Food For Thought…Overcoming Sadness

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By: Bethany Baird

In 1967, after graduating from high school, Joni had her fateful accident that would change her life forever.

It was a hot July day so she decided to meet her sister Kathy and some friends at the beach in Chesapeake Bay to swim. They unloaded their stuff and settled down for a fun day of swimming.

They didn’t waste any time getting into the water.

Laughing and smiling, Joni took a big jump and dove into the sparkling fresh water. She immediately knew something was wrong. She couldn’t move her body. Everything went numb.

Without realizing it, Joni dove head first onto a large rock that was hidden just beneath the water’s surface. She was quickly rescued by her sister Kathy and taken by an ambulance to the local hospital where she remained for several months.

Joni Eareckson Tada’s life was changed forever that fateful day in July, 1967.

She had broken her neck with a fracture between the fourth and fifth cervical levels. She was now a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down. While her friends were busy preparing to go to college in the fall, Joni was having to accept the fact that she would live the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

She couldn’t do anything for herself anymore – not even brush her own teeth.

Joni’s rehabilitation was very hard for her. She became extremely angry at God and struggled with depression. On many occasions she wanted to end her life.

She couldn’t understand why God would let something like this happen to her. She had her future planned out, and now everything was changing.

Can you imagine being in her situation?

After some time passed, Joni turned back to God and accepted her accident as God’s will for her life. She even thanked God for her life, and His plan for her. She had a strong desire to be used by God and to reach out to others.

Joni slowly began sharing her experience publicly and soon became a popular speaker. In addition to having a speaking ministry, she became a successful commercial artist, learning how to draw and paint by using her mouth! She also became a bestselling author and an actress, starring in the film version of her own life story.

Joni’s life was a testimony to the world!

Instead of spending the rest of her days wallowing in her sorrow, she decided to glorify God by accepting her condition and sharing the love of Christ with others.

She even thanked God for her accident.

She also thanked Him for the ministry opportunities she had as a result of it. She was grateful that God chose to use her life to bring glory to Him in a powerful way.

How would you handle your life if you had a tragic accident like Joni did? Would you curse God or thank Him for His will and plan?

The truth is, most of us will probably never face a tragic accident like Joni did, and yet we still take so much for granted.

We take for granted our legs to walk with and arms to use. We take for granted brushing our own teeth and being able to get dressed in the morning.

Joni made the daily decision to glorify God with her life, in spite of her tragic disability.

She chose to thank God instead of complain and grumble at him. How often do you grumble and complain when your mom asks you to help with something as simple as washing the dishes? Or maybe you argue with your parents when they ask you to help sweep the kitchen.

I’m sure Joni would be extremely grateful for one more day to use her arms and legs again. Even if all she did was wash dishes!

As Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

Do you find yourself thanking God for the many small blessings you have in your life, or do you find yourself wishing you had more?

I want to challenge you to pray and ask God to give you a more grateful spirit.

Write down a list of every blessing that you have in your life. I did this the other day and it really opened my eyes to how many blessings I truly have!

Here’s a great start of blessings: God, the Bible, parents, siblings, a house to live in, a car to drive, education, food to eat, clothes to wear, etc.

And that’s only scratching the surface!

It’s hard to be ungrateful when you’re busy counting your blessings. Take some time today to write down every blessing that comes to your mind – and keep the list going throughout the day as things come to your mind.

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Food for thought….YOU follow ME.

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John 21:21…

John was following behind, and Peter turned and looked at him and then said to Jesus “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus responded by saying “If I will that he remains till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

So often we need to hear that don’t we? We need to hear Him say “what is that to you? YOU FOLLOW ME”  We like to poke our noses in other peoples affairs and we like to have an opinion about their affairs.   Needless to say, Peter must have forgotten his own faults from a few days prior when he denied Jesus.  Here is my point…..why do we look at other peoples faults, get involved with things in their lives that are not our business, have opinions about things that we ought not to have….yet we forget about our own faults, shortcomings, and failures?

Let’s all admit it, there are times that you want to remind the Lord of what someone has done to betray you, what someone is doing that is not right. It’s easy to point those things out in others, its easy to have an opinion of what others should be doing, but that causes us to take our eyes off of our King.

Jesus bids Peter to follow Him.  That should be our hearts desire, to follow our Shepherd. With all zeal, humility, love, and meekness.  What is God calling you to? That needs to be what you focus on.  Let’s purpose to focus on our callings as mothers, wives, and daughters of the Most High.

 

 

 

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Food For Thought….What do You Set Your Standard To?

There is a music artist that I’ve heard recently who has lyrics that makes you stop. Some singers rely on a catchy beat but this artist made me literally just sit there and contemplate the words she was singing. Lauren Diagle. Her song “Trust in you” has a chorus that says “when you don’t move the mountains in needing you to move. When you don’t part the water I wish I could walk through. When you don’t give the answers as I cry out to you. I will trust. I will trust. I will trust in you.” This song made me really think. I’m sure you have a few petitions before the Lord too. Often times we wonder “when and how” things will take place.

We are human and I’m really not sure if this side of glory the desire to know will ever go away but we don’t have to be a slave to it. David Jeremiah was teaching last night about the church in the book of acts. He was saying how they were unified. This unification did not mean uniformity. One other notation I thought was interesting is that they didn’t become unified by seeking to be like that others.

When you tune a piano you don’t tune it to another piano you tune it to a chord. A set standard. Then all pianos are naturally in tune with each other because they have been tuned to the same standard. His point, the early church, when they were seeking the fire and even after, had a desire that caused them to seek hard after God and the results are a church of action as seen in acts. A church that was unified. I began to wonder if this is part of our issue today. We seek unity with each other and try to conform ourselves to our surroundings. What if we patterned ourselves after the early church? Many of the things we get frustrated over would cease as the unity of the Spirit takes over. But here is where we trust. Have you too a request before God that hasn’t been answered? A question? Desire of your heart? Take this time to trust. Seek the unity of your soul to Him.

Acts 1:14 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”

Written By: Courtney Gilkinson 

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