I've heard of the statement "losing your shirt" but I've never heard of "losing your skirt." That's what almost happened to me on Sunday.
I usually plan on Saturday what I am going to wear on Sunday , , , makes life less hectic Sunday morning. Since we were camping until the end of the week, that kind of fell by the wayside.
I know you will not believe this (I can't believe I'm even writing it) but I couldn't find anything to wear. I tried on a couple of things but they didn't look good. Finally I found a skirt. It looked good but the elastic was loose around the waist (I would have preferred that I had lost so much weight was the reason it was loose, but no.)
I was desperate. I grabbed one of my faithful safety pins and pinned the front of the skirt to my slip. Surely that would keep it up for a few hours. It did keep up the front. The back? Another story!
As I was standing on the podium doing my usual thing (with the choir sitting behind me) I felt the skirt begin to slip down in the back. How do you pull up your falling skirt without the choir noticing? I tried. Who knows what they thought. I was just happy the skirt didn't wind up down at my ankles!!!
That skirt? It's in my closet ready to be repaired. I just hope I don't forget and try to wear it again before I fix it. My memory IS short. A few weeks from now, I may not even recall the fear I felt of losing my skirt!
Life is full of stressful situations, isn't it? Most of you will probably not have to worry about losing your skirt in church but you WILL face situations that are difficult.
Maybe you're in the middle of such a situation now. What do you do? You ask the the Lord to give you strength to go through the difficulty in a way that will show others how Christians face trials. Feel free to ask Him to alleviate your trouble IF He can get glory by doing so. Then start praising Him. When you do these things, you may find the difficulty, although not going away, will still seem less overwhelming .
Going through some difficulties worse than a loose skirt but still trusting and praising God, Gloria
Jesus told his disciples that when they stood before people not to worry about what they should say but that he would give them the words they needed. That scripture was fulfilled in my life yesterday!
We had high attendance in our Bible study time at church. My class had five new people attending. I was excited. That is, until I got up to teach and realized I had only two of the five pages of my notes. Talk about panic!!! Not good timing when we had guests in the class. I imagined they would never return again!
I know a considerable amount of scriptures but the numbers get me. I can quote you a scripture, or at least paraphrase it but ask me to tell you where it is located and I start sweating. Numbers and I are not the best of friends. There is a reason my husband doesn't let me near the checkbook!!!
I apologized profusely to our guests and prayed silently that God would help me recall the lesson I had planned. The class was gracious and supplied the scriptures when I told them what I wanted to find. It was kind of like a treasure hunt!
No one left. The visitors seemed to enjoy the lesson and God brought to mind what I had studied, minus scripture references, of course!
God is so good. He came through for me. I so appreciated that. The devil would have liked for the time to be disasterous and make it where the guests wouldn't want to return. But, God got the upper hand. I love it when that happens!!!
Thanking God for directing me yesterday (but planning on being sure I have ALL my notes next time) Gloria
Is it just me or does aging also include loss of eyelashes? If it weren't for mascara and eyelash curlers, I doubt you could see mine!
I do want to warn you about something. If you use an eyelash curler, be sure and release it after you squeeze your lashes. I forgot to do that and have a few less lashes than before. Now I have even fewer lashes than before. Who would have thought being a ding-a-ling could even affect the number of lashes a person has!
I have threatened before to buy false eyelashes but, knowing how my life goes, one would probably fall in my salad plate while I was out to lunch with friends. I'm sure they would be delighted to add that one to their, "Have you heard the latest thing Gloria did" list. They have plenty without me adding more.
I guess the worst thing would to be tasting a little crunch in my split pea soup. I get sick just thinking about that one!
I'm so glad I won't have any of these kinds of issues to deal with in heaven. I don't know exactly what it will be like there but, I can almost guarantee there won't be one false eyelash there!!
Looking forward to heaven for some important reasons and some not so important, Gloria
I love a good suspenseful book or movie where it is hard to figure out who the culprit is. Usually, within a few minutes of watching that kind of movie, I know who is the guilty party. When I am wrong, I'm thrilled. It makes the movie much more interesting when you don't know "who dunnit. "
Well, I'm having my own personal "who dunnit" or should I say "what is it?" I've been sick a few months now. I've been to two doctors and they have tried all kinds of remedies but have not remedied the situation. Today, I begin the search for yet another doctor that, I hope, will solve the mystery.
I am teaching the book of James from the Bible. Guess what the lesson was about yesterday. Healing! In preparation for teaching, I scoured the Bible for verses on healing. There are LOTS of them in there.
As I was looking through the scriptures, I came upon Psalm 31:14-15a. It reads like this.
But as for me, I trust in Thee, O Lord. I say, "Thou art my God." My times are in your hands.
How comforting to know that my life is in God's hands. What a place to be!
Trusting in the God who has my times in His hands, Gloria
This has been a hectic week. I've been at church four nights in a row attending our Sunday School Preparation Week and I had to teach one of those nights. Add to that my struggles with this "mystery" illness I have that my doctors can't figure out. I'm weary.
We all have those times when we feel the heaviness of life.The scripture, "Come to me all you who are weary and laden heavy and I will give you rest" is a comforting thing when I am going through periods like this. I am still awed that God would even take thought of the likes of me. I don't understand it but I surely do appreciate it!
Comforted to know I can go to Jesus and find much needed rest, Gloria