Friday, October 3, 2008

Thanks & More Stuff

First off, thank you for indulging me on my last post. There were many of you that I had never heard from before and it is so great to meet you! I appreciate you all. I have only a handful of "in real life" friends that have my blog address, so it's good to meet all of those that God has brought into my life through blogging. Just a quick shout out to Tym...I know you're reading!!

Okay, now back to my regular writing. Which you know is not regular at all and we never know where it's going to take us. Today is no different but I need to journal some things that have happened so that I will never forget.

God amazed me once again with the way He answers prayer. Over and above my expectations. Many of you have been faithful to pray for my son, David, as he deals with all that is going on his life right now. (especially where his dad is concerned) I had decided to take him to a different counselor and told him the night before we were going. All he said was that he was not happy about it. (that is him being mean - ha) That counseling session was so God ordained I cannot put it into words. David thanked me for caring enough to take him, made another appointment, and told me when we got in the car - "that dude's pretty cool". Isn't God GREAT!! Your prayers are necessary and appreciated.

It has been made very clear to me that I have been forsaking being in The Word. Funny when you have so much time on your hands you never do the important things. At least that is the case for me. I know that His Word is life, yet I haven't been in it. Not sure why. Just felt that same disconnect to reading my Bible as I've had in praying. It's satan, I know that, but I've been letting him win.

Today I decide that I am reading my Bible no matter what! Not to fill out answers in a study. Not with any agenda, just read. So I figure I'll read the Proverb for today and read Proverbs 3. Good stuff. All about wisdom and how important wisdom is. Then I think, well I'll read a Psalm and I ask God which one. In my head I hear 119. (now those of you that know The Word know where I'm going, but I was oblivious). I open up to Psalm 119 and laugh out loud. Oh sure, take me to the longest chapter in the Bible. Real funny, Lord. YOU have a sense of humor. So I read all 176 verses. (I had a lot of time to make up for so He was making sure I had plenty to read) Boy, did I need to be there.

Psalm 119 is about the importance of His word, His precepts, His laws and decrees. How will I know them unless I read them? So verse 16 says "I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." Ok, ok, I get it!! Verse 71 "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees". Quit shouting at me Lord. And I know He is not shouting out of anger but with that love that wants me to really understand how important it is. You see, I have been "basically" home bound since June 2007 because of my illness. Sure I leave the house some but for the most part my life stopped. That is 16 months that I could have been learning His Word. Really eating it up. Don't worry I'm not having a guilt trip here - now I know what I should have done and will be doing it from here on out.

Verses 153-154 "Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law. Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise." What awesome words. Yes I am suffering but He will deliver me. That may not be through healing but I know He knows! And He is defending my cause in the break up of my marriage. He will redeem me and preserve my life. Life hurts. I need wisdom. God has all the answers. If I will look to His Word first He will show me the way.

Isn't God great? I mean, really! He speaks to me personally. In a way that I would find funny and just a bit sarcastic. It's not the same way He would speak to each of you. God doesn't just love all of His children...He loves you...He loves me. And He will speak to you one on one. I am saying these things to myself so that I won't soon forget. Lord, keep drawing me to yourself and to your Word. Your words are life. They are alive and active. Don't let me miss what you have just for me.


20 comments:

R.L.Scovens said...

God does speak to us all in different ways. He knows what we will respond to.

And to answer your question, YES, God IS good!!

Kim in NC said...

Great news about David! He's blessed to have a mom that is willing to do whatever it takes to help him on his road to healing.

And, ok, you know I'm with you on having so much time and not doing the important things. Aren't we glad He never gives up on us.

Thanks for being open and honest! You are a blessing!

Kim

Sharon said...

Amennnnnn, yes he does speak and focus on us alittle differently but he Loves us all the same.
It is wonderful that your Son was open and willing to accept the new counselor, and what a exit. It sounds like the counselor was also good for the both of you! amen

I am sooo happy for you, I have done that as well just opened the bible and read and then found as I was reading thats what God wanted me to read in the first place.

God Bless YOU & your Son
Sharon

Caren said...

I know all too often I let distractions win over God and His Word. I'm recommitted as well.

