Day 14 -Praising Him Even in the Storm

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Luke 9:23-25 (ESV)
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let himI)’> take up his crossK)’> whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

I’m going to tell on myself here so try not to judge me too harshly. 🙂

You see these verses? Well, I’ve heard them my entire life. I mean I’ve heard them preached on at least 4 times a year.  I could recite them from memory. They have been so familiar that when I heard them it was almost like snuggling up to a very familiar security blanket. At least when things were going well, but when life got tough- they were thrown out on the wind as I cried out in a familiar panic. 

“Why God, Why? What’s happening here? Have you forgotten me? Wasn’t I doing right? Did I step outside of Your will?  Am I in sin? Or worst of all. “I don’t deserve this! Don’t I deserve better?” etc. etc.

It’s easy to say I fully trust GOD when my life is easy.  When I feel like I can handle it on my own, but when it feels like I’m about to go under and I don’t see a safety raft anywhere, and I’m forced to fully, completely rely on HIM, I begin to question HIS judgement and HIS Sovereign control.
I got in a debate the other day with my 14yr old foster daughter.  In her 14yr old logic she was trying with all her might to tell me what she thought was best for her.  I won’t get into detail here, but I will tell you she was wrong. Not only wrong, her argument was simply illogical.  She had no idea what she was talking about.
After I went to bed that night and I was praying about all that was going on, I felt at the end of my rope with the whole situation…defeated.

As I prayed I felt like I could hear the Lord say…”See?  Do you not see it?

All those times that I sit here in my own little world, shouting at my big GOD, “Where are you?” Have you forgotten me?” “Why did you allow this to happen?”  

You see, HE doesn’t just have 14yrs on me- HE OWNs time! He created it. HIS wisdom is infinitely wiser than my own. HIS ways are infinitely higher than my own. The things that have just caught me off guard, had been set in motion before the foundations of the earth. He knew that it was going to happen, it didn’t catch HIM off guard.

Yet, I have the audacity to sit in my own little Melissa world hollering at the sky trying to explain to HIM what’s best for me? When the bible says: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4 (ESV)

I now (try to remember to) praise the LORD for the trials HE has entrusted me with. It is only from enduring these trials that my faith has grown. 

Matthew 8:18-27 is the perfect example of a life in pursuit of Christ

Matt. 8:18-22
NowB)’> he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leaveF)’> He was asleep. And they went and woke Him, saying,H)’> afraid,J)’> rebuked the winds and the sea, andL)’> marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that evenAQ)’> do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.AT)’> span of life?

Thankful Challenge:
Think back and consider your trials. Did they bring you closer to the Lord?  Were you following the Lord like you should have been? How much did the worrying help? 

You see, there is no trick to being thankful when you and God are on the same page.  The trick is to be thankful when you aren’t.

Now consider how freeing it is to seek HIM, surrender it and then Nod your head with a ridiculously large smile thanking GOD in advance for HIS provision! Because with Jehovah-Jireh
it’s not ours to fret over in the first place, He wants it, it’s HIS! Hallelujah!
and that, my friend, is what I call Freedom!
Write it down in a Keepsake Journal(Deut. 6:1-9) We call it our Family’s Road Through Redemption. I don’t want my children to doubt GOD with the doubt I’ve had, or their father has had.  My Grandfather always said, “A Wise man learns from the mistakes of others. A Fool has to find out for himself.” 
I want them to know the areas we’ve struggled in our faith. I want them to be fully aware of our family’s history of sin. When they’re 20 years old we want them to not only to be equipped for a career but we also want them to be equipped with the wisdom gleaned from generations of failings and trying to follow GOD. 
I don’t want them to have to learn by making the same mistakes their parents or grandparents made, just because I was too embarrassed to tell them.  
I want to be able to show them, without fear, the areas I began to compromise which lead to falling into sin. The excuses I gave myself to remain in sin and Christ’s pursuit of my life that brought me through it.  I want to teach them how to recognize GOD’s hand at work in all of it and how to be thankful for it!
HIS Clay~


Thankful challenger:

I am a stay at home mommy of two little ones: Jaxson (4) and Paitlyn (2).  We also have a Foster daughter named Michelle.  My husband is a Full Time Student Minister is Danville, Ky. My heart is passionate and heavy to be real in my faith and in my call. I pray that my every action and every word point right to Christ. More of HIM, less of me.   You can find Melissa blogging over at Beautiful Mommy Feet, which is just an outpour the things that the LORD is teaching me and often chiseling away from me in my life. It is completely intimidating.  I pray over every post that the readers will see HIM and not this mess of a writer. You can also find Melissa on Facebook.

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Serving Him With Joy,

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About Sonya

I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don’t have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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