Love says 1,000 Thank you’s to God (#’s 859-868)

by Craig on April 9, 2012

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I’ve been pondering gravity…
keeping things in place…
drawing things in closer…
creating orbits…
bringing broken pieces together.

Thank You God…

#859… that the gravity of Love pulls me irresistibly to You.

#860… that though there is other gravity tugging me out of orbit around You, I will keep revolving around the Son because nothing can take me out of Your hand. (Jn 10:28)

And right now, sleep has disappeared again…
and it’s causing emotions to spiral…
my mind and heart are like paper in fire…

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first curling around the edges…
then closing tight…
turning to flame…
turning to embers…
turning to ash…

#861… that you call to this ash and say, “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil 4:9)

And I think of those Philippians…
challenged every day for survival…
following the teaching of a man who was in prison…

…again.

And maybe Paul writes to them…
words meant for himself…
like we sometimes write for ourselves…
but the words then turn their faces to others.

Have no anxiety at all, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (Phil 4:6)

I think Paul knew that the gravity of anxiety and worry attracts more of the same and then presses it all into our center…

#862… that if I take a worry, and push it out just a little

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…like giving a toy boat a smidge of shove on the water…

Your gravity pulls it away from me – and into you.

#863… that the same gravity that keeps me in orbit, will draw my worry deeper into You where Your gravity crushes it out of existence.

And then…

and only

“Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)

#864… that the gravity of love is stronger than the gravity of worry.

#865… that even though I forget, You keep reminding me that I have a safe place, outside myself, to place my worry.

#866… that even when there is no reason at all to have peace, you can replace worry with Your peace…that surpasses all understanding.

I’m also reminded today of a person who told me,
“Escape only leads to the next room.”
They said it with an air of resignation to bitter fate.

#867… I thank You that You leave me the choice of either the next room, the next prison, that might be ruled by an even harsher warden, or to choose the next room of grace, ruled by love, ruled by You.

#868… that yes, escape only leads to the next room, but Your next room has Your eternal love, and the gravity that pulls me closer, tighter, peacefully, into You.

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Stacy April 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

Tiredness can be such a wide-open door for things, not good things at all, to enter…or for us to drift from the Savior. I fall prey to that trap more often than I’d like to admit before I realize it. Praise God for the gravity that centers us and pulls us into orbit around the Son.

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Craig April 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

It really is Stacy – this insomnia causes EVERY symptom of depression – the symptoms disappearing when it improves, and increasing as it goes through it’s harsher stages. I just have to learn that I’m not really as depressed as I feel when I don’t sleep – and I really need to grab hold of those good feelings and take advantage of the good days when they happen. It’s just thorn… Only a thorn… And that gravity of God? I heart the gravity of God!

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Christina April 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

I love every single one of these on your list! And I needed it too. The thought of God’s pull crushing worry is what I need to dwell on. You have a wonderful gift of explaining God’s word. Thanks for writing even when you are most fatigued. Blessings to you!

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Craig April 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

thank you Christina – just thank you– the fact that you and I share so many thank you’s – that makes me smile. And that IS one more thing that gravity does – I didn’t spell it out – but you caught it. Gravity can crush – and God’s gravity can crush our worries and our fears IF we hand them over. And writing is EASY now – I just post 7 posts a week now – one here, then the next day one on Deep into Scripture – and keep flopping between. . Anyway, thank you again, and blessings to you my friend.

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Kelly April 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

you can replace worry with peace… He can do it! praying sleep would come tonight! blessings!

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Craig April 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Kelly, thank you for the prayers, the sleep may come, the sleep may not, it’s my thorn – if God takes it I praise him, if he doesn’t I praise him – it’s just a thorn, it’s just a thorn. Blessings to you and yours Kelly!

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kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing April 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

promising to pray for you tonight my friend – God is healing me! I’ve been so much better the past couple of weeks- miraculously better. hugs!

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Craig April 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m really happy that you’re feeling better Kelli – I know how what you have must have its better days and worse days – but there is always room for a miracle – I hope you get one. God bless you Kelli!

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Kara April 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

The gravity of love is stronger than the gravity of worry.

Amen, Brother!

How I rejoice in this truth weekly, if not daily…. though as I learn that it really is true: that love is stronger than worry, I really do worry less. Amazing how that works! And yes, He is our Great Escape. Our refuge, yes.

Blessed to read you accounting,
Kara

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Craig April 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Kara, as I read what you wrote I thought…the gravity of love is stronger than the gravity of worry – true, but the closer we are to something the stronger its gravitational pull. So if I sidle up right next to a worry, even if God is close, the pull of the worry will drag me in. And I guess the only way to stop that from happening is to take each worry WHEN it happens, and bring it directly to him, again, and again, and again if I have to. thank you Kara, and blessings to you friend. (I learn so much from just reading my comments!!)

