I’ll Be Back! 

Good morning! 

In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger  in The Terminator,  I’ll be back!

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m old. My children are grown. I’m eligible for senior discounts. I’m even afraid of jumping on a trampoline at my age for fear of the dreaded, Urinary Incontinence. LOL  I live with my 86 year old dad. I think about these things. 🙂 On a more serious note, I have had the awesome privilege of experiencing life to its fullest. 🙂

Just like most of you, I’ve lived long enough to have experienced both the highs and the lows of life. I’ve kind of been in a season of lows for awhile. I’m not yet a bottom feeder, but I’ve had my days where my own shopping cart was looking good. 🙂

 Just when I thought my world was falling apart, it instead fell into place! 🙂

I love how God works! ♡ We can always find Him present in ways we least expect. His ways are always greater than ours. 

I recently was struck with a case of the bad things come in threes syndrome. My daughter was hospitalized.  The next week my dad was hospitalized.  And at the same time, my home suffered not just the demise of one but both of our air conditioning units. Can you say it’s hot in Oklahoma in the summer time?  🙂

 Every once in awhile, life’s bumps overwhelm me and my nature is to withdraw.  I’m not a fighter. I choose love every time. I couldn’t love my way out of this one. I needed a plan. I needed resources I didn’t have. Or so I thought.

This time I did things differently. I faced my mountain. With my own resources. Without someone else stepping in to do it for me like I’ve always done. It’s all I’ve known. With the encouragement and support of a dear man, I stepped out in faith. Out of my box. And God ever so lightly gave me the nudge I needed. He brought my dad home. From assisted living. Early. He allowed that second air conditioner to bite the dust. I was forced to play my hand. Instead of taking the easy way out to sell my family home as is. I am now utilizing my own resources. My 401k. Working two jobs. Studying for 3 tests for a teacher’s certification. It’s foreign to me. To do this. All by myself. These “man”things. Rehab. Financing. But it’s exciting.  It feels good. It’s trusting. Myself. And my God. 🙂 

I will not allow satan to kill my dreams. I will not allow satan to steal my joy, and I will not allow satan to destroy my power to do this. Jesus is my power. He will help me be victorious!  As Arnold says, I’ll be back! 🙂  I won’t give up. I won’t say I can’t. I won’t take the easy way. I’ll be back!  Back stronger than ever!

Not just Arnold was famous for those words. So was Jesus. He’s proved it once. He’ll do it again.  He gave us his word on it. He will be back. For you and me. I want to be one of His followers.  That He comes back for. Until then, for today I just want to be strong in my convictions.

If there is anything you are afraid of that is causing you to feel any less than you were meant to be, remember those famous words, I’ll be back. With Christ there is no limit to the number of chances we are given. We all know the story.  We’ve all read the book. We’ve all seen the movie. The only thing that will indeed be terminated will be satan. Not me, or you, for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And so can you. We can make a comeback.  We can rise above our limitations.  Our fears. Our years. Our brokenness.  

No more defeated Sandy. Just like Christ,  I want to say, I’ll be back! 

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.                           Philippians 4:13

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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