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southernbelle47
April 29th, 2007, 06:11 AM
Dear MWO friends..
We found out yesterday that our youngest son's reserve unit will go back to Iraq for another tour of duty.
They will train for a couple of more months and then deploy.
I learned alot about myself and my God the last time he was there in the "desert"...When our loved ones go through something , we all go with them. My "heart" is about to be tested once again.
I know it will take all my "tools" from my toolbox to get through.
I thank God that I have you guys to help .
I love you all.
:h Nancy
Tests of the Heart
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. - Deuteronomy 8:2

Has God performed a heart test on you lately? There are times in our lives when God leads us into the desert in order to let us find out what is in our heart. These times can be very difficult and humbling. They can test our mettle like no other time. Desert times often mean we are living without those things we are normally accustomed to: water, food, limited supplies-and with few comforts. In modern terms, it may mean a different environment. God is performing a very important work during these times. He wants to know if we can be obedient to Him in these times; or will we be obedient only when times are good?

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you (Deuteronomy 8:3-5).

These desert times may mean experiencing new ways of provision from the Lord. Like manna from Heaven, it may mean seeing miracles we've never seen before. Like clothing that never wears out, it may mean seeing your normal capabilities expanded. Like walking hundreds of miles without pain, desert experiences provide new lessons and new experiences that only these times can teach us.

What desert experience has He brought into your life lately? Perhaps it is a lean time in business. Perhaps it is a new environment. Whatever it is, when God decides to bring new disciplines into our lives by bringing us into the desert, do not fear the heat that is sure to come. He is walking beside you in order to test you and find out what is really in your heart. Ask for His grace to pass the test. He wants to bring all of His children into the Promised Land.




Today's Prayer
April 28, 2007
O God, I give thanks unto You and call upon Your name. Let me make known Your deeds among the people around me. I will sing unto You and offer psalms of praise. I will talk of all Your wondrous works. I glory in Your holy name. Let my heart rejoice as I seek You. I will seek You and Your strength and Your face forevermore. I remember Your marvellous works and wonders and the judgments of Your mouth...You are the Lord my God, who sits upon the throne of the heavens and watches over His creation. You are the Almighty, the everlasting Father and God who loves me. I love You and, as a little child wants to please his parents, I want to please You. Please help me and give me Your wisdom and strength for today and every day. In Jesus' name I pray to You, amen. (Adapted from Psalm 105)

Beaches
April 29th, 2007, 10:05 AM
Nancy
You know that I will be thinking of you and your family through this time. Many hugs your way.

chrysa
April 29th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Nancy,
What is his name? I would like to put him in our parish prayers.
~C

southernbelle47
April 29th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Thank you girls.
His name is Brandon .
He will be one of the older marines this time over. He knows what is in store so it is hard.
He is a praying ,God loving, Bible believing christian.
The only purpose I can think of for him to have to go again is....his fellow marines need him in more ways than one..
He is our "Baby"... The last one out of the nest...
By the Grace of God and with the love and support of all our friends, we will make it.
Thanks for praying.
:h Nancy

Mrs Macks
April 29th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Mum, I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.....God will keep him safe...
Lots of love and hugs coming your way xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox Lisa xx