I join you in giving God the glory for the report on David!
Caren

Amy~Saved by Grace said...

what a blessed post there, Sheryl. So happy to hear bout David.... and you cracked me up on turning to psalm 119.
I have the same problem except I don't have a lot of free time, but neither are an excuse from God's Word.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Awesome what He did in/for/through your son and counseling. One prayer answered for sure.

It is wonderful to hear about the Lord speaking to you and directing you specifically where in His Word to turn.

He is good, yes.

I miss hearing from you.
Love,
Paula

Sheryl said...

So funny...God gives us little REBUKES every once in a while--Psalm 119.

Thanks for your post. You are so transparent.

I love you!

Sheryl D

Anonymous said...

Sheryl

Gotta' love the quote from David. = D

Oh yes, God speaks to each one of us in a unique way.

Love
Denise in TX

Kimberly said...

Um, and you said you have nothing to say why? :) Great post, and so happy that God is letting you see the Sonshine through the rain! You, dear friend are indeed a blessing to so many and when I count my blessings, I count you as one!

Love ya bunches,
Kimberly

UL Cards Fan said...

Sweet, Sweet Sheryl,

I keep forgetting to follow my own advice and not read your blog while I am still at work. Tears are welling up in my eyes. Your words speak so clearly about His Word being LIFE. I have grown spiritually in the last few years because of Bible study and especially this year as far as prayer. Why did I waste so much time in the past by leaving my Bible closed much of the time? God is close to the broken hearted and that seems like the only time we are anxious to turn to Him but we can and do have HIM all the time. Lord, Help me to speak with You ALL the time, not just in times of trouble.

Love you, LINDA

Nicole said...

I was thinking the other day how God speaks to us all differently. It's as if God knows each of our love languages, and since we are all individuals that He created He knows what draws us to himself! He lovingly woos us! What a great, awesome and loving God we serve!!!

So good to hear about David. God is so good!!!! Amen!

Love,
Nicole

Sheryl said...

Sheryl,

Thanks for being my first follower...I'm following your blog too (have been for a while). It's so good.

Sheryl D

Anonymous said...

That was outstanding I really enjoyed reading it. you are so specail & done so much for all of us.I am so blessed to have you in my lofe God bless Vicky

A Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Sheryl

Good to hear the news about David. I am glad he's opening up and not keeping it all inside.

Forever amaze at out great God when we turn the pages of scriptures to hear directly from Him. I love the part about God having a good sense of humor 'cause He sure does.

You are such encouragement to us all.

Love you much.

Myriam

Jenn said...

Thanks for you honesty! Isn't amazing how God's word can speak so clearly to each of us right where we are. Another great post!

Laura said...

My sweet Friend...
God has a way of getting our attention and just getting back to the basics and the reality of just basking in his presence and his WORD.
Still praying for you and especially David. You know my heart, I love you dearly.
Laura

nancygrayce said...

So glad your son responded well to the therapist. Our children need so badly to be able to work through their problems. I took my older son to a counselor, but she wasn't a Christian and it didn't go well. My two sons had a hard time dealing with our divorce too.

But God is good and always working.

Cindy said...

Hi Sheryl,
Today is my first visit here. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.
What a better way to get to know new blogging friends than to leave a comment.
I am sorry your son is having a difficult time right now, I will be praying for him.
I'll be back to visit.
Cindy

Jules (Sporty Mama) said...

How funny. Yesterday, my church began a DISCIPLE bible study, which I attended. Our church is new to small group bible study, and I am just thrilled to see us taking this step. The facilitator asked us why we decided to come to the study,and I was thinking about how I have developed a real love and need to be in the word, and Psalm 119 kept playing in my mind over and over. When I read your post and saw that, I just had to smile at how God was sending us the same Psalm. And He is so good and his word just amazes me, how it is alive!

Hope all is well!
Julie Anna

Tightening the Corset Again said...

Ok my sister... I read the Proverb of the day in the morning when I tame my unruly curls... there is a bible that always sits on my bathroom counter turned to the page I'm reading... When people ask me how to start reading the bible I always tell them to start with the Proverb of the day... whaddayaknow? That's not just me?