Count It JOY

>> Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In the last 1o years the Lord occasionally will give me a message through a wonderful man at church. I really do feel like I am hearing a direct audio-able message from the Lord. I am usually in tears because it pierces my heart as I hear what is being said. This dear sweet man of God has taken such physical wounds and have allowed to learn from them and praise the Lord and constantly minister to others. He shares his story and shares how God is in control and knows every last detail of what is happening in our lives. He shares how he was spared two times from near death accidents and lives to still spread the good news. He says that God must not be done with him yet here on earth or the Lord can't stand him and is not ready for him to come home yet. [0= He shared how nothing in our lives is happening outside of Gods protection. He knows everything what we need and is very involved in our lives. Nothing is too hard for God. He shared with me that after suffering for 20 years then a second near death accident that happened year ago is causing his body to heal things that he has suffered from the first accident. PTL!

For 20 years he would have to leave right after church to avoid all the noise because it would cause such pain and suffering but now he can stay and visit. He also couldn't sing because it would cause such suffering but over the last month or so he has been able to sing through a whole service. What doctors thought would never improve IS. PTL !

As my dear friend was sharing all this with my this last Sunday I felt God was speaking strait to me. I felt through my dear friends words that the Lord was saying to me that He (God) knows every last detail in my life. That He (God) is in control of it all and knows what I need. I felt the Lord was telling me through my friend that He has not forgotten me. ( sometimes lately in my frustration I felt this) I have never given up but I have felt tired and dry and I am very ready for the Lord to breath new life into me again. I prayed that this morning in my quiet time with the Lord. I am ready to trust even when times get tough.

I am going to share that things have been very tight lately. With friends who have followed my blogging over the last 4 and half years know that I am very frugal but the Lord is teaching me even more in this department. I have said over the last couple of years...." I have cut so many corners that I am down to a circle". *grin* Well every time I seem to say that.... the Lord says that there are a few more corners you can cut. I rejoice that I am learning this because I am thankful as I learn to cut another corner that I get to share with others how to save money and put it where it is more needed.

"I count JOY my brethren when I meet various trials for the testing of my faith produces steadfastness and let steadfastness take full effect so that I may be perfect and complete."
James 1:2-5


Sharity January 18, 2011 at 9:04 AM  

Lovely post, Mary; and praying you will continue to feel (and hear!) the Lord's presence in your life.

It is comforting to know that what satan means for bad, the Lord God will make good come out of it. Refined by the fire!


Christine January 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM  

Mary, amen, sister. "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in PRAISE and GLORY and HONOR at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 1:6-7

For His glory!

Love and hugs to you!!

Shani January 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

How very true this is, Mary, but oh, how very difficult to put into everyday practice. At church this last Sunday, the sermon was about our prayers to the Lord, and how sometimes they must sound like "I want, I want, I want" to the Lord. That we need to truly think about how we pray, and determine just exactly who is the Master and who is the Servant, because we can fall into the trap of ordering the Lord around in what we want out of Him, and what we want Him to do in our lives. We were told that we don't put the Lord at the center of our lives, for if we did, we'd lead different lives, or at least go about our lives differently. It's given me a LOT to think about, as has my DH's proclamation that we are going to begin living differently financially. I've a lot going on in my mind, and I share all this to let you know that you aren't the only one. Sometimes knowing that the Lord has set a friend down beside you to walk a portion of your journey with you can be such a comfort. I'm right beside you, my friend, sister of my heart, and you can grab my hand whenever you can use a little comforting.

Have a joy-filled, productive, blessed week~

Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

What a blessing to hear from the Lord like that. :)


Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

My dear friend...there always seems to be something else that He wants us to get rid off, because He knows that it keeps us from HIM completely!

I like the part about it becoming a circle...oh dear friend, you and I are in the same boat - together we will be in this journey that He has placed us in.

Thank you for sharing dear friend...I am so blessed to have found you :-)


Wendy January 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM  


It's wonderful that you have an open heart to hear from the Lord like this...and are willing to follow His voice. In this time of tightness and cutting back, you will see His provision in ways you've never dreamed, for He takes care of His own and will never fail you! May He fill your well once again with His own Life. ((hug))


Jenn4him January 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

May God bless your submission and faithfulness,sweet friend!

Katia January 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

I am so glad you the Lord spoke to you through this friend at church. I can say this dear Mary, God has a reason as to why some of us labor in the labor of frugality. I tell people all the time, had I not been raised with hard times I have had I wouldn't not known how to live here when things got so hard for us.
Keep looking at your beautiful mountains and being content in Him.

Illinois Lori January 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM  

Mary-Girl, what a beautiful post! I love the opening photo, too...I would love to have that picture hanging on my wall!

Praise the Lord that He sent His message of compassion and love to you through your friend! You are correct in your interpretation...EVERY THING in your life is allowed by Him, and is for your benefit, in the long run. The verse Christine gave you is the key...I'd memorize that one, if I were you! Once you've made it through your study (Survey of the Bible), that verse will be shouting at you! (Alongside many others!)

I have always admired you, Mary, for the way that you are so careful with what you have...your frugality, your willingness to share of your knowledge and wisdom and your discoveries along the way. What a great word-picture about cutting corners into a circle! I'll be praying for you as you walk this latest challenge, my SSiC!

Love and {{{HUGS}}},

Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

Loved the word picture you created with the circle and cutting corners.

Transparent heart of blessings among the trial...beautiful.

Kidcraze January 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

Praying for streams in the desert for you, friend.
I do appreciate what you share and that you have a spirit that is willing to learn new things.

Hang in there, friend!

morningstar January 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

I love the cutting corners into a circle part of the post! Lovely tmely post. Beautiful testimony. Praying for abundant joy and blessing.
I will send you the Beth Moore book as soon as I am done. ( if you do not find one first as this is a 365 day book ) If I find a duplicate I will send it to you.
The fabric is black and cream. Its lovely. It did not fit dd bed properly but it sure looks nice on the kitchen table! I find that kind often but not in big sizes ( like the one I just found). If I find a sizeable red one I will save it for you. Because it was in my $2.00/box deal it cost me less than a dime. I had over 20 items in the box. ( I guess that is cutting corners!) Anyway I would be blessed to send to you anything I find. Biggest problem is the taxes for out of country. We will just let the Lord provide for that!
We see the neurologist tomorrow morning. Praying for answers as her pediatric doctor seems to thing there is nothing wrong. ( mostly because all the test come back just fine even though she has many symptoms. Some of the symptoms are quite visable and not just something she feels) Anyway appreciate your prayers. HUGs

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