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Not the Summer I'd Planned

"Life's detours means 
God wants you to run right into His arms 
so He can reconstruct your heart" 
Ann Voskamp

Well, let's just say that it's not been the summer I thought I was going to have!!! 
I'm so grateful we had our relaxing holiday in the sunshine
I'm so grateful it's summer time, and therefore not so many work commitments
I'm so grateful for my family being around
I'm so grateful for a wonderful and kind church family

If I was going to have an accident ...to slip over on the back door mat....in my wedges...feeding the dogs.. and dislocate and fracture my ankle...then I'm so glad I was at home with family around and with access to swift expert medical help.

The accident was so sudden and it was immediately obvious that I couldn't sort it on my own! I'm pretty squeamish so I'll save you the details, but the angle of my foot prompted me to say out loud "I've just done something really bad". 

Funny isn't it, when you know you need help - when you know you can't sort it yourself? 

All year the Lord's been gently reminding me to trust Him; through our REAL theme of Believe "The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent" and through this Bible verse "I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency" Phil 4:13

Throughout, I've known God's loving-kindness - through people that know me well, and those that I know less well; through meals and jigsaws; chocolate and treats; trips out and cups of tea and company. I'm pretty positive naturally, but prone to some anxiety if I feel I'm letting people down or not meeting my responsibilities; I've realised I like to be in control(!) I like being independent and speedy :)
Prayers have definitely been answered for my physical healing, and also for generally "coping" with this "detour": the resting, and slowing down - I couldn't do this on my own! God is good. So I'm resting and healing and running into His arms (metaphorically of course!) for the internal work He's doing in my heart as well as in my ankle.




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