know it sounds strange and many will probably say “Oh I have no trouble” and yet, the next time their parents demand of their time, they will give in. This is not saying we do not do for our parents and we do not be with them. I am talking about the parents who think we should drop everything for whatever it is they need because they demand it.

It is because the “parent-child” feeling comes back when we were little and that overrides the adult relationship that we should have. When we are grown, we might still be the “child” of…

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Are you my mother?

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Sitting here with my mother-in-law who is firing today. That means she’s talking and not sleeping. We repeat the same conversations over and over and over.

She was discussing the fact that her daughter (who she lives with) hadn’t called her. Of course in her mind, it’s been six months instead of six days.

After a bit of this, she says, “You wouldn’t do that to your mom, would you?”

I reply, “No, I don’t have a mom any more. I’d love to call her.”

Ginny: “Oh, I guess I don’t have one either [thinking ensues]. Well…

wait for it.

“I guess I think of YOU as my mother.”

Should I be insulted???????

I am 36 years younger than she is.

She’s been cracking us up all week. I just had to share this priceless gem with you. Hope you got a chuckle 🙂 Angie

A Day for Fathers

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Just a short post to wish those men out there who have been fathers, of your own children or another’s a Happy Father’s Day. A Dad’s importance to the lives of his children cannot be expressed enough. He is often their first view of God, and he can have a profound effect on the child’s ability to relate to God in later life. Human dads aren’t perfect, of course, but what they do matters.

Happy “Father’s Day” to my Heavenly Father as well. He is the ultimate Father and the pattern for what a Father (and a Mother…) should be. I hope you’ll all honor him today as well as your earthly father.

Say a prayer today as well for those who do not have a father today. Those who have been abandoned or those who have lost a father to death. Just like Mother’s Day brings sadness to some, Father’s Day can too, so be sensitive to the hurts of others as you go about your day. God bless you all. Angie

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