Friday, September 19, 2008

Faith-Lift Friday(9/19/08) and prayer request

I had thought about not doing a faith lift post this week.. Well really I thought about not posting at all, I just couldn't get into the whole blogging thing.. fear and pride was keeping me from being able to do much of anything except worry myself sick to the point of really becoming ill.

DH got news this week that his company was going to have to make some sort of cost cuts to keep running As the week went by the news just kept coming in.. and Last night before I went to bed, DH called from work to give me the wonderful news that starting this week they were cutting every ones hours to a 32 hour work week..
I took this right to God in prayer, I laid it at his feet.. but I forgot to let go.
I could hardly sleep last night(Wednesday night).. I kept praying for God peace but then refusing to take it and kept letting my mind keep wondering as to how on earth will we make the house payment, keep our lights on, have gas to heat the house.. food for the kids to eat, how will we make it on just a portion of DH pay when we were just getting by with what he did bring home..
I knew worrying was wrong.. but kept justifying it, I mean who wouldn't worry about this stuff.. by morning time on Thursday I was so worked up that I could hardly get the kids to school I ended up in the bathroom puking from making myself sick with fear. I got a little better at leaving this at Gods feet as the day went on and I got busy doing the mother thing and taking care of the kids and going to volleyball games.. but when the kids went to bed I found myself sitting down and crying over all of this..
I stopped myself again and turned it back over to God again.. and I got up and walked over to my computer to do lesson #13 in the bible study I started in the spring (started in the spring but fell behind and started getting back to it the last few weeks.) I opened up the page on the computer for lesson #13 and the very 1st thing in big bold print just hit me like a ton of bricks.
Be anxious for nothing
WOW Does God know how to get our attentions or what.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, present your request to God.
Philippians 4:6

This was the verse under the big bold print. What do you think.. was God trying to tell me something ?
I continued to read the lesson and towards the end there was a reminder that as children of God we have"no business being uneasy, concerned, worried, upset, nervous, disturbed, tense, distressed, agitated, edgy or apprehensive. Being ill at ease, perturbed, fretful, troubled or overwrought is not part of His plan. None of these attitudes glorify God. "(copied from the Roost spring 08 bible study)

Talk about God speaking right to me.. sort of like a kick in the seat saying.. to me to get my act together..
It went on to say "Anxiety is rooted in pride and God hates both."(also copied from the Roost spring 08 bible study)
God spoke to me more.. when I read the part that said something like how dishonoring it was to refuse to Cast our Cares on God. and how when we pridefully cling to our troubles we are unable to receive His peace.
Then it asked this "What if the stressful situations, troubles, and trials were nothing other than an invitation to experience peace? What if God wants us to see Him, to experience His life, and to know Him more intimately through every challenge?"(copied from the Roost Spring 08 bible study)

If God is in control, what do I have to fear?? NOTHING.. NOTHING at all.. and GOD IS IN CONTROL..

I do not know what Gods plans are in this new trial. I don't know where we will be when it is over.. BUT I do know God is in Control and in that I will trust and rest.

I want to pray that God does something so DH job is back at his 40 plus hours and everything will be normal.. BUT I think I need to pray that God does His will, who knows maybe he has bigger better things ahead for us, that we need to go though this to get to that.

Anxiety and worry is a the opposite of trusting in God and both are sin.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, present your request to God.
Philippians 4:6

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.
Psalm 46:1,2

Oh how I Thank God, for leading me to this tonight and for telling me just what I needed to hear.. He is such a great God.. I have a peace that only God can bring and I know I'll be able to sleep tonight, Resting in Him.. Ummmm that is if I step away from the computer and find my way into the bed seeing how it is now after 1am Friday morning.. :)

Please continue to pray for the Duncan family and pray Gods will for the situation we find our self in.

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good stock picks said...

its good to know about it? where did you get that information?

Courtney said...

God really wanted your attention! You and your family will be in my prayers.

Shana said...

This is a great post.

I am e-mailing you. :o)

Nicole said...

Wow K, I too really needed to read that this afternoon. I have been so stressed with work, I didnt even put makeup on this morning because everytime I think if it I start crying. It is very hard to let go of your worries, I know this first hand. You will be in my thoughts today and through out the weekend.

palmtreefanatic said...

nice post kc and so true, we just cannot handle things on our own and I think we ALL forget that! We try to take everything in our own hands and it just doesn't work, I believe all things happen for a reason though we may not know what that is...
hang in there!
Be Blessed and have a relaxing weekend!

Fantastagirl said...

It's so hard for me to let go of my worries, so I won't tell you, that you need to let go of yours. But I will send you a ton of good thoughts so that you may get some sleep tonight, for nothing good happens when we don't get enough sleep.

HUGS, HUGS and big big HUGS to you and your family.

Fifi said...

I love it when God speaks directly into a situation in my life! I will be praying for you.

(my oh my .... I read about what the Duncan family are going through ... tragic)

Jean said...

Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.
I'm sure somehow through his grace and love things will work itself out, it's just so hard to see it that way now.

Sheryl said...

What a beautiful post, KC!!
Fear and worry are two of my biggest battles. I'd never thought about fear being pride...that's an insight I'll be chewing on :)
Thanks for sharing this.
We'll be keeping your family in our prayers as your family goes through this change in your husband's hours/income.

melanie said...

Isn't it funny how that stuff happens. I also worry until I make myself sick to my stomach. I know I shouldn't- I constantly remind myself of the verse- "Cast all of your cares upon him for he careth for you." But I still worry. And then I get an email devotional about worry. Or I read someones blog about anxiety. And it's like they were posting for me. Coincidence? I think not- it's God talking to me. Just like the song you posted about above (Leave it There)... it's not a coincidence that I finally had time to stop by your blog tonight. God wanted that song to be stuck in my head because I need to be reminded, so very much.