Do Not Disturb!

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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!
Philippians 4:4

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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

9 thoughts on “Do Not Disturb!”

  1. That’s a long time for power outages!!
    I’m no (public) speaker either so I completely understand those feelings.
    I had a rough few weeks, just little irritations, but it seems to be turning around!
    There’s always joy to be found and celebrated in all things, through Him.

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  2. We all have feet of clay, Lena Rae. Hey, that rhymed! Thankfully, God’s strength is perfect when our strength is gone. He does the work anyway–we simply join in with Him. Ok, I’m preaching a little here, but I know the sense of shame that you describe. Power outages are no fun–especially when they happen frequently. 🙏 My the power of God never go out in your life! AMEN.

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    1. Thanks for your words of encouragement. I appreciate each one. What you wrote fits with Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

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  3. You handled your fear just as you should: let the Lord have it. Courage is simply mastery over fear, and we all know where the strength comes from for that.

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    1. You have hit it. I am so afraid. When I was young my faith was in myself. I was fearless. Now I am struggling to put my faith in God. I am like Peter walking on the water. Pray I keep looking at Jesus. Thank you for commenting! ❤


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