Thorns among the Barbs

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Archive for April 2009

Signs of the times

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Perhaps it is just my vantage point in the world, or perhaps not.  The economy has hit our city hard, with layoffs every time you turn around.  I work for the county hospital, “civil service” and never would imagine that the news would hit of another round of layoffs. 

10am – boss calls us to a meeting – coworker is emailing me with just one word “EEEEEEEEEEK”

10:10am – boss reads a prepared statement, and advises us that our area is safe.  But the hospital will loose 193 active jobs, and a total of 400 positions.  So our relief that we are not going to join the ranks of the unemployed quickly turns to sadness wondering who I know that will be laid off. 

10:20am  – the office is very quiet as we each struggle to work through this news in our own way.  I have thanked God for his watchcare in my life, and asked him to open doors for those who are leaving. 

 1:45pm – Realizing how this economic issue is bringing to the front page what was predicted in scripture at the end of the age.  it is indeed a perilous time and so many of those I work with do not have faith to rest upon.  I have asked the Lord afresh to kindle in me the desire to share my hope, encourage them, and hopefully see my coworkers come to know Jesus as I do.

01:47pm Set my background on my computer to a picture of candles, with the words “Pray and let God worry! – M Luther”  as a reminder to me to do that. 

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In these trying times of financial instability, political instability and rampant fear I am asking you Lord to keep my gaze upon you. Set my eyes on eternity, watching my savior, and may I not look around at the chaos about me.  Lord, make my life a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable to you.  Amen


Written by Barbara Bloom

April 30, 2009 at 12:54 PM

How to overcome discouragement

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Life is tough, and as I get older it seems to get harder… health, economics, politics, career… It all swirls about me, and could easily wrap me in a fog of discouragement if I let it.  But that is the heart of the issue.  Do I let the circumstance of life overwhelm, or do I purpose to change my thinking, my focus, my gaze.

I must admit I began this post in a very down and discouraged place in my life.  It has felt like 2009 has brought nothing but sorrow, financial challenges and health issues for us and for our dogs.  So I was at a place to talk to myself, and to try to encourage myself and that is when the Lord placed a thought in my head…. the joy is in the journey through this life, with the fulfillment only when I wake to gaze upon the face of Jesus in heaven.  Until then, Until then, uh, lets say it one more time – UNTIL THEN i need to keep my focus on Jesus.  So I choose to not gaze on the health issues, or the crumbling finances, or anything else, and for a moment look to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, who for the joy that was before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is now sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Let us consider him.

In the midst of heartache, pain and suffering in this life Lord help me see your good hand and hold on for dear life to it.  May I know that every step you walk me through is one step closer to your eternal presence, and may I find joy in the journey toward that eternity with you.  For now I accept your grace and the knowlege of how to face this day, and will wait for your hand to help me tomorrow.  I commit our health, our finances, our jobs, and my life back to you.  Be glorified in my life today.  Keep me from despairing, and keep my gaze on you for you are strong and wise and good.  Amen.

Written by Barbara Bloom

April 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM