http://bible.com/12/1jn.4.1.asv Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
World wide we are bombarded with videos and images of brutality and murder. Terrorists thrive in the soil of bloodshed and fear. The enemy would have us believe they hold all power but they don’t know their end is near. It will come like the waters that rolled over the chariots of Egypt over taking Israel. It will come in their sleep and fill their dreams with night terrors. They will be thwarted at every turn. And in the end submit to the King of kings. Pray with me.
http://bible.com/8/psa68.19 Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God Who is our salvation! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
He leads me beside quiet waters. He is the path to peace. I don’ t have to struggle for first place because He is my leader and He has my best interest in mind. He loves delighting me with good and perfect gifts. He saves each tear and comforts me in my sorrows, pain and disappointments. When I blunder and do senseless things he always has my back. He will never chew on me or gloat at my stumbling. Instead He takes my broken pieces and promises to work everything out for my good. He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. When I offend or turn my back on Him He never gives up on me. When I say I’m sorry He says I forgive you and never brings it up again. When I am afraid He says be brave. I’ m with you. When I say I am small. He says He is great. He is very big. There is nothing too hard for Him. He does His best work with the small and the weak. Isn’t He wonderful?! His name is Jesus.
Could be a great opener for a sci fi. Looks ominous. Alien. Even in this cold light my washing machine bodes a threat.
But give the light the warmth of sepia and the fear gives way to the familiar. It is beautiful. Curious how our minds can invent pulse quickening, heart stopping, eye bulging possibilities that paralyze and plunge us into anguish. The Bible says to cast down imaginations and bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In other words don’t panic. Take our fears to Jesus and let Him work out the details. That’s a great prescription for sanity that lets me give my heart and fears a rest.
Drilling, drowning, jaw dropping, agony! Yep that’s me in the
chair. My greatest dread turned out better than my worst nightmare because this time, instead of suffering in silence, I spoke up and, surprisingly, my torturers became my teammates. I salivate like crazy so I asked if I could hold a suction in my mouth while being worked on so I wouldn’t feel like I was drowning. The dental assistant acknowledged this is a problem and she would be suctioning my mouth throughout the procedure and, if that wasn’t enough, I could give her a wave of my hand and I could spit in the sink. Ok, not what my first plan was but it turned out she did a great job and I was fine that way. My second hardest thing about dental work is I have to practically unhinge my jaw and hold that position FOREVER! I have TMJ and that is so painful for my jaw. When I mentioned my jaw pain they produced a bite block I could rest my teeth on while the dentist got both hands in my mouth. Much better.
So often we get the idea that a complainer is a bad patient. As a nurse, however, I feel a patient that shares their difficulties and fears is allowing me to be a good nurse. I can’t meet needs until I know what they are. This turn at the dentist’s office I took my own advise and the outcome, though not wonderful, was much less agonizing. Lesson for the day: A word in season may save from a heap of pain!