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My Verse Today

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4


Reflections on the Day

As I wind down and reflect on the day, the verse above is very representative of my feelings! It seems that lately, I’ve experienced a growth spurt in my awe and wonder of the Lord’s works! Since I accepted Christ into my heart at age 13, I’ve always appreciated God’s goodness, however, even though I’ve aged and lived, I feel that I now look at God in almost a childlike way.

A quick dictionary check shows synonyms for childlike include: 1) ingenuous, 2) simple 3) trusting. Ingenuous, meaning “free from reserve, candid and sincere” is something I’m feeling and trying to practice a lot these days. I try to make things simple (still a work in progress lol), I am certainly more trusting, so I ponder, where is this coming from? The trials in my life continue, advancing in challenge, yet, I become more ingenuous, simple and trusting – hmmm. 🧐

It really didn’t take long for me to put it all together. Of course, God is the reason for this! Each time I’m in the fire, I emerge, by His grace, a stronger and better person. How incredible is that??!!! God is the Master of everything and when we turn to Him, in time of need, it would make sense that we would come out stronger. While I don’t believe God causes the difficulties in our lives, He certainly uses them for His glory and to help strengthen His children, drawing us closer to Him.

Let God Help You Smile

I like this little saying, most likely secular in origin, but I read more into it knowing that God gives us many more than a thousand reasons to smile!!!

Highlights of the Day

Blessings Abound!

Today my wonderful husband drove me to another therapy appointment at the VA. God blessed me with a compassionate, loving and kind mate who is always so willing to be there for me, through all the the good times, the “I hurt so bad, I can’t get up” times and everything in-between. He patiently waits during the endless appointments, test results, and surgeries.

If you’ve read any previous posts about my spinal cord injury and ongoing battle with complications, you may know that I’m currently on a low dose Fentanyl patch to enable me to explore alternative therapies for pain. I refuse to be on narcotics for long term. This morning, after sleeping on my brand new Dolphin FIS (Fluid Immersion Simulation) Therapy bed, I woke up in much less pain than normal for a “patch change” day. Encouraging!!

Another Great Therapy Session

Today, at the very excellent Minneapolis VA, I received my third Myofascial Release session. My therapist is extremely skilled at what she does, as it evidenced by the positive outcomes I’m experiencing. Once again, after therapy was complete, I felt significantly less pain in the shoulder and neck. Yay!! I believe the multiple adjuncts placed are working, all to the glory of God. Tomorrow is my acupuncture day and I’m very optimistic because I’m beginning to see the cumulative effect that it can have.

Wheelchair Clinic with True Professionals

After my Myofascial therapy, I had a great session with not one, but three VA Physical Therapists, to fine tune my wheelchair for pain relief and comfort, along with repairing an issue with the drive. The session lasted well over the allotted time but they didn’t stop until every last issue was addressed and resolved. I’m so thankful to have such compassionate professionals on my team, working so hard to help improve my quality of life! Through teamwork and humor, they accomplish so much, while also making it almost fun for the patient. 😁

They sent me on my way with gel-padded foot plate cushions to raise my feet and ease heal pain, additional lateral supports, adjusted headrest, and an order placed for new seat and back cushions. After repairs, multiple comfort adjustments and a few other tweaks, I rode home feeling like I had a brand new wheelchair!

All Because of God

Going back to my basic thoughts at the beginning of this post, I see that my entire life, leading up to the current struggles I face, has revealed something so important. In the vast universe, I am so very little, but yet, I am so important to God. He made me, knows me, loves me (despite of my flaws) and never stops rooting for me. He sends me blessing after blessing, some that I clearly recognize and some that I’ll never know about. His love is so pure and good…and never changes! Amazing!! I am so thankful that He who is in me is greater than he who lives in the world!

Blessings to all! 🙏🏻 ♥️ ✝️


Music for the Soul

“Greater” by MercyMe (Lyrics also pasted below video)

I do not own any rights to this music or video.

Greater

Bring your tired and bring your shame
Bring your guilt and bring your pain
Don’t you know that’s not your name
You will always be much more to me

And everyday I wrestle with the voices
That keep telling me I’m not right
But that’s alright

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me “redeemed”
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the one living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the one living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

Bring your doubts and bring your fears
Bring your hurt and bring your tears
There’ll be no condemnation here
You are holy, righteous and redeemed

And every time I fall there’ll be those
Who will call me “a mistake”
Well that’s OK

‘Cause I hear a voice and he calls me redeemed
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the one living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the one living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

He’s greater
He’s greater

There’ll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He’s greater
He’s greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
He’s greater
He’s greater

There’ll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He’s greater
He’s greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
He’s greater
He’s greater

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me “redeemed”
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the one living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the one living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

There’ll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He’s greater
He’s greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
Oh, my God is greater
Than he who is living the world

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