Fence Post of Faith Nov. 2015

A number of years ago I was at Columbia Barrel Bash and one of the Vendor’s was a very nice lady from Kansas, Candye Parsons Daughetee, I hope she doesn’t mind if I talk about her for a moment. She Came to Cowboy Church there and we have stayed in touch ever since. She is a very inspiration person and I read a lot of what she post. This morning she posted this:
“Ever wake up, look around and say, "Lord, I know I don't deserve what you've given me, but thank you for not giving me what I deserve!" Take all the worldly possession away and I'm still the richest person in the world!! My family is amazing!”

I believe like Candye, that God has a plan for all of us, and I’m so thankful to the lord for what he has giving me and my family is amazing. Sept. 11, 1977, I was in a very bad truck wreck, sustained many injury and lost the sight of my right eye, I underwent reconstruction surgery’s to correct my injuries. I was naturally distraught and depressed. For a time, I didn’t want to see anyone, didn’t want to leave the house.
Then one day I was I pondered on a verse that a neighbor had put in a get well card, he wrote his version of Jeremiah 29:11 “God, even though I don’t have any plans and I’m too overwhelmed to see anything good, I know You have plans and they are good to give me a future and hope.

If you ever find yourself overwhelmed and you don’t see anything good in your future, I would encourage you to do what Candye did and just get in agreement with God and say, Thank you God, I know you’ve got a good plan. You’ve got a purpose for me. You’ve got brighter days in store for me up ahead. I believe that was what Candye was saying.

Sometimes when we’re being tested by discouragement, it seems God is silent. We pray and we don’t hear anything. We read the Scripture and still come away feeling like God is a million mile away. But remember, this is a tests. When you’re in school, teachers never talk during a tests. They stand up at the front of the room very quietly, just watching all the students taking the exam.

The teachers have been preparing you in the days and weeks prior to the test. Often they’ve put in extra hours making sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed. On test day, they want to see if you learned the lessons. They know that you have the information you need. They know you’ve prepared. You’re ready. Now all you’ve got to do is put into practice what you learned.

  God is not mad at you when He is silent. He has not forsaken you. His silence is a ding that He has great confidence in you. He knows you have what it takes. He knows you will come through the test victoriously, or He would not have permitted you to be tested.

    The key is to remain upbeat and not to be discouraged or bitter. Put into practice what you’ve learned. Stay in Faith. Hang on to your happiness. Treat others kindly. Be a blessing. If you do that, you will pass that test and flourish in a new season. God will bring things out of you that you didn’t even know were in you. Understand, if you don’t allow the enemy to discourage you, one of his greatest weapons has been lost.

    Today is a new day. God breathing new hope into your heart and new vision into your spirit. He is the Glory and the lifter of our heads. Look up with a fresh vision, and God will do for you what He promised the future King David. He will lift you out of the pit. He will set your feet on a rock. He will put a song in your heart. You won’t drag through life defeated and depressed. You will soar through life full of joy, full of faith, full of goodness like my friend Candye, said I know I don't deserve what you've given me, but thank you for not giving me what I deserve!" Take all the worldly possession away and I'm still the richest person in the world!! My family is amazing!” P.S I’m still waiting for her book to come out.

Jeff Metcalf