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Monday, August 06, 2007
New Mercies
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
The path of Christian growth is a steady process of recognizing that no matter what lessons have been learned along the way thus far, we have not yet “arrived.” Yesterday’s victory doesn’t suffice for today’s challenge. I must daily choose to put on the Christian armor and stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13) Today’s trial does not exempt me from facing one tomorrow. There is no room for complacency or self-congratulatory accolades.

With one phone call I was reminded just how quickly things can change and how very much dependent I must be upon the Lord for what a day will bring. One of our granddaughters was in a car accident that could have had a very serious outcome. (Praise the Lord she is okay and her friend’s injuries are minimal.) Upon hearing the news, my heart was gripped with that familiar feeling of helplessness and loss of control over life’s circumstances. When the prospect of tragedy brushes so close, the heart cries out “No, Lord, please don’t make us go there again!” Then the Holy Spirit gently reminds me that nothing comes into my life but that it has first passed through the hands of a loving God. I praise Him for protecting my loved one. I honor Him for the reminder of my own weakness and the need to daily draw upon His mercies.

posted at 10:03 PM  

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Ruth said...

Carol - once again as I was checking your blog, and looking over at Jerry's also, seeing the picture of you two together... I felt such a sense of satisfaction and happiness for you both. I know that this has nothing to do with what you wrote in your blog, but in reality, it does – it shows that even though you have gone through some of the deepest, darkest valleys in life, even THIS HAPPINESS now has first passed through the hands of a loving God. HE knew when he took Jean Home, and then Malcom, that HE would bring you and Jerry together… in His time.
Love you both!! Hope you are home soon with your new husband…
Love always,

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Thank you, Ruth, for your encouraging words. This is a particularly emotional time for me here in Taiwan as I finish up 26 years of ministry. The knowledge of God's sovereign hand in our lives is a great comfort --Carol

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At 9:55 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Negative commenters?? Your posts are always so uplifting!!

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

I liked to you this morning. Just a fun little post I did.

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Photo Buffet said...

Carol, I appreciate this post.
Nothing happens to any of us without it first crossing God's desk. It's my job to "simply" trust.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Old Fashioned Girl said...

I love the picture of my experiences first passing through God's Hands ... Thank you!

At 7:35 AM, Blogger Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Yes, my friend, we are so weak, but Jesus is strong. I know that feeling of helplessness. It's frightening, isn't it? But God is bigger than all our fears, Praise Him. Thank you for this post and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

It's been a few weeks since you wrote this post. How is your granddaughter doing? How are you doing? It's been while since I've visited, so I'll have to look over some previous entires. It looks like from Ruth's comment you have some wonderful news.

Blessings today my friend,
In Christ,

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Dionna said...

I am so glad your granddaughter is okay.


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