Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Provision
Laurie, from Women Taking a Stand, is hosting this week. She has chosen a great theme for Thankful Thursday. Provision.

Provision of Grace
I am so thankful for God's provision of grace through Jesus, His Son.

"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." ~ Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)

His provision was purity for our sins. Purity so that we could dare come before God when we leave this body and begin our lives in Heaven. How sweet He was to purge Himself of sins He did not commit, sins we placed upon Him, to provide for us eternal life with Him. Thank you, Jesus!

Provision Here on Earth

God is still providing while we are here on the other side of Heaven. There are times when we have certain needs to be met. I have learned that the Lord will not leave us forsaken of anything outside His will for us.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." ~ Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

Personal Provision

I experienced some personal provision yesterday. Daddy had an accident yesterday while working in his shop at home. He was nailing shelves and pierced his arm with a nail. The nail actually went all the way in, up to the head. He had to remove his arm from it because the 2x4 he was nailing nails in for shelves was nailed to the wall. He's a retired fireman so he knows about first aid. He applied pressure, calmly walked up to the house, doused it with peroxide and wrapped it. Then he called me. I told him I would meet him at the ER and a friend from work took me. I'd love to say I was calm but I wasn't. Daddy is 75 years old and on blood thinner. I had no idea what we'd be facing. I texted friends to pray and pray they did. Oh, the wound looked awful and immediately started swelling because of the trauma to the muscle. Daddy never winced when they gave him a tetnus shot or when they numbed his wound for stitching. 6 stitches. That's when it hit me. I love my Daddy.

God provided abundant love that persevered over all the baggage and memories of life growing up.

He was a trooper. He had us in stitches! He never complained, apologized for making me leave work (he didn't make me, I chose to), and just made light of the whole situation.

God provided for Daddy yesterday. No artery was hit, no main vessel was hit, no blood had to be given, and it didn't hit the bone. 6 stitches, 3 x-rays, one tetnus shot, and one antibiotic prescription later, we were out of there! 2 hours. Almost unheard of in an ER.

God provided for me, too. He gave me my first day of flare-up of 2 illnesses I have Tuesday rather than Wednesday. Day one is always the hardest for me. He provided me with a job that I could just run around the corner and say, "Gotta meet Daddy at the ER, I'll call you later, Pam, I need a ride please." He provided me with friends who prayed for him. He provided me with a good visit with Daddy, despite it being in an ER.

Provision to Lay Down Baggage

The Lord provided me with what I call a love burst for Daddy. Sometimes my heart just gets so full of love that it feels like I'm experiencing David's words in Psalm 23.

" cup overflows." ~ Psalm 23:5 (NIV)

When I got back and read some Word-Filled Wednesday posts, I read one about love always persevering.

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:6-8 (NIV)

I thought of how love persevered and when I walked out of the hospital with Daddy, I left my emotional baggage in the ER. I left the emotional and verbal abuse, the anger of his former alcoholism, the hurt of how he treated Mother in Room 12.

God provided for me in a BIG way yesterday. Several times. I'm so thankful for His provision.

Wrap Up

Questions for Reflection: How has God provided for you lately? Have you stopped to thank Him and lay down hurts to pick up healing?

Verse of the Day: "If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." ~ 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for providing us with the gift of grace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Your mercy is what's leading us home to Heaven and eternity with You and I praise You for it. Thank You for the ways You provide for us here on earth, too. You provided so much more for me than I could ever explain, and just when I think You've done enough or that I have gotten my quota Your abundance pours forth. Thank You for making me feel like a woman of worth in Your eyes. I know that it is only through Christ that I deserve the things I get, for without Him I would receive the unimaginable. Thank You for exceedingly and abundantly providing for me more than I even know I need at the time. Let us rely on You for your provisions in our time of need, and let us never hesitate to ask, for You make our cups overflow. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

P - Prepare your hearts to receive God's provision. "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." ~ Colossians 3:1 (NIV)

R - Respond with an attitude of thanksgiving and praise. "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done." ~ 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV)

O - Openly share His provision with others. "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." ~ Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

V - Value the provisions God's gives you. "Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." ~ John 4:13-14 (NIV)

I - Incorporate time in your life for provision of the Word of God. "I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." ~ Psalm 119:15-16 (NIV)

S - Seek time to pray about the provisions you need. "For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." ~ Matthew 7:8 (NIV)

I - Intrust that God's provisions will come. "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. " ~ Psalm 84:11 (NIV)

O - Object to things that are not provisions of the Lord. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)

N - Nuture your branch to bear fruits of provision. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing....This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." ~ John 15:5, 8 (NIV)

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Melanie said...

Laurie Ann, As usual you've written such a wonderful post! God's provisions are everywhere around us.... some days we have to look harder than others (and I suspect that is mostly because of our own frame of mind), but they are always there.

So thankful your Daddy is OK and no serious damage was done.

Love you!

bp said...

