Friday, June 20, 2008
He Will Maintain Me......
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. Ps. 140:12
I am now an afflicted person, afflicted with sorrow, I will always be categorized as such, afflicted means needy in mind or circumstance, and since I am needy I need someone to help me with my needs.....I was blessed by this scripture this morning that I know I will receive that help! He will maintain my cause. I looked up what "maintain" means and it gave me some pictures to meditate upon. This is what the Lord is going to do for me... to do, accomplish, appoint, become bear, bestow, fashion, furnish, bring forth, follow, govern, grant, keep, observe, be occupied, perform, serve, provide, procure, work, use, only to name a few out of Strongs. Now, as I thought about this road of grieving and all the up and down emotions and how they come, one day I can be very low and then another day I can be strong in heart, all the above ideas encouraged me that the Lord will meet me wherever I am on any given day. If I am having a "good day," then he could bring forth, fashion, furnish truth to my heart and I welcome that, but if I am having a "hard day," he will be there ever so gently providing, being occupied, bearing with my hurt. One who maintains is one who takes care of, that keeps it running, these ideas gave me a comfort and hope that He is there ready to be what my needy, afflicted heart needs!! I read another verse in Luke 5, And he entered into one of the ships....thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people out of the ship. Just being out a little on the "limb" so to speak, we can certainly be taught but the next verse says he said unto Simon, launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. It is when we are in the "deep" that can really transform us, and we can bring in the greatest fruits and receive the "biggest" works of faith in our lives. It can be "astonishing" as v.9 says, of the draught they caught. Now I would not have had this view at the beginning of our grieving journey, but I can see a little sunshine on many days of the benefit of this "deep." Jesus said "Fear not" in v.10, we need not have fear of trials, that is easier said than done, yet it is for our good and his glory. He will give what is needed in our time of need. I received alot to think about today and that is very good for me as it helps keep my mind occupied with truth away from the lies of the enemy!!
A report on the "big shopping day" that Bethany and Anna went on with the Burnett ladies. They found a lot of goodies. Some things from a few regular stores, but the big haul was from the thrift stores they hit. Mrs. Burnett is a "thrift store queen" and she knows where to go!!
Ok....agenda today......I have a few errands to run, bank and stuff, Micah and Andrew are going to dig the rest of the potatoes, Anna has several dessert to prepare, church and for her ****Dad's***** birthday on Sunday!!! A few cleaning projects. We need to pick and possibly can green beans again. Since the guys are back to Watonga, we will not have to be too hard with a schedule so we will just work and play!!! They were "riding high" when they drove off to work this morning!!! We are so very thankful for the provision of the truck.(see post below)
Yes, Terry's birthday is Sunday and Bethany's 19th birthday is on Tuesday, so I have to get my "thinker cap" on for Bethany's party, I have some ideas. Terry is just going to have a "happy birthday" party, easy!!!
We got all the chickens done around 9:30 pm, they were doing all the truck stuff so we did not get started until around 8:30, it went fast and our friend, David (our computer fixer man) came over to help and even gave us a Unicycle demonstration, Elijah needs ALOT of practice !! Tomorrow, Sat, we are not going to make it to the Farmers Market, we are helping some friends butcher 45 of their chickens, that is some of us as the guys will be gone.
Remember, always be thankful for Friday, Sunday followed......the Cross/Resurrection