A Day of Sorrow, Fear… and Joy!

Yesterday was a rough day. Not for anything that I am personally going through, but because all day long, people around me were hurting, and coming to me for prayer and comfort.

It started at the end of the church service, when a young woman told me she has been feeling suicidal. (Please pray for Rose!) It continued at the store I went to after church for some last minute Christmas shopping, when a church brother came up and told me a tale of woe. (Please pray for Derrick!) And, between the church and the store, my husband and I literally risked our lives to corral a neighbor’s Pitbull that had gotten out and lunged at my stepdaughter — while another neighbor was standing safely behind his fence, taking a video with his phone! (Please pray for the family that owns the Pitbull. Their relative, a father of eight children, was recently murdered.)

That’s not all that happened yesterday, just the highlights. The day ended with a 2 hour and 2 minute phone conversation with my stepdaughter who was crying hysterically when I answered the phone. She is facing surgery in the near future, among other things. (PLEASE pray for JM!)

There wasn’t a lot of happiness in my world yesterday. But in spite of it all, I did not lose my joy. Joy that the Lord is using my past history of abuse and trauma, as the training I need to know how to minister to the hurting. And, most of all, joy that Christ is my Lord and Savior, and I know in my heart that my Redeemer lives, and He LOVES me! Wow!!!!!

The joy of the Lord is my strength. (See Nehemiah 8:10)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come — let earth receive her King!

~Christmas04-600

This is my awesome best friend husband and me, playing Mr. and Mrs. Biker Santa a few years ago.

Merry Christmas!

The above article was inspired by Pastor Dave Orrison’s Monday Grace post, entitled God Promises Joy:
https://graceformyheart.wordpress.com/2019/12/23/god-promises-joy/

23 thoughts on “A Day of Sorrow, Fear… and Joy!

    • Lady Quixote December 23, 2019 / 9:18 am

      Thank you! I just said a prayer for blessing and healing for you and your family.

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  1. Bruce December 23, 2019 / 10:35 am

    May you and yours have a blessed Christmas and may our Lord minister through you to those who He puts on your path. It’s really mind boggling when you stop to think about it. Praise God for His love and patience. Grace and blessings.

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    • Lady Quixote December 23, 2019 / 10:44 am

      Thank you, Bruce. Yes, it is mindboggling! God bless and Merry Christmas.

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  2. Sue Cass December 23, 2019 / 11:29 am

    There are a lot of hurting people out there and this time of year sure doesn’t help in that. I thank the Lord for tender, caring hearts, like yours. Bless you and prayers for those you mentioned. Our Joy comes from Him not our circumstances. Praise God.

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    • Lady Quixote December 23, 2019 / 11:53 am

      Thanks, Sue. I’m still feeling a little shaky, thinking about that Pitbull. My daughter loves dogs, she owns four little ones now, and she used to own a very sweet Pitbull. My husband and I also love dogs. We currently own two rescues, and our big dog, a mystery mix, looks like she has some Pitbull in her. But the angry dog that lunged at my stepdaughter when she walked out of our house yesterday, did not know any of that. He was enraged and he wanted to attack.

      I was praying the whole time: “Lord, what do I do? What do I do?” I put on my shoes, grabbed a container of dog treats, and went out with my brave husband to round up the three dogs that had escaped their house next door — only one was a Pitbull, the others were small and seemed harmless. But with prayer, and my husband’s spooky “animal whisperer” skills, plus my container of treats, we got all three dogs back inside their house — while a neighbor directly across the street probably got some interesting video on his phone!

      Later, when the woman who is taking care of those three dogs came back to her home, I went over to tell her what had happened, that somehow her front door had come open and all the dogs got out. Then we talked about the recent murder of her nephew. She said “I can’t do Christmas this year.” And I got the sense that God wanted those dogs to escape, as a way to get me over there to talk to her. Because I had only just learned, the day before, that these neighbors were family of the murder victim. And I had been praying for guidance on how to reach out to them.

      God works in mysterious ways!

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      • Sue Cass December 23, 2019 / 12:25 pm

        Thank the Lord that your step-daughter and you 2 were not hurt by the dog. We have a very awesome Lord and yep, he used those dogs to get you there to talk to her and there’s no telling how he will use you to bring them comfort and maybe a close relationship. He’s pretty cool at doing stuff like that. How’s your memoir coming?

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        • Lady Quixote December 23, 2019 / 3:02 pm

          My memoir is taking me longer to finish than I anticipated. But it’s coming along good! I started writing this first draft 473 days ago. The good news is that I haven’t missed a single day. I have written in my memoir every day since I started this on September 7, 2018. But the bad news is that I will need to cut a lot out, to keep it from being another War and Peace. Either that, or publish it as a series!

