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In Anything. In Everything.

Three days have passed and we still don’t have our cable connection back. Three agonizing days and we still didn’t get any assurance not even a response. We were given three contact numbers of our supposed personal concierge but all three are unreachable. To say it’s frustrating is an understatement.

I’ve exhausted all possible options, from basic troubleshooting to calling their hotline, the personal concierge and even visiting their office but to no avail.

I may have slightly ranted on FB and mostly got comments affirming the lousy service of this cable provider.  Bottom line is as I’ve exhausted all possible ways, I’m also getting exhausted from thinking but mostly from the frustrating scenario. However, I was struck and reminded with one of the comments.  And then I realized that I was actually left with one more option which is also the most important – to pray.

Indeed after uttering a short prayer and upon getting home we got a call from the cable. Then, a cable guy arrived and fixed our cable. Voila’ cable is back.

I am reminded of Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”

More often than not, our first option in addressing minor or petty concern is to immediately respond in our own way, thinking that it is nothing crucial that needed to be prayed over. On the contrary, God wants us to call upon Him not just on anything but on everything and to thank Him on what He has done.

This is how God cares for us and loves us. He desires to be part not just in anything but in everything that we do, be it in a simple undertaking or a next to impossible situation. He wants us to rely in Him that in return He can empower and grant us wisdom when we call and acknowledge Him.

Lord,

Thank u for answering my prayer. And I ask for forgiveness Lord for not making You my first option, thinking that such concern wasn’t that critical. Lord thank You for reminding me that I should call and rely on You in anything and in everything. And I thank You for everything You have done.

In Jesus name, amen.
IreneA

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Don’t Walk

While watching “The Jane Austen Book Club”, one scene struck me the most. It was when Prudie (played by Emily Blunt) was about to cross the road and succumb to temptation.  With the traffic sign blinking ‘walk’ and with second thoughts playing on her mind Prudie was about to cross the road to meet up with a guy.  As she focused on the traffic sign, instead of seeing ‘walk’ she saw blinking in front of her were the words, ‘what would Jane Austen do’.  The scene ended with the traffic sign blinking, ‘Dont Walk.’

Now, Prudie was nothing but a prim and proper woman, who gives high regard on moral values.  So, what pushed her to almost do the unthinkable?  Frustrations.  She became frustrated with her relationship.  She was frustrated with her hubby who seem to have neglected the need to connect with her.

Yet, all’s well that ends well.  Prudie came to her senses.  She went back home to her hubby.  She pleaded him to read with her ‘Persuasions’.  In the course of reading her hubby understood and rectified their situation.  Thanks to Jane Austen.

If only things were not as complicated. If only Jane Austen has all the answers to our frustrations.  But then reality is, every now and then we get frustrated.  And Jane Austen and her novels are just but too good to be true.  (And yes, I still love to read novels.)

We get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way we wanted.  We get frustrated when we feel that the intensity of our emotion is not reciprocated by with our hubby.  We get frustrated when there’s so many things to do yet we seem to zone out.  We get frustrated  when we don’t get appreciated for making an effort to please a loved one.

We can be frustrated with so many things.  That is why, we should be cautious because, ‘frustrations are the enemy’s vehicle to temptation.’  Temptations are at strongest when we are frustrated because  we are vulnerable and tend to think irrationally.  Temptations are mostly subtle and deceptive.  The bottom line is, temptations give the enemy the upper hand to manipulate us to sin.

We can not avoid circumstances to turn against us. Neither can we avoid that at times we get frustrated.  Nor can we rely on any of Jane Austen’s novels to relieve us from our frustrations.  But we can rest in the assurance of what Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

And when temptation seems to be blinking boldly, don’t just wait for the, ‘Don’t Walk’ sign.  Rather constantly remember,

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‘the wrong desires that come into your life aren’t anything new and different. Many others have faced exactly the same problems before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it, for he has promised this and will do what he says. He will show you how to escape temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it.’ (1 Corinthians 10:13 TLB)

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