I surely need to remember this today:
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. ~Isaiah 44:3
Today I am typing this while sitting at an airport club. I am waiting for my flight and, for the past hour, two men have been sitting in the cubicle next to me. They have been talking about an interview they had with a woman. They have papers containing their questions to her and her answers. From my glances, it seems that the applicant’s responses have been neatly typed and tabulated. They are reviewing their interview and rating the applicant’s answers. I know the applicant is a woman because of their use of the female pronoun.
And… I am pretty sure the woman is not going to get the job. Her answers, one of the men says, “reflect a relatively shallow pool.” There are too many “1’s” and not enough “4s” assigned to the tabulation. The whole experience is causing my tension to rise. I am going to move to a calmer locale.
But, if she were here, nervously waiting for their decision…I would want her to know she was brilliantly courageous to go so far in the application process to be the subject of such scrutiny. And I want her to know that “The tough times are tuition we pay for what we need to know to succeed.” And, that there are Blessings contained in every question with a “no” answer.
I would show her this sentiment posted elsewhere by Jean W.
Because “she” could be me. “She” has been me. “She” might be you, or a past memory of you.
And Because of Grace, there are amazing promises that will outlast the temporal interviews and points-of-view that occupy our days.
Success beyond numbers, data, and ratings.
On this Thanksgiving Eve…I’m thinking of the blessings received in spite of, instead of…
instead of the “to-do” list I gave God,
instead of how I was sure it needed to go,
instead of who, what, when, where, or why…
It is amazing, when we look back on what we thought we knew for absolutely sure that we wanted — even things we grieved over because they never happened. It is amazing how blessed we were that those things never happened or because we never “got” the things we thought for sure that we wanted.
Think back. Think back and find those things. Think about what has happened
Think about where you are now, and what you have learned, and who you have become, and where you are headed, due largely in part to those things NOT happening that you were sure that wanted to happen.
Even if those thoughts are painful, and you are still wishing, be patient. You are in the middle point of here to there. If things haven’t worked out, they aren’t done working out yet. You will soon see, beautiful friend, if you have not already,
that everything somehow just works out. It always has, and it always will. Trust this.
Please don’t worry anymore.
Please be at peace.
You have not been forgotten. ~Brave Girls’ Club
They are there, you know.
Your brain contains more than 100 billion nerve cells. Each individual cell is connected with 10,000 other neurons. In any 24-hour time span, our bodies will blink 23,040 times. Our hearts will beat 100,000 times. Our lungs will breathe 23,000 times. And how many times will we praise and show gratitude for these?
These are just a few unknown blessings…which, are, now…known!
What unknown blessings would you like to share?
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Let’s continue to engage in Thanks-Living
More than 50 times in the New Testament we’re commanded to do different tasks for “one another” and “each other.” The Bible says, “Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19 NIV). Rick Warren in this post with a title I love: Your Faith Will Help Me and My Faith Will Help You