Tuesday, June 29, 2010

R&R at Fort Walton Beach

Wow! The Lord is AMAZING! We had an AWESOME trip (pics to come) & one of the most amazing things to me was my Bible study which I carried with me... Experiencing God. I actually started this study months before taking my 6 month medical assistance break but I put it on the back burner when my church started doing a Beth Moore study at the beginning of the year. Well, I picked it up once again when the Beth Moore study ended & started from the beginning so I wouldn't miss anything. Anyway, Wednesday morning, the first morning on this trip that I pulled my study out, it covered Genesis 22:1-18. If you remember, right before I decided to take the 6 month break this is exactly what I studied (So Tired of This). Boy, that got my attention & it really reinforced that He WILL provide a child for me. Let me share a little excerpt from the study with you,
"How did Sherri know that God was the God who could provide a husband? She claimed who God was and then proceeded to watch and pray. She was open to receive the one God would give her. She had to obey and receive when God revealed His choice to her. Then she came to know God as the Provider of Partners."
(pg 58, emphasis mine)

This really speaks to me but in the context of "Provider of Children." I've been watching & praying & as you know this has been a wild ride but truthfully, though there have been many ups & downs, I wouldn't have it any other way. I am learning how to lean on Him & trust Him more each day, growing closer & closer to Him as I experience Him daily. I've seen him do things just for me that amaze me. He is with me daily & has taught me so much through this wait.

Yes, it has been & can be a long, hard road but as Charles Swindoll put it, "Hurting people gain a perspective that those who have not yet been hurt lack" (Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity, pg 151).

"It's doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply."
~ A. W. Tozer

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Psalm 119: 67, 71, 75

He WILL provide a child & I can't tell you how excited I am & how much more appreciative I will be just because there is no way I can/will take this child for granted.

And last but not least a few pics of our AWESOME trip...

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