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Sunday, March 21, 2010

MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU!



I am thankful today to be here at Spiritual Sunday. I always warmly welcome you to stop by and I also thank Ginger and Charlotte at http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ for being so generous and sharing this with us. Please stop by to say hello to them. The encouragement I get over at Spiritual Sunday is unbelievable. With the world is the shape it is in it is always good to reflect on your faith (or even lack of it!) and rethink your life's journey.

Today I will share my personal conversation with the Lord on August 19, 1993. I was admitted to the hospital in order to "prepare" for the birth of my son Nicholas, our last child. Having had children before him I was an old pro. But the resident doctor who admitted me did not have a clue. In his conversation, trying to scare the life out of me, he weaved stories of birthing horrors to me and told me very matter-a-factly that my baby was growing too quickly and his head was going to be huge...blah...blah.blah..

Now I do have some respect for medical professionals but folks, basically they are no different then you and I. They live and eat and breathe like the rest of us. So I talked to God. I remember saying to HIM, "Listen, if you can't shut this doctor up I am going to punch him out and repeat a steady stream of curse words!" God was not impressed with me. HE waited, and HE waited very patiently. By 9 o'clock that night (I was admitted at 7:00 A.M.) the genius doctor told my husband to go home and get his rest because no matter what at 7:00 A.M. the next morning we were going to have a baby!

When my husband kissed me gently on my forehead and bid me goodbye I turned my full attention to the Lord. I remember being so upset and frustrated. I said "Listen Lord, you are making me mad! I don't deserve this and you know it!  Now give me a sign!" Oh boy! Me and my signs! The Lord has never once let me down but I have learned to pray more carefully adding" and please don't let  a building fall down on my head!"

Oh did the Lord give me sign! I had the urge to read my bible which was sitting at my beside. When I grabbed that bible and flipped it open this is what it said ""My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" 2 Corinthians 12:9.  I could not take my eyes off that verse and today it hangs on our bedroom wall.

God was good, but not until straight up 4 o'clock that afternoon on a beautiful summer day, August 20, 1993. At that moment HE produced the most utterly perfect pink baby boy with a set of lungs to raise the un-living! I have never looked back without knowing GOD is so incredibly good. HE is the reason I wake every day. HE is the reason life continues for whatever reasoning HE may have. I learned this lesson on my first day of kindergarten and I have never forgotten it and I hope you will never forget it too. "Everything good comes from God." Whatever HIS reasons are HE will never leave you as long as you ask HIM to walk beside you.

26 comments:

fairfieldhouse said...

Anne,

Thank you for this post and your beautiful blog. HE is always with us, leading us, giving us signs.
Have a wonderful Sunday, my friend.

Deborah

rcubes said...

That's sad that the doctor was trying to tell you lots of horror stories about delivery. And like what you said, medical professionals are no different than you and I. But I'm glad that the Lord's Word was quick to soothe that restless feeling you had that day and a mounting anger [?]that was about to explode.
Yes, indeed His grace was sufficient. And your baby was a big blessing, from His grace that He used to strengthen you that day. He is awesome. He is good. All the time. God bless and what's up with both of us talking about those "active mouths" from our posts? One from your doc, and mine from an inmate. Hmmm...That's actually my next post: that mouth that won't stop! :) Have a great week!

Julie said...

Thanks so much for an amusing and very insightful post. God is so good...and gracious...and giving...and generous...gentle..and wow..I never knew I would come up with so many "g" words. But He does supply us in our time of need with a "timely Word of wisdom". Your story was a good one. Thanks for sharing today. Yes. I'll take walking on this journey WITH God over any other offer that would come my way. :-)

daylily777 said...

Hi,
This is a wonderful testimony ! Thanks so much for sharing . Amen! He will never leave us .
Blessings,
~Myrna

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful testimonial. The sermon at our church this morning was about how God answers our prayers. Sometimes he delivers us from our problems, sometimes he delivers us in our problems as was the case with Paul when he prayed three times to have his problem removed. He answered by telling him his grace was sufficient. We would prefer, of course, that God answer our prayers the way we want him to, but that is not always the best way. For sure he always knows more about it than we do.
I certainly sympathize with what you are going through right now and want you to know that I am praying for you.
Your link on Spiritual Sundays didn't bring me here, so I fixed it. I noticed one person mentioned that it didn't work so I went over to check it out.
Blessings & prayers,
Charlotte

Karen said...

He is good and He is love. It doesn't get any better than that, does it? Thanks for sharing this story.

Joan said...

Anne - this is a wonderful testimony of God's grace. His grace is sufficient.

Blessings,
Joan

Renee said...

Yes God uses our weaknesses doesn't he. His grace was sufficient! Amen. Thanks for sharing this...God bless.

Georgia said...

Beautiful testimony! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

May God richly bless you each and every day!

Clif said...

Wonderful story with a marvelous lesson. I wish you would have punched out that idiot!

micey said...

this made me laugh out loud! I love your pure honesty with the Lord! So real and, well, honest! No sugar coating! Thanks for sharing your heart. =)

bp said...

Thanks for sharing the story about God's goodness in being with you and answering your prayers.
Hope you've had a blessed day.

Bethany

Lisa said...

God's grace IS sufficient for every situation of life! Nothing is too hard for him! Thanks for a great post.:)

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anne,
Isn't it wonderful to know that the Lord is always there with us, to comfort us, no matter what we may be going through.
THanks for sharing your story, very encouraging.
Happy week to you,
Mimi

sarah louise said...

wow, anne. thank you for sharing this with us. i appreciate your telling it like it is... and reminding us of Who's in charge (no matter what!). you're a great writer. (o:
and thank you for stopping by my blog today & leaving a comment. it was sweet of you to visit dottydotty's blog to say congrats!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

what a wonderful story with a happy outcome too! :)

GWENDOLYN said...

Anne,
What a great post... I laughed and understood what you must have been going through. Thanks for the great reminder of that verse... sometimes I get stuck on a few and forget there are so many more for us.
I also wanted to let you know that I do wear the apron I won from you a while back:)
Blessings!
Gwen

Heart2Heart said...

What a perfect way to celebrate God goodness and grace in one amazing day!

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Love and Hugs ~ Kat

SmilingSally said...

God is good.

Rhodema A. Cargill said...

I love those timely words from the Lord. He is closer than our own breath and always has a word for us.

Thank you for sharing that testimony.

Have a blessed Easter.

SILVER said...

i like the reminder about God's grace being sufficient ;) How comforting, isn't it?

I was just wondering, is the blog "Phamily business1" yours too? The avatar looks different.. and when i click on it, it doesn't show the blog link for me to visit.

~Silver

hip chick said...

yes we all must wait for His time and not ours. This is not always easy.

chasity said...

what a great verse to live by.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful story Anne! Devotions and the words of the Lord really help us through both hard and happy times. So glad you son was born without difficulty!

LV said...

Amen to al you shared today.

Silver said...

Then i am really glad i found you..;)