Feeling Frazzled?

Is your day turning out a little different than you planned?  Maybe your life is going a different direction than you thought it would. God can use the twists and turns in our life to lead us on a new journey. He may have a greater, eternal purpose that we cannot understand right now, and we may not comprehend it until we see Jesus face to face. The question is, are we willing to recognize God has a design for our lives that may be more beautiful than we can imagine, or will we settle for discouragement, bitterness, and frustration?

Hope in God can turn disappointments into appointments to trust God. As the psalmist said in the midst of his sadness, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” We can find great encouragement from reading the words of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, who is known as the “weeping prophet.” Can you believe that? Encouragement from the weeping prophet! But I think you will be encouraged too. As Jeremiah grieved over the destruction of Jerusalem, he turned his eyes toward the day-to-day faithfulness of the Lord. Notice how Jeremiah’s discouragement turns into words of hope:

 The thought of my suffering and homelessness
 is bitter beyond words.

I will never forget this awful time,
 as I grieve over my loss.

Yet I still dare to hope
 when I remember this:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
 His mercies never cease.

Great is his faithfulness;
 his mercies begin afresh each morning.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
 therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
 to those who search for him.

So it is good to wait quietly
 for salvation from the Lord.”  Lamentations 3:19 – 24

Will you dare to hope as Jeremiah did? As he grieved his loss, he also declared, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends!” Yes, His mercy is new and fresh each morning. My friend, as you walk this new and different road, seek God’s goodness and mercy along the way. Cry out to him for help, and trust his faithfulness to get you through one day at a time. Not one of us has been guaranteed a perfectly happy life. The Bible reminds us, “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 34

See you Sept 22 in Allen at Cottonwood Creek Baptist at 12:00. or Sept 28 at Prestonwood Country Club 12:00.

Positive Woman Connection in Allen

Join me Wednesday, Jan 27 for the Positive Woman Connection in Allen, Texas.

Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church on Hwy 121 near Stacy Road

12:00 – 1:00, bring your own lunch or buy something from the bakery.

The lesson is entitled, “God’s Good Purpose for You.”  It is a powerful message from Philippians 2.  Hope to see you there!

In the Midst of Difficulties

Hello Positive Women!

We had a tremendous meeting in October with a lesson based on Philippians 1.

Next week we meet again learning about the topic of humility.  I entitled this lesson, “The Surprisingly Delicious Flavor of Humble Pie.”  Come find out why!

See you Nov. 17 at Prestonwood Country Club or Nov 18 at Cottonwood Creek in Allen or Nov 19 at First Baptist downtown Dallas.  You won’t want to miss this powerful lesson.  Now here’s a devotional to ponder as we approach Thanksgiving.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I know that for some people it is difficult to celebrate and be thankful.  We can’t ignore the fact that many people have lost their jobs and are struggling financial.  Others are struggling in difficult relationships or with a wayward child, and some are dealing with the loss of a loved one.

This past week, here in Texas, we had the terrible and senseless loss of 13 lives at Fort Hood.  Our hearts go out to the families of those who were slain and our prayers are with those who are still struggling with injuries.  At times like these it is easy to think there is nothing to be thankful for, and yet even in the midst of difficulty, tragedy and loss there are some things for which we can give thanks. 

In my own life, my dear mother was sadly killed at the young age of 55 during this time of year.  Certainly we do not give thanks for the terrible loss, but we can be thankful for God’s comfort and care.  The Bible says, “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  (Psalm 34:17,18)

In our situation, we thanked God for providing wonderful people to come to our side and comfort us.  We thanked God for the blessing that my mother’s life was to all of us, and how she blessed so many people with her godly heart.  We thanked God that many people turned back to God as a result of my mother’s sudden death, because they too saw the brevity of life. 

God’s Word offers us strength and comfort in times of difficulty.  Just this morning I read Psalm 107:

 1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
       his love endures forever.

 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say this—
       those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

 3 those he gathered from the lands,
       from east and west, from north and south.

 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
       finding no way to a city where they could settle.

 5 They were hungry and thirsty,
       and their lives ebbed away.

 6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
       and he delivered them from their distress.

 7 He led them by a straight way
       to a city where they could settle.

 8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
       and his wonderful deeds for men,

 9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

We may not understand why the Lord has allowed trials in our lives, but we can trust His unfailing love.  He is our provider.  Look to him and seek His help through your pain and struggles.  Like the Psalmist, we can thank the Lord for His unfailing love in our life and thank Him for His care for us each day.

Welcome to Positive Woman Connection

The Positive Woman Connection is a blog to connect women who are participating in the Positive Woman Connection Bible Study created by Karol Ladd. You will find weekly information and encouragement from Karol on the topic of the PWC Bible Study. Our next meeting in north Dallas will be Tuesday June 23, Chamberlains restaurant on Belt Line Road 12:00. Connie Tolbert will be teaching. Karol will return in the fall teaching through the book of Philippians.