Monday, August 11, 2008

Last Post for Awhile

Due to my parents' ill health, I'm shutting down my blog for awhile. I don't know for how long but I would appreciate your prayers for my parents. They are in their eighties and are needing me more and more which I do not mind at all. I love them both dearly and am so appreciative to God that I am available to care for them. I also request your prayers for my husband and children and me. I'll just end this by saying that the past few weeks have been the most stressful, the most difficult, but also the most glorious as I brought each and every situation under the protective umbrella of my Lord's good and perfect will. It seems the more stress I'm given, the more I'm compelled to lean on Him, and the more assurance He gives me of His Presence, and that if I will just let Him have control and have faith in Him and His Word, His perfect will (which is in our best interest) will be done. As I lay in bed last night and felt the old anxiousness building, God revealed to me that He was right there with me in my heart by reminding me of this Bible verse, "The kingdom of God is within you." I imagined Jesus sitting on His throne in my heart and I asked Him to reign fully in me and to bring my body under subjection to Him. As I prayed I felt my body beginning to relax. I hope I always remember that He truly is in all and in Him all things hold together--including me.


Jackie said...

I, too, took care of my parents as they became ill. What a blessing and honor it truely is.'
I experienced challenges with my husband through out the journey, but my love for the Lord and for my parents provided strength to do what what right.
I will hold you up before Jesus
as you have requested.
feel free to email me as you need help and encouragement.

Anonymous said...

praying for you Joni!

God Bless You :)

Anonymous said...

I just found your sight last night in a google search. The verses on anxiety are very comforting and I find hope in your testimony. My life was also transformed during a Beth Moore study on Daniel but I am still struggling with the anxiety. I haven't driven on the freeway in seven years and I might have to tonight so I will be taking to heart some of these wonderful verses. I will say a prayer for peace while you care for your parents.