|grill work on the front of my house|
The enemy of my soul tried his best this week to erode what joy I have in this season of mourning but I am here to report he was unsuccessful.
|the demise of the car of a family member;|
occupants are recovering with "only" bruises
There was a car accident of a family member, more deaths of family friends, another "ambush" of tears triggered by a memory, and of course, the national news. I will not elaborate any more or overstate the problems. Suffice it to say it's been a test to keep the chin up and the spirit strong.
*note: the deaths mentioned above were not involved with the car accident
My help continues to come from the Lord. When my feet have been knocked out from under me, maintaining those good habits I wrote about in my last post have helped me.
What I am seeing with a fresh perspective is that God is absolutely true to His Word when we hold Him to it. When we read scripture with thoughtfulness, turning over in our minds what He is saying and considering how it applies to our current circumstances, He gives us comfort, instruction and a confirmation in our spirit that it is indeed Him speaking to us.
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Now lest you think I am ambiguous about all this help coming from the Lord, I'll share an example.
|"Raised on Sweet Tea & Jesus" magnet, |
a gift from Robin in Virginia
Meet my refrigerator. Whirlpool. He's got a water filter that needs to be replaced every six months or so. We have a whole-house water filter, so when Beloved was here to oversee these things, he said we would not replace the refrigerator filter because the whole-house filter was taking care of that.
I was content until sometime after he passed I came across information saying an old filter needs to be replaced because over time it deteriorates and can adversely affect the water quality.
I researched not using a filter at all (removing the current one) but of course there is a hole that needs to be plugged if I want to use the water dispenser in the refrigerator door (and the ice). More research informed me I could order a plug, which is what I did. It's called a Bypass Cap:
|Google this with your refrigerator model number, etc.|
But after installing it, I could get no water or ice in the dispensers. At the time that didn't really bother me since the people who use those features are not at my house very often. I bought ice cube trays and an ice bucket at Walmart and decided to be content with that.
BUT, the ice cube trays would not fit in the sections inside the pull-out freezer drawer of Whirlpool (without spilling the water), which meant they had to go to the garage freezer, many steps away and clearly very inconvenient.
The debate in my mind about all of this went on for weeks. I sorely wished Beloved were here to take the problem off my hands.
I finally decided to do the Big Girl Thing and buy a replacement filter for the refrigerator, thinking that would solve the water and ice dispenser conundrum and just deal with twice-filtered water (which is no problem, just more money spent than necessary). ALL my children are coming for Thanksgiving, so it was time to find better solutions.
A trip to Lowe's got me the filter and with some difficulty, even with the help of two Youtube videos, I got the thing installed. Hint: it's not quite as easy as the gal in the video does it.
But the water and ice dispensers were still not working!!!!
That's when my prayers got serious. I was irritated and at a loss as to what to do. I closed the refrigerator door and did something else for about 30 minutes, calming myself and trying to decide who to call on for help (not wanting to call a plumber, you understand).
Eventually I began to fiddle with the thing again and by some miracle I got just a little more forceful with installing the filter and viola! Everything worked perfectly!!! I had been so afraid of breaking something that I was not using enough force to twist the filter into it's proper position. I now realize that was most likely the problem with the plug, too!
Some of you may not be impressed with my story, but to me, it was a real breakthrough. PLUS, when this filter needs to be replaced, I think I'll go back to using the Bypass Cap instead of being tied to replacing the filter periodically. The whole-house filter has to be replaced from time to time. To replace only one of these filters instead of two seems the most thrifty way to deal with it.
The words of Psalm 3 bless me every single day:
LORD, how are they increased that trouble me!
many are they that rise up against me.
Many there be which say of my soul,
There is no help for him in God.
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me;
my glory, and the lifter of mine head.
I cried unto the LORD with my voice,
and he heard me out of his holy hill.
I laid me down and slept:
I awaked; for the LORD sustained me...
When one lives alone after half a century of a marriage where problems both small and large are shared and tackled, the single life is an abrupt realization of how inadequate we can be by ourselves.
I have been downcast many times with problems of a very practical nature but the LORD has proven Himself to be "the lifter of my head" time and again!
Another blessing this past week was the visit of long-time friends from the Homeland (Colorado). Beloved and I moved to this town only 20 months before he died. Although we have wonderful neighbors, when he passed, we did not have a strong foundation of friends who had known both of us for a long time and who also shared our faith. It was a very special comfort and delight to me for these friends to drive cross country to see me, to hug me, to listen and to share in my grief over a man they have known for over twenty years.
The LORD has been faithful to be a "lifter of my head." I am thankful.
Until next time, grace and peace.
P.S. Sharing this link
for the 100th time again, because it blesses me so. It has become my theme song. I hear it playing in my head when I go to sleep at night, when I wake in the morning, and throughout the days.