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All My Nevers

30 Jun

Never.  Do you use that word?  Do you limit God when you say never?  Have you ever said, “I will never, ever do that?”  Ever heard the saying, “never say never?”  I believe most of us are capable of doing things we might say we would never do.

Are you shocked when one of your friends calls and says that her husband or his wife is leaving them because of an affair.  I am, and think I thought they would never do that.  People try drugs, alcohol, and gamble or get involved in porn, and you think I know they thought they would never do that.

I will never get fat.  Yes, that fat one overtook me by surprise after two kids and the weight of a stressful job and the responsibilities that went with it.  Never, say never because Satan knows every weakness we have, and mine has been food.  It is so sad, BUT God is not finished with me yet.

I don’t want to get tangled up in those nevers.  I’ll never cheat or have an affair.  I’ll never walk away from my faith.  Oh, how Satan will try to change our hearts.  We have to keep focused on our Savior.  One thing I know for sure.  Jesus said He would never leave us (Hebrews 13:5)

I remember some of my nevers like the time a doctor told me that after three miscarriages there was not much hope of ever having a baby.  I would like to say I never gave up, but I did after five or six miscarriages.  I quit hoping for a baby – the pain was too hard, and one day,  God showed me and the doctors what He can do.  He never left me even though I thought He had.

When our baby girl was born almost three months early I just turned it over to God and decided whatever happened would happen.  It was too painful listening to the dismal hope from her doctors.  Not once were we encouraged she might leave that hospital.   They were never positive until the day she came home, and even then they gave news that she would be slow and sick.  Well, they got that one wrong because God showed off BIG.  She was valedictorian of her graduating class and was Magna Cum Laude in college and straight “A’s” working on her masters.  I’m not bragging about what she did, but what God did.  He deserves all the glory.

I never thought we would see our grandson crawl, much less walk.   God showed us that His miracles are never-ending, and that grandson is running and can wear shoes.

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I never thought I would be able to lead women.   What a dream for one who did not have the confidence!  God showed me that never was possible when I put my trust in Him alone, and let him equip me as only He can do.

I grew up pretending to teach my dolls, but did I have the confidence to study to be a teacher.  I did not.  I went to work in a business job and worked myself up and got my business degree, but when I retired God put it on my heart to go into the public school system locally and show other teachers and students about Him.  He equipped me again as only He could do.

It’s time to throw off those insecurities.  God is looking for us to say “yes”, not never.  Yes I will be faithful, yes I will be drug-free and alcohol-free, and yes I will eat healthy thinking about what I am shoving in my mouth.

Have you heard Him speaking to you today to say yes?  No, He doesn’t speak audibly, but the more I study His Word, the more I feel Him tugging and showing me where He wants me to go.  What is God calling you to do today?

I’m joining Suzanne Eller today at #LiveFreeThursday.  Come join us.

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39 Responses to “All My Nevers”

  1. Carly June 30, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    So true that by our “nevers” it’s like we’re putting a limit on God, but I love that he can’t be limited, even by our fear or disbelief. Great examples of how he turned your “nevers” into “yeses”. He can do more than we’d ever imagine.

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 1, 2016 at 11:49 am #

      So true Carly. He has done more than I could ever imagine. So blessed.

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  2. Lisa Robb (@workingmumy) June 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    I use never all the time and they do that exact thing because of different circumstances..
    Great post
    Lx
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      Thank you Lisa for stopping by. I think we have all had that exact circumstance.

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  3. Michelle June 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    Today it is not to lose hope! Thanks for this reminder and for linking to my party today.

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 1, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks Michelle. Always love your party.

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  4. Anne's Attic - design June 30, 2016 at 11:49 pm #

    Thank you for sharing at SYC! Jo

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 1, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      Thank you!

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  5. mbethany July 1, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Love how focus on both the positive and negative “nevers”- that’s so authentic. We believe both, and we’re surprised by both. Praise the Lord for the ways He triumphs over our nevers. Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday!

