Long Term Residence

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.

One of my favorite perks of Memphis residence is the occasional lunch with my brother.  Today was one of those "perky" days.  I sat at our favorite Mexican restaurant; the site of the famed glass in the salsa incident

We were laughing and chatting with the familiarity of lifelong friendship.  I still felt the discomfort of Wednesday's fingernail mishap.   The residual pain lasted far longer than I'd planned.

In between bites of salsa flooded chips, I absentmindedly wiped my eye with the back of my hand.  A single swipe brought instant relief.  There taking a free ride, was Wednesday's finger nail clipping.  I only thought it had been removed.  Instead it spent parts of three days scratching and maneuvering about my eye. 

Some days my life's problems resemble the nail clipping.  I think they're long gone but the discomfort continues.  I think I've moved on.  They've taken up residence.

As I read today's passage, I heard God's encouragement.  When life seems more stray clipping than executed plan, God delivers me.  He is glorified in my weakness.

My tendency to fall prey to repeat offenses.

My negativity which springs out of nowhere.

Jesus, all to often I think I've removed some issue from my life only to find it still taking up residence.  Realizing the nail is there is the first step to its' removal.  Take out my shortfall.  And let me become a long-term residence of Your grace.


  1. Hi Shannon - This is a really great post. Its so true that one realizes the fault or sin, but it is definitely by His grace over time that we get rid of it for good. Kind of made me breathe a sigh of relief, "I'm not the only one."
    God bless

  2. Thank you for being such a wonderful blogger and giving us words that 'go-in' to our hearts.

  3. Tracy, "a sigh of relief". Isn't that what His grace is? A breath of fresh air. Breathe grace today, my friend.

  4. Susan, You are too kind. Thank you for your encouragement and your visit. I am honored.

  5. Wonderful post! Your blog is always so encouraging and though provoking and I leave it feeling closer to God. Thank you!

  6. Liz, what sweet words. They were like a breath of life to my heart. So glad you've found this oasis of encouragement. Stop by for some OJ anytime!

  7. Thank you for your peaceful words!
    Following you from VB-http://mamawolfe-living.blogspot.com

  8. Mama Wolfe, so glad you stopped by today. Life-giving peace is so amazing, isn't it?


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