Thursday, February 10, 2011

Overwhelmed

I am sitting here, banging out these words despite a migraine.  Despite the fact that I was in the middle of doing laundry.  I had to come and put these words, these thoughts into type because...because the urge was strong.

This may not be the post you were expecting to read.  If you know me, you know that this post could be about how overwhelmed I am with chores, children, homeschooling, living on a tight budget, but not today.  As I was folding clothes I became so overwhelmed by God's love that tears welled up in my eyes and I had to stop.

I don't deserve this love.  I don't deserve all the many good things I have- my health, my children, my husband, cupboards, freezers and pantry full of food, the likelihood of a comfortable future.  I don't.  I mess up.  I screw up.  I disobey.  I give in to temptations.  I repent and then I sin again.  And again and again.  How can He forgive me every time?  How is it that He forgets my transgressions so completely?  I am so thankful for this Perfect Parent- this Parent who continues to love me regardless, who gave His only Son for me.  For me!  And I think my kids are hard to parent sometimes?!  Ha!

I know my life thus far has been easy.  Not perfect, but very close to it.  And I know that in a split second, this life could change drastically.  I could experience any number of tragedies.  I do not expect to come to my life's end without experiencing one or more.  Bad things do happen to good people.  I have learned this and will not be ignorant of this fact.

What I do know it that while my life may change, MY GOD WILL NOT.  He was and is and is to come.  His promises will remain the same.  He will never leave me, never forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).  I may not understand why things happen, but I will trust that whatever happens, my God has the power to take control of a tragedy and perform a miracle from the result.  A miracle that will bring glory to Him and draw others into His arms.

His love, His power and His glory overwhelm me and I am overcome with gratitude- for the life I've lived, the life I'm living and the life I will live, no matter what it may look like.  I know this is easier said when all is well,  but this is my prayer...that I will...

"Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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21 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing you heart. It is so nice to know and be reminded of how much grace our beautiful Lord extends to us. He is love!
    Faith G.

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  2. Thank you for stopping what you are doing and memorializing this moment. It was just what my heart needed.

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  3. I know how you feel. Whenever I am speaking at a women's conference or just giving my testimony, I have to have a hanky in my hand because I know I will tear up. I always tell the audience that sometimes I feel so full of God's blessings, that they rise up and overflow out of my eyes. I always feel like I'm too blessed for words. Why me? Why my family? Even in the valleys of life we are so very blessed. I don't think I'll ever get over it.

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

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  4. This is beautiful! I am constantly amazed at the love that He has for His children! Thank you for sharing your heart and giving everyone something solid to think about today! Prayers for your migraine!

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  5. I don't comment too often but I just had to tell you what a wonderful writer you are. You are a wise young gal to put all that together in such a wonderful way. It is such a wonderful Truth. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  6. Amen. Beautifully said!

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  7. His love is overwhelming and yet, I struggle with that-- knowing that tragedy could strike at anytime and believing that I'll be OK if it does. In a funy sort of way, you've challenged me this morning!

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  8. Amen. And I pray your migraine goes away...dark rooms, lots of water, cold compresses, peppermint or vapor rub under each nostril for some aroma therapy relief...xo

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  9. Awww, what a beautiful and inspiring post. Must have been something in the air yesterday...I had a similar moment while I was driving home from running errands, I heard the song "I Can Only Imagine." I've never really listened to the words before, really listened. This part really struck me, "will I be able to speak at all," to the point that I was driving through tears. I've always imagined that when I see Jesus, I'll want to babble on and on about how excited I am and how much I love him...but I should have known better. I'll be speechless and crying! I won't be able to speak at all. Because of His love. :-)

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  10. Thank you for stopping and taking the time to share that. It is a very powerful love God has for us.

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  11. Love you heart, love the verse! Thanks so much for sharing with us! :)
    ~AFG
    Megan Jenelle

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  12. Isn't it amazing, that everything in our lives "will" change, but God, never, ever will. You are a daughter of God....me too. It doesn't come with any guarantees for this life, but it does for eternity if we follow Him.....I hope your migraine is better ~ they're awful.

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  13. Beautifully written. I think we all could, and should, echo your words. blessings, marlene

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  14. Thank you for the reminder! It is moments like these that keep us in tune with the Lord and his never ending faithfulness to us. I pray the Lord's blessing upon you and your family!

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  15. Checking in on you....hope today was better.

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  16. Beautiful post! How precious to be overwhelmed by HIS love!! Oh how PRECIOUS He is!! Yes, in everything HE is God and does all things well. Even in the difficult things of this life...all is well IN Him!

    Many blessings to you this weekend my friend!
    Camille

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  17. This was beautiful. Do yourself a favor and bookmark this post. Just... do. There's something about boldly declaring God's love and faithfulness that makes one a rapidly rising target of attention from the enemy.

    How do I know? I began similar blogging about six years ago and... wow. But nothing can compare to the Jesus I know today. How much more of His love can I write about today!

    Blessings to you and your family this Valentine's Day. :)

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