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Sometimes I sit and wonder why everything has to go wrong. I feel sorry for myself, and wonder why God allows this. When I was doing the heart tests, I confess I wasn't very joyful during the process sometimes. But when I stopped and praised God for these tests, I realized, they can learn so much from today's technology. I thought about how good it will be to know everything is ok. All the worry, fear and anger disappeared. I thanked God. My test results came back just fine. My heart is working perfectly, it's just that it tends to beat in a different direction than most people, part of the time. : ) I march to the beat of a different drummer, what can I say? I've heard that about me my whole life. : ) I told my friend and she said, "It's not weird, just unusual." I'm praising God, and think the results are kinda cool. As a Christian, my heart does beat to a different drummer!
Habakkuk was a prophet that learned from God that the enemy was going to invade Judah. Here's his initial reaction:
16 I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.
Habakkuk 3:16 NIVThe verses on the photo are his sacrifice of praise to God. A sacrifice of praise, is when everything seems to be going wrong. It's when we praise God out of our distress. It means a lot to Him, He understands how hard it is for us, and He renews our strength and courage. I think it's ok to have a meltdown once in awhile, as long as we turn back to God. I love these verses. Habakkuk's story always puts mine in perspective.
I took this photo after a New Jersey ice storm. It had rained and then froze. The roads and trees were covered with an inch of ice. But it sure was beautiful. I chose this photo because winter symbolizes a season of death and cold to me (we really don't have deserts here). To me, it's the perfect season to celebrate Jesus' birth. During a very dark time, He was born in a manger. For Christmas we put up lights that glow in the night. Jesus is our light.
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