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 1, 2016 at 11:47 am #

      Thanks. I didn’t realize I had done the positive and negative. Yes He triumphs over our never.

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  6. Michele Morin July 3, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

    So wise. I’m afraid that I’ve also eaten some words that included “never,” and slowly, I’m learning that the only safe never is this: Never limit God!

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 5, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      Love that Michele. His limits are not limited.

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  7. Donna @ Soul Survival July 3, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

    Thanks for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival!

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  8. blog8628 July 4, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    I praise God for taking my nevertheless and making me ask now what instead! I love it when He shows off!!! Blessings, friend!

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 5, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      I love it too when He shows off. He does every day when He wakes me up.

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  9. Karen Del Tatto July 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    Great post! Very insightful.

    Just yesterday my husband asked me what the difference between “wishing and hoping” is. I had said that a wish is something we think will “never” happen and hope is something we think “could” happen.

    This is a great reminder that even “wishes” can be yes in God.

    So glad I stopped by!

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 5, 2016 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks Karen. So glad you did too.

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  10. purpleslobinrecovery July 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    Thank you for this word. I’ve said never, then sure enough had to eat my words. “Never say never” is a wise adage indeed!
    LivingProverbs31

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  11. Sandi July 5, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    What an encouraging post! All things are possible with God! I learned that a long time ago and I am still learning that. I believe prayer changes things. And it takes faith to believe that He knows what He is doing even when things don’t turn out the way we want them to. Thanks for your post and have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

      Thank you Sandi. Yes He knows what He is doing.

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  12. Gayl July 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    I’ve learned that I can do things I thought I’d never do or face things I thought I’d never face. I’ve also learned the truth that no matter what happens God will never leave me. I can rest in that promise and trust Him with every part of my life. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #TellMeATrueStory.

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Gayl. I agree with you. I can do so many things I thought I couldn’t.

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  13. Julie Lefebure July 5, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    May I never, ever put God in a box and limit Him again. Oh, how I used to do that. Thank you for beautiful words of hope. Following you at #RaRaLinkup today. Blessings!

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

      Thanks Julie. Yes, may we never put Him in a box again.

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  14. Jann Olson July 6, 2016 at 12:42 am #

    I learned a long time ago to never say never! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 6, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      Thanks Jann for visiting. Love SYC.

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  15. messymarriage July 6, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Wow, Deborah! You really have seen God work in miraculous ways in your life! Thanks so much for sharing this inspirational inventory of the many times God knocked down your and the doctor’s nevers. Love it!

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 6, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      Thanks so much Beth.

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  16. Elena Wiggins July 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    What a comfort that our God is not limited by nevers!

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 6, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

      Amen! Thank you Elena.

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  17. Karrilee Aggett July 7, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Yes and Amen!!!

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  18. CtryMouseCitySpouse (@CntryMseCitySps) July 11, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    What a needed reminder for me today, Debbie. I have said “never” so many times, but when I look back at that list, I really wouldn’t be where I am today if I had stuck to that list. Sometimes the ‘never’s” themselves can be a blessing in the long run. Thanks so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash!
    *Hugs*

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Thank you. It’s so true that the nevers can be a blessing in the long run – actually mine have been miracles. Love Monday Mish Mash. Thank you.

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  19. April J Harris (@apriljharris) July 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    I loved this wonderful, encouraging post! God is amazing and can do things beyond our imaginings – but sometimes we need to be reminded. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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    • bloggerlovestheking July 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      Thank you April for commenting here. Love Hearth and Soul.

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  20. Lori Schumaker of Seaching for Moments August 14, 2016 at 1:40 am #

    Debbie, I so loved this post! Learning more about your personal story and the way God has reached in and turned those nevers upside down! What a message of hope, my friend. And thank you so much for sharing it at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    • Blogger Loves The King October 20, 2016 at 10:05 am #

      Thank you Lori. I love your blog and love your link-up. Blessings.

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