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You Can’t Drown a Rubber Duck

You can’t drown a rubber duck. Really. This post may be a bit out of the ‘norm’ for me. But it’s true.  Today is D-Day. Foreclosure day.  We have to go to court and sign the papers as the bank is taking back the house we thought was ours.  Life happens. Yep.  Not what we had planned – but we will walk through it together.

I lost my job after a leg injury. Went back to PT twice this past year. And the ex stopped paying his Child Support the same week we signed papers for the house. Guess he got jealous. Oh well.  And the other ex put a lien on the property with the back child support due.  Guess you can pay for 7 years and still have a debt that doesn’t go away overnight. Big surprise.

We have been paying our debts – yet here we sit. We have been following God and seeking His face – yet here we sit.  We are believing God for good things – yet here we sit. Can I tell you life is not always rosy when you are a believer? Things still happen – planned and unplanned.  Yet, God is still good and I know He will make something good come out of this.

It’s funny how people respond when you are going through a trial to test your faith.  You either get the “Ohhhh – no wonder you are so stressed.” or the “You need to get right with God.” as they point their fingers and raise their eyebrows. Funny how some people like to kick you when you are down. And funny how some people judge your walk by how much money you make or how much you tithe.

But then there was one. One man who told the truth and came into our trial.  “I went through a foreclosure too.” He said. “And I made it. My kids made it. And things are better today. God is with you and you will make it.” I can’t say who, but thank you my brother – for sharing your journey with us. It means more than you will ever know.  You give me HOPE. You build my faith when you share how God has restored you and your family.

Today I choose to believe in faith – despite what I see, despite what I hear today.  It WILL work out for our good – God promised.

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (Romans 8:26-28 MSG)

 

So, what’s the duck drinkduck you ask?  Well at Quaker State  & Lube they have this drink I got one time that is called DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE.  It is a blue vodka thing that comes with one of those rubber ducks in it.  And the duck floats on top of the drink.

It reminds me of that carnival game we all played at the fair with all the ducks floating in a row.  You can dunk them, push them down, but YOU CAN’T DROWN THAT RUBBER DUCK! It always pops right back up! We will get up – you can’t drown this hope – we will pop right back up!

And then I ran across this story that made me smile.

WHAT 28,OOO RUBBER DUCKS LOST AT SEA CAN TEACH US ABOUT FREEDOM

“In 1992 a shipping container filled with rubber ducks was lost at sea. Over 28,000 rubber duckies fell overboard on their way from Japan to the United States. Imagine thousands of rubber ducks floating on the ocean. Many of them have since washed up on the shores of Hawaii, Alaska, South America, Australia and the Pacific Northwest. Others have been found frozen in Arctic ice and made their way to Newfoundland and Scotland. How wonderful to find a rubber duck on shore one day!”

Source: http://vividlife.me/
Source: http://vividlife.me/

 

I pray that you and I float  just like theses rubber ducks today – and find new and exciting places to go because YOU CAN’T DROWN A RUBBER DUCK!

 RELATED POSTS

I looked up some other Christians who have gone through Foreclosure.  Thank you Lord, for witnesses who are not afraid to share their struggles. God bless each of them abundantly!

Foreclosure Futility – A Family’s Journey with God

Peace in the Face of Foreclosure

How Can I Trust God When I’m Facing Unemployment, Foreclosure, or Bankrupcy? 

How to Trust God When Going Through Difficult Times

Never Surrender to the Enemy

 

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God’s Promise to You

So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!  (Romans 8:12-17 MSG)

My Prayer for You

Dear Lord,

I thank you that you adopted us as your kids.  Forgive us for always beating up on ourselves – we are not grasshoppers!  Today, we let go of negative thinking, bad mouthing ourselves, and hopelessness. We are going to cling to Your Promises and Your Truth!

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Time to Dance!

 Time to Dance!

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I came across this saying on Twitter this morning and it spoke to me.  (Thank you Green Light Lady aka Wendy!)  See I started my Physical Therapy this week, and let’s just say it did not go well, and I have more work to do in order to walk without limping.  Guess I should have had PT 1 1/2 years ago. Not such a bad thing, but not what I expected.  So, for today, I am listening to good music, reading the Word, and like my husband says, SPEAK THE WORD! This is the WORD he game me this morning to meditate upon:

 And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11 AMP)

I’ve heard it said that we have to exercise our Faith Muscles just like we exercise our bodies. So, I will do my PT ankle exercises and exercise my Faith Muscles too.  When things look impossible from man’s point of view – that’s just the recipe for a miracle – all things are possible with God!

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It was reported to King David that God had prospered Obed-Edom and his entire household because of the Chest of God. So David thought, “I’ll get that blessing for myself,” and went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David, celebrating extravagantly all the way, with frequent sacrifices of choice bulls. David,ceremonially dressed in priest’s linen, danced with great abandon before God. The whole country was with him as he accompanied the Chest of God with shouts and trumpet blasts. But as the Chest of God came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, happened to be looking out a window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before God, her heart filled with scorn.  (2 Samuel 6:12-16 MSG)

My Prayer For You:

Dear Lord,

Let us focus today on You, Your Word, Your Promises.  Let us listen for the melody of the future and dance to it today! And thank you Lord, that we don’t have to wait for the “Mical’s” approval; we are gonna rejoice in you with reckless abandon, despite what anyone says or thinks, in Jesus Name!