August 29, 2013
When I tell my knit/crochet groups that pulling out a large number of stitches is called “FROGGING” they usually laugh.
Why is it called “FROGGING”? - Because you ‘rip it, rip it, rip it”
There are many times I’d like to ‘FROG’ events from my life. Like the past couple of months. First I hit another car. Just dented her bumper but destroyed my front end. We got another car and had a blow out which left us stranded until we could find someone to help. It seems the jack had disappeared from the car. Then a few weeks after that a tree fell along a side road and hit my car in the process as I was driving by.Damage over $1800!! Enough!! I don’t want to get in a car right now.
Is there something in your life you’d like to ‘FROG’? Many of you are suffering financial problems, health issues, difficult family situations and much more.
Recently a small group I participate in had a discussion about the verse ‘God doesn’t give you more than you can handle’. Where is that verse located? We searched and searched; guess what. THERE IS NO SUCH VERSE. We are promised
“no temptation more than you can stand. “When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so you can endure”. (1 Cor 10:13).
This is speaking of temptation, not struggles.In fact, Scripture promises there will be troubles in our lives.
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” (John 16:33NLT)
“Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” (1Pet 4:12NLT)
We will experience more troubles than we can handle. If we could handle our problems on our own we wouldn’t need God!!
“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. he will not permit the godly to slip and fall” (Psa 55:22NLT)
“He comforts us in all out troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (1 Cor 1:4NLT)
John 16:33 ends with Christ reminding us
“Take heart, for I have overcome the world”.
If you think that because you are a follow of Christ your life should be all blooming roses and pretty rainbows, I want to remind you that Paul wrote many of his letters to new Christians while in a jail cell; Jesus was beaten and crucified.
Life is filled with many difficulties and many rewards. The greatest reward of all is the ‘peace that passes all understanding’ when we put Christ first in our lives. It is a gift we can accept if we choose to accept it.
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27NLT)
Next time your life needs some ‘frogging’ turn to God and give him your burden. Let Him stitch some peace into your life as He holds your hand through it.
Stitched in His love,
BearyAnn, a citizen of heaven (Heb 13:14) straining toward what is ahead (Phil 3:13); bearing witness of Christ (Jn 1:7) anxiously awaiting his return (1 Cor 1:7)