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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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Ouch! that hurts

Just recently I had a not so wonderful conversation.  In fact I would not even call it a conversation at all.  It was more like a dog barking up the wrong tree.  It was a call gone wrong.  Without pleasantries, the caller just ranted on top of her voice and ended her speech with something like, ‘now, don’t you think that’s stupidity?’  At that moment, how I wish I could equally answer her with the same level of ranting.

Yet God must have seen my misty eyes and took it as a silent prayer, for He pacified my heart and calm my spirit.  I was able to answer in a steady and calm voice.

Yes, I was hurt by how the  caller ranted and did not even consider to clarify an issue before barking up.  Yes, at that moment I felt I was unfairly treated.

But it was also at that moment when my eyes mystied with tears and God automatically comforted me, letting me feel of His presence.

Irene