I’m not one to normally take to my bed. But when a couple trying circumstances hit at once that’s just what I did. First were feelings of failure then the loss of power, finally helplessness. I shut the bedroom door and went to bed. I was a wreck.
Do not disturb me!
This summer I have been preparing to lead a Bible study. While studying I’ve realized how much I needed to learn the lessons myself. Until you understand how far you’ve fallen there is little that can be done. Understanding is the first step.
The following is how I came to understand I needed to learn the lessons of Philippians: How to Have Joy.
It began with what seemed a good idea to give an announcement during church about the new study. I began to memorize some thoughts. I tried all day Friday and Saturday. It just was not coming. The more I failed the more nervous I got. Finally, I admitted to my husband I couldn’t memorize it. As we talked I decided to call the Pastor and bow out.
Right away I was relieved but I felt like such a failure.
A few minutes later a bad rain storm hit our area and the power went out. I really dislike power outages. They happen a lot where we live. This was the second one this summer. This time the power was out for 17 hours. It didn’t come back on until after church started the next morning.
Through the power outage God seemed to say, “You don’t need an announcement. I will bring the women to the study.” And He has. Who else is in control of the weather and women’s hearts, if not God, right?
Two weeks later the power went out again. This time it was out 34 hours and I didn’t go into a blue funk! God has made positive progress in my life and I am rejoicing.
Rejoicing in the Lord always;
again I say rejoice!
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