Monday, November 16, 2009

From Tears to Giggles

Hey Y'all,

Question: Do you think the Beautiful Swan ever felt like the Ugly Duckling again? What about when he turned old and the wings just wouldn't work anymore?

That's the way I felt at 1:30 today.

I had been having trouble with pain in my foot that is affected by the Cerebral Palsy. So today I went to the doctor to see what was happening.

I was expecting her to tell me that I had pulled or strained some ligaments.
I was expecting to have to wear one of those big boots for a few weeks.
I was not expecting what I heard.

I have arthritis in my foot....bad! If I am not put into a brace soon, my foot will not be able to function correctly and I will not be able to walk on it.

It is hard to describe what that word meant when I heard it.

BRACE!

AGAIN?

But Lord we conquered the brace...I haven't had to wear one since I was nine! 38 years is not what I prayed for...I asked to not have to wear another brace...forever!

That one word brought me to tears.
That one word brought me back to horrid feelings in my past.

After much praying and talking to family, God used another word to bring my tears to a giggle.

It is in our verse today

John 1:12 "But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name."

As I've looked at this verse the last couple of days, one word kept sticking out to me..."right." Today in my tears, my dad, who has had a colostomy for the past 14 years, said I didn't have the "right" to complain. He did not mean I could not be sad. He did mean I could not mope or believe that this ended or disqualified me as a beautiful child of God.

I hung up and looked up in the Greek the word that halted my complaining spirit today and that has been ringing in my ears from John 1:12.

I was shocked...then I started giggling. Oh how God has a sense of humor, just when I needed it the most...He illustrates the meaning of that word...powerfully!


NT:1849
exousia (ex-oo-see'-ah); from NT:1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:

KJV - authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

The words highlighted in red are done by me.

I have the POWER to be God's child.
I do not have the POWER to complain.

WOW!

This is one SUPERHUMAN child of God who is going to embrace her brace and see what God is going to do. I will not turn back into an ugly duckling...but I might......

.....see if they have a brace in hot pink!

POTENTATE Child of GOD
Pamela

Did this make you giggle too?

9 comments:

Jo Thrift said...

thats the way to look at it girl .Faith is like film it developes in the dark .I know these seems like dark days but God has not let us down yet mama

mpz3 said...

Wow! I love you baby and am so proud of you. What the Lord must have in mind is blowing mine...Wow!
Love Forever, Mr. I

On Purpose said...

Just whispered your name and a prayer knowing God will relieve some pain for you!

Phyllis said...

Praying for your strength and healing.

Beverlydru said...

I'm getting ready to go pray and declare and praise Him for what He is doing in you! We are at the threshold of a new season when God will be flexing his muscles for all the world to see .... so they will come. You are a light set on a hill. Love and prayers,
Beverly

Donna said...

Came over here from Lysa TerKeurst's blog. This post about "rights" really spoke to me. I think it is a topic that is not thought about much. Thank you for sharing. I also join these other ladies in prayer for your healing. Be blessed!

Rachel Olsen said...

Hey sweet friend. Praying for you! And you know that's right!

hugs ~ Rachel

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Loving on you in prayer. Knowing He will show you His faithfulness!

Hugs,
Sharon

Runner Mom said...

If you can't find a hot pink one, buy a siver one, and I'll run over and spray paint it pink for you! I'll even paint bright green dots on it too!! You'll be stylin'!!

I will be keeping you in my prayers, girlfriend! Bless your precious heart! ANd, thank you for praying for the workshop last night. I know that GOd planted many seeds in hearts in that cozy little classroom! Call me about the cinnabons!!! I'm all over that one!

Love you!
Susan