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          • Sue Cass December 23, 2019 / 3:46 pm

            It sounds like it might need to be a series or an encyclopedia Britannica. lol I’m almost finished (I hope) with my new one. Good for you, keep on keeping on.

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          • Lady Quixote December 23, 2019 / 5:17 pm

            That’s wonderful! Having the end in sight is a sweet feeling. 😊

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  3. atimetoshare.me December 23, 2019 / 11:58 am

    Merry Christmas my friend. Hang tight to that joy πŸŽ„

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  4. mrsmariposa2014 December 23, 2019 / 10:08 pm

    Sometimes, God brings much to our door! But, He also brings His joy to give us the strength! Nehemiah 8:10 is a favorite verse of mine. Will be praying for all of the above and continued strength for you! Blessings to you and yours!

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  5. Sleeping Tiger December 23, 2019 / 10:15 pm

    I am sorry for the family that owns the pit that they lost someone they love, as well as the hardships the other people you mentioned are going through.

    It angers me that people are not more careful and don’t pay more attention when it comes to their dogs. Especially when they know it’s not a nice dog. But then I’ve been bitten by so- called friendly dogs.

    This behavior of dog owners has become a serious contention for me, in the way that they don’t take this seriously. I just had yet another encounter out at the park today. Girl walking a dog, not paying attention. The dog was on a retractable, she had her face in her phone. Obv not paying attention. Dog came at me, I said, “NO!” She looked up, smashed the button on the leash. (Thank God it worked.) And then chuckled a little. I guess my saying no was funny to her.

    Which brings me to another issue…I know people who think it’s funny when you’re afraid of their dog. Yeah, it’s all a big joke ’til someone’s face is need of stitches.

    Okay sorry for that rant, it’s such a trigger.

    Thank GOD you and your daughter are okay.

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  6. Sleeping Tiger December 23, 2019 / 10:22 pm

    *And also thank God your husband is okay. Sorry, I missed that he was there corralling the dog too. I get so mad at that sort of thing: putting people in danger that is completely avoidable and preventable.

    I went back and re-read and then read the rest after making the comment. My heart goes out to your step daughter. I’m guessing the same step daughter the pit lunged at was crying on the phone? Poor woman was probably also stressed about what had happened with the dog on top of worrying about surgery. Ugh, I’m so sick of the irresponsible behavior of some dog owners.

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    • Lady Quixote December 24, 2019 / 1:10 am

      Yes, you are right, the stepdaughter who was here visiting when the Pitbull lunged at her, is the one who called me late last night after she got home, in tears. Her dad and I are going with her to meet the surgeon on December 31. We will find out then what day the surgery will be. Her thyroid will be removed, possibly the parathyroid also, along with five growths in her neck. The largest growth is 3″ x 2″, and the pathologist said there’s a 30% chance that large one is cancer. So, she’s stressing big time, we all are. And that dog lunging at her definitely did not help.

      The Pitbull doesn’t actually live next door, thank heavens, he belongs to a relative who came down from Colorado for the funeral. No one was at home when the dogs got out. The woman who lives in that house told me she had left the door unlocked so her daughter could stop by and do her laundry while they were gone, and the daughter apparently did not shut the door all the way. There’s something wrong with the door frame, she said, and it takes a hard slam to get it to shut securely. Hmm, that reminds me, i do have the landlord’s cell number, I should probably let him know what happened so he can fix the door.

      I was thinking of you when I wrote this post, because of your experience with dogs. And then I remembered that I never did mail the Christmas card I wanted to send you. Duh! Well… Merry Christmas, my friend. πŸ˜‚

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  7. seekingdivineperspective December 24, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    Good for you, not losing your joy. (I prayed.)
    Love the picture. Blessings to you and your husband. Merry Christmas.

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    • Lady Quixote December 24, 2019 / 1:57 pm

      Merry Christmas, Ann. Thank you so much for your prayer! My stepdaughter, who lives an hour away, is on her way here now, she wanted to do our gift exchange today so she can rest up for tomorrow before going back to work on Thursday. Meanwhile, a Roadrunner is foraging in our back yard right now, and all is peaceful and calm in our little corner of New Mexico. 😊

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  8. mitchteemley December 28, 2019 / 4:23 pm

    Praying for Rose, Derrick, and JM. Rock on with your healing and ministry to others in the New Year, Linda!

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    • Lady Quixote December 28, 2019 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you, Mitch! Happy New Year! 2020, can you believe it?

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