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Divine Note #42: Depend on God no matter what happens – Colossians 1:9-12 (NLT)

Divine Note #42 – November 16, 2009
Depend on God no matter what happens – Colossians 1:9-12 (NLT)
One misstep can literally change your life. It did mine. On Oct. 20, I stepped outside of my home to grab my mail and I tumbled head-first on concrete. My nightmare began. Fast forward – it’s been weeks of hospital and doctor visits, dealing with the pain of a fractured elbow and other injuries, soul-searching, asking questions, needing help but having a hard time asking for it and many other mixed emotions.

I was so shocked and surprised because I had kicked off the next season of my empty nest life! In addition to having a great, challenging job, my ministry in the service of Jesus Christ had taken flight. I loved my life and I loved every single work I did in God’s name. But it was all abruptly stopped. I couldn’t even move my fingers to use a keyboard to type Divine Notes! Then I slowly realized that I had a hard time asking for and receiving help from those around me. I even felt like people were not reaching out to help me.

Conversations with my closest friends, e-mails from friends, as well as advice from my lay ministry pastoral counselor, helped me see that God’s love stays the same and that I have to ask for help and then be able to receive it! My pastor said that Jesus was grieving for me as I went through the valley. Today, I got a clear Word: Stop my pity party and remember that growth is in the valley! The faster you climb mountains, the deeper the valleys and higher the mountains will be!
I’m using Paul’s prayers in Colossians 1:9-12 (NLT) to chronicle my journey hoping that it will help you during your valley times.

9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you.So many wonderful people are praying for my recovery. I realized how truly powerful prayer is!

We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will
It’s been a very thoughtful time for me as I constantly talk to God about why I was injured and what I can learn while I am in this season. I want to know what God wants me to know! I cried, I whined, and then I also laughed and apologized! Finally, I listened for answers…

and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
I’ve struggled with doubts clouded by pain, pity parties and fear about whether I will heal completely and whether my ministry will be effective. Now I know that I am stronger because of this experience. There will be other valleys, so I need to prepare!

10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord,
Can I allow myself to slow down and listen to God, so that I can do what He wants me to do? I’ve been thanking and praising God through the pain, but this is a new experience for me…

and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.
This experience has energized me to get back to my ministries! Joyce Meyer said, “Jesus didn’t die so we could live in Christian misery!” How many of us choose to be miserable and not do something about our circumstances?

All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
I have learned that I have to trust Jesus Christ 100 percent. I have to get up each morning and remind myself of this every waking moment of my life! I will accept the challenge to do my ministry and to know that things will happen, that I am a flawed human being, that the enemy will try to derail me and that I am not promised a rose garden. But I will hang on to His promises and remember that when I walk in His light, He wants me to have peace and joy!

11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power
There is no doubt that this experience has drawn me closer into the arms of the Savior of my Soul – my Father in Heaven. I also know that His guardian Angel stopped what could have been a fatal fall. I can tell you more about that later…

so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.
I have decided that I am back to my life! That I will be patient during my healing process and that I will proclaim that Jesus has been with me through it all! I learned things about myself that need to change, I learned that my friends love me, that I have to be able to receive care from others--so they can receive a blessing when they help, and that my ministries are the reason I was put on Earth!

May you be filled with joy,
I know that deep sense of joy that only God can give any of us, but I let my feelings take over!! I am reclaiming the joy that I couldn’t see or feel because of my pain (and pity parties)! I don't want Joy to leave me again. I want that joy during the valley periods and I will work on that as a challenge to myself! Joyce said, “Don’t stay in bondage! You can’t get drive-through break-throughs! Instead, ask for an anointed Get-Through!”

12 always thanking the Father.
Thank you Father for never leaving my side and for delivering me from this valley! I will continue to praise you through the rain or sunshine each day of my life!

He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
Joyce Meyer says that we are in the worst of times and in the best of times. As things get darker, there’s an opportunity for the church to shine the Light of Hope to a hurting world! So many people are desperately seeking what only a relationship with Jesus Christ can provide! Christians are the ones who can help them!

So you see friends and readers - brothers and sisters, I have decided that the risks are too great if I stay in my pity party valley! If you are going through your own valley season, please decide that enough is enough! The world is hurting and we are on assignment to share the powerful love and comfort that only Jesus Christ provides! I’m back to my Kingdom work and excited to leave my personal pain behind!

Have a powerful week and decide to get to get down to Kingdom work in your home, work, neighborhood and church! I am happy that I finally realized that I have been the recipient of BIG GOD HUGS throughout my valley experience! I was just not accepting them! You and I must decide to accept God's Hugs - this week and forevermore!
Love you–

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