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Van Walton

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My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Matters too great for me!

If you have dropped in for a visit after having read the Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today devotion, welcome.

Let's chat a while longer about composing and quieting souls surrounded by destruction and  disaster.
Lately I have been praying for healing:

Healing of relationships. Fissures and gaps so huge, I’m not really sure the pieces can ever be put back together. They are matters too great for me!

Healing of mind, soul, and body. Issues so complex and overwhelming, no doctor, therapist, or drug will cure. These are matters too great for me!

I have also prayed for relief from life’s crushing blows.

I’ve asked God to answer specific requests, dreams and desires of my heart that would bring me such joy, I can’t even imagine the bliss, if He would only say, “Yes,” to my pleas.

Truth be told, my prayer requests appear to me to be the impossible dream. If I allow myself, I could easily despair over the thought that maybe I’ll be waiting a life time for responses to deep cries from my heart.

And then I begin to scheme, manipulate, figure out how to get my way, coerce people into situations that really don’t get to the bottom of the “issue”.

Anything for relief, answers, rest, peace.

“Oh to just have the power to fix those matters and get my way!”
Matters too great for me!
Finally, after working to unravel the web, after too many sleepless and worrisome nights, after dissecting the problem, and pursuing all the possible avenues to correction  --- I give up…
realizing the matter is too great for me.

Then truth dawns:
Matters too great for me are not too great for My God.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Jesus

So I go to Jesus and He performs a miracle.

In the midst of matters too great for me, He surrounds me with peace, quieting my pounding heart, wiping away my tears, giving me rest.

Matters too great for me are NOT too great for My God.

Somehow, by believing that simple truth, I can’t help but

Shine!

7 comments:

chris said...

Thank you for your timely words of encouragement.
Each day I am so blessed by the devotional sent via email.

Shonda said...

Van,
Thank you for the imagery of the child resting in his mother's arms while she went about her tasks. I needed that reminder this morning.

blessings to you!
Shonda

Pam said...

I absolutely loved your devotion for today and the picture you so perfectly have etched in my mind with your words. Oh, to rest peacefully and quietly under the shelter of HIS wings! Thanks for the reminder.

Sweet Blessings,
Pam

Heather said...

Thank you so much for this post today. It came at such a good time, as I am going through some very intense trials right now. You put everything into perspective.

Glynnis Whitwer said...

This is a beautiful post, and your devotion was wonderful! I love this picture, and feel God's peace just picturing it in my mind. Thank you Van.

Melanie said...

Hi Van - beautiful devotion today and beautiful blog entry. Just what I needed

Anonymous said...

I am constantly amazed, and blessed, by the way God speaks to me through Proverbs 31 daily devotionals that I receive via my e-mail. But at certain times, a particular day's devotion, like yours today, is so obviously God's reassuring words coming to ME through YOU. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes.