1 Timothy 4:4

So I have had an interesting past week or so. Here are my praise reports:

1) The air quality is much better, so it’s nice to be able to open the windows again and breathe the fresh air.

2) My uncle was admitted to the ICU — fluid around his heart. He had a procedure to drain off the excess liquid (so he can breathe more comfortably) but his condition has stabilized — for now. And while doctors can’t seem to figure out the root cause (not lately, anyway), my uncle is being closely monitored by his medical team, with a tentative release date of Tuesday (11/19/19).

3) I don’t believe that I shared this news yet, but I applied for (and was accepted into) a part-time doctoral program in special education. Getting in was only half the battle! Paying for it is the real challenge. I have not let myself get emotionally attached to the idea of returning to grad school until jt becomes clear that there is a financially prudent way to pay for it. Otherwise, I will wait and start the program another time.

4) I was upset last week because something I rely upon daily stopped working, and I was not sure what to do. I consulted the experts, who advised me to replace the item. I was convinced that that was not the way to go, so I committed the matter to prayer. The next day, I looked at the item and it was fully restored — as if nothing has ever happened (thank You, Lord!).

This brings me to the verse from 1 Timothy 4:4 — just about anyone can be on the receiving end of a blessing, but how many can do so with an attitude of gratitude? Something small for all of us to ponder as we start the new week. 🙏🏾

17 thoughts on “1 Timothy 4:4

  1. I find time in review so powerful. We need to remind ourselves that God is at work even when we aren’t seeing the results. I appreciate the wisdom reflected in your responses to the situations that arose this past week. Great encouragement here, and congratulations into the doctoral program! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Jacquie! You actually raise a really good point. So often we failed to stop and recount all the things that God has done, focusing instead on the things we feel like He hasn’t. Thank you for this important reminder!

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  2. Congratulations on the program! So glad the air is better. I was praying because breathing is a nice thing 🙂 Praise the LORD for fixing what man said could not be repaired. It was like my house, man said it will take soooooo long. God had other plans 🙂 Praying for the funding you need, your uncle, and continued clean air 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend. Your righteous prayers truly availed much! I am grateful.

      My uncle was discharged from the ICU yesterday and is now resting at home. I think he understands that he’s been given a new lease on life – hopefully he will now make choices that reflect this new insight. Thank you also for the prayer request about the funding. The Lord will make it clear in His own time what my next step — if there is one — should be.

      How are you? 🧡

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  3. I’ve been contemplating a ‘Blessings vs Curses’ post, and your comment (“just about anyone can be on the receiving end of a blessing, but how many can do so with an attitude of gratitude?”) made me think of what I’ve been mulling. God blesses us all the time, but do we view them as blessings? When something we need, breaks, do we see it as a blessing?
    1 Thess 5.18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
    Eph 5.20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Sounds to me like we are to give thanks all the time, no matter what happens, or how we view it.
    I give thanks for your doctoral acceptance, and pray for the finances to guide you.
    I give thanks for things that break, and that God shows His glory in the repair.
    I give thanks that you always think to look to God first, and you share that wisdom with us, your readers.
    I give thanks that you can breathe fresh air again.
    I give thanks for what God is doing in your uncle, and in his family through this.

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    1. Oh goodness, Kathy, I am deeply moved by your incredibly kind comments! Your words are also reminding me of the importance of not simply being grateful, but expressing sincere appreciation to the Lord (and Him alone) in all things. Perhaps not for all things, but definitely in all things. And I am grateful to God for YOU! 🧡

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