For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
This verse was quoted tonight at our Bible study and it is one that I mediated a bit upon tonight. It spoke to my heart.
There is so much going on this week that I have to stop and take a breather - and thank the Lord for what He's doing in my life, the seemingly good things and the seemingly not-so-good things. The funny thing is, what I see as not-so-good, is really for my best. I just don't know it yet. Praise the Lord that He knows the beginning from the end and that I can, and should, place my life into the safety of His wings. There is a hope and a future for all of us who trust in Jesus.
This thankful post is going to include, therefore, both the joys and disappointments I've had over the last week.
- After spending lots of time and energy worrying about and haggling over medical bills (Jeff's surgery, ICU room, ambulance ride, etc), we're beginning to make some headway. We're going to end up paying maybe a couple thousand total for what initially reached many more thousands. Now we're praying that we can soon purchase the sleep apnea machine that Jeff needs. God's working it out for us; we'll be amazed when all is said and done.
- We had snow yesterday and today. You heard me correctly - snow. It didn't really stick, though last night Jeff almost lost control of our van while coming home from work. Someone was stuck in the ditch and he stopped to help him. I guess the guy in the ditch thought our van was going to run him over. Both my husband and this stranger were protected and kept safe.
- There was some misunderstanding as to a writing assignment this week. I tried to explain myself and the error, but was met with cruel words and no chance to correct the mistake. It wasn't my fault but, as some of you might know, nobody cares about that. After much prayer and thought, I let it go. Wow. I feel so much better and it no longer bothers me. I'll make mistakes in life and I'll be wrongly blamed. Praise God He's with me and gives me a forgiving spirit. My testimony before others is more important than hurt feelings.
- We're to have warmer weather beginning tomorrow. THANK YOU GOD!
I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:3 (NIV)