Sunday, May 31, 2009

About our Florida Visit

It was a sweet visit. We enjoyed each minute we got to just absorb with our friends and family. I only wish we had a little time to see a few more folks. We've only been gone from Florida for less than 3 months but I was missing everyone so badly. I wondered how this visit would sit with me emotionally. Would I miss everyone more? Thankfully, our God is good. He is sovereign and He used this visit for healing. It helped me to not feel so far away from everyone. I did miss my husband and the cooler weather of the northeast. It was good to come back home. I felt peace, a peace I didn't expect to feel. Joy, actually an abundant joy, for what the Lord has done. He has given me great friends, sweet family, wonderful trips to sunny Florida and a beautiful life in the northeast. I get to live in one post card town and visit another post card town. He is the creator of all things and the beauty of his creation just surrounds us. As I came home and felt much joy, I found praise in this Psalm. Those of you who know my heart and know our struggle since October 2007, you know it's been a long road and that road may or may not be over but I praise God in all He's done. He does have a perfect will and perfect plan and I am so glad He is in charge and not me! I would certainly muff it up and yet, he never does.

Psalm 34

I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.

Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry;

the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;

he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

The LORD redeems his servants;
no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.


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