Five Minute Friday Support

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I started a new Bible study this week with some ladies at our church this week.  Kay Arthur’s When the Hurt Runs Deep.  It’s come at just the right time.  Far enough removed from the recent events in our life and close enough that I won’t have to rehash everything as we work through the book.

The second chapter brings Joseph into the reading. Yes, the Joseph that dreamed of great things,  but instead was left for dead, no, thankfully his brothers had some slight compassion and instead he was sold into slavery, his bosses wife twisted everything up, lied to her husband and caused Joseph to be  imprisoned even though he had done nothing wrong.   Yes, that hit’s close to home.  Thank God we weren’t imprisoned!   God raised him to great position again in the jail only to be forgotten about again.  That’s where the chapter ends, but not Joseph’s story.  Two years later, when Pharaoh has a dream, the chief cupbearer remembers Joseph’s gift. Finally Joseph is raised up again in the Pharaoh’s court.  He is in place for those dreams he had as a child to be fulfilled.

God took the long way in fulfilling Joseph’s purpose.

It seems he’s taking the long way with us too.

I am reminded of this verse:

 My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:12

He has surrounded us with people that understand and support us.

He has given us a church family that lives real.  Instead of living in legalism and weighing themselves down with the burden of trying to be perfect, these folks understand that perfect will never happen on this earth.  They realize that God is glorified in our imperfection and they aren’t afraid to live that way.

STOP

He has blessed us with children that love the Lord and desire to serve Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

Happy tears.

Linking up with the gang at Five Minute Friday.  This week’s word was support.

 

10 Comments

  • Martha G. Brady

    09/16/2017 at 10:51 pm Reply

    i’m glad GOD has put you in this new place. it sounds so much healthier. what an answer to prayer:)

    • Christy

      09/17/2017 at 6:57 am Reply

      After 8 long years, it’s good to be in a normal church again. We’ve known it was messed up for a long time. But you don’t really know how messed up until you’re out of it. This study is gonna be really great for me.

  • Lisa Brittain

    09/16/2017 at 9:56 pm Reply

    I relate to your desert journey at this place in life. The desert journey is painful and feels like it goes on and on – way too long. Yes, it feels like the long way instead of the short cut. I’m sorry for your hurt, but I want you to know my heart is encouraged by your words. I think of Joseph often – and Job – these days…on the long way around.
    I bless you to see Jesus fully all you need in this hard place…until He walks you out of the desert and into the green rolling hills of abundant ministry. Lisa #71 this week on the fmf linkup

    • Christy

      09/17/2017 at 7:17 am Reply

      Thank you for stopping by my fellow sojourner. This has probably been the toughest season of my adult life to date, and definitely for our family. Thankfully, we’re on the uphill swing. I have often though of Job this past year, but had kinda forgotten about Joseph. Poor me, because after reading his story again I was so very encouraged! Sometimes it feels we’re just burning rubber, lots of smoke and going nowhere, lol. But God still uses us and blesses us.

  • Tara

    09/16/2017 at 4:18 pm Reply

    So happy for you friend. You seem to be on the up side! 🙂

    • Christy

      09/17/2017 at 7:27 am Reply

      We are! Everything is not resolved Thankfully, church is of course. Hopefully they’ll leave us alone; strange how they’ve accused us of not moving on and they’re the ones that don’t. But this whole situation has been so twisted. Thank God I’ve heard more people have left. Five families from that church are attending where we are now. 2 left a few years before us but never settled, we are so thankful to be worshiping with them again! Sadly, we’ve been trying to resolve the situation with my in-laws for years. It is nearly unsolvable. We’re praying about our next step.

  • Lesley

    09/16/2017 at 3:44 pm Reply

    I’m glad you have found a church family that understands and supports you, and I love Joseph’s story. It’s a great reminder that God has a plan even when we can’t see it and everything seems to be taking longer than we hoped it would to work out.

    • Christy

      09/17/2017 at 7:31 am Reply

      I often remind myself that it took 40 years of wondering before the Israelite’s to enter the promised land. And 30 years before Jesus came to his position that lasted 3 years. And then I wonder why I think I’m better. O foolish me! Thanks for stopping by Lesley!

  • E. Adams Wright

    09/16/2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

    “He has surrounded us with people that understand and support us.” What a blessing to be surrounded by people who understand and support us. What a blessing also to be one He uses to support others. I am reminded that there are times when we need support and there are times when we, through Him, provide support. We need each other. Visiting from FMF.

    • Christy

      09/17/2017 at 7:29 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! We are so very thankful for support. Often, it seems, we are the givers of support and less often the takers. You are so right! We do need each other. God’s perfect design.

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