It’s been 17 years now… The Story of How God Healed Me

Celebrating 17 Years Healed. Read the whole story on SmellingCoffee.com

Dearest Readers,
When I started this blog almost 10 years ago, I made a promise to the Lord that for as long as He allows me to live and write, I’d keep posting the story of How God Healed Me every April 1st – certainly not for my glory or touting but for His alone!!!  Though some are celebrating April Fool’s Day, I’m celebrating the anniversary of the Lord blowing wide open my expectations of Him, healing my sick body, and restoring my life and family.  So with the greatest gratitude and joy, it’s my honor to retell this most amazing miracle that happened to my family and me seventeen years ago today.

 

 

I still can hardly think of it without my eyes growing heavy with grateful tears, and my pleas lifting to the Lord on behalf of those longing to have a similar story…

Why me? I still wonder. Only God knows, while I remain humbly in awe.  And I still wrestle with a gazillion questions like these: Why not my dad when he needed it most?  What do I say to others who are desperate to be healed and haven’t been yet?  What about those you don’t heal?  What do I say to them or their loved ones?

I don’t claim to have these answers, but soon after this miracle, the Lord helped me get a tiny grasp on the truth that I won’t ever truly understand the multifaceted purposes of the Lord in this miracle.  I bet you thought I was going to reveal something profound. wink.  But it IS profound!  We will NEVER fully understand God’s “yes, no, wait” ways and purposes – that are so much higher than our finite minds can comprehend!  (Isaiah 55:8-9)  What we CAN know for sure is that God will never leave us or forsake us, and that He will use everything for our good and His glory – everything!!!  (Heb. 13:5b, Romans 8:28)

On this day 17 years ago, as the Lord would so graciously work it out, someone made a picture of me (and a few characters in my life – haha) and sent it to me (see above).  Little did this young mama know how her world would change within just a mere hours from posing for this photo.  I left this event sick, and before I walked into my front door that same afternoon, I was well.  Praise the Lord!!!

For as long as I live, I’ll never get over the overwhelming sense of gratitude to God for what He has done for my family and me. I don’t deserve it. In fact, we were living a fine life without it. God was our Strength, Provider, and Joy. He was enough. But He gave us so much more than “enough.”  Right now, there are several of you on my heart who are desperate for the Lord to work a miracle and bring healing to you or your loved ones lives.

I’ve been praying for you, sweet friends. And I’ve asked the Lord to use His story of His healing of me to strengthen and encourage you as you wait upon Him.

“With man, it may be impossible. But not with God. With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

To share my story, I’m reprinting an article I wrote back in 2001 for the Lifeway magazine “The Minister’s Family“. I had written an article the year before called “Answering the Call (of being a minister’s wife) When the Phone is Out of Order.” In that publication, I shared how the Lord had helped and enabled me to be a minister’s wife, mom, and serve Him beside my husband in our church(es), while living with major physical limitations.

By the time that article was published, the Lord had healed me! So, I wrote a followup article that was printed the next year. It’s called “I Am Now A Leaping Cow”. 🙂

The name comes from Malachi 4:2, which is the verse the Lord gave me on the day He healed me. “But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.”

That’s exactly what I did! Here is my story…. I am Now a Leaping Cow!

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Do you need encouragement that God STILL does miracles? This blog post shares a miraculous healing story with verses to cling to when you need a miracle. SmellingCoffee.com

“I Am Now a Leaping Cow” Article by Jennifer Crawford Walker

 

Do you need encouragement that God STILL does miracles? This blog post shares a miraculous healing story with verses to cling to when you need a miracle. SmellingCoffee.com

 

 

 

“Answering the Call (of being a minister’s wife) When The ‘Phone’ is Out of Order” was the story of my life. At the age of thirteen, I knew that God had called me to be a minister’s wife, a mother, and an encourager of women. But four years later, I had a severe case of Mononucleosis, which was the catalyst that started me on a downward spiral with my health.

I went from a life of marching band, tennis, cheerleading, and power walking to hardly being able to walk up porch steps. During some periods of life, I would be stronger than at other times, but life as I had known and imagined was changed forever!

For fourteen years weakness was a daily companion, but Jesus was my Faithful Friend. He NEVER left me with a need. He gave me strength every day to do the things He had called me to do. He planed and grew a husband just for me – one with the motivational gift of service! He allowed me to have two children, and provided care for them everyday – either through giving me strength, or allowing my husband to work from home, or sending friends to step in when we didn’t know how we would get through the day.

