47 Things on Thursday: T.G.I.F

Do you gear up and quote the familiar saying?

T.G.I.F.

Well everyone knows the meaning:  Thank God it’s Friday!

 Exuberance.  Relief.  Anticipation.

All these feelings describe the end-of-the-week-mentality and thankfulness that there will be 2 days to enjoy, separated from the work week.

Too soon however, the dreaded MONDAY lurks around the corner bringing about the sobering reality, on Sunday night, that forces us to get organized and prepare for the work week ahead.  You know what I mean…yes?

Two years ago, Chemo Mondays were always a drag for me –  dreaded beyond dread.  After several weeks of the routine, the side effects were predictable.  My body would meld into the couch and I would almost become the very fabric of the structure upon which I lay.  Fighting with every ounce of energy I had to survive these treatments, I could barely move.

My heart longed for healing and restoration.  Both my needs and the needs of my family were mumbled somewhere in between my moans and groans.  Often the requests lay deep in the recesses of my heart as unsaid desires.

YET. The LORD sustained and answered because He

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He cares because each of us are HIS. Those who love Him, we are HIS children.  And like a mother, deeply and instinctively drawn to the loving care of her child, so is the LORD God, drawn to care for each one of us, especially when we are down so low that we can only mumble and desire. He knows what we need.  He cares.

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you;” Isaiah 66:13a

Do you have a desire deep inside your heart that you have been too weak to utter?  Take comfort in knowing that the LORD knows; He knows what’s in our heart before we even speak it.  We do not need long and lengthy, perfectly articulated words.

“…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  Matthew 6:8b

Have you been so overwhelmed that your words are mumbled?  Do you think you are not heard?  Think again.  God hears and He is preparing to meet your needs on all levels in a way that will grow you, fill you, and strengthen your faith.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

God’s riches are too abundant for us to comprehend.  Yet, when we submit ourselves to resting in the LORD to answer and care, we can have the same T.G.I.F. mentality:

Exuberance. Relief. Anticipation.

Picture it.  Assume it. Claim it.

WHY?

Because He is

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and He desires us to be exuberant over the fact that He is both willing and able to bless us and care for us.

He desires us to feel and know that relief that comes when we trust in Him.

and He desires us to anticipate with faith, that He will always and forever be our one and only source of true sustaining power.

T.G.I.F

I take liberty to re-define the quote:  Thank God it’s Forever!

“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  Psalm 100:5

We are not in for a two day hiatus — we are in for a lifetime of receiving God’s loving care….from here to eternity.