Friday, January 9, 2009

Speaking of rough times...

Good morning. I hope no one thinks I'm being irreverant but I tend to deal with problems and trials with humor, at least as much as possible. And, until I get to feeling better, you can consider this "person" as my personal image. Talk about a bad hair day! I've actually been having a "bad hair, bad head" week. Whatever that bug is that's been going around, I caught it. I'm so full of chicken soup I may cackle any minute!

Today, however, is better, which brings me to the theme of this blog. As long as we have tomorrows, we have hope. No matter how bad things may seem, there probably is another day in our future that will make the troubles of today seem unimportant. In I Peter:5-7, it says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may raise you up in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

I think one of our biggest, most important tasks, as Christians, is to keep reminding each other that God cares for us, sick or well, rich or poor or anything in between. It's when we give up and take our eyes off the Lord that we suffer the most. I'm no saint (I know, I know, your image of me is shattered) but I do have a few hard miles on me. I know what it's like to be in need. Sometimes, no matter how hard we work, it's insufficient. That's where reliance on the Lord comes in. When our back's against the wall and we turn to Him, He will answer.

Years ago, I thought that my unwelcome hiatus from publishing was because of a lack on my part. Looking back, I can clearly see that God was preparing me for my current career with Love Inspired. I'd like to say that I had no doubts but that wouldn't be true. I did doubt His wisdom. And I did pray and weep and lament. But He was faithful. I'm here.

I get lots of letters from readers that tell me I'm on the right track but even without those, I can now see what God was doing in my life. Keep your eyes on the prize and trust him.

Even when your hair turns blue and you can't stop sneezing!!!!

Blessings,
Val

8 comments:

  1. Great message and reminders, Val - - thank you! And I hope and pray you'll feel much better soon. (Actually, that funny character with the blue hair is kind of cute-LOL!). Blessings from Georgia,
    Patti Jo Moore :)

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  2. GREAT post, VAL! You're such an encouragement.

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  3. LOL, Val!! Such a great point made so well (and with humor). :)

    I love being able to look back and see where God was working, even while I doubted. It's a great reminder.

    Missy

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  4. Thanks for this wonderful reminder that God has a purpose for everything He allows in our lives!

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  5. That image would be great to put on a t-shirt so you could wear it to symbolise how your feeling!

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  6. What a wonderful post!

    tbbycatt@gmail.com

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  7. Val, I love that picture. That is the way I feel some mornings! LOL.
    Margaret

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  8. What a testament to God's provision and planning, even years from now. And the great care in which He takes to order our destinies in ways we can't begin to comprehend.

    Thanks, Val!

    Cheryl

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