Trust That It’s Not The End!

I’m so excited to be back writing!
I hope you’ve missed me like I’ve missed you 🙂

Praying you’ve had a great holiday.  In November I had great hopes that my Christmas season would be filled with lots of downtime and fun with family.  Well…fun with family happened! All the kids home for Christmas was a highlight for Todd and I.  Since our kids are older now I understand why my parents get so excited when we all come home!

Unfortunately, downtime didn’t happen.  December and the beginning of January have been marked with major computer issues…and that’s a real problem when you write for a living.

If you’ve been one of my amazing readers for more than a couple years you know I’ve kind of been plagued with computer issues and if you don’t hear from me you can pretty much assume that’s what’s going on.

In July of last year I got a new MAC and thought my technology woes were behind me. Getting work done became so much easier after that until December 2nd.  That day I finished preaching at a women’s Christmas event and closed my computer putting it safely in my bag.  When I opened it up later that day my screen was black and wouldn’t turn on.  Best Buy had the computer for three weeks and then it’s been a lot of online tech support calls trying to get it working properly again.

Truthfully, the computer problems are the least of my difficulties, but ones I totally feel comfortable sharing with you right now 🙂  At times, it feels like trouble is all around and it just doesn’t want to let up.  Such great things can be going on in your life but when nagging, unrelenting, ongoing issues are happening at the same time you have to watch or the negative will override your thoughts and blind you to all the positives in your life.

Trust That It’s Not The End!

 

JAMES 5:11

Job knew what it was like to live with nagging, unrelenting, ongoing issues.  He went through a series of losses thankfully the depths of which few have to experience.  Job was heartbroken as he lost all his finances, his children, his health and his wife. He suffered great injustices and was then insulted with a barrage of hurtful accusations by his “friends”, who said they came to ‘comfort’ him…who needs enemies with friends like that???

It’s not known how long Job’s sickness lasted but from what I read He got to the place of complete hopeless about his life to the point that he wished he had never been born. But it wasn’t the end!

As Job expressed his feelings of anger, hurt, depression and hopelessness to God he released forgiveness to those cruel friends and with this act of obedience, God turned Job’s life around.  Job 42:10 says,

“When Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes. In fact, the LORD gave him twice as much as before!”

When Job’s situation looked unredeemable, God said, it’s not the end yet.  From the moment Job forgave those who offended him God began the Job-rebuilding program.  People began to bless Job and give him gifts that he was able to turn into wealth.  For 140 years God poured out a double-blessing into Job’s life…and then it was the end.

You may feel like it’s THE END, but it’s not.  Don’t give up. Trust that God is working behind the scenes to turn your life around.  He did it for Job, He’s doing it for me and I know He’ll do it for you!

Father…I’m so thankful that when I feel things are done and all hope is gone that You restore. Help me to not give up hope and believe the lie of the enemy that it’s the end when you have a resurrection plan in place.  God, You are all-powerful and nothing is too hard for You!  May I live in the confidence that You are true to Your word, having the endurance of Job…trusting You…TO THE END!  In Jesus Name…Amen.

Be encouraged by these quotes today!

“Everything is going to be fine in the end.
If it’s not fine it’s not the end.”
~Oscar Wilde
(Irish Poet, Novelist, Playwright from the 1800’s)1


John Lennon is famous for saying it like this,

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” 2


Being a car-girl, I really love what Henry Ford said,Henry Ford Quote


Drawing From The Well

 

  1. James 5:11
  2. James 1:12
  3. Job 42:10
  4. Romans 8:28

BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREYYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
MONDAY
 Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

Endnotes

  1. Goodreads Website Accessed: 2018-01-15 https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/838626-everything-is-going-to-be-fine-in-the-end-if
  2. Quora Website Accessed: 2018-01-15  https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-original-source-of-the-quote-Everything-will-be-okay-in-the-end-If-its-not-okay-its-not-the-end
  3. AZ Quotes Website Accessed: 2018-01-15  https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/everything-will-work-out.html

Comments(18)

  1. Valerie Sisco says

    Hi Sherry,
    I’ve been wondering where you’ve been and so sorry to hear about the computer issues — those are sometimes so frustrating since they’re difficult to handle without expert tech help! I love this message about not giving up and trusting that it’s not the end but we’re exactly where God wants us to be. Trusting is such an exercise in faith and one my heart needs to be reminded of often! xoxo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Valerie,
      Missed you girl! Hope to see you soon in Florida 🙂
      ~Sherry

  2. Debbie Williams says

    Oh those computer woes and that’s tragic with a new Apple. Love all your quotes. Welcome back!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks Debbie! It’s great to be back 🙂
      ~Sherry

  3. Michele Morin says

    And our sister Julian said it too, “All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be most well.” She must have known we’d need the repetition.
    And I’m glad to see you here again. Ugh. Computer issues are the worst.
    So glad you had family time in December. Me, too, and next year I’m going to do a better job of taking time off just to be.
    Blessings to you as you get back into circulation again.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Michele,
      I’m so glad I took the time with the kids. Nothing better 🙂 Praying you have an awesome weekend!
      ~Sherry

  4. Brenda says

    Sherry, I’m so glad you’re back! So sorry for your computer woes and the other difficulties you’ve had recently. ((Hug)) Job is such a great example for us, isn’t he? Love how you share that it wasn’t the end for him until after God had blessed him doubly for an extra 140 years. Beautiful reminder, friend. Thank you. xoxo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Brenda,
      Great connecting with you again. Thanks for your encouragement!
      ~Sherry

  5. KellyRBaker says

    Welcome back, friend! I was wondering how you were this past week. I’m sorry about the computer issues. That is so frustrating! Glad to see that it’s worked out. Job’s story is an interesting one. I don’t think I ever connected his forgiving his friends to God restoring his life. Wow. Have a great weekend!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Kelly,
      Forgiveness really is the key that unlocks the door to destiny! Missed you too girl 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  6. Valerie Murray says

    Oh man! Computer issues are the worst (especially after buying a new one). The Christmas before last, I was charged twice for the MacBook Pro I purchased and had a hard time getting reimbursed because the bank and Apple both thought it was the other company’s fault. But it all worked out in the end. I love the quotes you shared. Sometimes I have to tell myself that everything will be fine. Blessings to you!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Valerie,
      Glad your computer fiasco worked out and I’m believing the same will happen for me 🙂 Praying you have a blessed week.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  7. Crystal Storms says

    Sorry about the computer issues, Sherry, and praying right now for resolved tech issues and all that you’re not ready to share. Beautiful encouragement that the middle is where we need to remind ourselves that God is still working all things together for our good and His glory. Love the quotes!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Crystal,
      Always nice to hear from you! Praying you have a blessed day and strength to make it through the middle, right to the end 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  8. Lisa Murray says

    So glad to have you back! Thank you for the encouragement about Job. Always need to be reminded that the end is not the end, that God is always at work. Thank you, friend!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Lisa,
      Praying you have faith to see the end!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  9. Esther | Chosen & Cherished says

    Amen, Sherry! So often, what we perceive as “the end” is actually the beginning of His mighty hand at work. Praying your technical difficulties do find the end though!! Blessings!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Esther,
      Your words are so true. Thanks for praying for me! It honestly means a lot 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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