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Cora April 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

“. ..no reason at all to have peace. . .” that really struck me today, Craig. There are so many times when life crushes in like a forest fire moving with the force of the wind behind it. Who in the world can stand against it???? And I’ve watched many a piece of paper burn like your picture shows — the edges curling up, recoiling against the heat, but in the end gives in and is consumed. At times, I just say, Oh God, that’s ME! A handful of useless ashes. You are right — no peace in what we see around us or within ourselves. But to see Him, and to know we can never be plucked from His hand — no THAT is beyond peace. It’s like peace with a security blanket, a bottle, and someone rocking the cradle! Praying for you, Craig! Always praying!

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Craig April 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Cora, it amazes me how two people can grow up spiritually so differently – and yet share so many spiritual similarities. By the way, I never did finish up the horses – and they never have really gone away, (and my wall is still decorated) I’ll be getting back to them soon – hopefully I’ll finish them off once and for all. And thank you for praying Cora – I think the big prayer for me is only one prayer – that I pray for what God’s will is, that I want what God’s will is, that I accept what happens is his will – because I prayed for it – and I know how much he loves me – and his will is where I should be – and since I prayed for his will – what happens is. His. Will.

I need to live that is easily as I write it. God bless you my friend!

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Dawn April 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Cora and Craig,

I love when you two talk.

Hugs to you both,
Dawn

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Craig April 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hugs back ツ my baby sister had twin girls the other day – on two separate days – about 5 hours apart – pictures soon. God bless you Dawn ツ

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Dawn April 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Wow! 5 hours apart. That is almost unheard of. Each little one has her own birthday. That’s really a new one for me. Congrats, Uncle Craig!

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Craig April 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I was wondering how “unheard of” that was – I figured you’d know ツ

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A. April 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Craig, just got here, and total congratulations on the twin nieces!!!! That is pretty cool-I think-that they have their own birthdays. I hope they think so, too. Any way, that is a double celebration!

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Craig April 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

when I first found out, I knew how unique it was, I ALSO knew my sister was extremely exhausted – she’ll know, over time how special this is – and will be for her girls. God bless you A.

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Mari April 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I love you liking worry to a toy tugboat…great analogy. I have read your words here and there about your struggle with insomnia but I hope that one day you will share more of how this journey began for you b/c I think it will be of great help for many b/c you have such a way with words (I hesitated to write that b/c felt I am prying, but “something” made me not delete those words…) but I know that for me it is very difficult to share my “thorn” with others! I prayed just now for restful sleep for you soon :)

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Craig April 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I keep saying to myself, “Craig, write all about the sleep thing in one post – that way you can mention it once, and then never again – except for calling it your thorn, or the sleep thing” then I don’t do it because I’m afraid I’m whining if I do – but it’s such a big part of my physical life – I really should. Thank you for the nudge…soon…soon.

And thank you for your prayers Mari, and if you ever want to share your “thorn” – give it a test drive before you blog about it – you have my e-mail ツ and if you DO blog about it – make sure to let me know – because I don’t want to miss it! God bless you my friend!

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Katie April 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Congratulations on twin neices– with different birthdays!!!!!!!!!! How I wish for that… I have shared my birthday my whole life with my twin sister, never had a party of my own, always had to share it. Only time I celebrate without her is with my husband, just us.

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Nacole@sixinthesticks April 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

Craig,

i like this one–#861… that you call to this ash and say, “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil 4:9)

i know about needing His peace….something i learned at church Sunday {although i knew this already} is that i dont just need to pray for His peace, but to ask for the Prince of Peace to come and live through me and operate my life peacefully, to literally do it through me. a different way of looking at it. when i heard that, i knew that i needed to change my thinking. He wants to come in and change everything! clean and set up house! i just have to be willing!

thank you so much for your kind words over at my place! i always love reading whatever you leave for me…means a lot to me that you love my writing as much as you do…each week, encouragement from others keeps me going, but mostly i do it for Him, and i would still write if no one said a thing–it would just be a lot harder! thank you so much for coming along with me on the journey.

blessings and love in Christ brother! {and congrats, Uncle!!!}

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Craig April 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

nacole – this iz frum Laska – i m having ritingz of this tu everrwun becuz kreg iz havingz of sorreez cuz hee did not reeply yesturday…and mite not tuday…i wil esplayn.

Kreg iz not havingz of feelingz of gud. Yesturday he preepayrd foor “colunoskupy” tuday. He is gowing tu “colunoskupy” at 10 o clok. He haz spent menee tymz on his magic chayre with watur in it that goze in sirkelz. He did not ansur anee comentz yesterday and he may not tuday – bucuz he iz not havingz of nowingz how “colunoskupy” will be maykingz him tu feel.

I du not no wat iz “colunoskupy” – but I no I doent want. not if it iz havingz of meeningz that I hav tu hav so menee tymz in my box with majic sand. He did not hav gud sleepingz tu. He iz having of feelingz of veree bad an he howpz u unerstan.

u r nise nacole – an kreg haz thinkingz that yoor ritingz is beeyootiful – an he iz wundring if thayre wil be no pritee srawingz foor storeebook – u shud emale him

bi nacole

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