Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thank You!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about how God has provided me comfort over the past week. 

He has in ways I didn't expect.  One thing that happened truly surprised me.

If you've been reading LwL over the past while, you'll know that I flew out to see a surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.  And, my cousin E met me at the airport and drove me to her home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to enjoy time, together.

When I wrote about this previously, I mentioned that we had worshipped at E's church.  During the service, I had filled out a visitor card, as expected.

Church groups normally use these cards to have contact information for visitors.  Many send out notes, thanking people for attending worship services.

And, this is exactly what E's church did, with me.  In fact, I received e-mail from two (2) people.

Knowing that I do not live close enough to worship there on a regular basis, I replied that I live in Canada.  And, I let them know that when I visit in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA, I will indeed worship there, again.

The next thing that happened, was what really shocked me.

Once again, I received e-mail from one of the people who had originally contacted me.  This time, there was a request.

The woman acknowledged that she knew I was an author of a book.  In case you aren't aware, I wrote:  Love Never Fails You...

Then, she asked if I would speak at their church.  She let me know that they would create a speaking event, for me to do so, as long as I let them know in advance when I was able to visit their area, again.

I agreed to do this!  And, was thankful!

Thankful, not just to this sister-in-the-Lord.  But, of course to God!

After all, this was exactly what I had hoped to be able to do, when I wrote Love Never Fails You...

It was mean to be encouragement to those who were facing situations in their lives that weren't easy to deal with.  My intention had been to lift others up, and declare how God helps us through our trials of life, when we look to Him.

And, here... God had blessed me.  Truly blessed me, for being obedient to Him.  And, wanting to help others.

Just as we read in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation."

Yes, God comforts us during the trials of our lives.

We all have trials that we must live through.  He told us to not be surprised at those fiery trials. 

And, He told us to console others, who have suffered in the same way.

Now, here I was, being offered a chance to console others, and encourage them.  How blessed I felt!

Especially since, I had been battling thoughts over whether God's plan was to heal me.  Or, take me home to be with Him.

He encouraged me and lifted me up, by this happening.  After thinking and praying, I realized that I don't believe God would open this door for me to help others, if He meant to take me home, over this health issue I am facing.

Thank You Father, for loving me.  Thank You, for providing for me, in so many ways. 

And, thank You, my Lord, Jesus Christ... for dying for me and providing me everlasting life.

I pray for you, my friend.  I pray you will experience eternal life.  

Just trust/believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved. 

Until next time...

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