Tuesday, October 25, 2011

on getaways and inevitables


How very blessed we are to have been able to have a little vacation over the last few days! It does confirm to me that everyone -- perhaps particularly those whose jobs keep them largely home or kid-bound -- does need a regular break, a real getaway, even if just for a day or two.

While I still did have to look after the kids -- playing maid and butler to their every need and whim lol -- it was truly refreshing for me to be in a different, fun environment, doing different, fun things.

During my mini-vacation, I happened to catch a Joyce Meyer broadcast entitled Moving beyond worry and anxiety. I mean, really, who wouldn't perk up at a title like that! Well, at one point in her message, Joyce spoke of the "inevitables" in life.

"There are some things in life that are just inevitable," she said, "some things that are just going to happen from time to time, and you might as well just say, 'well, it is what it is, and I'm just going to deal with it'".

Here are a few of them:

"You will do a lot of waiting in life... whatever it is that you're waiting for right now, when you get it, it won't be long and you'll be waiting for something else... and if you want to be happy, you will learn to wait well, with a smile on your face, trusting God's wisdom and integrity...

"Not everybody's going to like you. O well -- they missed a good opportunity to know somebody awesome. And God's the one who said you're awesome! So I just figure, if somebody don't like me, then that's between them and God. 10% of people won't like you... but let's think about the 90% that will.

"From time to time you will get disappointed. But the good news is, in God you can get re-appointed! If one thing don't work out, praise God, everyday's a new beginning -- you can let go of yesterday and start all over again... His mercy is new every morning!...

"Here's another piece of good news -- when you try to do what's right, you will get persecuted (Matt 5:10)... If you're going to have a strong walk with God, somebody that you care about is probably going to come against you... But we've got to care more about what God thinks, than what people think. And we have to care more about eternity, than right this minute...

"When you want to do something different from what other people are doing, sometimes the only thing they know to do, is judge you and criticise you. And then God asks you to forgive them and love them on top of it :)

"Yes, when we try to do what's right, we will at time be persecuted, but 'in due time, you will reap if you faint not' (Gal 6:9)...

"God does not always say 'yes' when you ask Him for something. But you can always be assured that if He does say 'no', then what you asked for was not going to be good for you.

"And my last 'inevitable' -- people are not perfect. They're all just a little bit weird, including me. God's will for us is peace".

Hope you've been having a super, peaceful week! And go on that trip you've been thinking about -- even if it is just a short walk away :)


Dawn said...

Janice, I have really enjoyed this read. I love Joyce Meyer. She is so funny and has lived it all. She speaks in reality and from the word. One time she was talking about her husband and sports. She said he was watching football, listening to baseball while cleaning his golf clubs...so funny. Sounds as if you had a lovely time. Your girls are really beautiful. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo oh by the way, I chuckled when you referred to me as a siren and va va voom. You are a gem.

Abigail Jasmine said...

Loved this!

Too cute they are!!


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