Friday, March 13, 2009


Early, early this morning I took my disappointments and fears to God. I have them. A lot of them. I felt weighted down by yesterday's failures and overcome by a heart that is too often full of clutter. Sometimes it gets so jam packed with junk that I'm certain there isn't room for anything good...

Corrie ten Boom (Author of "The Hiding Place" and Ravensbrück Concentration Camp Holocaust Survivor) used to say, "When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets dark, do you jump out? Of course not. You sit still and trust the engineer to get your thorough."...

Boy am I glad I'm not the one behind the wheel as I face tough days and difficult times. I'm incredibly thankful I don't have to steer my way through the peeks and valleys and meet head-on the uncertainties lurking around every corner alone! I'm certain a real train wreck would be on the horizon if I was making the decisions for the fast-moving locomotive I've come to know as my life...

Tucked inside my favorite devotional book I found the words to a simple song I'd like to share with you. It was written by a very talented Christian writer by the name of Don Moen. In these days of financial devastation and tangible loss, I pray they will be encouraging to you. Remember, the one who created you, fashioned you within your mother's womb, knows all of what is ahead. Trust Him to get you back up the mountain and through the ravine. He promises to make a way...

Blessings for a fabulous day... Rebecca

God Will Make A Way

God will make a way,
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.


Barb said...

Rebecca, it is hard for us to take our hands off a situation...God truly understand this. Take your cares to Him and give Him what you can. Ask the Holy Spirit to 'take' the rest of the problem when the time is right.

A special woman taught me this years ago. It has worked so many times in my life. God is so good.

Many blessings to you,

Just Me said...

This is such a beautiful post and one I definitely needed to read this morning. Rebecca, thank you for your kind words in your comment on my blog. You're such an inspiration to me.

Corrie ten Boom - she is my true Christian hero. I have all of her books and a biography of her as well. I cannot wait to meet her someday in Heaven. :)

Thank you for encouraging me today.

Anonymous said...

Sweet ~r~,
I soo needed these words today.. See, how faithful God is, I just went to your blog, and these words are to encourage me.. press on, and TRUST HIM alone..I certainly know this, and just need to be reminded.. Alot going on around here, that keeps me so busy, and I feel I'm always running circles..I need to remain focuse,on of course what really matters, and that is my race to the finish.. Not, everyday matters, that I always get caught up in !! I'm exhausted today,and am soo thankful it's friday.. Hopefully this week-end will be a restful one.. I need to slow down a bit !! Thanks for the sweet words.. R, I sooo LoVe that sweet girl picture.. If that's not the sweetest little girl ever.. Love to you my sweeet,inspiring, lift me up..friend.. To the moon ~tea~xo

Jennifer Chronicles ( said...

Wonderful post, Beck. Looking at the little pink girl holding her dress out seemed to make me feel better!

Connie said...

This morning I said a prayer, or rather ASKED in prayer, for the ability to do whatever the Lord wants me to do. I believe there is something out there awaiting me but for the life of me I can't figure out what it is! In these economic and political times I've asked for strength to love each and every person. Ooooh, I don't think I have to LIKE everything they are doing, just that I'm to love them as a child of God and to have the faith that He knows the end results and it is in His hands. I absolutely have the faith that we'll be okay financially because of being a full tithe prayer. I have NO DOUBT about that. I'm trying to build more trust/faith and that will come I'm sure, but I've never been a patient woman as Love Bunny (hubs) can attest to but he also keeps me grounded and has for 48 years of marriage. So how can I lose with these 2 men in my life, chickee?!?! I'm so blessed it swells my heart beyond measure! But I definitely want my train to stay on the right track.

Hubs told me last night after he got home from a church meeting that we're advised by our church leaders to remain optimistic and cheerful and to not lust after the things we want but to look to WHAT we do have. Life is a trial certainly but in the end I want a "not guilty" verdict, a pink house and lots of roses, honey!! My idea of perfection......along with pineapple juice, which I consider the "ambrosia of the gods"!!!


A Southern Rose said...

It has always been so hard for me 'to let go and let God'. I've always been so independent. The longer that I've been on this earth I have come to realize that this is something that I have to do. I know that God loves us and wants the best for us just as we do our own children.

I love the words to that song. Thank you for such a beautiful post always. You are an inspiration.

Lee Laurie

Anonymous said...

Dearest Rebecca, I completely understand where you are. I have seemed to have been there often also.

I'm terribly sorry to hear of what you mentioned as failures for yesterday. I am certain those very failures are the stepping stones for God to get you where you need to be. That's always the case with me though I don't see it at the time - no matter how big the failure seemed at the time.

Much love dear friend, you are a true light in dark times,

Anonymous said...

Oh Rebecca, I do hope today is a better day for you. You've been so supportive of me when my days are dark and lately there have been plenty. I've been reading my daily scripture to help guide me through and reading my messages from so many lovely ladies who took the time to leave them. Do know that you are thought of & missed dearly when not out & about via the internet. I know when I think God is a bit busy with more important things, I, like Barb stated, rely on the Holy Spirit to take up arms against my troubles. I pray a LOT just to get through hours sometimes. Before you know it I have found my way back to that which brings me upmost contentment & calm.

I hope whatever troubles or ails you God's blessing's will soon find your spirit and you will feel whole again. Feel better dear friend and know that many other ladies are thinking on you!

