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The knowledge that you are traveling through life in the center of God’s will for you, will get you through some of the dark times in life you are confronted with.

Pastor Bill

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God’s plan for our life generally begins to be revealed and fulfilled, day-by-day, at the the point of our complete submission to Him as Lord of our life. ~ Rev. Howard Hopkins, 2/19/1989

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God accepted us. How can we fail to accept anyone He has accepted?

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You have had them, I’m sure. In fact, some of you have had more than your share of them. I am talking about those days that come along occasionally when it seems that everything that can go wrong—does! If it were just one day out of say, one hundred days, it wouldn’t be so bad. But sometimes we have the misfortune to have an entire week which we hate to even look back on they are so horrible.

A children’s book was published a few years ago titled “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” by author Judith Viorst. The first sentence of the book begins with the young boy, Alexander, stating: "I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."[i]

My wife and I are acquainted with a young woman for whom the story about Alexander would seem like old stuff. As we visited with her recently she began to relate some of the “stuff” that was taking place in her life. Now, I must tell you that her life is busy enough when everything is going at its best, let alone to have a day or a week when things just seem to fall completely apart.

For this young woman it all began when one of her boys went to use the kitchen range and none of the burners would turn on—none of them. All the lights came on when the controls were moved but no heat came from any of the four burners. Well, they could use the oven for preparing some of their meals for a few days but, wouldn’t you know it—the oven would not heat up either. It appeared as if their trust and faithful kitchen stove was “toast.”

The young woman began to put menus together where the meals were prepared using the microwave and a toaster oven they were fortunate enough to have. When the first of the month arrived and hubby brought home his pay check, they would have to look into purchasing a replacement for the old kitchen range.

The family was beginning to get used to microwave meals, looking forward to the end of the month, when the young woman’s dear, sweet husband announced that something was wrong with the clothes dryer—the same clothes dryer that they had just picked up less than six months earlier. It had quit doing its duty. It no longer dried the clothes put into it. Oh, it still turned and squeaked and all that stuff but heat resulting in dry clothes—no way! It appeared this dryer wanted a rest or a new element. Well, the first of the month was coming. Clothes would just have to be hung out to dry.

The young woman was now beginning to walk through the day wondering just what else could go wrong. She didn’t have to wait all that long. Her dear, sweet, adoring husband brought her the news—again—of the next catastrophe. The washer was not spinning the water out of the clothes. It seemed to simply be skipping that cycle. It would wash the clothes and rinse them but that was it. No more spinning for that old washer. Oh, well, the end of the month was coming.

The next night, with all the kids tucked in bed, the young woman was dragging herself towards some relished sleep herself when she noticed water on the floor in a room at the back of the house. That blasted washer must now be leaking! Only it wasn’t the washer. As she began to investigate she saw that the water on the floor was coming from beneath the chest freezer! What now? She raised the lid and found the top layer of frozen foods had already thawed. As she tried to find out what had caused the freezer to quit operating she found it had become unplugged. By the time she had cleaned up the water and plugged the freezer back in she was wondering again what might happen next.

She didn’t have to wait too long. The next day as she was driving into town in the family pickup a warning light on the instrument panel suddenly caught her attention. This was the kind of warning light that couldn’t be ignored and it was obvious that they needed to get the pickup to a shop soon. Oh, well, the end of the month was coming.

So, okay, what’s next? The week is just getting started!

In the Old Testament, in Deuteronomy 31:8, we find these words: “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

There were folks during Bible times that had days, and sometimes a week, like Alexander—and you—have had. But our Heavenly Father is our constant companion, friend and encourager. He knows what you are going through right now. Stick with Him. He will see you through!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, whether it is during the best of times, or the worst of times, cause me to remember that you will never leave me nor forsake me. You are walking each and every step of this journey with me. You will see me through it all. I trust in you, Father. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

*This Shelter Tree story was originally published February 24, 2010.

Scripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group


[i] Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst, Published by Atheneum (July 15, 1987)

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It is not only our responsibility to accept fellowship, but to give it.

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In the church, we have a responsibility to accept fellowship. We also have a responsibility to share it. Why not invite someone to dinner this Sunday who may rarely enjoy such a time together with other folks?

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Remember, Christ is Lord of all; or He is not Lord at all.

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