New King James Version Bible has 1 Thessalonians 5 16-18

The Sandwich Generation Issues of Knowing and Trusting the Will of God Even With a 5th Metatarsal Fracture

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WARNING: Curbs can be hazardous to your health! Can you believe it! After a busy Sandwich Generation day of running errands with my senior mom, having a fun tea party with my grandsons using a variety of mismatched but fun tea cups and teapots that I call my mish mosh kids tea set, and picking up my grandtween, I managed to stop off a curb "funny" and twisted my foot. – bad – badly – it really doesn't matter which word is correct. They both spell PAIN! 🙂

God was definitely preparing me for this, though. While waiting for my senior mom earlier today, I started a Sunday devotional on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (KJV) Or, as the New King James Version (NKJV) puts it, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

New King James Version Bible has 1 Thessalonians 5 16-18

Then, a half hour before my accident, I was walking through church and got mildly irked about something. I don't even remember what, but God "thumped me on the head" and reminded me I needed to "Rejoice always" and "in everything give thanks for this is the will of God!" I walked through the hallway reciting these three verses to myself several times to help me "take every thought captive to obey Christ."

When I twisted my ankle, my first reaction was a screech, my second reaction was "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO," and my third reaction was to set the right example for my grandtween sitting beside me. So I started praying out loud, "Lord, thank You for allowing this to happen. Please don't let it be serious BUT I choose to rejoice, pray, and in everything – even this – give thanks." 

No, I am not a super-Christian! I spent plenty of time as I was driving home, praying "Please, please, please don't let it be broken," but years of putting God's Word into my heart, knowing and trusting the will of God, along with daily surrendering to the will of God and seeking to "Fully Rely On God," kept me coming back to choosing to praise Him NO MATTER WHAT.

So now, I am writing this while sitting in the urgent care waiting room, still praying, waiting, and knowing God has all of this and all that's on my upcoming, very busy Sandwich Generation schedule for the next two months in HIS hand and in HIS control. And I am praising Him for again using me to plant positive spiritual seeds in the hearts of my grandkids. As much as this hurts, that makes it worth it for moments like this, don't you think? 🙂 And yes, I would LOVE your prayers, and thank you very much for them.

P.S. Well, it's been diagnosed as a 5th (fifth) metatarsal fracture.  I'll probably be in a boot instead of a cast – YAY! That means some metatarsal pain from my broken fifth metatarsal, some motrin, some time with my foot up, a slower pace BUT I can still drive, travel, and help with the grandkiddies. This Sandwich Generation grandma will be able keep on keeping on. God is GOOD! 🙂

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  1. The Sandwich Generation Issues of Knowing and Trusting the Will of God Even With a 5th Metatarsal Fracture …

    • Charlotte Fouse
    • May 6, 2010

    Hi, there!
    I had just heard a message from church about Praising God in ALL things when I had an accident of sorts. I was riding my bike around my neighborhood when a big dog knocked me off my bike and into the street. Just as I was laying there wanting to complain with pain in my ankle, I heard my pastor talking and then I thanked God for the place I was in. It ended up that it was just swollen, but I couldn’t walk on it and had to get someone to get me home. I couldn’t do certain things with ease for about a year, but I’m back on my bike now! I can feel you pain and how you feel. Take care!

  2. Hi Charlotte, Thank you 🙂 Isn’t God’s timing wonderful! I’m looking forward to being in heaven and getting to see all the different ways He uses all these things that the world counts as bad for good, as He promised in Romans 8;28 🙂 So glad you are feeling better now! 🙂

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  4. Hello Kaye, I really feel for you as I had a foot injury last year, (sprained ankle) and I thought I would never walk without a limp for quite a few months. We also love the Thess text…. in fact I have reference to it on our little ‘business’ card that I give to people that we want to give our address to.
    Thanks for stopping and your comment. I was looking to ‘follow’ you but can only see the feed…. I will try that.
    Hugs and Blessings, Jan

  5. Hi Jan, Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂 So happy to hear about your biz card.I have Proverbs 3:5-6 on mine 🙂 Great minds run along the same track!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 You can also sign up for the free email updates on the right column. Right now they are daily but I’m hoping to expand out to give a choice of daily or weekly in the next several weeks. 🙂 Have a blessed day.

  6. God sure is good. Hope you have speedy recovery from your fracture and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. Hi Wanda. Thank you so much 🙂 Have a blessed week!

  8. Hi Linda, Thank you 🙂 The wisdom is definitely vital for all of us in the Sandwich Generation juggling so many different issues, isn’t it? 🙂 Have a blessed weekend!

    • Aunt Linda
    • May 7, 2010

    Prayers for swift and complete healing, and for wisdom on your part to take care of yourself.

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