Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's the Birthday Pal

Thanks for the birthday prayers I'm sure you Pals offered up for me. Please continue to pray regarding my mental health. Having suffered two emotional "breakdowns" in the last 3 years has sure taken a toll on my overall confidence about getting out and living life and trust in God has sure been shaken to the core as well.

I can't imagine why God allowed all that happened in my life in the last 3 years. Maybe it'll all make me a much better - wiser missionary someday. Perhaps only someone who has experienced such darkness can enter into another person's darkness to lead them out to the LIGHT. If that is the reason (even partly) - if it makes me a better disciple/missionary, it will all be worth it. Most days it is hard to see that possibility.....I lack a great deal of confidence in myself and even in God at times.

Terry, thanks for your wonderful post....just a little correction. The bunny pictured is my dearly departed Noah (2007). Alfie is the new bun on the block...well, not that new, he is just over a year old and as mischievous as they come!! See picture below...sampling my flowers!


Felisol said...

Dear Julie LBM,
Happy belated birthday.
Of course we are praying for you. I hope you will not forget us either.
The secret is; we need each other.

We, who have been so lucky as to meet at the Pilgrim Pals, are a blessed team.
Our many weaknesses make it easy to understand each other and to keep on faithfully praying for one another too.

The joy in our Lord shall be our strength, but common suffering has glued us together.
'Cause when we are weak, we are indeed strong.

Let's read Paul 2 Chor. once more,
The Thorn in the Flesh

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

From Felisol

Vicki said...

Felisol, even though you wrote this for Julie, it blessed me too. What a beautiful encourager and loving sister in Christ!