Since the beginning of the year, I have been going through very dark times. Simultaneously, however, I have also felt the presence of the Lord more constantly and consistently than I ever have in my life. In the book Dark Night of the Soul St John of the Cross says when people are very frail and feeble the Lord will pull them back to Himself. The shaky little lamb is not ready for the tests needed to advance along the Kingdom Way. She needs the strong arms of the Shepherd and all the Shepherd’s helpers to keep her steady and straight. This Monday I am thankful for all the Shepherd’s helpers:
#504 for my husband who, through the Holy Spirit, bears witness with my spirit to any error in things unseen.
#505 for friends who stick their necks out for me (sometimes at great risk to their own safety), equip me for the fight, critique my defense and analyze my experiences so I can plan the best strategy for the next battle. They are pure angel fire!!
#507 for fellow workers at the Free Medical Clinic that understand my need to be a nurse and patients who are really thankful for the care they receive.
#508 for people who give of themselves even when they have many, many other, more pressing priorities.
#510 for an unexpected gift that helped me prepare for the future.
#511 for church members who pray, pray, pray and pray. I can feel the Lord walk right next to me hour after hour through this ordeal.
#512 for the movie Bruce Almighty that my DH and I enjoyed together again last night. We laughed and laughed. We needed that!
#513 for telephone calls wondering how I am and for those who gave me words they said came to them in prayer for me.
#514 that my mother is spared having to worry when any of her daughters are upset or having problems because she has just enough memory loss that she can’t remember what is going on in our lives, but we still have lots of fun together.
#515 for my mother’s husband, Terry, who watches over her for all of us.
#516 for Craig and Jason who give good financial investment advice and Kirsten who has a health plan for me.
#517 for beautiful skies, trees, mountains, snow and ice. Every time I look out my windows or walk my pups God is painting another masterpiece to remind me of His glory!
#516 that I am too old, too over-qualified, too whatever to get a new job. I am really enjoying this time of waiting on the Lord.
Blessings to all who pass by on this Multitudes on Monday at Ann’s,