When our four year old (additional insert here: who is now 20 1/2) was a baby, I became really weak and couldn’t lift him. God worked a miracle and sent us a home-schooled girl who tithed her time to help us. She came into our home to care for our son, and I would help her with her lessons. We were overwhelmed at God’s detailed provisions for our every need.

Daily, God reminded us of His love and of His promise in Hebrews 13:5 “…be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax my hold on you)! Assuredly not!”

As a family, we clung to His promise and began to accept this “thorn” as what God would use to bring me into His likeness, and to bring others to Himself. There were days when Jesus helped me honestly thank Him for being physically weak, because He really did make His strength visible in my frailty (2 Cor. 12:7-10). I soon learned that anything I accomplished (even the task of brushing my own teeth) was really Jesus in me and through me. I could do nothing without His power.

After nine years of going from doctor to doctor, and being labeled with one diagnosis after another (Epstein Barr and Multiple Sclerosis, being a few of them), the Lord led us to some doctors in Nashville, TN.  They discovered that I had a different form of fibromyalgia, a disease in the rheumatoid family. (another 2017 insert here: At this time, fibromyalgia was just beginning to be accepted as a true disease.  Up until this point, people were told it was something in their minds.  I was part of a clinical study at Vanderbilt research hospital where they were trying to get a handle on this disease.  For me, it had become debilitating.  Though we had a general name, there was no specific medicine or treatment to help like there is today.  Back then, we just took a sleep medicine at night.)  There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but the symptoms can be eased with medication, exercise, and healthy eating habits. We were so thankful to have a name for the physical problems that had been plaguing me since high school!

God continued to strengthen and sustain me year after year. Many times I would call out to Him to use doctors, medicine, exercise, vitamins, magnets, or the latest health craze to heal me. His answer was always a loving “No, but I will never leave you without help and support (Heb. 13:5).”

Along with Scripture, God used a quote from the movie, The Robe to encourage me to joyfully embrace the life He had allowed me to live. An unbelieving Marcellis questioned a paralyzed woman who found peace and faith in Jesus:

“You say He could work miracles, but He left you as He found you.” She gently replied, “I used to wonder at that myself, until faith taught me the answer. He could have healed my body, and then it would have been natural for me to laugh and sing. And then I came to understand that He had done something even better for me. He had chosen me for His work. He’d left me as I am so that all others like me might know that their misfortune needn’t deprive them of happiness within His kingdom.”

Jesus, His Names, His Words, and His Promises became sweeter to me every day. When I let Him do as He desired with my day, He always lifted me, walked with me, carried me, loved me, encouraged me, supported me and held my hand. Jesus became my Rock, Provider, Anchor, Protector, Daddy, Joy, Teacher, Leader, Lover, and Friend.

I wish I could say that I walked obediently filled with Him every day, but I didn’t. Yet He remained Faithful and True. He kept His promise to never leave nor forsake me – even when I grumbled, complained, cried and demanded answers from Him. (Job 38 through 42:6 are sure fixes for a demanding spirit toward God!)…

In February and March of 2000, God led seven special friends, who for years had been faithful prayer warriors on my behalf, to call me and tell me the same things. They each felt led to ask me, “What do you believe about God healing you?”

Without praying and asking God to help me answer that question, I would quickly give the reply, “I’ve asked God to heal me, but for now, His grace is enough, and He will be my strength.”

After the seventh call, my husband and I “got the message” and decided to ASK GOD what He had for me in the way of healing. God led me to a scripture study in Matthew 17 where the disciples asked Jesus why they were not able to do the work that Jesus had sent them out to do. In verses 21-22, Jesus explained to them about the seriousness of faith, and consecration to the Father by prayer and fasting.

I began to pray and fast, although I didn’t go on any 40 day fast. I didn’t even go on a three day fast. I would fast when the Lord would tell me to, but because I didn’t do a “marathon” fast, I didn’t expect God to work a miracle in my life. (Truly, I know better than to think that anything I do is ever good enough for me to gain God’s approval, or astonishing enough to twist His arm to do what I want Him to do. – But my actions showed that I still chose to put limitations on God and on what He could and would do for me.)

