Friday, January 29, 2016

How Long Will It Be...?

With each passing day I am reminded of the blessings that are mine because I am a child of God.  But all those blessings don't make me impervious to pain, sorrow, stress, or suffering.  In fact, we are all told that life will be full of tribulation, even for believers.  So why should we be surprised when our season of suffering comes?

We could all retire early if we had a dollar for every time we have asked "how long will it be?..." We wouldn't need to win the lottery, would we?

How long will it be before...

...I no longer feel the pain of rejection?
...I get over my divorce?
...I feel good again?
...My car stops breaking down?
...My teenager stops rebelling?
...I am recognized for the good job I do?
...I see the fulfillment of my lifelong dream?
...I no longer feel the sting and financial fallout of a job loss?
...I find that person meant just for me?
...I stop crying over the loved one who died?
...I see my loved ones again in heaven?

What is your question for God?  What is the burden you have carried for too long?  The trouble that you face today won't last forever.  That's a promise you can depend on because it is a promise from God himself.
"Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name.  For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:4-5)

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

For Hurting Friends

A restlessness has filled my soul
In ways I can't explain,
Perhaps because I cannot help
Dear friends who suffer pain.
The only thing I know to do
Is lift them up in prayer.
Dear Lord, please flood them with Your peace
And let them know You're there.
I cannot wipe the tears they cry,
Although I wish I could,
But I can pray from far away
That they will see the good
That You have promised to those You love,
Ones called by your great plan,
And they will know Your comfort sweet
As on the Rock they stand.
Your mighty wings, their refuge
From storms and raging seas --
Let them not be overwhelmed.
Lord, flood them with Your peace!
Thank You that You hear our cries
And wipe away our tears.
Please keep my dear friends in Your care
And banish all their fears.
Oh, heal the hurt and brokenness,
Their heavy burdens bear --
And somehow help them understand
How very much You care!
Dispel the gloomy clouds of night
And cast out all despair --
Restore to them the hope and joy
Of knowing You are there.
Although I cannot be with them
To comfort or embrace,
Please keep them til the day we all
Behold You face to face.

Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

There's a Reason It's Called a Temple

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.      (Romans 12:1, ESV)
In December I scheduled some long postponed medical appointments, including a routine physical. The results of that exam called for further testing, which resulted in negative findings, thankfully. Except for a cavity, a suspicious mole (which was caught early enough), and an elevated cholesterol reading, everything turned out fine.  For a middle-aged menopausal woman I am in relatively good health.

As expected, my healthcare provider highly recommended I limit my sugar and caffeine intake and lose twenty pounds, things I should have been doing all along. Somehow, though, those suggestions by a medical professional and my own ill-fitting wardrobe have convinced me that it is time to become diligent in my efforts to increase exercise and make healthier dietary choices. So far, so good. I've lost five pounds, have more energy, and am sleeping better than I have in years.

But there is another, more important reason to take care of this earthly shell. Scripture calls my body -- and yours -- the temple of the Holy Spirit.  "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19-21, ESV).

As believers who have surrendered our lives to God, we need to keep in mind that our dietary choices and even our recreational choices should be made with His glory in mind.  Is it easy?  No.  But with God's help all things are possible.

Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 8, 2016

And So It Goes

January is already passing too quickly and will be gone before we realize it ever came.  And so it goes...

My son's car is scheduled for repairs next week and mine is beginning to make noise...again. I should get reward points for all the business our family gives the repair shop.  I'm just thankful to finally have a good mechanic and three cars with no car notes.  Expensive repairs on old,old cars...that's how it goes.

Did I mention the dryer is on its last leg, too?  At least the washer works, and there's a little money in the savings account to repair or replace the dryer.  One thing fixed...another breaks...that's how money goes.

But at the end of the day it's all good.  I know the One who makes all things new and promises to provide everything I need.  Because I have experienced His blessings and provision in the past, I am confident and filled with His peace that everything will work together as it should. How it will, I may not know.

One of these days I will experience true heartache or an illness that can't be cured with a cheap antibiotic.  My journey of joy will become a sojourn of sorrow, but I won't walk the path alone, for with me He'll go.

Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy to be Here

Although 2015 was a good year for me personally, it could have ended differently than it did.  A medical finding during a year-end physical resulted in more comprehensive tests that could have had an undesirable outcome.  Thankfully everything turned out well.

There have been years when the New Year couldn't come soon enough, when times were so tough that the only hope seemed to be new beginnings and resolutions for positive change. But through the years I have learned that no matter how hard life may be, I can rejoice in my current season because God is in it with me.  No matter what my circumstances, I can usually find a reason to be happy to be here.

As you step into 2016, I pray that you will take God's hand and invite him into your New Year.  If you will commit your way to Him and walk according to the principles and promises of His Word, He will give you the grace and courage you need to face whatever challenges may come your way and see each day as a grand adventure!

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