The Pastor Man is taking the Revolutionaries through the book of Philippians. It’s a four chapter book and really quite packed so far with truths I am finding to be helpful during this season of our lives.
Paul is in prison…our mortgage feels like a prison right now.
He’s unsure of what the future holds for him…we have no idea what the heck is going to happen in the next three months.
He’s pretty sure he’s going to survive his imprisonment…while we feel like this situation is killing us we know we’ll make it out alive.
He knows that he’s got support…we have a wonderful community cheering us on and praying for our family.
He understands that how he suffers through this ordeal will speak volumes about the God he serves…we are learning this truth.
While we do not like the situation we are in we are learning that we have a wonderful support of people. God’s faithfulness is seen in each and every person we come into contact with. Even those who do not claim to have faith in Him are examples of His graciousness when we are struggling to keep up with life and failing miserably. I am blown away by the amount of support we have seen from those around us. We are blessed. And while we struggle and face the possibility of losing earthly possessions we have become aware of the assets we have that cannot be materialized. Kindness, words of encouragement, friends who will listen and pray, people who will give us moments of humor as a distraction, family who jump in and offer to carry our burden for us even though they struggle themselves…how can I be sad? How can I think I am losing anything of great value? I do not choose to focus on what I do not have. I cannot. I am a blessed woman. I choose to focus on that fact.
And as is my custom…those who have been reading my blog for any amount of time know that my great emotion usually breeds some form of creativity with words. So here is my latest poem. It is cliche, I’m sure, but it is what is in my heart and has made it’s way out into this blog. Enjoy.
You’ve given me a beautiful life
Filled with love and little strife
A man who loves You and seeks Your face
A man who tender with a strong embrace
A son who’s creative and strong of heart
You’ll keep his life when we’re apart
A daughter who’s strong and free and daring
You’ll teach her grace with love unsparing
My life is beautiful because of You
Your love is present Your love is true
Life can be cruel, unfair, and broken
But I choose to believe the Words You’ve spoken
“I will not leave you. I will not forsake.”
Even though today, I’m sure I’ll break
You have given me a beautiful life
I choose not to fill it with worry or strife
It’s a choice I make.