To be honest, I was praying and wanting God to heal me, but only in the ways I deemed appropriate for today. In the past, I have rolled my spiritual eyes at people who talked of being healed, as if they are just a little bit more peculiar than I am. Of course I would always respond with words like, “Wow! That’s Great! God is still in the miracle working business! Praise the Lord!!!” But in my heart, I would be thinking, “I’ll just wait and see if it really works before I will believe it.”

However, on April 1, 2000, God humbled me, went beyond my limited belief in Him, and worked a miracle in my life. On a regular day, going about my regular business, God interrupted my life, and brought healing to my body!

Do you need encouragement that God STILL does miracles? Read the story of how God healed me 17 years ago and be encouraged that He still does miracles today. SmellingCoffee.com

I was visiting with my sister and a friend of hers at “A Taste of Heaven” Tea room, when God used the owner, Benita, to speak His words of Scripture to me. I had accepted “MY illness as MY thorn”, but God was saying to me that this was NOT “MY” illness, but “His tool”. He whispered in my heart, “This is the day that I will heal you. Humble yourself before Me.” I bowed my head and said “Lord, I believe, Help my unbelief!”

Then for the first time ever, I asked God to heal me without adding any suggestions of my own.

As we prayed, and as I let go of all preconceived ideas about how God could work in my life, He healed me!!!

I experienced a heat that coursed through my body, and when I lifted my head, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had been healed! My legs no longer hurt, my arms and hands no longer hung limply at my sides. I cried and laughed for joy at the same time!!! I jumped around and my legs didn’t bother me at all! God had restored my body, and I felt better than I had in 14 years. I felt like a teenager again!!! Praise the Lord!!!

On that day, I met my Savior as my Healer, and He made me well!! I can not find adequate words to express my excitement and joy, and my amazement and awe that God would choose to reveal Himself to me in this way!!! I am bursting to tell everyone that He really does still do miracles!

As soon as I returned home, I asked my Healer for a verse to commemorate the beginning of this new stage of life for me. He led me to Malachi 4:2, “But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and *gambol like calves released from the stall and leap for joy.” (Amplified version) *Gambol = skipping and leaping about in play! I am a leaping calf, and thrilled to be called one!!!

I am studying every scripture passage I can find that contains words about healing. I have so many questions. But I know that as I keep on seeking God and His wisdom, He will continue teaching me what He wants me to know and understand. At this point, I can only share four things that my Lord has illumined to me about His healings.

1. Only God heals (not man, not methods, nor medicine), but if God so chooses, He can use man, methods, and/or medicine. (Isaiah 57:18-19; 2 Kings 2:19-22; 20:5-7)

2. God may not choose to heal our bodies, but always chooses to be and do exactly what we need. ( 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Hebrews 13:5)

3. When God chooses to heal, it is NOT because we are “spiritual enough” or have done anything to deserve it. He heals only because of His great love, and His majestic mercy. He chooses to heal for His glory, and for His name’s sake. (Psalm 30:2-5, Jeremiah 17:14)   (2017 insert here:  God did not heal me for me.  He healed me because from April 1st, 2000 on, He knew that He could and would receive more glory through my body being restored than He could from it being weak.  God had plans to use this body for something different from that date on, and strength and wellness were a part of that plan.  He healed me for His sake and His work.  Because we are trying to live for the Kingdom of God here on this earth, my family and I are simply enjoying the side benefits of God needing this body to be well, after the years of using it sick.)

4. God always heals the broken hearted. Through His Words, His Unconditional love, and His forgiveness by way of His Son, hurt hearts can be mended, and diseased lives can be made whole. (Isaiah 53:3-5, Psalm 107:19-20)

The Lord used a lesson from Beth Moore’s Bible study, Breaking Free, to help me grasp the balance between faith and healing. “Christ is fully God. He can heal anyone or perform any wonder, whether the belief of the person is great or small. Christ isn’t asking us to believe in our ability to exercise unwavering faith. He is asking us to believe that He is able.” (week 3, day 1, pg. 55)

How I so desire that every sick person would be healed! Yet Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s ways and plans for us are so much higher and better than the best we can dream-up and design. Jesus loves you so much, and is at the Father’s right hand interceding for you this very moment (Romans 8:34).

Jesus told the disciples in Luke 10:20 that the only thing to truly rejoice in is the fact that He has saved us, and that our names are written in Heaven. If for no other reason than this, please join me in leaping for joy at being released from the stall of sin to the vastness of victory in Jesus!

Are you in need of a physical healing?

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 is an encouragement to look to God and His workings in and through our weaknesses and pains.

“Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.” (AMP Bible)

If you are physically broken:
• Refuse to be defeated,
• give your body (pains and all) to God to use for His glory,
• daily remember that God will NEVER LEAVE YOU HELPLESS!! (Heb. 13:5)

Does your heart need to be healed?

Jesus said, “The ‘Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]” (Luke 4:18, Amplified Bible). Jesus is the Healer of broken hearts.

If you are heart-broken:
• Release your heart to Him,
• read His Words of love,
• Trust Him to put you back together day by day, and piece by piece.

Every day that our Lord tarries can be a day for Him to work in and through our lives so that others will see who He is, and come to know Him as Savior and as Wonderful Daddy Lord (2 Peter 3:8-9).

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There it is… That’s my story… I can honestly say that if the Lord had chosen to allow us to live with that sickness for the rest of our lives, He would have continued to help us and live through us, and He truly would have been enough! Inspite of all of the struggles, we had a wonderful life, because we have a wonderful Lord!

I pray that if you are in need of a miracle today, you’ll see that you actually already have one. You are still living and breathing, and The Lord has not left you, nor has He forsaken you (Heb. 13:5). He loves you, cares deeply about you, and nothing is impossible for Him!… Nothing!

I also want to encourage you to remember that the Lord’s purposes, timing, and ways are so much higher than ours.  Because He loves you so, if you are surrendered to living for His glory, the very MOMENT He can best be glorified through your body in a different way, He WILL act and change your body to that different way. Until then, know that He is working in you, and through you for His glory in the mightiest of ways as you continue to live totally dependent upon Him.  It’s all about His glory and where He can shine the brightest through our lives.  

There is never a dull moment in a life of trusting in the Lord. He is always faithful to those who trust in Him, {especially} when He doesn’t do what it is that WE think He should. God is good, all the time… And today, though I’m no longer sick with that disease, we Walkers continue to walk in places of blind trust and through seasons of severe waiting on Him in areas of a faith-stretching-God-glorifying life.

Honestly? If I had to choose between a life of ease that would keep me from getting to know the Lord intimately through trials, or a life peppered with difficulties that throw me into His arms and push me to seek His face in order to make it another day…  I’d choose the life of trials.  Every time.  Because that’s how I’ve come to know and love the Lord, and experience the reality that He loves me.

I am praying that the Lord will take these words and use them in your life, for His glory. And, I’m praying for you, friends… and thanking the Lord for what He is doing in each of you.  Leave a comment if there is a specific way I can be praying for you, and I promise to do it.

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Always, God is good. Always God is faith-FULL.  Always Praise the Lord.

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How To Make Resurrection Eggs

It’s finally feeling like “Spring” around where I live – we have had some beautiful days lately – and my seeet hubby got out my box of little pottery birds and nests and speckled eggs so I could brighten up the house.   In the bottom of that box lay the most treasured set of eggs I’ll ever own, pieces mostly now, that once belonged to a homemade set of Resurrection Eggs. I couldn’t help but smile and relive some of those toddler and youngster days with my now grown ones when they were first discovering the love of the Lord. Sweet, sweet nostalgia.

 

 

I eventually made a new set, and these Resurrection Eggs are some of my favorite Easter possessions. I have used them for years with my own family, and with just about every group I have the privilege to stand before and serve… from toddlers to adult women.  They can be done as elaborately or as simply as one desires, and are always a good way to retell the beautiful Easter story.

I’m reposting this “How To” just in case any new reader wants her/his own set of Resurrection Eggs. Though you can buy them rather inexpensively these days, it’s a pretty fun thing to do together (if you have the time).

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Years ago I made our family a set of “Resurrection Eggs” to teach the Truth of Easter. This was before the time of blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter, and the only advertisement for Resurrection eggs was in a mail-out from a Christian book store. I thought it was such a creative idea… but the purchased ones were quite expensive, considering that the main cost investment to make my own would only be the 12 plastic eggs. So I researched the Scriptures, found some symbolic trinkets and make my own. It was a fun way to focus on a story we know so well that we tend to overlook the precious details. I’ve used them every year since – even in teaching adult women. {In my opinion, you’re never too old to enjoy the wonders of the Scriptures!}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used these eggs in our home each year as “toys” for games and quiet times. Some days I would hide the eggs in the yard or house, then when all were collected, we’d open them and tell the story. They can also be used to teach number sequence. You could even use them as an “Easter Advent” count down to Easter – opening one or two eggs each day working up to the empty tomb egg on Easter morning. We have lots of memories attached to our humble little homemade Resurrection Egg set…

 

Want to make your own set? Copy and cut apart the Scriptures and stories in the below link. Gather something {small enough to fit in an egg} that represents each specific event, gather 12 eggs and an egg carton, and start stuffing.  Be sure and number the outside of your egg with a marker or paint. Be as simple or elaborate as you desire.

