There are far too many mornings I neglect to read my Bible, but today, being the day of my nuclear stress test, is not one of them. I have God’s peace that everything will be fine, but that doesn’t seem to stop me from worrying.
Psalms is generally calming and reassuring, so I opened my Bible to a random chapter in Psalms. I had to smile when I read the first two words. What was random to me was certainly not random to God.
Psalm 70:1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me, make haste to help me, O Lord.
That’s exactly what I wanted. I wanted and needed his comfort and help RIGHT NOW.
This is the second time I’ve had chest pain, and it’s a lot more worrisome! The first time, about seven years ago, was a breeze. I had a dull ache in my chest and up my left jaw. It happened that I was in the office and my supervisor drove me to the ER. An EKG showed nothing significant, but since the pain had been relieved by two nitro tabs, I was given a half dozen more to take as needed and orders to follow up with my family doctor. I needed a few more nitro over the next week, but after that I stopped having chest pain.
This time, the pain comes and goes oftener, along with a shortness of breath. Even now, as I’m typing this, I’m having a definite discomfort in my chest, right under the sternum.
Psalm 70:5 But I am poor and needy; make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.
I definitely want God’s help now. I’ve been having the pain off and on for two weeks. God does answer prayer and can fix this problem with a snap of his fingers. Why he hasn’t is not mine to know apparently. Maybe there’s someone I need to meet and be a testimony to. I don’t believe I’m the best example of Christian faith God has to offer and often wonder why He puts me in such predicaments. Maybe this trial is to strengthen my faith.
Psalm 71:12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
I don’t know what this psalmist was praying so urgently for, nor why he wanted God so quickly. But isn’t that the case most of the time? Don’t we always want help, answers, or comfort right now? I doubt there’s many of us that are as patient as we should be. We’ve gotten used to instant relief, instant tan, instant oatmeal–everything is quick anymore.
Hopefully, with your prayers, I’ll get through this test this morning. BUT then I have to wait until September 3 to find out the results of the ECHO and this test. I’m holding on to Psalm 71:5 as I get ready.
Even though there is submission, my husband and I allow each other to do our own thing.
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First, allow me to explain what I mean by feminism because I know there are many waves and varying degrees of feminism. I am not saying that women are not equal to men and have no place in the workplace, or shouldn’t be able to vote or have access to medical care or education. I’m not saying that we should be viewed as men’s property or be abused. When I speak about feminism, I am referring to women who believe that marriage does not equate to becoming one in person and Spirit and still live separately. Feminism in which there is a separate bank account and no consideration for their husband or recognition that they are to be the head of the home. This is what I mean when I say feminism. So, please keep this in mind as you read this post.
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T’would be grand, but I’d be spending all my time either in pause, rewind or delete. As much as I’d be tempted to fast forward, I’d rather be surprised.
Very interesting thought!
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I heard this today and it resonated with me so much that I decided to share in a short post.
Life is like a game of chess. You make your move, somebody else makes theirs. Some pieces fall, others don’t. Everything is in constant motion. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Remember that life is beautiful and everybody experiences it differently, but at the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
Waiting is never easy to to do. Sometimes while you wait you can keep busy enough that the time passes quickly, but at other times, it takes forever. Remember when you were a small child and had to wait for your birthday or Christmas? Remember how it seemed like they would never get here? Then they were over so fast?
You know it takes time for your baby to grow, and by the time you discover you’re pregnant, you still have 6-8 months to go. Yet, while waiting for your baby’s birth you run through a host of worries and questions–boy or girl?; healthy or deformed?; arrive early or after term? Ultrasound can answer some of those questions, but there are still more floating around, needing answers.
As a nurse, I stayed with some patients while they were waiting to die. Not an easy job, but a necessary one. Holding a hand, reading their favorite Bible verses, or simply talking to them gave them peace and comfort.
Then there are those times that nothing waits. The old saying, “Time waits for no man.” is quite true. When you are having the best of time of your life, the clock ticks along ignoring your wish to freeze time, and all too soon you have to leave.
I used to ride a bus to work. I always had to get there at least five minutes early and wait for it. I could be ten feet behind it and running in high heels to catch up before everyone else boarded, but the bus always pulled away. Got to keep that schedule.
There are times in our lives that seem to have been waiting to happen forever, though we did not recognize it until the moment came.
The above is the first line from a poem titled “Woven” by Mirror Obscura. His poem talks about an entirely different subject, but that line was the stimulus for this blog.
Life seems to be always about waiting–waiting for payday, waiting for news, waiting for your date, waiting for the rain, waiting for the first snowflake. There is always something to wait for.
People talk about waiting for the “right moment”. Yet, I often hear others say that they waited too long or missed their moment.
How often has it happened that your moment arrived and flew past before you realized it? Will you truly recognize that perfect moment? There are so many moments to savor, I don’t think anyone could keep track of them all.
None of us know how long we get on this orb we call home. I feel sorry for those grumpy, paranoid, and negative people who miss out on a lot of moments to savor because they don’t look for them. Those moments, thousands of them, are all around us. They are not hard to find.
I’m waiting for Tuesday, the day of my heart sonogram. I’m praying and hoping for the best. I feel God’s peace about it, but my tears still fall at night when I’m alone.
I love what she said, but I’d like to add what I consider the most important point. You cannot work or wish your way into heaven. The KJV Bible tells us in Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. God explains in Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Galatians 1:4 easily could add the ending to Rom 6:23: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God our Father.
Other verses you might want to read: John 3:16; Galatians 5:16-26; and 2 Corinthians 5:17. Please pray for Jesus to forgive your sins and live in your heart.
Originally posted on Making A Dent in The World: One Child at A Time:
So, when you read this title you might be thinking to yourself, “Are we really in the last days? Isn’t that something people have said and thought before?” Well, for me personally, 2 Timothy 3:1-9 says it all. When I read it I can not help but think about all of the things I hear in the news and read everywhere. It says,
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with…
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