My Divine Assignment: To Encourage Others

A dear friend who has gone to be with the Lord once told me I was her Barnabas which Biblically means "encourager." I never saw myself like that, but as I've grown in my walk with the Lord it seems that is my desire. I hope that what I share here will be an encouragement to you as we trust the Lord - for great is His Faithfulness.

My Divine Assignment: To Encourage Others.
In Christ's Love, Shelley

KEEP His JOY IN TRIALS, TEARS & TRIUMPHS ~~ A WOMAN'S HEART SHOULD BE SO COMPLETELY LOST IN God THAT A MAN MUST SEEK Him TO FIND HER ~~ Our desire to learn God's Word must be greater than our need to breathe ~~

Friday, November 11, 2011

Don't FEEL like it !!

     I've been suffering, no let me take that back, I've been dealing with a sinus issue for 10 days. (I was convicted that the word suffering did not apply here when I think of  persecuted Christians or terminal diseases.)  If you've known me long, you know this is something ongoing.  Due to previous health issues, I have a major weakness in my respiratory system.
    On Monday, my head felt like it was in a vice. I went to the chiropractor - it helped some.  Worked all day Tuesday still dealing with it, but went home at noon on Wednesday as I felt like my head could explode.  Had a sinus/full body massage this afternoon & think I'm on the road to recovery.
     When my head feels like this, I don't feel like doing ANYTHING - especially reading because I can't keep my focus.  Unfortunately, that includes reading my Bible and devotions.  I sincerely want to read them & miss it when I don't, but I just don't FEEL like it.  This reminded me of what our children & grand-children are really saying to us when they disobey.
     What is that quote?  Feelings follow Faith in action, not the other way around.  I want to stay committed to doing the things of God whether I FEEL like it or not. I am SO humbled & thankful because God doesn't say to me, "I don't feel like it."  He may say "No" in some cases, but it's because He sees the bigger picture. 
   David reminds us - Psalm 42:5 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 ...  Psalm 103:2  Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.  Psalm 104:1 Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty.    It's not whether I FEEL like doing something but am I willing to do it by faith & leave the rest to God.  I pray that I am.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you aren't feeling well, Shelley. :-( I first "met" the "feelings follow actions" concept 20 years ago, and stepped out in faith that it was true. It was. Amazing how that works. :-)

    Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, my forever friend!


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