Trials

Light At the End of the Tunnel

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You are either in the middle of a difficult season, just got out of a difficult season, or you are about to enter a difficult season.

I’ve heard a lot of pastors say some version of this over the years, and it’s true. There are so many metaphors for hard times. Maybe you’ve been in a dessert, valley, storm, darkness, tunnel, or any other word to describe a painful place. We’ve all been there, or are in the hard place right now.

I am still in a difficult season but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. That light gives me hope as we journey out with Jesus leading the way. At times it has been dark and I could not see anything in front of me. It was all unknown, but Jesus has always known the outcome. He said “Trust me”.

Yesterday the hospital bed was picked up from our house by the medical supply company. Tom (my husband) has been using the stairs again, and he’s getting better going up and down. It’s still very painful but at least now he’s not crawling up the stairs. Blessings. I count every single blessing each day, no matter how small.

As I look back on these months of sickness, hospitalizations, catheters, surgeries, drain tubes, piles of prescriptions, endless doctors visits, labs, and pain, a lot of pain, I see God’s grace. His mighty hand has guided us through these mirky waters. And He is still guiding us as we don’t have every single thing completely resolved. As hard as that is, that’s alright.

I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen. I am a planner to the core, and that doesn’t work very well as a Christ follower. I have learned time and time again over the many years of being a Christian to “Let go, Let God”. Simple yet true, and very difficult for me to do at times.

God is always faithful. He has carried, provided, encouraged, and healed us. God is a perfect loving Father as He has cared for our every need. No, He did not just make it all go away. God made a way through it, which has tested and stretched our faith.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7, NIV

If it’s dark for you right now, hold on to Jesus. He is the way out. There is much to learn in the hard times. Your faith will grow as you follow Jesus. He can see what you cannot, and some of it you just don’t need to see. There is light at the end of your tunnel, and it’s beautiful.

Love you all,

Meghan

Father God,

You are awesome, holy God. I lift up those who are in the difficult places right now. They can’t see and they are afraid. Encourage them. Remind them that they are never alone. Carry them and help them see You through it all. Provide for their every need, and make a way out as they follow You. Give them peace.

In Jesus name,

Amen

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Count Your Blessings

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

 

We all have Christmas traditions. One of ours is to play the movie White Christmas while the tree is being decorated. I love all the music from that classic movie. Of course the iconic “White Christmas” song by Irving Berlin is one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time. And I do love that song. But there’s another song from the movie that I love. “Count Your Blessings” was also written by Irving Berlin. He wrote it during a time he was suffering from insomnia brought on by stress. A doctor suggested to count his blessings instead. Good advice.

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep and I fall asleep counting my blessings
when my bankroll is getting small I think of when I had none at all
and I fall asleep counting my blessings.

 

I think about a nursery,
and I picture curly heads,
and one by one I count them
as they slumber in their beds.

If you’re worried and you cant sleep,
just count your blessings instead of sheep
and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.

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Worry and stress are exasperated during this “Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. While it should be one of the happiest times, for many it can be one of the hardest. I think of this song often throughout the year when I feel stressed. When I stop and count all of my many blessings it gives me perspective. The problems will always come, but the gifts from our Heavenly Father will come too. So let’s thank Him for all He has given us, for all He has done and continues to do.
The Word of God is clear about what we are to do with our worry. Give it all over to Jesus. Here are just a few verses:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7 (NIV) 
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 (NIV)
No matter what you are facing today, stop and take a few moments to thank God for everything He has blessed you with. Write these blessings down and look at them daily to remember how faithful God is. Let’s count our blessings! Our lists should be so long that we run out of paper. If you are in a painful place, at least write a few blessings down. There is always something to be thankful for. Your list will grow as you begin to think about all the good God has done.
Here is a big blessing to start you off. Jesus came into this world as a tiny baby to save us. Thank you Jesus for the blessing and miracle of Christmas.
When we thank God for His many blessings something happens. We stop focusing on the problems and stress and start focusing on God. That changes our mood and our attitude. Our faith grows, and our praise gets stronger. That’s powerful!
May your load be a little lighter today. May God give you fresh joy and perspective when you think on all He has done.
Love you all,
Meghan
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