Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy New Year

Here it is the 10th of January and I haven't even posted yet. I actually haven't done much of anything for the last 3 weeks except to wallow in self-pity. A few days before Christmas, I got a rousing hug from Rob and cracked a rib. Pain aside, I had such problems getting a deep breath that I sent myself further into the dumps. Well, phooey!!

I had a talk with God a couple of days ago. He listened, I prayed. He actually hears me when I talk to Him. I told him I was fed up with being in the pity-pot, had made myself so stressed that my whole being; body, mind and soul were out of sorts. I told him I had managed to get lost yet one more time. I asked for help. Whew! Just that admission gave me a small burst of energy. Isn't that the best?

Now when you pray ~ expect results! The Lord doesn't fool around. I got my help. I am breathing better, don't have to look up to see snails and believe it or not, the pain is bearable. I have some experience with prayer. I do it every day. I expect action. Sometimes I don't get to see the action, but I know it happens.

In early 1988, my late husband and I were finishing up a Marriage Encounter weekend. We were both sober a long time, brought up as Christians, but kind of lackluster in our faith. In the last 90 minutes of the weekend, we were writing letters to each other and suddenly he burst into tears saying, "I just love the Lord so much!" I cried as well, because I did too. Right then and there, we dropped to our knees and asked the Lord for forgiveness and offered our lives to him in whatever capacity He desired. By the end of the year, we were living part-time in Mexico as "retirees" and in less than a year more, we were serving God full time in that country. I was there for 15 years.

Maybe it's not all that dramatic for everyone or ever dramatic, but I know this: Jesus said that whatever the faithful ask in His name will be done. I don't know how much clearer that can be. When I tell you that I pray for you all every day ~ I do. Always it's for you as a whole, sometimes for individuals or situations. I don't know how you believe or what God is doing in your life, but know this. I pray.

So for this day in 2009, I'm asking you to tell me when you have a need. Ask me every day~I don't have to know all the details if you'd prefer not. I will pray. If you aren't already Christian be aware that I will also pray for you to become one. That's my word to Christ. My word to you is that I will pray. You can send me an e-mail if you don't want to leave a personal request in the comments, but I urge you to use me. (firestormkids04@aol.com)

Please try not to leave negative comments. Take me as I am.
For now lots of love and prayers,

17 comments:

ADB said...

Penny,
Happy New Year. Sorry to hear you cracked a rib being hugged - I should not smile but cant help it. I hope your dreams come true this year.

Anyone wishing to leave negative comments should not bother to leave comments at all. You dont deserve that.

Bea said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Penny! I understand about getting down in the dumps when a series of events happen to bring us down into that familiar dark pit. And even though we've promised ourselves not to wait so long to ask for help, I think I forget myself... and forget that the Lord is in this with me. It's like having to start all over again in some ways, and I remember when that happened to me and I'm thinking, Bea why did you wait? Look to God, just like you did those years ago when you first realized he was with you. I'm glad you found your way back out of that dark place. Your new smile looks fantastic, btw... I'm glad you are posting, and once again you are asking for something not for yourself, but for others. Your light is glowing! bea

Donna said...

I can't imagine anyone leaving negative comments for such a nice person as you! Sorry about the cracked rib. Hey, we've all had pity-parties at one time or another, usually at this time of year.

Look up! Your redemption draweth nigh!

a corgi said...

Happy New Year to you Penny!! so sorry about the cracked rib; ouch!!

I don't know why people leave negative comments; I think they must be hurting so much they have to take that out on others through unkind words

I'd ask that you pray for me to grow closer to the Lord this new year; that is my resolution to be more like Jesus and less like me

thank you and I do know for sure the Lord answers all prayers in his perfect timing and will and way so I'll thank him too! Thank you Lord!

betty

Carolyn said...

Penny- I love you! I am glad the Lord helped you, He does me too. Every day, and you know what? I pray for you too ;-) God Bless you more and havea wonderful new year.

Barbara said...

OH, bless you Penny! Would you believe the devotion in tonight's prayer alert was this very topic! Praying God stays near and conitues to help you day to day.

Coelha :B said...

Happy New Year Penny! :) You are an awesome lady! God bless you!

Valerie said...

Hi Penny honey, I went to a Marriage Encounter weekend. I remember that so fondly. They are incredible. I am no longer married to that husband, but that is okay. LOL Anway, I hope your pain lessens and I am sending you many hugs and much love... Love, Val xox

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sober white women said...

Happy new year! Yes God does hear us! The women at church got together and prayed for me right after I went into the hospital and now my body is healing!
Kelli

B said...

Penny,
Happy new year. I am sorry to hear about your rib, and being down in the dumps. I can relate to the last one. God is so wonderful in how he'll help us, when we let him. I am very greatful for your prayers. One thing I need prayer for now is a job and physical healing.
Let me know if there is anything specific I can pray for you for.
Barbara

Joyce said...

Happy New Year Penny. Really nice entry. Sorry you broke a rib but there is a reason for everything huh? You are a prayer warrior and I will call on you if needed.
Hugs, Joyce

Pamela said...

Hi Penny, it's good to see a post from you. I've been so far behind. I'm sorry it took me this long to get over here.
I'm sorry about your painful rib. It is cute that he would give you such an enthusiastic hug...but OUCH! Dealing with that much pain would bring anyone's spirits down. I'm glad you are feeling better.

Thank you for offering prayer to us. I can use all the help I can get. I pray as well....but if you are willing to keep me in your prayers I would appreciate that. I usually pray for health, and I pray that I am able to keep working to get my (and my son's) needs met. I also pray that I can get through each day and touch the lives I come into contact with in a positive manner (considering the work I do). Thank you Penny.

Kathy said...

Penny, Happy New Year to you and yours. I do so hope you are feeling better and enjoying some pain free days.

I am glad to know you pray for all of us. Each day I say my prayer of thanks ... for another day ... for my friends ... for my family.

Faith knows no borders or bounds and while we each may believe or feel a little differently, it is good to have faith.

Cathy said...
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Cathy said...

Hi Penny, had to delete first comment cus of very bad spelling lol hope yer fine and happy!

Astaryth said...

I hear Birthday wishes are in order... so... Happy Birthday!!

Heli gunner Tom said...

I know what fractured ribs feel like. I hope you feel much better soon!

Hugs,
Tom