Catching up – August 5 through August 10
I heard a pastor preach one Sunday who said that when things start going wrong in your life, when you feel burdened by more than is usual, it is an attack from Satan because he knows God is getting ready to do something big in your life and he wants to shake your faith in the Lord. I heard another pastor preach that when we come under attack it is because we are doing, to the best of our ability, what God wants us to do and Satan still wants to shake our faith. I also heard a third pastor preach that there are no demonic attacks, he didn’t believe people were attacked by Satan and his minions. Everything that happens is just because of our actions or chance.
But I believe that Satan attacks Christians as well as non Christians in every way that he can, He will use what we say against us in the form of rumors, hurt feelings and the loss of friendships and trust. He can use the loss of a friend or family member by urging everyone to fight over what is left instead of remembering the good times and love of that individual. He will use our friends, our finances, our health and even our loved ones to pull us from Christ and to turn those who are ready to turn toward Christ away.
In the years that I have been a Christian, I have been under attack, several times, but I never let it shake my faith. Some attacks were worse than others and some not so bad at all. There have been times that I have questioned God about why certain things happened or why I would have to go through what ever I was going through at the time. Mostly I would pray that he would allow me to have the strength to make it through and allow me to learn something from the experience. We are promised that God will not let us go through more than we can handle, and sometimes he does that by giving us the tools to handle what we are going through.
I haven’t been writing for some time because we have been under attack for the last several months, not because I am giving up on this. My minutes, hours and days have been filled with countering these attacks. It started a few months ago, when the insurance tried to deny payment for a medication that Richard has to have, it is life threatening if he doesn’t get it. No sooner was that finally taken care that the company making the medicine shut down for unknown reasons.
So we have spent the last few months sitting by the phone, making phone calls, doing research, sending e-mails, reading e-mails, talking back and forth to the insurance company, the manufacture of the medicine, the distributor of the medicine, the doctors office and the pharmacist at the hospital and manufacturers of other drugs as well. I can’t even describe the amount of stress it has put us under, but we haven’t lost faith, and we continue to pray for a good outcome.
In the meantime, since my time is filled up with all this, and we are not out of the woods yet, I haven’t been able to sit down and take time to write. What I am going to do in the interim, since I still list every day something to be thankful for, each day as I can, I will list a few. I will include a sentence or two as to why I am thankful for that particular thing, and I will list a few a day until I am caught up. At some point in time I will come back and embellish on those thankful subjects. In no way, shape or form will I give this up, I will not let Satan steal my joy
August 5, 2017 – Chaotic Days
We all have chaotic days. Days, where nothing seems to go right from morning until night, days where no matter what we do, it all seems to fail. Today I am thankful that the Lord has taught me to how to handle these chaotic days.
August 6. 2017 – Right On Time
Haven’t you ever been surprised by super days, days where you wake up and find out that a prayer has been answered right on time? Today I am thankful for a God who is always right on time.
August 7, 2017 – Energy
It is a proven medical fact that as we get older, our energy fades. We can no longer run the marathons of life as we did when we were young. Today I am thankful for those days when I actually seem to have some extra energy.
August 8, 2017 – Avalanche
Have you ever watched an avalanche? Maybe on TV, where they show one happening in the mountains, where snow is just coming down in truckloads and burying everything? Have you ever been near a rock slide? It is pretty much the same effect. Life will sometimes dump avalanches on us and today I am thankful the Lord helps me dig out of every one.
August 9, 2017 – Waiting On
We lived a very fast paced life today, It is hurry and scurry to get here and there, to get this done or arrive at that destination at a certain time. But sometimes the hurrying and scurrying comes to a stand still and we don’t know what to do. Those are the days we discover that we have to wait on God. Today I am thankful for waiting on God, for he brings the best to us when we wait.
August 10, 2017 – Test of Faith
Every day is a test of faith. Between all the hustle and bustle of this world, we are bombarded from every side with tragedies, threats and temptations. It is during those times that we need to hold firmly to our faith. Today I am thankful that I can pass theses tests of faith.