Friday, March 25, 2016

Appreciate the "Fridays" of Life

"It may seem like Friday night... but Sunday's on the way!" Those are the words of a very creative and powerful song from one of my favorite Christian artists - Carman.

If it had not been for Good Friday, Resurrection Day could not have come.  Think about that the next time you come to a trial in your personal life. Like Andrae Crouch wrote and sang, "If I never had a problem, I wouldn't know God could solve them; I wouldn't know the things my God can do."  That's so true.

Being thankful for the trials of life is at times a challenging endeavor, but Holy Spirit will teach us how to successfully deal with this.  If we yield our substance to Him, (giving Him everything we have) He will enable us to allow Daddy to show us what a great purpose trials can serve when they are given into His hands.  Trials and tribulations make you pray, beloved; don't they?  Troubles put you on your knees; so do troublesome people and our knee-jerk responses to them.  We learn more about ourselves than anyone else through dealing with the "Fridays" of life.

It gratifies me to know that Jesus the Christ successfully dealt with Friday first; He dealt with everything of tribulation, rejection, temptation, misery, abuse, wounds, and affliction... f i r s t.  He was there LONG before we got there; the world and the things of the world hated Him first. What a comfort and an excuse breaker.  We learn that Jesus the Christ got through everything by God's eternal power so that we would know the way to the same truth and victory. He's our Example. If He could do it by Abba's power, so can we.
"Beloved, count it all joy when you come into various trials, knowing that the trying of your faith works patience." -- James 1:2-3

Don't be afraid to let Abba cause you to appreciate the Fridays of life; they're the greatest catalysts and facilitators of growth, maturity, and promotion in Jesus. Clinging to Daddy through trials deeply pleases Him. He'll walk you through them, He'll dry your tears, teach you His ways, bring you intense JOY, and press you to His heart. Believe me, you'll be better for the journey; you will.

God bless you.


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

This debt you can repay in your sleep

Financially speaking, I am debt free and have been for many years. All Glory and Praise goes to Abba for that as always; I bless His Holy Name.

However, for about the last six years my shoulders have bowed under the weight of a debt more costly than that of dollars and cents; namely, sleep debt.
When I stopped working outside the home and got a job doing online transcription, sleep deprivation entered my life in a new way.  Those of you who've tackled serious work in transcription - especially online - know that the number of hours required to produce quality transcripts can establish and raise sleep debt to anguishing levels. Over the three years I worked online, I completed dozens of transcripts for two overseas companies; so, the proper setting of my body's inner clock (called the Circadian clock) was drastically altered.

Though the work was extremely wearing - harshly drawing on my mind and body - I enjoyed it.  I've always been a "night" person, so staying awake until dawn wasn't exactly a foreign concept; however, focusing at my desk night after night to complete ten, 20, sometimes 30-page transcripts was.

My friends, the spirit is forgiving, but the flesh is not.  Transcription work wore me down and (even though I would stagger to bed after uploading transcripts and sleep until 2 or 3 in the afternoon) weeks of enduring such demanding schedules built and secured my body's sleep debt in its own painful fortress. Daddy has caused me to realize that, since then, my body has suffered in sneaky ways.

For instance, I thought little glitches in my memory were due to perhaps indirectly inhaling too much of the lacquer that covers my completed paintings. Uh, no... sleep deprivation is to blame.  I thought not showing patience with some of Jack's habits was legitimate "righteousness" on my part (what a joke!); uh... no, Sharon... truth is, you're irritable because you need more sleep. (Sorry, Jack!)

Thankfully, through Abba's undying mercy, I've been concentrating on obediently prying loose the claws of an approximately 44-hour sleep debt creature my body can no longer carry. Being over age 50 now also makes a difference. I've not only resumed a normal sleep schedule to regulate the Circadian clock, but I'm also making fast friends with the art of "napping" - two hours each day is the goal - because those are the true "payback" hours. The progress will be slow but sure as long as I remain obedient.  I'm just beginning, so I deeply solicit your prayers.

There are many debts in life that cannot be repaid before death but, due to Abba's mercy, this is one I can literally repay in my sleep!

Beloved, if you're sleep deprived, I urge you to ask God to show you how you can make up those hours and be restored to the amazing health, JOY, and happiness of simply being well rested.

God bless you.


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)