 

If you have young children at home, let them help you find each item around the house. If you can’t find a specific item, draw or print a picture of it. We’ve used various items for each egg, since the contents often get lost in use.

 

If you are blessed to live near a hobby or craft store, check the “miniature” section for ideas.  Ask God for creativity and enjoy sharing this Truth of Easter with those around you in this fun and unique way.

 

PS: The first 12 are the “regular Resurrection Eggs” – and the last 6 are of how we can apply this resurrection Truth to our daily lives – especially good to use with older children and adults.

** The downloadable PDF is strictly Scripture. For the littlest ones you might want to paraphrase if some of the passages are too long.  For the older ones, they could even read the passages from their own Bibles.  Just a thought.

 

Free Download: How to Make Resurrection Eggs. SmellingCoffee.com

 

Click here for the downloadable PDF.  Print on colored paper and follow the directions on page 1.

May you be blessed as you focus on each of the 18 parts of the beautiful story of Easter!

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A Few Lessons Moms {or any of us} Can Learn from April the Laboring Giraffe

A few lessons we can learn from April the laboring giraffe. SmellingCoffee.com

It seems like the whole world has been watching and waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth to her long awaited baby. I have been. ☺ Are you?

As I’ve checked on her feed each day and received the updates on my phone, I can’t help but either smile at the sweetness, or shake my head over the ridiculousness of the comments scrolling up the screen. Especially frustrating were some of those early discussions on the first week when the feed originally went live… Did you SEE the continued discussion over whether giraffes laid eggs or gave birth?

I’m just guessing, but I wonder if that question started when someone made a comment about giraffes laying eggs as a joke? Then maybe someone else picked it up and BELIEVED it, and went on to share it as truth? However it got out there, others were soon discussing giraffes laying eggs as if this were a normal occurrence.

{By the way, this is a good example of what happens when someone says something on the internet or TV that isn’t true, and others – or we – listen, then believe (without checking the facts), and repeat it as truth. Eventually, the falsity becomes accepted as reality. Does this sound like anything else going on in the world around us right now?}

As the world watches and waits and discusses and makes its opinions known concerning this mama giraffe and her habits, April just contentedly continues living. We (and especially moms responsible for the care and rearing of young ones) can learn at least three important lessons by observing this laboring giraffe:

1. On Waiting
Does April know she is waiting on this baby? I wonder. Is she as anxious for its arrival as the rest of the world is? Whether or not she is concerned over how many days remain until its birth, she is doing three things we would be wise to do when we find ourselves in a period of waiting: She is eating, resting, and walking.

As the Lord has us in a waiting place, we also need to do these things. We need to:

Keep Eating {of the Word} – We must stay in the Scriptures as our daily food. It is our most valuable source of nourishment.  Moms… you will have nothing to give out unless you are filed up, and nothing fills you up like God’s Word.  (For “How to Start a Daily Time with the Lord” click here.)

Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became a joy to me and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16. (AMP)

 

Keep Resting {in the Lord} – We must lay our weary hearts and heads down onto His eternal shoulders, trusting in God, His timing, His love, and His plan for you, and for those you love.  What a blessed gift it is that as moms shepherd their little ones, the Lord shepherds us.

You, Lord, are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.

You let me rest in fields
of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water,

and you refresh my life.
You are true to your name,
and you lead me
along the right paths.

I may walk through valleys
as dark as death,
but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me,
and your shepherd’s rod
makes me feel safe.

You treat me to a feast,
while my enemies watch.
You honor me as your guest,
and you fill my cup
until it overflows.

Your kindness and love
will always be with me
each day of my life,
and I will live forever
in your house, Lord.
Psalm 23 (CEV)

Keep Walking {and don’t give up!} –  We must just keep putting one foot in front of the other, doing the next right thing. It doesn’t matter if we can’t get far… We just can’t give up.

