Wonderful Counselor

come-lionGoing ‘through the mill’ is something I’m familiar with.  I came to the Lord in October 2006  at a time of great trial.

I had come north to live on the family’s 10 acre property following my father’s death.  I loved the place too much to sell, and at the time it seemed like a great adventure.  Stepping into my father’s shoes, getting a half-finished house completed, establishing a dairy goat stud (my idea), were all challanges that I ran with.  As a career soldier, my father had great all-round abilities – fencing, planning, building, planting.   I took all that on, and though I had the major fencing done by a contractor,  I was soon using the fence strainers and skillsaw – all helped by my mom, just as she had helped my dad over the years..

But by 1997 it became clear that my mother’s mental condition was deteriorating, and before long she was diagnosed with alzheimers.  There followed 10 years of caring for her sole charge.

I would be lying if I didn’t say that these were trying years.  Gradually, my options in life foreclosed.  From a past career as a highly-paid lawyer in government,  I had become a ‘handmaiden’.  Much as I loved my mom, that did not go down well.  My various options for making an income foreclosed also, though I clung tenaciously to the artistic skills I’d nurtured from childhood, and they and the internet helped me keep my sanity.  There were times when I considered running away – but to what?  My assets were all tied up in the land.  And with a horse, 2 dogs and 4 cats?

I won’t go into the dramas, the worries and the uncertainties.  These are well documented in the blog The Alzheimers Carer, which I wrote at the time.

My mom passed away in February 2007, and I was left with debt and a host of problems.  It was a blessing that I was ‘born again’ – above all else I had that lifeline.

Over the years I’ve been helped mightily by the Lord.  But right now I am in strife, following a decision in September 2014 that it’s time to move from here.  A huge step.

Something that Separates Us from God

Since then, I feel like every problem in the book has been thrown at me, from health issues to dramas around getting the place in order for sale. It has been a nightmare.

Why?

Without actually realising it, I have allowed myself to come under ongoing stress – in other words, attack.   Attack centered on my own feelings of guilt that I hadn’t maintained the property up to scratch during my mom’s illness – as if that were possible when she wouldn’t let me out of her sight.

The accuser has stood alongside, ceaselessly pointing the finger and finding fault.  Though intellectually I know better, I have let him do it.  He is already defeated, and I have been giving him power.  How foolish is that?

And though I ask the Lord for guidance daily, I know I have never really ‘let go’ on this particular issue.  And we absolutely have to do that:

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“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Knowing that and actually doing it, are two very different things.   If we do not let go, He cannot help us.  And that is where I am at.

Lack of faith of this type is actually a sin (by definition, something that separates us from God).

I’ve just enrolled for notifications about a Video Course called “Wonderful Counselor”, starting on 17 October.    Though the course can be bought, there is a brief opportunity to watch the video series free at this time, which is what I am going to do.  I’m passing this information on on for anyone who may feel need of it.

Note – I am not an affiliate of the Christian Leadership School – I have nothing to gain by recommending this.

Blessings
Patricia

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Changing the Battle Ground

eagle-iconThis last 3 months have been a time of ‘rest’ and consolidation.  I’ve had issues to deal with, around wellness, and my proposed move South, and I needed to soak up some wisdom to help me.

Rest was pretty much enforced by the leg injury described in my post And He Shall Reign In Miracles – nothing REALLY major, but it brought pain and swelling, and affected the stability of the knee for several weeks.  My doctor later said the last horse kick on the leg she dealt with required a hip replacement.  Ooops!  Reinforced my gratitude:  evidence of the Lord’s protection.  I am sure angels were with me.

The Enemy At Work

Often we struggle too hard with our problems, when we should be acknowledging the supreme power of the Almighty, and resting in the Peace that Jesus offers us.

The reality is that for us, resting is the hardest part of all.  We fall into the big old trap of listening to Satan’s scenarios, and thinking that the only way to deal with things is by our own abilities.  When we look at the total picture of what is stacked up against us in the physical realm (as with my proposed move), we feel overwhelmed.   That is the time when we need to fix our thoughts on the Lord.  Not as easy to do as it sounds.  Why?  Because the enemy does not give up easily.  He returns again and again to the attack.

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Fight Like The Eagle

This morning I read something that spoke so clearly to me that I just have to share it.  It is a passage from an article by Jane Hansen Hoyt,  President and CEO of Aglow International.  It is a brilliant exposition of the battle tactics used by the eagle in fighting a snake.  And I am reminded of how many times in the last few weeks I have seen the Lord likened to an eagle:

“The eagle does not fight the snake on the ground.  He picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then he releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air.  It is useless, weak, and vulnerable – unlike on the ground where it is powerful, wise and deadly. Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone.  Change the battle ground like the eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You will be assured of clean victory.”

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Ancient Greek coin replica – The Eagle and the Snake. Silver coin of Olympia, struck about 480 BC.  Obviously, the Greeks had many times watched the efficiency with which eagles defeated snakes in battle using this technique.

Artwork: photo of one of my epoxy sculptures. – Artwork and Products available in my Damascus Road Gallery. Or click on the images.

Patricia

http://damascusroad.news

 

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