Even If

EVERYONE has stuff
Lord please use WOTW and her wordart
Encourage people as You have me by it. 🌻

WOTW

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this [giving thanks] is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

There’s a song I love called “Even If” and when I hear it, I think of this scripture. Give thanks in all circumstances, for THIS [giving thanks] is God’s will for you. The chorus of the song goes:

I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

Is this your testimony today? Maybe you have a lot going on at once. Maybe you still have some prayers you haven’t seen come to pass YET. Maybe there’s an illness that hasn’t been reported healed…

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On purpose

https://bible.com/bible/113/eph.2.10.NIVUK

show me

the good stuff You’ve set me up to do.

  • Even from my bed
  • my wheelchair
  • my corner 🌎.
  • Even with my exhausting job or health or special needs child
  • Even without a husband
  •  or family 💔
  • Even in my income bracket
  • Even homeless or in a bad part of town
  • Even when I weigh more than I wish to
  • Even with my nose or my height or my smile
  • Where I am
  • Who I am
  • with What I am given

Wait!  No! 

Not even with


But Because of 
those things

Prepared

 in advance, 

right?

Show me. 🙏💕

I Cannot Let That Voice Win

I am drawing MUCHO lessons on the living with mental illness or disability or family pain from this story of marathons:
##pacing yourself
##stopping to refuel
##Coping with your mental “game” being the prima facia case
##The blessing of experience
##The amplified blessedness of having a running partner

Fractured Faith Blog

My brother in law, Gearard, and I embarked on our latest long run yesterday in preparation for the Belfast Marathon in May. This time we stepped the distance up to 15 miles, our longest effort yet. It was chilly but thankfully dry as we set off on the first of several loops round the village, well wrapped up to ward off the icy wind. This will be Gearard’s first marathon and my tenth.

Long distance training runs are as much mental as physical and I always find the first few miles the hardest as you dubiously eye up the road in front of you. No matter how many times I set off on such a run I always experience the same emotions. Anxiety and a sense of hopelessness, convinced this will be the time I’m caught out and shown up for the running fraud I truly am.

Given this, I’m…

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Straight up ☝

https://bible.com/bible/113/gen.28.10-15.NIVUK
This dream happened as Jacob was fleeing for his life from  his brother who he had just cheated out of his blessing with the sneaky help of his mom and to the sorrow of his dad.

I was deeply and profoundly encouraged by this tawdry b-novel-plotted story of Abrahams grandson, believe it or not.

My family is messed up like that.  Seriously.  I’ve blogged about it.

But God sees my ❤

He knows my passionate longing to be better, to get to the blessed life He promised 

He knows what makes me tick

He’s in charge and He’s got a plan

He’s aware. 

He’s the same as always.  

He keeps his promises. 

 Like a plumb line or a flame which flames straight up to the sky no matter what you do.

Or a stairway that goes straight into heaven.

He’s the schizzle.

Walking it out

Hubby and I had intense fellowship tonight.

Boundaries.

With our bisexual ?  son

What do we do if he brings his guy to thanksgiving? Is there even a real guy or was that just a thing in college?  Will we ever have another family thanksgiving?

With our deceased parents.  

With our one living parent who is one of our offenders. But is also still our parent\grand.

With pastors who tend to be unsafe ? emotionally

Will we ever be able to trust again?

With brother who abused a child and lied about it and is getting away with it and getting old.

Yikes.  I can feel my eye starting to twitch.

Families are so 

Wonderful

Infuriating

Heartbreaking

Complicated
Jesus.

Holy Spirit.

Father.

Tell us how to walk with mercy and justice and humility.🌻

We need Your love 💘