Looking at them, Jesus said,
“With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible,
but not with God;
for all things are possible with God.”
Mark 10:27 (AMP)

 

2. On What Others are Thinking and Saying About You:

Be Who GOD Says YOU are.
April isn’t trying to adjust who she is or what she does based on what others are saying. Neither is she trying to be a different animal. She is content being the giraffe God made her to be.

How about you? Are you content being the you that God created? The Mom that God called YOU to be? It’s so easy to look around and read around, compare, then base our value on what’s most popular at the moment. We must remember that God formed each one of us intricately on purpose, in our own mama’s wombs, for a specific work He wants to accomplish through us being us. We must contentedly rest in who God made us to be, and stop letting our own comparisons or the silly opinions of others distract us from completing our God-given callings.  Everybody has an opinion on how you should raise  your children. You make sure you are seeking God first, then Godly council, and the Lord will lead You to be You in parenting and in everything else that you do.

For You shaped me, inside and out.
You knitted me together in my mother’s womb
long before I took my first breath.

I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation,
filled with wonder and awe.

You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.

You see all things; nothing about me was hidden from You
As I took shape in secret,
carefully crafted in the heart of the earth before I was born from its womb.

You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.

Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God!
I cherish each and every one of them!

Psalm 139:13-17 (VOICE)

 

3. On Laboring Long: Keep pressing on for as long as it takes, knowing that your labor will not be in vain.

Can you imagine being in labor as long as April? But aren’t there times and struggles when it feels like we are laboring just as long or longer with no end in sight? Our gentle giraffe continues to keep pressing on day after day, not giving in, nor giving up… and she WILL deliver that calf… one of these days! There will be a baby giraffe at the end of her labor. April’s labor isn’t in vain.

The same is true for us, moms and everyone. We labor, we keep pressing in to the Lord, His Word, His work, His heart, and we keep pressing on as we wait and trust… with JOY… all the while knowing that our own labor as we serve the Lord in the callings He has fashioned us to fill will NOT be in vain.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. {or as the NIV puts the last phrase “because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”} 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

A few lessons we can learn from April the laboring giraffe. SmellingCoffee.com

April is doing what God called her to do, no matter what anybody else in the world has to say about it. Their opinions aren’t altering her carrying out her God-given-mom-calling one bit. As she labors and waits, she continues to eat, rest, walk, and press on… knowing that this labor is not in vain.  Isn’t that how all of us should be living?

How about you? Which of these lessons can you apply to your own life today? I’m certainly working on a few of these for myself. 🙂

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PS: on a lighter note, I found these funny memes of #AprilTheGiraffe on Facebook. Hope they make you smile today!! 

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Hello again! and a Sweet Sunday Scripture

I love the Lord. Psalm 18:1-3 SmellingCoffee.com

Hi my friends!  It’s been SO long, hasn’t it?  How have YOU been? Though I haven’t fully finished my shoulder rehab, I’m about 90% back to feeling like myself and have missed you terribly!   Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for me over the past few months. I must say, […]

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A little break here, because of a little tear there. ;)

Hi everybody. By the time you read this post, I’ll either be in the midst of or have completed rotator cuff surgery in my right shoulder. It tore a few weeks before Christmas. {It’s all the athletic activities I do every day… You know me… I just wear my body out by being so exercizy!… […]

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Happy 2017!!! What Will You Do With Your Next God-given 365 days?

  Happy New Year, everybody!  I just love the beginning of a new year!!  To me, a fresh clean crisp-paged calendar means tons of open spaces available and waiting to be filled with with opportunities for growth, fellowship, ministry, and fun!  However, along with those open spaces, there is always a question to be asked […]

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Be Still: A Beautiful Realization of Christmas

Be Still and Know that I am God this Christmas. SmellingCoffee.com

My Dear friends~  May God use this writing as an encouragement to you on this Christmas Eve, written by my young friend, Abigail Krutz. Last night I was practicing with the handbell choir from my church. As we played through What Child Is This, the peaceful simplicity of Christmas struck me. In the sanctuary the […]

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Is Jesus on your Gift-Giving List this Christmas?…What are you giving to Jesus for His Birthday?

What are YOU giving to Jesus for Christmas this year? It's His birthday. Here is an idea of what He might want. SmellingCoffee.com

Several years ago, as I was preparing my Sunday School lesson and studying about the Wise Men and what they brought to Jesus, The Lord blessed me with a “new to me” truth.  This truth so impacted my life that it will now forever be a part of my Christmas preparations. I’m I’m sure we’ve […]

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