October Us-Ward Note

I grew up on a farm, and around other farm kids. Then I took off and went to college in the hills of southeastern Kentucky, where I was around “country boys”. One of our favorite pass times on the farm and in the hollers of the Appalachian was to go 4-wheeling and trucking through the mud. The more mud slinging the better! Until…we got stuck. When that happens in mud, the harder you gun it, the harder you try, the deeper the wheels dig in and the more stuck you become. You have to be willing to hook up to a vehicle of higher power to drag out. Emotional pits work the same way. The harder you try to work, dig, fight and climb out, the deeper you feel and fall into that emotional pit. Life is a mud slinging mess and at times we feel we are just spinning our wheels no matter how hard we gun it. We sense we are just in deeper. Psalm 40:1-3 says “I waited patiently for the LORD;and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” Here is your higher power!!! Choosing to cry out to God means you are relying on His strength. And ladies, He is capable of bringing you out of any emotional pit. This scripture literally gives the picture of God carrying you out of the place where you are stuck. Look where he puts you… He sets your feet on a solid rock. He will place you on a solid ground emotionally and spiritually when you choose His way, His power, His strength. Matthew 7:24-25 Tells us, those who choose Him and His word, are like a wise man who builds his house upon a rock. When the rain and floods come, the winds blow and beat on the house. It stands firm, unshaken. When you choose to cry out to God, to listen to His Words of truth, you can stand firm as the storms of life rage around you. When we received the diagnosis for our daughter that she would be born with a medical handicap, the rains and floods of life began to rage. After she was born and we spent 4 months in the NICU enduring procedures, surgeries,and tests, the winds blew and beat hard against me and our family. Taking an infant home with loads of medical equipment and the promise of multiple appointments every week was enough to just bury us in a deep pit of worry, anxiety and grief. Difficult as that season was, my feet were standing on the solid rock of My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as the verse in Matthew states ” I fell not” because I choose to cry out to Him daily, sometimes hourly, sometimes moment by moment. Cry out to the Lord when life has you in a muddy pit. He is The Great Almighty and His power can pull you out and sustain you too.

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