Anonymous said...

In the words Ursula K. LeGuin: "It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Hugs Friend!

sharingthebliss said...

Rebecca it is amazing that I had the same experience. Serious prayer was desperately needed for this child of God this morning. I mean the tearing down strongholds kind of prayer. I too had a very disappionting day yesterday and found that my vibration was off. It was off for days actually, I just was too busy to notice. The Lord soothed by weary soul and I'm back on tract again, glad you are too.
Much Love, Carmen

Unknown said...

Rebecca, I am so sorry you are going through these things right now. You are in my prayers! So many things are going on in this world eight nowand it is so scary. Your words here are so beautiful and so true. Once again dear friend, you have taught me.
Lots of love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca! I'm so sorry your heart is so filled with heaviness. I love this song and pray it will bring the encouragement you need to get through your hard times.
This is one of my favorite praise songs! I'm the pianist at my church and we sing this quite a bit. It is an reminder to me that nothing is too difficult or too hard for our God.
Bless you, Dear One,
Shelia ;)

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Rebecca, is this malady contagious? I have been so tired, achy, disheartened and and being positive is sooo much work. I do believe the Lord wears his children down so that we have no alternative to "hearing him speak".
Prayers for you will be with my early climb into bed.

Mary H said...

~Rebecca~..I am out of town at the moment, but a scripture that comes to mind..Faith is believing in things that one cannot see. I will have to look it up and put on my blog when I get back home. It has helped me so many times.
Hope you are feeling better...Hugs, Mary

Anonymous said...

Hello Sweet Rebecca,
Thanks You so much for stopping by and lifting me up. My daughter Kandi is 25 yrs old...happily married 3 1/2 yrs now. She has been through alot...but with our Lord...we could not have made it without Him. Thanks you for your comfort and keep us in your prayers. :D Kathy

A Romantic Porch said...

Rebecca, How awesome, I was quietly singing that song just this week...probably should have been shouting it from our roof top!
Fear and uncertainty -aargh- I hate it. It is plaguing me, but for this I have a Saviour. Thank you for the encouragement.

Unknown said...

You are such a sweetheart! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and I hope that you too will come visit me as oft as you like. I hope you dont mind that I have added you to my FAVs blogs I visit.

Yes..GOD's ways aren't always ours..but HIS plan is always perfect! I don't think I'd be creating to the point I am today if it were for HIM. He opened those doors right before my Hysto, when my daughter was 7. I can see HIS hand in it all..and am so in awe of how he works.

You have a blessed day!

PS..I so enjoy your music..Bread brings back so many *School* memories of the '70s!

Celestina Marie said...

My Dear Rebecca, I say AMEN to your post. I understand too well. Keep your eye on the flint, you will find the way, God is in control. My prayers are with you.

I enjoyed catching up on your posts. I am so busy and I am afraid my blogging takes a back seat to all that I do, but I sure love to catch up when I have the time. I also understand what you feel when your hubby is away. Mine travels, not every week, but very often and I work very hard at filling up the quiet without him. I had to chuckle at you saying you work way into the night, deep clean etc. I do the same and find that before I know it, he is back again. Sometimes he leaves little notes for me that I find in all sorts of places. He always leaves a message on my studio phone and we have a saying between us, LOVE YOU, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!!

Love you sweetie, Celestina Marie

Stevie said...

A great post!! It is so true and we must trust in God to show us the way.
Loved the words to the song.

Anonymous said...

As you know I have struggled along but what it all comes down to is getting on our KNEES.
Come and visit and listen to Il Divo sing Amazing Grace. It puts it all into perspective!
bless you

Anonymous said...

My dearest Rebecca and MGP: I hope this post finds the both of you feeling better and in positive spirits. I eagerly await your word to know that all is back to normal at A Gathering of Thoughts! Until my dears, I will continue to include you in my prayers. God Bless you both and be well.

Celestina Marie said...

Good Morning Rebecca, So nice to see you today and thank you for your sweet comment. How neat that your daddy was Irish too. Yes, we could be related. Well, in a sense we are already. Kindred spirits that create. I also love that thought.
Have a special and blessed day.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Rebecca! What beautiful words to that song. May God bless you & comfort you & ease your mind always. My precious granny always used to say it was hard to lay down at night & turn her "thinker" off ~ I seem to be going thru some of that these days, too. Often times it is hard to declutter the mind. Cross-stitching has become a refuge of mine!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Mary H said...

Rebecca~~I am thinking of you today and hope you are doing better. I just had the sweetest phone call from a cousin of mine and of a friend of my mothers inquiring about her. They both expressed their faith in God and how grateful they are to him (as well as myself) that He is there to "hold our hand" in time of need or whenever, even happiness. I try to stay happy always and find the good in whatever situation, but some are struggles and as mortals we won't know perfection until we leave this earth heavenbound.
Warm hugs and love to you and have a great week enjoying family and whatever makes you have a happy day!!-Mary H.

A Southern Rose said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking of you and your husband. I hope all is getting better. You are such a sweet lady and an inspiration to many of us. I will keep you both in my prayers.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Thank you for the inspiring prayer/poem. It's just what I need today. In two hours, my husband will be having open-heart surgery. My own heart is heavy but I'm placing it in the hands of the Lord.

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