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Here’s a song that I just LOVE from Laura Story ~ Blessings

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things.

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
But long that we’d have the faith to believe.

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home,

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise?

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A trial, an illness, financial problems, family problems, or during any situation in life. Regardless of the situation, we can cling to these truths:

*God’s love for me is unchanging.

*God’s purpose for me is Christ-likeness.

*God’s Word is my final answer.

*God’s grace is sufficient for me.

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It has been quite a stormy few weeks around here……..let’s see…..my PC picked up 16 viruses and Windows wouldn’t even let it start up.

My car was run into and the driver’s side mirror was broken.  (Luckily the young man was HONEST and left me a note with his name and number and his insurance paid 100%!)

I have piano students coming out of my ears….well, maybe it just seems like it after 38 lessons every week…….

I almost ran over a ladder in the middle of the highway going 70 MPH  (and yes, that was the speed limit 🙂

In the middle of all of the stress, inconvenience, and being shook up about nearly totaling my car if I hadn’t been able to swerve around the ladder (Grace was with me, which scared me even more)  I still have peace.

Peace comes from knowing that God is in control.  I have no control over ladders in the middle of the highway (which I believe fell out of a state department of transportation vehicle that was working just up the highway….anyway……) but God has control over the traffic and allowed the lane next to me to be clear so I could quickly avoid the ladder.  He’s also in control of giving me complete peace, good judgment and decision making skills right in the split second I needed them.

I have no control over people hitting my car when it’s parked in my driveway, but God has control over the situation and worked out all of the details.  It turned into a blessing because I was able to borrow a car for free all week while mine was in the shop.  The repair was paid for 100% AND they totally detailed my car inside and out for me!!!!! (that was a VERY nice surprise.)

Even though the past couple of weeks have been inconvenient and I’ve had to spend time dropping my computer off, taking them my software, picking it up, dropping my car off, picking it up and have added more students to my schedule, God gives me peace.  I don’t worry about the details because I CAN’T control them no matter how hard I try.  I can only trust the One who does.

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This is an old song that I heard awhile ago and I recently found the music for it.   I’ve had people ask me over the last couple of years….”How can you keep a smile on your face?”  or “How can you be so happy after everything you’ve been through.”  This song kinda sums it all up.

How Can I Keep From Singing?

 My life flows on in endless song
above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real, though far off hymn
that hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing;
It sounds and echoes in my soul;
how can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, 
how can I keep from singing?

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing,
All things are mine since I am His;
how can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, 
how can I keep from singing?

So you tell me……how can I keep from singing?

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Fear

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

I have never considered myself to be afraid of things……cautious at times, but not afraid.  Growing up, I learned that if I was afraid of something, I should pray about it, stop worrying about it, and trust God to take care of it. 

Even in my early 20’s, I’d travel places by myself, I flew all across the country on business trips, knew my way around Chicago/O’hare, DFW, Denver, SeaTac and several other smaller airports.  I drove across country several times on road trips with friends, and have not been afraid.  I lived 2,000 miles away from my family, and I was not afraid.

Even in the midst of an abusive relationship, realizing that every night that I went to sleep, I might not wake up alive the next morning, I was not afraid.  There were a few moments of fear, but I knew that ultimeately, God is in control, and I know that I’m going to Heaven when I die, so in the words of my Mother, “Are you trying to threaten me with Heaven?” 

The opposite of Fear is Peace, and we know that God is the one who gives us true peace.  So if God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, then who does?  I believe that fear is one of Satan’s tactics.  He likes to make us afraid of things so that we spend our time being afraid instead of spending our time doing what God calls us to do.  God does not give us fear, He gives us power (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.) Love (Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loves us.) and a sound mind. (If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God)

Our minds are Satan’s #1 battleground.  The Bible says that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  Our thoughts are powerful, how we think about ourselves is how we are.  If we think that we’re unworthy, we’ll portray that, if we think that we’re friendly, we’ll be friendly.  If we think we can do something, we’ll find a way to get it done, but if we think we can’t do something, we’ve already given up.

I know myself pretty well (or at least I like to think I do) so I was reading a book by Sheila Walsh last week: “I’m not Wonder Woman, but God made me Wonderful”  and one of the chapters is on Fear.  I started the chapter thinking that I’d read the chapter just to get on to the next chapter, because I’m not a fearful person, so I won’t have to deal with anything in this chapter right?  WRONG.  One of the things that Shiela points out in this chapter is that “What-if’s” are fears, and that we need to give our what if’s to God. 

*Note* If you’ve never read anything by Sheila Walsh, I recommend her, she is very transparent in her writings and she writes like she’s written the entire book just for YOU.

Wow, I hadn’t realized that before, and I’m a pretty big “What-If’er”  Seriously.  I think “What if?” pretty frequently during the day.  “What if I’m late to this meeting?”  “What if my car gets hit by a tree?”  “What if I don’t find any jeans that I like?”  “What if I eat there and get food poisoning?”  “What if she won’t be my friend anymore?”

You know, as I type these “What-if’s” out, they sound really silly, but these are REAL “What-if’s” that go through my mind.  I’ve thought the “What if my car gets hit by a tree” many times……I try to avoid parking by trees just because of this thought……

It’s not like I think “What-if” about everything, but I do have random “What-if” thoughts that go through my head on a daily basis.  So, now that I’ve identified that “What-if’s” are fears, I’ve started giving them to God this week, and am letting Him take care of the “What-if’s” for me.  The amazing thing about “what-if’s”  is that they are so real in our heads, but very few of them ever happen, so we spend a lot of time thinking about the “what-if’s” instead of trusting God.  Satan is very tricky, isn’t he?

This is not to say that we shouldn’t think things through before we make decisons, and that we should live life carelessly because “God will take care of it”  Thinking things through thoroughly is part of having a “sound mind” but spending my time finding a parking spot that’s not  near a tree is a little bit over the top………so, I’ve decided to stop it with that one.

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I love technology.  I love being able to solve a crisis while standing in line at the grocery store.  I love staying in touch with friends via email, facebook, IM, etc.  The internet has done so many amazing things for us.  ebay, blogging, social networks…….who would have thought 10 years ago that we’d be able to connect with people all over the world via the internet.  It’s amazing to me where technology has taken us.  But there are days…….

There are days when I get tired of my phone ringing constantly.  There are days when I get tired of answering emails.  There are days that I turn my phone off, or only answer the calls that I want to answer.  There are days that I wish I could spend the week at an Amish farm so I can get away from it all. 

 Then I remember that I’m not a morning person.  The thought of waking up with the sun makes me feel like I could use a nap and the thought of only taking a bath once a week grosses me out.  Plus the Amish family I end up staying with would be scared when they see me all week with no make up and my hair would be out of control since I wouldn’t be able to use my straightener……..But the thought of some peace an quiet for a week is tempting…….and I would like to try some shoo fly pie.

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