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Better Late Than Never

I got up at seven this morning to get my blog sent out but my notebook (laptop) would not work. Mike and I are in Turks & Caicos and I had purchased travel passes for my secure internet. I had everything set up before I left home but this morning nothing worked. I spent a good part of the morning on the phone with my cell phone carrier. The girl wanted me to shut down my cell phone and my notebook and she would call me back in 1 and 1/2 minutes. You know how that goes, she sent a text that she could not get through to me. I called again and had to go through two more people - I was now working with "tier two!" They had me reset my settings which means I have to turn off my phone again but not to worry - they will call me back in 2 minutes. I told her the last girl could not get me but she assured me she could. So ten minutes later I left in tears. I know I am not the only one that lets a cellular, internet or cable company make me so mad I cry or maybe you talk ugly!

Mike tells me not to worry about it when I am on vacation but I made this commitment to God. When I am in a beautiful setting I love to write. I see Him everywhere! But this morning when I walked outside I was ill! All of a sudden Philippians 4: 8 came to mind, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Here I am at a beautiful beach wanting to have negative thoughts. I felt ashamed. I was walking by myself and I told God I was sorry that I got so upset and let that company steal my joy! I was going on about my day and would try again later. Mike and I met a couple here that we have hung out with and plan to visit in the future. They were leaving today so I did not want to be stuck inside on the phone.

I had some time on the beach by myself early and I got quiet and still. Psalm 46: 10, "He says, “Be still, and know that I am God..." I focused on what is honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praise worthy. It helped that I was looking at His beautiful creation of aqua blue water, feeling the warm sun and had my feet in the sand! But I know it does not matter where you are. I did not think about the dreaded phone call any more!

I spent the majority of my day in the ocean on a float where nothing stole my joy! I asked God to fix my internet. I needed supernatural help. Philippians 4: 6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." I am one of those people who take this verse seriously. If something is causing you to lose your joy or make you anxious, pray about it! It says, "do not be anxious about ANYTHING"! All during the day when I thought about the situation, I would say, "thank you, Jesus!"

When the sun was starting to set I came up to the room and walked in. I had several text from my cellular provider wanting me to text "support" to them to hear from the "expert." I clicked on the line and it said it was unavailable. I caught myself and laughed and said out loud, "Jesus, why did I even read their text? You got this!" I came over to my notebook and here is your blog!

God taught me another lesson of getting aggravated over the little stuff. He also showed me about turning my focus to Him - everything good - totally changed my mood! Of course He fixed the internet. I didn't get to send it this morning but it's better late than never.


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