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Try It One More Time

Are you ready to give up?

Prepared to throw in the towel?

You tell yourself that it was a mistake to begin with?

You’re beaten. Done.  At the end of your rope.

STOP

WAIT

LISTEN

I know how you feel.

My life too has known pain and discouragement.

But before you give up,

“Try one more time.”

Yes, you heard me.

Just one more time.

I remember a time a few years ago.

Flying back to the states with empty arms and a broken heart.

The adoption I had hoped to complete had failed miserably

leaving me drained in so many areas of my life.

“What are we going to do?” my eight year old daughter asked.

Her troubled eyes met mine and I swallowed hard winter treebegging the Lord to give me the right words.

“I don’t know, honey. We will wait and pray.”

A year and a half silently passed. No sign of hope. No writing in the sky.

When suddenly I got a call, moved  forward in faith

and adopted my youngest daughter from Russia.

It’s too easy to give up and to convince ourselves that we were wrong in the first place.

Yes, too easy to quit and throw in the towel.

Too easy to stop writing when the pile of rejection slips grows.

Too easy to stop submitting

convincing ourselves that it was all a mistake.

When the world and even our own self whispers to quit,

TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.

‘Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’ Galatians 6:9

Have you been waiting quite a while?

Have all your efforts led to nothing?

TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.

You have no idea how many people quit right before their success.

If they had only persevered one more time.

Trusting God to do what only He can do.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Come on now,

TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

We were standing in small shop in York Beach, Maine, browsing

     when all of a sudden I heard the sound of pouring rain.

My eyes quickly darted to the open door.

Looking out I saw heavy rain falling.

As if on cue my daughters eyes met mine.

No umbrella.

No car

   and our room at the motel was blocks away.

By this time the gushing water was filling the street.

Then I heard those words.

“Just rain.” I glanced up at the man behind the counter.

He was smiling broadly

    well used to these sudden summer showers.

“Yes, just rain.”  

My girls and I chuckled as the words sank in our mind.

Where we had immediately thought of the difficulty

     his words spoke calm reason.

No need to stress.

No, it was just rain.

Those words turned around our experience.

On the count of three we ran out the store,

     Up the street

    Splashing through the deep waters

    Laughing

    Hilarious fun.

I’ll never forget it.

Sure we were wet by the time we arrived back at our room.

Soaked to the bones

    but still

     it was just rain.

It applies to much of life, doesn’t it.

People tend to react emotionally

   to sometimes exaggerate

   making something seem like a catastrophe

  when all along it is

    ‘just rain’.

Writing from his prison cell the apostle Paul wrote these words.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

A joy that sings no matter what.

Hurricanes come;

    Hurricanes go.

Elections over

  The holiday season approaching.

Let’s count if all joy, my friends.

It’s all life. No need to get upset or discouraged.

It’s just rain.

So let’s begin to sing in the rain.

Put on our raincoats

    turning a wet scene into another adventure.

Count on it

   Life will happen.

It just does

  but our choice to maintain a heart that sings

   no matter what

  will open up doors of possibility

  that we had no idea existed.

Shining Moments

Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.

Powerful words.

Words I heard long ago as a child.

Words that speak hope as I continue to wait for some things.

You too?

It is difficult when we see no sign of things changing.

It can be so hard when we look and see others receiving the very gift we

   knew had been promised to us long ago.

Did Abraham squirm uncomfortably as he saw others becoming fathers?

Did Sarah mumble as year after year went by?

Those words wrap themselves around my heart today with strong cords of love.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with everlasting kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

Do you wait right now without seeing any sign of change in your situation?

Does your marriage still struggle?

Is that beloved child of yours still rebelling?

Do you still wait for a job?

Remember His Faithfulness and His Words of promise.

“The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deut 33:27)

His timing is never too late.

What He has promised will happen.

Fear not, dear one.

Although everyone else has let you down, your Father will not.

Delays do not mean never.

A wait does not mean no.

Let’s not give into our human tendency to pack our bags

          or grab things into our own hands

               and force a change.

No, let’s continue to pray and wait

      Proclaiming His Goodness and Faithfulness.

Let’s join hands as we trust Him

    And lift our hearts in praise.

Although we don’t see anything

      And there is no visible sign of fulfillment

          He is our God

               And we will trust Him.

 The desert will blossom with flowers

    the fountain will again burst with refreshing water.

      He loves you with an everlasting Love.