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Monday, August 29, 2005


gone

I'm flying the coop this morning. See you next week.

Before heading out, I'll leave you with an entry from one of my favorite devotionals, Jon Courson's A Day's Journey:

August 24th

But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel. --Philippians 1:12

Just as God used a sling in David's hand, a pitcher in Gideon's hand, and a rod in the hand of Moses, He used chains on Paul's hands. That's not surprising, for chains are what open the door to speak to people who would not otherwise give us the time of day.

You see, it's when a wife hangs in there with her difficult husband; it's when an employee refuses to talk behind his boss's back; it's when a high-schooler willingly submits to his parents that people take note, thereby opening opportunity for the wife, the employee, the high-schooler to share the reason why.

I'm convinced that the troubles, challenges, and problems we face are custom-designed to do one thing: to allow us to draw others to Jesus Christ and to encourage them in Jesus Christ.

'But my burden is too heavy,' you say.

Listen, God will not tempt you above what you are able (1 Corinthians 10:13). God doesn't play favorites--and if He has put you in a certain imprisonment, it's because He has prepared you for it and given you everything you'll need to go through it.

9 Comment:

At 8/29/2005 4:45 PM, Blogger Brad the Dad had this to say ...

What a great post. Reminds me of chapter 6 in Madame Guyon's book 'Experiencing God Thru Prayer'. You should check it out. Great read!

 
At 8/29/2005 6:25 PM, Anonymous joe cool cowboy poet had this to say ...

What a beautiful post. That's what I've been thinking all these last two weeks. That He won't give me more than I can handle. Have a safe trip. Prayers always.

 
At 8/29/2005 10:34 PM, Blogger Vicki had this to say ...

Shannon, have a good trip!

 
At 8/30/2005 1:23 PM, Blogger steve had this to say ...

Have a safe trip. Prayers to you!

 
At 8/30/2005 6:44 PM, Blogger Darlene had this to say ...

I always like to say, "It's not an obstacle, it's an opportunity!"

 
At 8/31/2005 8:43 AM, Blogger Teresa had this to say ...

It is easy to stay locked in our own circumstances instead of asking with what we can "do" with them. The death of a terrific young man last week has lead to the spread of the gospel and I believe that he is looking down with his great big beautiful smile!

 
At 8/31/2005 10:16 AM, Blogger Lori Seaborg had this to say ...

Shannon, Wish you weren't gone, so I could get this message to you. We live in Hurricane Katrina country, and the numbers of refugees who are in our area is staggering. I've blogged on it and set up a PayPal donate button for anyone who wants to place cash into the hands of the refugees. Your readers can click on my blog name, above, or go to http://www.keepingthehome.blogspot.com

 
At 8/31/2005 10:28 PM, Anonymous susan had this to say ...

Great Post,
How true that God doesnt make our burdens heavier than we can bear. We may at times struggle beneath their weight, but only until we ask him to help us bear it!

 
At 9/16/2005 8:39 AM, Blogger Mary J. Yerkes had this to say ...

Beautiful post. You have such a tender and encouraging heart.

Mary

 

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