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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordy Wednesday

My parents and I in 1999.

I am hunting up pictures for father's day. I wish that I had my parents stash at home!


Wordful Wednesday

So beautiful and willing to be photographed one moment........
Not so much the next moment.....
Wordless Wednesday (Last day of Fun at the cabin)
Saying, "FUN!!!!"


Word FULL Wednesday
I received this in my daily encouragement from Proverbs 31 ministry a few days ago. I need to read this DAILY because I am a big worrier/stresser. I hope that in sharing this, that you are as encouraged as I was when I received it from the Proverbs ministry!

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
God must have anticipated certain events in the lives of His children that would cause them to become "worry-warts." Even the most mature Christians today are quick to labor under the burden of anxious and excessive care. We worry over personal concerns, family woes, financial woes, cares of the past, and cares for the future.

The Apostle Peter saw this anxious care as a heavy burden and offered us some wise counsel for dealing with it. Peter's advice is to cast all our cares upon God. We are to throw the cares that distract us, wound our bodies and souls, and lay heavy on our hearts, upon the wise and gracious providence of God. You can do that because "he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7) Isn't that awesome? You and I don't have to carry the burden of our worries. God is willing to release us from our cares, and take our concerns upon Himself.

That sounds great. I have no problem casting my cares upon God. At first, the weight is lifted. That is, until God doesn't respond to my need like I think He should. Then it becomes hard for me to not retrieve the burden.
What was the point of giving my burden to God in the first place if he wasn't going to make it all go away? I wondered.

The point is this: when you and I cast our cares on God, we are acknowledging that it's His responsibility to care for us. We often forget that God is painting on a large canvas. He sees the big picture. We only see what's happening to us at the moment. That's why God allows events to come into our lives—good things and bad things; things that make sense and things that don't.

What you and I may think is harmful and destructive God can use for our good—to bring us to completion in godly conduct and character. He will allow nothing to happen to us that isn't first filtered through His screen of protection.

Ultimate harm would be if God left our character in the state that He found us in. During turbulent times, you and I have this promise, "We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despai r; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4: 8, 9; NIV). God will not let our hardships destroy us. Though they may be tragic in and of themselves, He will use them for our good.

You and I can cast our worries on God because it's His responsibility to care for us. As we trust Him with the bigger picture of our lives, the weight is lifted and peace washes over our anxieties.

Dear Lord, When hard times come, I will not be afraid. I trust in Your loving care to provide for my family and me. Take my burden, Lord, and replace my worry with peace. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

I found this blog this morning. It is a place for military spouses and/or supporters of military spouses to go and find others like us. Hope you enjoy! Happy Wednesday!


Kim said...

First I LOVE the new look, so fun for summer! Also, loved all the pictures including the outtakes! I wish I had some of my parents stash of pictures too.

The Mrs. said...

Oh my goodness!!!! Your kids are adorable!!!! I love the picture of your daughter when she wasn't cooperating!! lol!!

Jenilee said...

ooh! I should hunt down some father's day pics too! :) great picture!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. Visiting from Wednesday's Walk.

Linda said...

Jamie Lynn you have such cute kids! I enjoyed the pictures...and I am sure your husband will love seeing them too. I hope he will have a nice Father's Day.

Diana said...

Awwww, your kiddoes are adorable! Love their photos!

Great photo of you and your parents, too!

Thank you for sharing the encouragment, too! Wonderful words for Wednesday! ;)

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