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Day 21 – Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Today’s thought is shared by Dee Ballantine…

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.   (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

In the spring of 2007 I moved from Alabama to Memphis and my kids and I bought a small home for me. For several of the years I lived there we battled water coming in the house during heavy rains due to poor grading and my home being in a downhill location. After much digging and a vast amount of money spent by all of us, we were finally successful in keeping the water out of the house and into the street. Sometime later I heard a strange noise and after investigating found water filling my home. A hot water pipe under the slab had burst and my tears were flowing as fast as the water was spreading. That incident was a 3 month nightmare for all of us, which resulted in me moving in with my kids while the inside of my home was completely redone. The three of us decided this was a good time to sell my home, which also resulted in my moving in with them. In my mind what I thought to be a temporary move in reality turned into a permanent one due to me no longer being able to financially support myself. Now I did not take those changes of events in my life with acceptance or gratitude that I had a loving, safe place to land, no sir! I was not mad at God or the kids. I was just MAD that this was happening to ME!! Did I stop to think what my kids were thinking on their end of this situation? Nope. Nada. I was enjoying my pity party too much. After all, I had been on my own and very independent for many years and now I had to depend on someone else, not only for living accommodations but also for assistance with multiple health issues. Then along came GOD, and with Him the TRANSFORMATION. He taught me to swallow my pride and accept that this will be my new home. God also helped me understand with prayers and much soul searching during the last few years, I can now look back and see His hand in everything that happened. The pipe bursting under the slab was the icing on the cake (my new home) God had created for me and my kids opening their home and hearts to me when I had nowhere else to go was the cherry on top. I am exactly where God knows I belong!

Dear God, thank you for your patience with me when I was struggling to find a way to accept what I could not change. I pray I will always put my faith and trust in you regardless of the circumstances. In your Son’s Name, Amen


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