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Count your many blessings even during times of stress
by Beyond The Walls by Susan Nelson
May 05, 2013 | 601 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s my fault and I take full responsibility for my negligence. I have been on a terror lately. I mowed my yard, I dug a trench for conduit, I washed clothes, cleaned what I could of the house, swept, washed dishes, stuck to my diet, and all without breaking a sweat.

I spent time running various errands, signing paperwork, getting and taking lunches to my children at school and then spending almost two hours with them until they were done. They have different lunch times! I knew I had to get a few more things done, but I let them slip. As I was driving home late in the evening, the alarm went off in my head. My deadline! I had a great column for you all! Well, I thought it was.

Then last Saturday night, as I am picking up my children from Vacation Bible School (early in the VBS season) I got a phone call from my oldest son.

“Mom, I totaled my truck.”

Alarms resounding in my head in fear of how bad it could be, but the worst (his death) was not to be because he was talking to me on the phone. He had taken his eyes off the road for a moment (and, no, it was not his phone that distracted him, because he had left it at home) when he veered off the road and hit a guardrail and lost control of his truck.

It wasn’t flipped, he walked away, no one else was involved, he has the means to replace it, he is gainfully employed, he had all his “papers” (DL and insurance) and the truck was “legal.”

There have been times in my adult children’s lives, admittedly, when this has not been the case, if you want to know the truth of the matter. I must have seemed awfully strange wanting to sing the praises of God! He walked away! He wasn’t hurt! He has the means to replace the vehicle, although it may take time.

Even in the tragedies of life, we can find praises. I did. My youngest son looked up at me and said, “Momma, does he have Jesus in his heart? Because, if he does then everything will be all right.”

I suggested that he ask his big brother that question.

Life is full of opportunities for us all to wallow in the misery that faces us sometimes daily. But I remember several scriptures: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Then we are encouraged to think of things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous and praiseworthy to meditate on them. (Paraphrase of Philippians 4:8)

My piece de resistance is Romans 8:28, 30: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

To quote a song of not too long ago, “Keep the faith, baby.”

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