Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Humbled and Honored


                                                                     

Well, it's been a bit since I last posted.  Thought I'd check in and see how you are doing?  (No, this is not a pic of me- but our curious horse) :)

Life happens- and at a rate much faster and with energy requirements generally higher than my personal ones!

Got through our son's high school graduation!   WOOT!  So awesome!  He is excited for college to begin this fall!  Also been continuing to (slowly) work on estate matters, left by my dear dad who passed-away this winter. 

And, this next month- one of our daughters is moving a number of states away- to take on a new season/career move of her life...

Throw into the mix that Lyme amped it up- so I needed to as well.  More labs, more procedures (more money), more treatments...

Yes, you could about guess my age (I now qualify for some discounts!- YES!), as I am definitely experiencing an intensive case of the 'middles'! 

How about you?  Are you experiencing the 'middles'?   Maybe not 'mid-age'- but with the flux of life with Lyme- we can get the middles too.

The Lyme ride can take us up and down in a matter of minutes, many times without much warning as to which way we may go.  This can often lead us to that 'middles feeling'- not being sure if One should step-up, or step-back, or just sit-down-on-the-step!   

One day our mind may say, 'let's go!', but our body says, 'NO!'-  other days it may be the other way around-- our body is ready to get-at-it, but even though we try to move forward- it feels like we left our mind back on the bedroom dresser! 

By nature/design, I am an organizer/administrator/goal oriented kind of person.  The disorder that Lyme brings to my mind, my life- is especially challenging.  I really like planning things out- and having them go along the way I set out. HA!

Lyme has gifted me with challenging being.  Not that the way I am is bad- it's just Lyme challenges it, and when I look past the frustration, I find it is a great tool to learn to let-go a bit more... I don't have to have 'everything' figured out. 

God is the God of order-- He is the One who orders my days, my foot steps. (really, anyone who thinks they know what they are going to do is basically kidding themselves, Lyme or no Lyme!) 

Check this out from James (who was probably also a planner!):

James 4:13-14  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 [a]Yet you do not know [b]what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

So, what are your plans?  Do you have the 'middles'- and not sure?  Whether you have seeming definitive plans, or you have the 'middles' and aren't sure which-way-is-up right now-  Know this-

The LORD our God, Almighty to Save, King of Kings... He has a plan.  And, His plan does not change.  He has a Way for you, and a will for you-  He knows the desires of your heart (even those collecting dust in our Lyme-locked hearts we are afraid we'll never see again).  Trust in He Who Is Worthy of our Trust.

As we let Him work on our hearts- He will dust things off, and, as is His nature, He will make all things new in time, His time, in His way- 

So do not be discouraged.  He is not done.  He is at work in our lives. He will redeem, and repurpose all these 'middles', and ups-n-downs, we experience with Lyme. 

Keep your heart toward Him, and your eyes turned toward Him... Lyme CAN-NOT steal your future from His hands! :)

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Bless you! 

Psalm 9:9-10  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

[a]The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And [b]those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psalm 21:6-7  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For You make him [a]most blessed forever;
You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
And through the lovingkindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.
 
 


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