Under the Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon 2014

Please forgive me, but I’m going to begin with a list of minor catastrophes that have plagued us for the last couple of weeks. In the grand scheme of things they are minor, necessary repairs. No one is sick (praise the Lord with a mighty shout!). No one is dying (although we all are), and no one was separated from the love of family or the blessings of God. So what on earth do I have to complain about? Silly things.

Early in the summer the brakes on my aging suburban went out. No one was injured and it happened in a parking lot, not the mountains of Pennsylvania (where we had been two days before the brake line rusted in half). That was a minor curse wrapped in a huge blessing. And then a couple of weeks ago I realized I had no brakes AGAIN. Apparently there’s a second pathway of brake line and now IT had rusted through. Why it wouldn’t all be replaced at once I’ll never know. But I think like a woman. The men in my life said why fix what isn’t broken?

The following week a belt (I think) on the alternator in my husband’s car broke. He was rushing home from work so we could make it to calling hours in support of a friend. We made it, just. A car was nothing to worry about in the face of someone’s loss and heartache, grief and pain. Today we are fortunate we do not suffer the loss of a loved one. A silly thing like an alternator? Forget it.

Two nights ago we were bolted upright in bed by the loudest crack of thunder and brightest lightning bolt that ever was. The next morning I noticed the water pressure was a little off. Tonight I went for a glass of water and discovered the tap was dry. *Sigh* For the second time this year, it appears the pump control box has been fried by lightning. The fact that it sits beside a metal building at the top of a treeless hill doesn’t help. It was after the lack of water knowledge that I discovered my darling daughters — who swear they check it every day, have not been filling the horse trough. There’s about three inches of water in the bottom. I have no way of filling it at present. So I’m mad. They’re sad.

My husband, who is in the midst of the most stressful season at work and preparing for a high-pressure, high-stress business trip, must attempt to solve the well woes when he arrives home late this evening. He will be working in darkness … but don’t we all? Don’t we all walk around in a state of darkness and despair compared to the unfathomable joys and enlightenment of heaven?

Blue clouds in evening

Ever feel like you’re under attack? I do.

Is it faith that invites opposition? Is it the convictions revived in our hearts over the weekend by a visiting pastor from Guatemala? Is it because I pray and read the Bible and profess my love for God? Jesus loves me, this I know … and it makes the evil one angry and vindictive. Read the headlines. Christians all over the world are being persecuted. There are murders and untold horrors. There are beheadings and unspeakable acts against children. Why? Because they are Christian. Because they believe in God. But God will provide. He will see us through. He will work it out for our good. His eye is on the sparrow and it is most certainly on me … on my family … on YOU … on yours. So pray for protection. Pray for peace. Pray for blessing and safe-keeping and health. And pray, too, for each other . Pray for those next door and those on the other side of the world. Pray. Like never before in your life.

Pray without ceasing.

Because God’s Not Dead. Yeah, we watched that movie last week on family movie night. We seem to be focusing on God, immersing ourselves in His grace any which way we can … any which way but cutting loose … more than ever. Because now is the time to hold fast. Now is the time to cling tightly to the one who strengthens me. NOW is the time to worship. Join me … and sing along.

 

God is Able
He will never fail
He is almighty God

Greater than all we seek
Greater than all we ask
He has done great things

Lifted up, He defeated the grave
raised to life, our God is able
In His name, we overcome
For the Lord, our God is able

God is with us
God is on our side
He will make a way

Far above all we know
Far above all we hope
He has done great things

Lifted up, He defeated the grave
Raised to life, our God is able
In His name, we overcome
For the Lord, our God is able

God is with us
He will go before
He will never leave us
He will never leave us

God is for us
He has open arms
He will never fail us
He will never fail us

Lifted up, He defeated the grave
raised to life, our God is able
In His name, we overcome
For the Lord, our God is able

Lifted up, He defeated the grave
raised to life, our God is able
In His name, we overcome
For the Lord, our God is able

For the Lord, our God is able
For the Lord, our God is able

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10 Comments

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    Lisa September 8, 2014 (9:15 pm)

    Just wanted to say that I hope everything works out for you and soon. Very nice pics in this post btw. 🙂

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      Jennifer Kiko September 9, 2014 (5:16 am)

      Thanks, Lisa! It will all be fine. Patience, right? 😉

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    Denise Laubacher September 8, 2014 (9:20 pm)

    One of my favorite Hillsong tunes! And isn’t it truth? I pray for fixing of all the things in your life right now! And wow do I pray for Peace around this world. +Peace

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      Jennifer Kiko September 9, 2014 (5:18 am)

      “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” ~ Matt. 18:20

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    waneda September 8, 2014 (9:55 pm)

    Loved your post Jenifer, how I feel your pain! One of my daughters said to me today ” mom, you must be doing something right or the devil wouldn’t be sending you so many trials” I said ” well, I’m tired, I wish the trials would go away!” But when I’m in the midst of all this, then is when I cling to Jesus as never before and his presence is so dear 😉 keep on keeping on my friend and neighbor. We will pray for each other. ” This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through” 😉

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      Jennifer Kiko September 9, 2014 (5:16 am)

      Amen! She is wise! Thanks, Waneda – you have my prayers and I’m very thankful for yours! 🙂

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    Robyn September 9, 2014 (7:27 am)

    Hang in there, Jen. You’re attitude is right, but it can be hard to see the beauty of the forest when we want to focus on the dead tree before us. Keep praying and thanking God for the abundance of blessings you have.

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      Jennifer Kiko September 9, 2014 (2:39 pm)

      I need to cut those dead trees down and use ’em for firewood!

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    MAC September 9, 2014 (2:01 pm)

    Perspective and outlook – hard things to manage when you have no control! I feel your pain sister! Oh the stories I could tell of late!

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      Jennifer Kiko September 9, 2014 (3:05 pm)

      I’m listenin’. 🙂