Hello Friday and, believe it or not, it is time for this year’s first Share Four Somethings! Jennifer recently took the helm of this link-up – which was exciting – and the headings/prompts are a little different. Actually, they are a bit easier for me:) I’m looking forward to connecting with everyone and seeing what they have loved, read, learned and eaten the past couple of weeks. The whole link-up will be available tomorrow (I’m a tad early since I don’t post on Saturdays). So, let’s jump right in!
Something I Loved
The Lord is so incredibly faithful. And His patience with me is more than I can describe. Certainly more than I deserve. I have been on the struggle bus lately. So overwhelmed and really having a hard time getting my feet back under me. My faith has seemed so small – which is only more overwhelming. Not a good cycle. Yesterday, in silent prayer, I asked the Lord to send me a tangible sign. Just a reassurance. I don’t know if you ever do such a thing but many, much stronger, saints in the Bible have done just that so I guess I am in good company:) Not soon after that prayer, I received a text from a friend. “I’m praying for you.” Let me be completely honest. I whispered a prayer of thanks but, truthfully, it did not feel like the kind of tangible reminder I was praying for. Sigh.
Several hours later, the doorbell rang. Our doorbell rarely ever rings and certainly not after dark. We considered not answering it. But, we did. There was the florist with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Gorgeous flowers on a random Thursday evening. Um…not random at all! They were from sweet friends (who have never sent me flowers before) and who simply wanted to say, “You have been on our hearts and we are praying for you.” Trust me. I was a God-thing and a very personal, specific answer to a desperate prayer to see God’s hand. What a faithful, loving Heavenly Father!!
Something I Read
What is the most repeated command in the Bible? I’m curious what you might think it is….although I am getting ready to tell you the answer:) I read it recently and then went to several different sources to confirm it. I suppose I had been a bit skeptical. Know what it is? It is FEAR NOT. Do not be afraid. It is repeated over and over again throughout both the Old and the New Testament. So, I started looking up some of the references. And then I had the idea to mark them in Bible – certainly not all of them – so that I could rehearse every morning and would have access to them when my faith starts to shake and my feet feel unsteady. Again. (See above. Sigh) Here’s a look at my Bible….and, truthfully, this is a mere scratch on the surface of verses encouraging us not to be afraid. I can’t really say I have a favorite….but here is one that has been extra special to me today.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
Something I Learned
This post seems to be creating a theme all on its own. That is not typically how these SFS posts happen but I think will just go with it. Indulge me. (Perhaps someone else needs it, too.) I have been learning (seeing it very clearly and obviously played out) that worrying is an utter waste. A waste of time, energy, thought and everything else. It completely drains our joy and, most importantly, it is one of the enemy’s most commonly used weapons against us. I seem to fall for it oh so easily. I won’t keep rehashing my difficult month but, for anyone who might also struggle with this, here are a few defenses for this trap of worry. Prayer – say a prayer the minute the spiral starts. Be in the word – read it often and do your best to commit to memory specific verses for your situation. Sing – worship songs, hymns, children’s choruses. All of the help keep my heart and my thoughts positive and encouraged. Talk – have someone who will listen and, as needed, offer wisdom, counsel and encouragement. This one is the biggest struggle for me but I am learning – every so slowly – how helpful this can be.
Something I Ate
This post has been much heavier than I intended so, hooray for ending on a lighter note. Something I ate this past month. I mentioned recently that I had made spaghetti. No, that’s not my spaghetti. I rarely garnish my plates with green. Ok, never. I would definitely call that the best meal of the month! Is it too soon to make more spaghetti?? We did try a new to us restaurant last weekend. It was pretty good but a bit of a drive and not good enough to go the distance again. We did have biscuits the size of a dinner plate that were quite good. For my dinner, I had Country-Fried Cauliflower. As their menu described it: “bee-dusted” buttermilk fried cauliflower. Not sure what the bee dust was, but it really was very tasty. I would order it again but my sides were not hot which sorta ruined the meal for me. They did have on the menu my favorite dessert of all time. Any guesses what that might be??
I will let you know on Monday:) I hope you will come back next week….and, until then, have a wonderful weekend!! Let me know your favorite dessert. Of all time!!:) Be sure to visit the link-up tomorrow.