Resting in God's love.....

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by.

♥ I thank God for seeing me through another week. Today is Thursday. I am reminded to count my blessings and be thankful to God for His many mercies.

♥ I thank God for strengthening through the last 2 weeks. I have rather ill with persistent flu. Thank God that now I am feeling better. Thank God for the much needed time of rest, a refreshment for both my body and soul. I was able to spend more time with the Lord in reading of His Words, prayers and reflections.

♥ I thank God for reminding me that we are accepted by God and beloved by Him through what our Lord Jesus Christ has done in our life in saving us. No matter how weak or imperfect we are, how much we have failed, God's love for us remains unchanging. So I thank God that I can rest in His love.

Recently, I felt quite down when I think of the way bipolar disorder affected my life and my relationships with some people who do not understand me. Some things I did in my effort to serve our Lord has caused some misunderstandings with some people. I felt very discouraged. I felt like a broken vessel and unfit to serve the Lord with the limitations of this illness. In God's mercies, He sends me many encouragements through His Words, His people and various other ways.

The Lord especially encouraged me through a video of a testimony of a couple with 2 special needs children who were brought to know our Lord as their saviours through the severe trials in their life. In a futile effort to seek help for their two children with Down Syndrome, the couple was providentially led to borrow money from a Christian friend who invited them to go to church. When they went to church, their life were changed completely. They have always feel ashamed of having two disabled children but when they heard the Word of God sang and preached, they were moved by the love of God Who accepts them. Gradually they learned to accept and value their children despite the children's disabilities. They began to know the love of God and His many wonderful mercies in their life.

The Lord reminded me that He is in control. He makes no mistakes. Though He may allow us or our loved ones to be afflicted with paralysing diseases or  infirmities, He can still use us for His glory to accomplish His divine purposes. We are but an instrument in His mighty hands. Though broken  and unfit in and of ourselves, the Lord is able to use us as He deems fit. His grace is even more evident in our brokenness. I feel encouraged to continue to look to Him daily for the grace and strength  to live for His glory. May God make me useful in His kingdom despite my  infirmities.

This week, Iris shared about "life" and her dad's life. She said
My dad always used to say “You are unique. Only you can do the things God set you out to do”. I couldn’t agree more. Although there are people with the same skills you might have, but only YOU can do them a specific way.
I am reminded of my father who loves me very much. He always believed that I will do well. I am reminded too that I am unique and God has made me with a purpose, even with this bipolar disorder. There have been many blessings I experienced through this condition too and I must not let the negative things discouraged me. I pray God will give me grace and strength to be a blessing to others.

♥ I thank God for my family and my church.

♥ I thank God for everyone of  you and all my blogging friends. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements through this blog and email. May God bless you all!

Thank you for stopping by. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm Regards,
Nancie

13 Kind thoughts:

Debbie said...

Oh Nanci you are soo right. Who knows in what way the Lord may chose to use this very illness to minister His love and hope to others. I have no doubt you have done that many, many times without even being aware. Have a wonderful day in Him. Many blessings to you, Debbie

becky aka theRAV said...

This is a wonderful post, Nancie. I am sorry you were ill with the flu and feeling down. Hope you are feeling up and better soon. This post should do the trick!

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, Debbie, for your encouragements. Many blessings to you too!

Thanks, Becky, for your encouragements too. May God bless you!

~ Being Woven said...

Amen. What a powerful testimony of the work God is doing in and through you! "We are but an instrument in His mighty hands." Oh, we are, we are!
May you be blessed and a blessing, ~ linda

Denise said...

Praise God that you are feeling better sweetie. Asking God to help you by encouraging you daily, I love you.

Wendy said...

Nancie, Your photo of the ocean waves and Isaiah 43:1-2 is beautiful and those are some of my very favorite verses. I appreciated your posts here, and thank you for letting God use you and being so transparent. Your thankfulness blesses me. I, too, agree with Iris' dad and loved that post--He has made your life as the perfect frame for the picture of Christ that He is in you. God bless you!
Wendy

Melinda said...

Nancie, so nice to meet you. I found you through your comment on my blog about my Grandma's 100th birthday. Bipolar disorder runs in my family and the symptoms range from severe to very mild. Although I don't have the disorder I am prone to mood swings and some depression so I can understand what you go through at times. Often our actions and words are misunderstood and that can make it hard. God is faithful though and uses us in ways we may not even realize. Blessings to you! I am looking forward to being a regular reader.

Katrina said...

I am glad that you are feeling better and that you were able to rest in the Lord while you were ill. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I loved this post, it is great to be reminded that God is in control and He does not make mistakes. All things work together for the glory of God for those who believe in Him and call upon His holy name! I pray that you (and I) will continue to call upon Him when you are inflicted, confused, questioning, and most importantly when you are full of praise and thanksgiving! Have a terrific week - if I don't "see" you before then! God Bless you!
Katrina

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Hello sweetie! Glad to see you. whew, looks like we made it through another week yet again nearly.

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Nancy,
I always love to read about people's love for their parents, and the wonderful support that parents can provide us.

Your dad sounds like a wonderful man, and it makes to smile to know how supportive he was of you!

With love,
Susan

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, Becky, Debbie, Denise, Wendy, Linda, Katrina, Melinda, Michelle and Susan, for stopping by and your kind comments. Hope all of you will have a great week! Take care.

With love and prayers,
Nancie

Tea With Tiffany said...

Thankful to read you are feeling better.

Have a sweet Thanksgiving. You are loved.

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, Tiffany. God bless you!

 

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