Hi My Dear Friends,
So sorry for the delay in a new post, but my health has had other plans.
In studying 1Peter: 5 yesterday, I found great comfort and a gentle reminder that we all need balance.
When I worked I enjoyed Sixty hour weeks, and thought I was a dedicated, responsible worker, but was I responsible to me? When I got hurt after falling on ice, I didn't slow down, for I felt that would be giving in, who planted that thought? How many times do I ignore that feeling deep inside that tells me to rest? What about when I push thoughts aside and say " no I can't do that," so I do nothing?"
There were three statements that really had a great impact on me in reference to my current circumstances and I am sure that all of my Christian brothers and sisters will be able to relate to these as well, because although our situations aren't identical, we all face our battles when Satan thinks we're off balance and he has the upper hand.
1peter 5:5-7 says: "You younger men follow the leadership of those who are older. And all of you serve each other with humble spirits, for God gives special blessings to those who are humble, but sets himself against those who are proud. If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in His good time He will lift you up. Let Him have all your worries and cares for He is always thinking of about you and watching everything that concerns you."
Here is the statement that really gave me strength, Peter 5: 8-9 "Be careful-- watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too." 1peter 5: 14 "Give each other the handshake of Christian love. Peace be to all you who are in Christ."
And that says it all. I am so blessed to have the Holy Spirit control and direct my life and I am so grateful for the fellowship, prayers and supportive new brothers and sisters I have found through this blog. May we all continue to feel Gods loving embrace...
Have a great weekend Patricia©