“I’m So Excited!”

 

A week ago I was extended the offer for a very good job.  Today (drum roll please), it’s official!  “I’m so excited!  I just can’t hide it!”

This week I’ve been experiencing a whole range of emotions—thankfulness, enthusiasm, dismay, satisfaction, apprehension, joy.  I’ve been all over the map. (It could be in part due to that surgery.) But mainly—yeah—I’m so excited!

I confided in a close friend that emotions are tricky.  One moment, I’m thankful to the God who worked all this out.  (Amen.)  Then, the next moment, I’m feeling quite satisfied…  Well, let’s not even articulate the puffed-up, fiery darts that teeter on the brink of Nebuchadnezzar-land.

My friend understood me exactly.  We discussed how God showers us with a myriad of providence:  physical needs, orchestrated events, talents and skills, grace, blessing, and—most powerfully—His very Spirit.  It’s all Him, all the time.

By the same token, we are human; we’re tickled pink when we feel like we’ve “accomplished” something. I was appalled at the flesh that rears her ugly head (in my head).  After 22 years of being a worker at home, I abhorred that little spark of “me” muscling in—as if I had anything at all to do with creating myself.

My friend appreciated my conviction and—again—understood exactly.  After that discussion, and then mulling it over for a week, I finally settled on a reasonable position:

— It glorifies God when I use the gifts that HE created; He does all things well.

— Proficiency in our work is an opportunity to humbly acknowledge God before men.

— Jesus is the King.  It is illogical that there would be pride in His servants.

— Remember, nothing (besides salvation) comes with lifetime guarantee.

— I dare not diminish glory from God, and risk losing His blessing—which I need.

— God designed us to experience the emotion of joy; it’s okay to be excited!

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14 Responses to “I’m So Excited!”

  1. Tamz says:

    … and I’m excited FOR you!!!! Congrats!! He has blessed you!

  2. Laura, Way to go girl! Whatever this job is, you will be GREAT at it. Can”t Fail. I want to tell you some recent things God has done. Write me @att.net

  3. elsiephoebe says:

    Bring it! We’d enjoy hearing, Brother.

    • I didn’t want to post this in the open for fear that others might think that I claim to have ‘special powers’ or am putting myself above other believers. I am a Spirit Filled believer. Charismatic would be the closet thing to describe me. I believe in all scripture in the Bible. That all are true and all should be fulfilled. I was a lay-preacher in the Methodist church, a teacher in the Assemblies of God, a teacher in a non-denominational church and have filled several pulpits as well as written some articles. That is my qualifications other than being a ‘Believer’. If you have read any of my articles you have learned that I live in North Central Texas. I began going to Oklahoma in December. My friend’s house there has Route 66 at the back door and Garth Brooks Avenue is a short block to the west. He was an outstanding football player there (before he lost all his hair). Shouldn’t be too hard to figure that town out now. In this town, as in most of Oklahoma, there is a small Baptist church on every other corner. My friend is a Baptist. In January I asked this friend if they were filled with the Holy Ghost. The answer was, “Yes, I certainly am. I believe in Jesus Christ and I have been baptized.” My next question was, “And you comply with the instructions in Mark 16: 14 –18?” The reply was, “What is that?” Quickly I explained the details and told my friend that if I laid hands and prayed that they too would be filled with the Spirit and manifest the results with ‘speaking in tongues’. The friend agreed and the results were the manifestation of ‘Gifts of the Spirit’—immediately! I was there again on March 17 (Sunday) and was planning on getting up early and coming back to Texas. About 9:30 P.M. there was a phone call from a drunken person who stated they were an alcoholic and need to be delivered. My friend told them not to drive, we would come and get them. We did and I was praying for guidance all along as what to do if the demons manifested themselves. The drunk brought a fifth of Jack Daniels whisky and set it on the kitchen cabinet. I told the alcoholic about my experience as an alcoholic from the time I was 26 until I was miraculously delivered by Jesus at age 38. The person kept drinking, and was very ‘antsy’, getting up and going out to ‘smoke’ every few minutes. First I asked if they believed that God had the power to do this miracle for them. The answer was ‘Yes I do.” I told this person that we were going to pray for them and then lay hands on them and they would be delivered. The person jumped up and started to run. I thought, “OH Bother this is it!” As it turned out there was the spirit of alcoholism, gluttony (this person is diabetic), gambling and shopping. In a short while this person was delivered! Praise God here! The Jack Daniels was left on the kitchen counter when they left. The next day about noon we got another call and a person stated that three fingers on their right hand as well as the thumb was numb. We told them to wait, we would come there. Another prayer of binding and loosening and the paralyzed members were healed! Another Praise God required here! As I said: “it ain’t me. It’s the power of God through the blood of Jesus Christ.” He shed his blood for us–for all sin, for all sickness and disease, for all our needs and wants. Isaiah 53:4–5

      • elsiephoebe says:

        Thank you for your testimony of the Lord’s power. He truly is the Deliverer, the Miracle Maker. And I’ve read and enjoyed some of your posts, Larry.
        That being said, I believe that the Holy Spirit works through the Holy Word. I am very careful to guard against attesting to God all “manifestations.” Conversely, neither will I be so pompous as to dogmatically dismiss the possibility that God worked—because He does.
        Rather than lay out cessationist doctrine here (readers, please meditate on–in context– 1 Cor. 13, 2 Cor. 12, Heb. 1-2), I will rest today on the Verses of Christ you so rightly alluded to:

        Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
        And our sorrows He carried;
        Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
        Smitten of God, and afflicted.
        But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
        He was crushed for our iniquities;
        The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
        And by His scourging we are healed.
        All of us like sheep have gone astray,
        Each of us has turned to his own way;
        But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
        To fall on Him.

  4. YAY for you (and our awesome God)! 🙂

  5. Shar says:

    Amen, and Congratulations Dear Laura!
    For such a time as this you have been called, equiped, comissioned and blessed – to give glory to God!
    You are amazing so-Shine Sister, Shine on!

  6. Meaghan says:

    so happy for you Laura and for God’s providence shining in your life and heart!

    • I was so emabarassed by the reply that I immediatly deleted it. It was if someone was making excuse for my backwoods hocus-pocus rheteric. I stand by the fact that healing is as much a part of salvation as remittance of sin. If I misunderstood–Please forgive me my error. I am familiar with all of the scriptures given and wholeheartidly agree with ALL scripture. Test yourself with Mark 16:15-18.
      In HIS name-not mine!

  7. elsiephoebe says:

    I do believe there was some misunderstanding. Please forgive me as well, for any offense.

    • i have fretted over my reply all day as I sat in the cold sandpapering a wall.
      It was I who misinterpretated your statement.
      Forgive me, Please!
      I love you just as much today as I did last week.
      We must all guard against (2nd Tim 3:5) “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power there of.”
      You are blessed with a mighty ministry.
      Larry

      • elsiephoebe says:

        Mark 16:15-18 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

        2 Timothy 3:5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

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