Hello, I'm glad your Dad was okay. That would have been scary to go through but I'm thankful you felt God with you through the ordeal

Faye said...


Saleslady371 said...

I praise God with you today, my dear sister. Not only was your Daddy blessed and healed in the ER, but you also, when you left realizing the beautiful healing of love God gave you in your relationship with him! Only God can erase all the hurts. PTL!

Debra said...

Laurie Ann,

You and I have some similarities when it comes to the complexities of our earthly fathers and when you were provided with your love burst for your father, it moved me to tears! .... definitiely God's provision!! Praise Him. I'm so glad your father was not injured further than he was and your flare ups were not worse than they were.

I love you sweet sis. Big hugs.

Stacy said...

What a lovely story of God's provision!

Jennifer said...

Oh, Laurie Ann! I am so thankful that your daddy was ok and God protected him in the midst of this accident. My flesh is crawling right now thinking about him having to get his arm off the nail or the nail out of his makes me hurt to think about it.

Isn't it amazing how God can use accidents to bring so much healing and restoration. It took my mother breaking her hip in December to restore my relationship fully with my sister.

God is so good!!!

Happy TT!

Love you, girl!

He And Me + 3 said...

OMGosh, your daddy. Yikes. What a strong man! So glad he is ok.
Yes, God's provisions are all around us...if we just take the time to look.
Beautifully done.

Jerralea said...

Your post touched my heart today, Laurie Ann, because I have had baggage from my dad. He was also a former alcoholic. Yet God is good and He has taken the sting from those memories. I'm so glad you felt a love burst for him!

The Real Me! said...

The story about your Dad was so moving. 2 hours in and out of an ER. Yes, that's unheard of my friend. God is so good and gives us just what we need when we need it.
BIG HUGS to you my sweet friend.

June said...

What a wonderful post. I hurt just thinking of having to un nail myshel from the wall.

I am so glad you felt the burst of love for your Father.

Happy TT,

Bonnie said...

I absolutely love reading your posts. They are so in depth and thoughtful. I learn so much from reading them. OH so incredibly thankful that your father is ok!! What an amazing miracle and praise God all is well. Have a blessed day!

Beth in NC said...

I am so glad your Daddy is ok. I love my Daddy too and it is so hard to see him suffer.

What a wonderful post.

Bless you Sister,

LAURIE said...

Laurie Ann,
Oh what a wonderful testimony of His provision and His care! Happy TT! -Laurie

{ jamie } said...

Wonderful post. And so glad your dad was ok! ♥

Jensmere said...

Hi Laurie Ann, sorry to have been away so long! I have missed you!

"How sweet He was to purge Himself of sins He did not commit, sins we placed upon Him, to provide for us eternal life with Him. Thank you, Jesus!" What a beautiful statement!!!

And about your Dad, praise the Lord for His provision for you both. I was so moved reading about your 'overflowing' of love. I too have experienced Dad lives with us because of Alzheimer's. There are days when I look at him and he is like a stranger to me. Then there are days when I see a loving Father, who is being stolen from me by a terrible disease, and I am overwhelmed with love.

God is providing for me too! Thanks for reminding me to stop and thank Him!

Bless you,

Peggy said...

Blessings Laurie Ann, I'm so thankful your dad is alright ...though I'm sure it was painful & tramatic. WONDERFUL writing & acrostic on God's Provision!
Beautiful prayer for a very REAL Provision! After soaking here a while this morning & with Laurie's post, I just had to THANK HIM also! So I'm glad that you came to church!

[I hope this means that you read my email by now & saw that last Friday I chose you in SAY IT FORWARD as one of my Top 5 LOYAL COMMENTERS
...though the plan is for 2 or 3 according to 5 minutes for mom...I had to choose 5. This week it will be easier...didn't have that many! Guess this week was just for me & God. But my same faithful few choose to honor me with a visit or 2 unless you are Denise...she does not miss a one!]

Lynn said...

Laurie Ann,

Your posts are always amazing and filled with so much meat. Your heart for others is obvious. Your love for Jesus infectious. Love you. I love reading your work. Hugs.

Denise said...

Such a precious story of provision my friend.

Pia said...

wow, your dad's very brave. love your list, laurie ann. God bless you more.

Carla said...

WOW! Mircales abound (for those with eyes to see and hearts to feel:)!
Thank you for sharing today:)

God Chaser said...

May the Spirit of the Lord continue to fill your heart. You give us so much in your messges. thanks

Loving His many provisions

Grammy said...

Oh Laurie Ann, I am so glad he is ok. I also know it is easer to be the patient than the one to worry. With my hubby it was high trauma for me. But with it now my health it is hard on him and easy for me. I have to have surgery on the 29th of may and I think I will get a friend to take me so hubby will be ok. They found a mass in my shpenold sinus.

Rita T. said...

I love your beautiful,well thought out posts. Such great reminders of God's blessings.