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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Inspired by . . . a synchroblog 




This is a synchroblog.

My dear friend, Linda, honored me with an invitation to participate along with a few other bloggers in simultaneously writing about what saved my life this summer.

My first thought, after being pleasantly surprised (and grateful) that she included me, was to ask, did my life need saving this summer? and if so, from what?

These are the questions I contemplated last weekend as Hurricane Harvey made landfall and headed across Texas toward my little cottage.

Unfortunately, many in Harvey's path needed life-saving assistance. In contrast, I hope none of the other writers of this synchroblog needed their lives, literally, saved this summer. I have no idea what anyone else is going to write about, but I suspect most will be discussing life in the figurative sense, rather than the literal.

Before I can talk about what saved me, I have to answer the questions at the beginning of this post.



If we look honestly at our lives we have to admit that we all need saving from something. For some of us, it's a situation, an unhealthy habit, or perhaps a burden. 

All of us need saving from our sinful nature.

While there are a variety of answers to what saves us from situations, habits, and burdens, there is only One Who saves us from our sin.
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!   (Rom 7:18-25)

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (Joh 3:16)
 So what did I need saving from this summer? Honestly?

Myself.

Some of you who read this blog with regularity may remember I mentioned a little visit to the ER back in March. As a result, I've been on more meds in the last five months than I've taken in my entire life. My body has not responded well. It has been a struggle for me. Mentally, physically and spiritually.  

The aches and pains are easy to deal with compared to the brain fog and despondency; which is part medication-induced and part as a result of dealing with a chronic illness day-after-day-after-day.

I know many of you can relate to this.

So what, or better said, Who saved me?

God. 


The awesome part is that He used all of you to do it!

Your comments, filled with prayers, wisdom, and encouragement reminded me that I'm not alone in my struggles. Your blog posts continually pointed me back to Him. All of it He used to keep my focus exactly where it needed to be.

On Him.




So I thank God, and I thank you for saving [my life] me from myself this summer.


Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Pro 27:17)


As you go, please click through to these lovely ladies, Linda, Beth, and Lisa to see what saved their lives this summer!


Blessings,







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