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!
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.”
(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
- James 5:11
- James 1:12
- Job 42:10
- Romans 8:28
YOU 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 Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community – Barbara Bradford Ottinger
FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin
- Goodreads Website Accessed: 2018-01-15 https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/838626-everything-is-going-to-be-fine-in-the-end-if
- 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
- AZ Quotes Website Accessed: 2018-01-15 https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/everything-will-work-out.html