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Think About That!!!

God has been working on my heart and mind on this subject A LOT the last month or so.  He has given me this verse three different times, in different settings, and by completely different people in the last week. This was also the verse I felt compelled to read aloud to my husband while we snuggled in bed last night…
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:6-9 NIV
One thing I can be absolutely sure of is that there will be hard times. There will be bad days and even worse days.  Satan loves those days.  What he loves even more is to hear us complain to everyone who can hear, just how bad we have it.
I remember one of those weeks in my life…I was a single mother of three very busy kids.  I worked full time as a teacher and went to school for my master’s in counseling at night.   I had one week left until graduation day and I still hadn’t completed my thesis paper.  I just couldn’t write any more on that topic.  I was DONE.
I left for work one morning and my daughter forgot her uniform.  I had to use my only break to go home and get it, so she wouldn’t have to sit out that night at the game.  On my way home my transmission went out of my car.  Seriously.  Now? There’s really not a good time for that to happen, but with everything else I was worried about, this was TERRIBLE timing,  especially financially.
I spent the next week driving my dad’s big ole farm truck back and forth to work  and picking up the kids.  I took off two full days of teaching to finish my thesis and seriously contemplated quitting school just three days before my graduation.  After much blood, sweat, and tears I decided to turn in my finished work.  I drove an hour away in my big ole red farm truck to turn in my paper and found that it wouldn’t even fit in the student parking lot.  I laughed at the thought of the truck fitting in any parking spots along the street.  In a desperate attempt to get  my thesis to my professor, I parked the truck in the middle of a semi busy street with the emergency flashers on and ran to his mailbox on the first-floor.  I yelled out something to his secretary about making sure he got my paper and ran back to the truck in record time. Thankfully everyone had avoided a collision with the big metal beast.  What a relief to have that paper turned in and finally be heading home!
Or not.  The truck sputtered to a pitiful stop in the middle of a rather large Ozark mountain hillside.  Did I mention it was raining?   I called a tow truck to pick up the truck and my dad to come and get me.
There I sat on the side of the rode.  I. Was. Exhausted.   Two weeks of  staying up late to finish this God forsaken paper, my car broken, my borrowed truck broken, and my piggy bank broken.  I did the only thing I could possibly do.  I laughed hysterically at the crazy situation I was in. Thankfully I had an hours worth of papers to grade on hand while I waited to be picked up that evening.
I ended up doing well on my paper.   I graduated and  picked up my repaired car just two days after the break down.  My parents were going to take me on a really great trip somewhere to celebrate graduation,  but instead paid for the repairs on my car.   God answered my prayers of despair.   I didn’t have what it took to finish that last paper.  I couldn’t have done any of those years in college as a single mom without Him. As I look back at all He did for me then, I find it really ridiculous to worry about things I go through today.  I have no reason to complain.   He has blessed me far beyond what I could ever deserve or repay Him.  I am thankful the God of this universe takes the time to answer my prayers. #no worries #talk about the good