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I’m Buried and I Can’t Dig Out

11 Apr

When I’ve needed a pep talk the most is typically when I have the most trouble giving one to myself, and that has been the case lately.  My situation has been so difficult and yet personal on several levels, I’ve had no words.  Even now, I don’t want to expose all the details of my struggle.  Don’t we all have at least a little something that we could complain about, if we really wanted to grumble?

Here’s the gist of my dilemma:  God hates complaining, and I have trouble knowing how to write sometimes without feeling that I’m partly airing grievances while tacking on a word of faith at the end.

And right now I don’t feel at all like a victorious Christian, although I believe that I am.  I’m clueless about how things are going to work themselves out, which is a very helpless feeling.  I don’t know what to do!

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My hope is in Jesus and all He accomplished for me on the cross. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s one detail:  I just moved into this lovely, spacious apartment three weeks ago.  And because of the toxic air that even the landlord acknowledges, I must move.  Yes, they need to take responsibility; but if they don’t fully own it, I’m not capable of covering for their mishap at the moment.

And, Lord, where should we live?  I feel a little lost mostly for that reason.  I haven’t recovered from the recent move, and I’m physically disadvantaged because my arms and hands, which are permanently injured, are weakened and hurt more than usual.  So I don’t know where in the world to move and I don’t know how on earth I can achieve it apart from the management paying for me to be packed and moved, as I believe is only fair.

Here’s the pep talk part of this entry:  I have no doubt that this trial will ultimately work for my good because God is my Lord; I’m not trying to do my own thing.  (Right now I wonder if I have already somehow made a departure from God’s path; but since I’m not walking in any area of habitual sin that I’m aware of or trying to fulfill my own agenda, I’m inclined to believe I’m on the right track.)

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Romans 8:28

New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

 

The Sunshine Award – Nomination!

8 Apr

It’s such an honor to be considered for The Sunshine Award.  Thank you, Bird, for the nomination!

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules.

1.Include the award logo in your post.

2. Answer some questions about yourself

3. Nominate some other bloggers that you love

4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated

5.Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

I’ll imagine some interesting questions and share some random facts about myself:

1.  My first real kiss was in the 6th grade, on campus at Salk Elementary School in Orange, Texas, after school.  To protect the innocent, I’ll withhold the (now) married man’s name.

2.  Easter is my favorite day of the year because of both childhood memories of the holiday and what Jesus means to me now.

3.  The Lonesome Dove trilogy by Larry McMurtry was a great read for me.

4.  I’ve never gotten more excited about any two movies than Braveheart and Passion of the Christ, yet I don’t believe it’s because of a Mel Gibson crush.

5.  I aspire to be a Christian Prayer Ninja.

My nominees for the Sunshine Award are:

The Dappled Path — Selah, who I’ve mentioned in a blog post before, posts truly gorgeous pictures of nature which make me feel like I’m there.  I’m transported to where my heart longs to be every time I visit her site (I’m a city dweller longing for the country).  This talented photographer and writer is currently recovering from a broken ankle.

Know The Sphere –  Jeremiah writes poetically and with nice insight.  He’s a professional freelancer with a large following — understandably!  Stop by and read and you’ll get what I’m saying and no doubt become a fan, too.

Brave Fish – Vincent H Chough is an author from Pennsylvania and a missionary to Argentina.  He has an honest faith that is a joy to read about.

It’s a God Thing —  The writer on this website has a fresh, crisp voice and doesn’t seem to mince words at all.  I like her boldness, and I’m always challenged when I read her posts.

Bird, the awesome person who nominated me, is a down-to-earth blogger whose voice is pretty much irresistible with its wit and honesty.  She has encouraged me just about ever since I started this blog, and even though we only know one another through blogging, it feels like she’s a nearby friend.  Bird was once in a serious motorcycle accident; and she writes about it on her blog, which I think must take a lot of courage because she went through a very tough time while recovering.

It’s both encouraging and exciting to be nominated, and I appreciate it.  Like you, I am hoping to be able to figure out how to post the award on my site.  I may ask for some pointers.  Thanks again, Bird.

Blessings,

Stevie