Rejoice My Children Rejoice!

Rejoice My Children Rejoice!

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

The Hebrew word, “simcha,” means to have “Joy in the most full sense.” In other words, “Be Happy!” In the book of Philippians, we find the Apostle Paul writing to the church at Philippi to, “Be Happy in the Lord!” The thing is that Paul wasn’t telling the church to “be happy” as he was sitting out somewhere on the beach with bright rays of sun shining down on his face with a cool glass of grape juice in his hand…He was telling them to, “be happy,” as he, himself, was sitting in a cold, dark, lonely prison cell facing death. Sure, it’s easy to tell someone to be happy when all around you is at peace and happiness, but can you tell someone to be happy when your cup is running over with stress! That’s exactly what Paul did.

The past few days, actually the past four years, have been stressful at times for my husband and me as we take care of his mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Two years ago, we had to admit her into a fulltime nursing home to help with her care. But, even that doesn’t completely erase our concerns, cares, and obligations to her. I continue to do her laundry at least two to three times per week. And, it is very sad watching her decline as she goes from one stage to another. This past week she decided that she doesn’t need to wear her glasses, so she hid them in a bundle of clothes. After searching for them for several days I finally found them wrapped up in a pair of pajamas. When I took them to her, she became quite defensive and insisted that she has never worn glasses her entire life and I could do with them whatever I wished but she would not wear them. So, naturally, not wanting to upset her any further, I brought them home. Since then, her behavior has continued to decline. Some days it nearly seems that it is too much to bear…So, today my husband called me from a funeral he was attending and when I answered the telephone he started singing an old Gospel song, “Rejoice My Children Rejoice!” Truthfully, I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh at his attempt to “cheer” me up, or scream!

But, he was right…The Bible does tell us to, “Rejoice in the Lord.” So, I took a deep breath and said, “God, I really need your strength to continue with all of these issues involving my mother-in-law. And, after a few deep breaths, I could feel my tension leaving being replaced with JOY! I have so much to rejoice about…And, when life is taking a hit at you, we sometimes need to remember to REJOICE just like the Apostle Paul did while incarcerated in prison…

Today, you may be in need of JOY…So, as my husband reminded me today, “Rejoice My Children Rejoice for our names are recorded above…Be glad, exceedingly glad for Heaven is ours today.” Yes, my friend we have a lot to Rejoice about!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins,
Author

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The Importance of Weaknesses!

The Importance of Weaknesses!

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure… (II Corinthians 12:7)

Reflection:  Before I get into today’s blog, I first want to Praise my Heavenly Father through Christ Jesus for His healing touch and abundant mercies and grace in my life. Today, August 17, 2012 is the 2nd anniversary of my vertebral artery dissection and bleed into the back of the brain. Through God’s marvelous touch along with a great group of neurosurgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, I am still alive and able to perform many of the same functions as before the bleed. Even though it resulted in my retiring five years earlier than planned, I have found new joy and new direction in my life.  Thank you Amazing Heavenly Father for your blessings on me…Now, for today’s inspirational blog…

Weaknesses:  We all have them.  The important thing is to arrive at a place within our lives where we can appreciate them and know that they are actually there for our own benefit.  Actually, each person’s individual weaknesses are custom-designed by God to fit into our lives for His purpose.  When we recognize and fully accept this Biblical truth, we can not only understand our own weaknesses, but we can be more understanding, tolerable, caring, and forgiving of the weaknesses within others; including our own family members, friends, and peers.

Have you ever pondered what you would be like without your weaknesses?  How self-sufficient you would become?  How self-absorbed you would become?  Because fallen man can become so taken with himself and impressed at times with his or her own abilities, God has fashioned weaknesses perfectly designed to counter-act the prideful heart and the diverse imaginations of man.  The result…The need for us to WORSHIP that which is Perfect; All-Knowing; Without Fault or Failure; Truth; Honesty; Superior Being; Righteous and Holy!!  And, the ONLY “Being” that exists who encompasses all of these “perfect” qualities and so many more is GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF!!!!!!  Thus, the need and act of Worship!!!  Hallelujah!  Glorious Worship of a Glorious God!  One without blemish, fault, failure, or weaknesses…Amen…My God is an AWESOME GOD!

How do I know this?  Because I am trapped inside of an earthly body filled with imperfections, failures, and weaknesses.  Oh, how I am in need of a Savior…And, my God provided my redemption in the person of Jesus Christ; the incarnated God. (John 1:14).

Today, I, like the Apostle Paul, can rejoice in my infirmities and weaknesses for in my weakness HE (God) is made strong…Have you thanked God today for your weaknesses?  Have you admitted to, examined, and confessed your weaknesses?  Until you do, you will never fully recognize nor appreciate the true source and full sense of Godly worship…I serve a Greater God than All my weaknesses and the weaknesses of ALL mankind…I worship The Almighty God; Counselor; Wonderful is He…King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Oh, how blessed we are to know and be aware of our own weaknesses….

Remember, Our Perfect God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

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