This week has been insane! Work has me so freaking stressed and worn-out.
And not really hearing from Angie has me stressed and depressed.
She did text me one morning this week to let me know that she is indeed alive and with an update.
Here is that update….and she may get mad at me if she ever read this, but it goes with this week’s story…
Things have been so crazy with my parents lately that I haven’t had time to update y’all on myself… my parents are hanging in there, Mom had a neurologist appt yesterday and he wants an EEG of her brain done ASAP and daddy’s having problems with his BP dropping after having a food intolerance with his feedings and we had to get them changed. He also has COPD and is on oxygen 24/7… I will be going in for biopsies this morning for biopsies of my small intestines due to labs coming back with concerns… I’ve had to cancel several of my appointments due to either nobody to stay with my parents or I have someone to stay with them but need someone to take me and can’t find anyone!!! I rescheduled my stress test but haven’t worked out details on getting anyone to take me yet!!! I am waiting on an appointment with the breast specialist since I had an inconclusive report on my 2nd
mammogram??? I am doing the best I can to take care of my parents and myself but I feel like I am failing miserably… there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours I. The day to get everything done and I am exhausted!!! Thank you for the continued love and prayers
That morning at work I let Big D read this and he starts crying. He then immediately starts praying! I love this guy!!!
Lord…why? Why are you allowing Angie to go through all this?
Later that day D told me when he left me that he went off to pray for Angie on his own. He doesn’t like me seeing him cry and I always say you goofball you see me cry when I talk about her…what’s the difference…
But that’s just D!
A few days later Angie calls me at work and I shared with her that I told D and what happened. She says to give him a hug. So I yell across the yard and let him know that Angie sends a hug for praying for her. And y’all…that smile on his face lit up the whole yard and honestly changed our day.
He comes up to me later and says Stu, how can I not pray for her. You love her, therefore I love her. I’ve never met her and yet I feel she is my little sister or something😊.
He also looked dead off in my face and goes you change after hearing her voice too. It’s like night and day. You can go from the maddest mood to having this joy in an instant. Yeah, she has that affect on me and I have the same affect on her.
But work…oh my gosh. We have all thought of just getting off our forklifts and walking off. We have thirteen salesmen to handle customer up front plus two in the shipping office for a total of fifteen. We have five of us on the yard to do all the orders and two of them are slower than molasses.
Many times D or I have to stop what we are doing to help the others because their customers have grown impatient. Which puts us behind. And I had had enough Thursday. I laid into two of the salesmen and one of the bosses. I had three customer orders and two truck orders to fill. One of the trucks needed to be ready to load when they returned so they could go right back out…but no! That’s when heads butted.
The boss comes out and says I need this done now. Nope not gonna happen. You need to hire more workers and I don’t care if it’s winter and the “slow” season. If you haven’t noticed I’m sweating in freaking October. This is not slow and we can not keep up.
He walks off. Later I go apologize to an extent and he says don’t worry we’re good. And you’re right. I don’t know how y’all have managed to get some what y’all get done. I just looked and said we bust our ass and walked out with another ticket for a customer. (Still not going to hire anyone I bet)
But enough of that… here’s Muffin😊
I keep looking at that shirt pondering what it says…I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.
Do we truly believe that? Let’s be honest for a moment. I would venture to say that over half the Christians that quote this verse do not believe it to be true because they still rely on their own abilities to overcome. It doesn’t work that way.
I certainly didn’t overcome my porn addiction by doing it on my own. I had tried for decades!!! It wasn’t until I had a heart to heart with God that things changed. He replaced my desires, changed my heart and mind. Lord cleanse my mind of any impure thought was my prayer almost every hour of the day. God brought folks into my life to help me along the way. Angie was one of them, thank God! David Bannister, Mark Ivey, Marvin Whitt, & Dan Sheldon all men I met online. God has used in a mighty way in my life.
You think I’ve ventured from my question above? I haven’t…not fully. For you see…to me God’s design of relationship with Him and through His Son gave me the strength to reach out to these men or they reached out to me. And we held each other accountable. It is odd that in our weakest moments His strength shows up.
You don’t think it takes strength to call on someone and say hey help me before I act on this thought. It takes guts to admit things to a “stranger” though really we were not.
There is so much truth in the saying there is strength in numbers. Why do you think God said where two or three are gathered in my name there I am with them.
We are not meant face battles alone! Confess your faults ONE to ANOTHER! With Jesus at the center of our relationships their is strength!
Yes, Jesus can do the impossible. He can swoop in and save the day. And He has done just that multiple times but normally it is through the help of others. Help from others who have, themselves, relied on Jesus and others who relied on Jesus, who relied one Jesus. Why do you think so many speakers, including myself, say that if Jesus can do that for me He can do the same for you? Because it’s been proven over and over again!
Lord, I know you have done this for so and so please give me the strength needed. He does just that. He gives HOPE & Strength.
Have a blessed week everyone. Pray for one another this week please. For you never know what someone is dealing with!