So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10  

This morning’s reflection in Billy Graham’s book Hope for Each Day, Billy Graham used this scripture passage.  He wrote about Corrie Ten Boom and how for 35 years she did not have a permanent home.  “When she was eighty-five and in declining health, some friends provided her with a lovely house in California.”  Sometime later a friend was visiting her and said, “Corrie, hasn’t God been good to give you this beautiful house!”  She replied, “Jimmy, God was good when I was in Ravensbruk, too!”  (Please note: Ravensbruck was the Germany concentration camp to which Corrie Ten Boom was sent, along with her sister, Betsie.  Ravensbruck is spelled without a “c” in Billy Graham’s book, but an internet search indicates the correct spelling is with a “c.”)  Betsie died while in Ravensbruck according to Wikipedia, to which I have linked above, before Betsie died she told Corrie, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.”
Lord, thank you for ALWAYS being there, for ALWAYS stretching out your hand to me, for ALWAYS knowing just what I need and supplying those needs, even when I don’t realize what the needs are.  Lord, I know You are with me…I can feel and see Your presence.  The dark times of my life have allowed me to grow and I pray that I will have the courage to completely and totally trust You and Your hand to guide me.  Nothing that happens in my life is too big for You and Your grace or Your love.  Thank you, Lord.
I want to thank those of you that took the time to encourage me in my blogging effort.  Karen, I think you are probably right…about what might happen to my quiet time if I were to stop blogging completely.  Mary and Dianne, thank you…it’s funny I didn’t think Use it or Lose it was that great.  All of you provided the encouragement I needed to continue plodding along on this road of blogging…I know He has a plan I do not see, so I will count on His upholding me with His righteous right hand!

To all my readers…I hope you and your families have a very blessed Thanksgiving.  I am not sure how much I will be able to post next week.  We will be leaving tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving out west with our son and some friends.  I will get to see my parent’s for a day who are staying with my sister for a couple of months.  Enjoy your time, count your blessings…


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