Sunday, August 24, 2014

Going Turtle

I have neglected my blog in recent weeks, something my husband calls "going turtle" It's not that I don't have much to say, it's that I'm having a hard time articulating all the emotions I have been experiencing in recent weeks. It seems like every time we seem to catch our  breath another wave sweeps over us.

A well intentioned friend commented to me on the phone the other day "well, we know he Lord never gives us more than we can handle" This was the last thing I wanted to hear, and honestly it made me a little angry. I definitely wasn't "handling" things, so what was up.

Later that day as I was talking to my husband about the conversation he pointed out that the comment wasn't biblical. Nowhere in the bible does it say the Lord won't give us more than we can handle...I looked, it's not there.

What I found is quite the opposite is true, he wants us dependent on Him, desperate for His guidance and care, desperate for Him to carry these burdens that are weighing me down.

Truth is where I find hope and comfort

Never will I leave you;never will I forsake you   Hebrews 13:5b

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken 
 Psalm 55:22

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior who DAILY bears our burdens  Psalm 68:19

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.  Psalm 92:19

And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for  the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose  Romans 8:28

I do best when I focus on God's promises then when my gaze falls on what is going on around me. Today has been a better day, we have moved all of Sweet Lady's belongings, with the help of several friends, into her new place. Tomorrow I will take her over and she will be officially moved. Getting this task completed has been a great relief.

The next couple of weeks will be all about spending time with the grands. We found out last week that they will be moving about 23 hours away from us. This is going to be a huge change for us (and them)
but we are trusting that God is in control and that he has a plan and a purpose in all of this change.

I can't ever remember a time when we have had this much going on in our lives...... God is surely at work.


Camille said...

Praying for you sweet friend. Yes, Truth...it's what we must set our hearts and minds on. The Lord walks this path with you and carries you when necessary. How precious He is!! Much Love and Many Hugs, Camille (Isaiah 43:1-3)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Trusting in God's promises is what has kept me going these past 20 months.

I pray that you will feel God's love, peace and strength flowing through and surrounding you each and every day.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Debbie said...

Just simple faith and trust in the Lord, that He KNOWS and cares about every little detail of our lives and has is ALL in His perfect care and control is so hard for us to wrap our heads around sometimes even in it's simplicity. And yet it is IN that faith that we experience that PERFECT peace that only comes from Him. There is NOTHING too large or too small or too impossible or too much or too overwhelming etc. for our God! Praying that you find and experience that peace today in all circumstances. Sorry to hear about the move. I know first hand of course how hard that can be. And yet, with all of our electronic communication today, it is not nearly as bad as you might think. HUGS to you!

Creations By Cindy said...

Wonderful post today. The Lord does care about every detail in our life no matter what it is. And you are so right. No where in the Bible does it say that. I had heard that most of my life and years ago a Pastor pointed me to the truth. I will never forget him saying, There is no one that could stand the lost of a child...we cannot handle that! We are mere humans in mortal skins. Our hearts and our minds COULD not handle that. That is indeed MORE than we can bear! But...with God leading, guiding and directing, and loving us we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Thanks for sharing today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Stephanie said...

Hi Maryann! "Going Turtle" is such a cute way of saying you have been absent from blogging :)

The verses you shared are absolutely precious and it's certainly a joy and blessing to be able to cling to such sweet promises from God.

Thinking of you! Hugs

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Amen!! When someone has said that to me, and always in good intentions, I have said back, "Oh yes He will give me more than I can handle, but never more than He can handle, and He gives me the strength to be more than a conquerors." It brings me to fully rely on Him and not in my strength. Your verses quiet my own soul this morning.
Blessings on your journey.

Cheryl said...

Oh, dear. Christian cliches are so "tidy" and real life is so..."not"! But the truth of God's Word is always the right thing.

I am sorry that real life is untidy for your right now. I, too, can relate to a son and his family moving miles and miles away. The day that they drove out of my driveway to begin their journey, I thought my heart would break. I still wish that they were closer, but I have adjusted over the years. (Somewhat.)

May you continue to find Him faithful...

Lea said...

Oh, my dear friend, I "think" I know just what you are feeling and going through. And,you are so right, what the lady said, is NOT Biblical! Life can just be so tough at times and I've felt like I might not make it another day. But, I will say that HE taught me so much through those tough, tough times and I'm better equipped now than I have ever been. And, I'm so thankful that HE impressed upon me to seek out a Christian counselor, who offered me such wonderful Biblical counsel. I no longer see him but I would not hesitate to return if I ever feel the need.

I am so sorry your children are moving so far away. Oh, that hurts my heart! Our daughter was 14 hours away from us for 3 years and just this summer moved less than 4 hours away.

Praying that you will feel peace and comfort in the midst of the storms of life. Hugs to you!

Ceil said...

Hi Maryann! Have a wonderful time with your grandchildren, nothing like it. I am always excited to spend time with my little girls.

I hope you will find rest for your soul. God never does leave us, and I'll pray that he pour out his peace over you.
Have a great holiday weekend!