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Day #16 – 30 Day Challenge

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c15Today begins the second half, the downhill run, of our 30-day challenge. Whether or not you’ve been able to join in on the first 15 days, I hope you will engage from here on in! (But even if you don’t feel comfortable sharing, keep stopping by!)

This particular entry from Thirty Days of Devotion isn’t hard for me to accept. I can fully wrap my brain around God’s power. But when I’m in the throes of this season, when I’m, as the song in Rocky III says, pushing and getting ready for the next fight, I wonder.

I don’t doubt God’s ability, but sometimes I wonder about His willingness.

I’ve seen His miracles – both small and huge, natural and unexplained. And yet, when I’m consumed with my daily life and overwhelmed by the needs therein … seems like sometimes, I expect His “noes” more than His “yeses.”

Likely due to my own lack of faith and negative anticipation.

But He is God of the impossible. And you folks who have commented here in the last 2 weeks have declared that more than once in your stories.

I’m so thankful for the witnesses that you have been!

Your Turn: What is the most grandest impossibility you’ve seen God do? I’d have to refer to the story I told y’all about my friend who was shot. The gun was pressed to her forehead at a 90-degree angle, yet the bullet traveled across her face, barely touching anything in the interior of her head and lodged in her right lung. Just before the man pulled the trigger, she said, “Oh, Jesus, save me.” And He was faster than a speeding bullet! The strangeness of her injuries and her quick recovery were AMAZING, and to God’s glory!

Tomorrow we’ll be starting the next spiritual season. I can’t wait to hear your input in this section.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

6 thoughts on “Day #16 – 30 Day Challenge

  1. One time, I was facing clinical depression because our 11 month old son was sick and the doctor was blaming it on Steve & I. (That’s the short version.) Also, Steve had just unfairly lost his job. I described the depression to Steve as a black curtain that would “come over” my eyes and color everything black. It had been happening at least once a day for 2 weeks. Well, the next Sunday we visited a church we had never been to before; no one knew us, and we were sitting in the back. After some songs, it got quiet. Then the pianist said, “The Lord is reaching through the black curtain to dry your tears.” My jaw dropped. From that day on, I did not have the depression, crying jags, or black “curtain.” Despite the fact that our circumstances did not change for several months. It still gives me chills and/or joyful tears today.

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  2. For me I have two large incredible stories that the Lord really has been with me or in these cases healed me. I will only tell one. When I first developed asthma, I did not realize at first that I also had chemical sensitivities and what that all entailed. I was on asthma medications. I was really struggling with my health. I was bedridden. I was getting sicker and sicker to what I felt was the point of no return. I had many many close encounters with dangerous asthma attacks that required so much medication. I was to the ER a couple of times.

    After much prayer, we felt that the Lord was asking us to leave our home and move away. My husband found a job in Wisconsin and applied for the job. We lived in South Carolina at the time. He did not want to leave his job and we did not want to leave our son, daughter, and my father-in-law but we KNEW the Lord was asking us to leave. This move was not only for us though, my friend was in desperate need of a house to rent but has horrible credit because of bad divorce. Before we even left for the job interview, our house was already rented out!! Before we even left Wisconsin, we KNEW Brian had the job although the official job offer didn’t come through yet. We already had a house to rent there before we left. I remember laying in the back seat of the car and watching the moon that night on the way home. The Lord kept quietly speaking to me as I stared at the beauty of the moon and kept saying He will be with me and lead me.

    Well, Brian did get the job and we did move to Wisconsin. So many wonderful things happened there. The most spectacular was the improvement to my health. I went from bedridden to up and about within a month. I came off my medications as I felt the Lord was showing me. Then with His help, I changed my diet, removed all the moldy furniture that was from our old house, and He showed me things I had to change with regards to laundering, house cleaning, bathing, clothes, and so much more. Tell me He is not a God of small details!!

    We are now back in South Carolina and in our house. It is not the most ideal situation, however, I am doing fairly well after a few modifications to the house. I know this house is not our permanent home but I KNOW the Lord will lead us to where I need to be! Praise be to God!!

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