Monday, January 9, 2012

Blessings

"Don't worry about anything;  instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done."  Philippians 4:6 NLT

God is bigger than any fear we face.  We don't need to anxiously search for a solution.  The best thing to do when we're afriad is to fall to our knees.  He'll hear our prayer, meet our needs and help us face our fear with the courage only He can give.

"We know that all things work together for the good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose."  Romans 8:28 NRSV


God promises to work everything out for our good.  There is always a new way to see God, a new lesson to learn, a new way to prune us to help us grow.  God doesn't prevent us from experiencing struggles but He walks with us and helps us grow through them.

They are two verses that have become very dear to me these last few weeks, with seeing my mom worry about her mammgram (praise God it came back fine-they are just going to watch the small tissue area the Dr. in NY was talking about-it has not changed in 4 months-he wants her to just have a follow up in 6 months) and all the struggles my sweet sister has gone through and is still going through.  She could not have her surgery last week on the two tumors in her neck becasue they didn't like the results of her EKG.  So she met  last Friday and today to take stress tests to see if the cardiologist will clear her for the surgery this Thursday.  Being this far away and knowing what she is dealing with all on her own is hard.  I have had to cling to God and His mighty plan for our lives and that ultimately whatever the outcome of all of this is, He see the whole puzzle-the "bigger" picture and it is always the greatest plan there could ever be for our lives.   I am trusting this, believing this, and so thankful that I know that my sister is a child of God.  Our Heavenly Father knew before she was even knit in my mother's womb what plans He had for her life, the good and bad times, the things that would not only grow her in her faith and make her stonger in her walk with Him, but that her testimony would touch so many lives and one of them would be mine.

I look forward to 2012 and all the blessings that God would show us-whatever form they come in, because even in my deepest trials, when I look back and see the greater picture, I can see the blessings overflowing in those times too.  I am most thankful that I can rest in the hope that only God can give us and that every day iin 2012 is truly as blessing from Him.

Praying for each of you and what God has instore for 2012 for you and your families.

On this Pathway-
The whole gang at Christmas.  My mom and dad and Mike's dad and us.  We had a blessed Christmas season.
Jill

6 comments:

Karen said...

you are being a strong andloving sister and daughter.. God will take good care of them and of you..
Just stay by his side and keep encouraging your family members..
God Bless you and yours..

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great picture...I was just thinking about you the other day and the order of each of these trials...and I could just see God preparing your heart for the next one...your faith growing, and your strength so you could bring comfort, as you have been comforted

Blessings this year...I can't wait to get together...you stay in my prayers.

Susan said...

I also cling to those 2 verses when trouble strikes. I pray 2012 be a year of good news for your mother and sister.

Maryann said...

I have been wondering how things were going. Will continue to keep you and your family in prayer. Thankful that all is well with your mom. Will continue to pray for your sister.
Great family photo

Linda said...

Boy, did I need this reminder today. I am so glad I read your blog.

I am going to fall on my knees and tell God about all my fears. He is bigger than all of them....and I can trust Him!

I will pray for your sister...and for your mom...that both can rest in the Lord and that God will give them peace, and strength.

Trisha said...

Jill,
So glad to hear the good news about your dear Mom. We are praying for all of you, especially your sister, for peace in midst of the storm. What a beautiful family picture, my friend! Love you!