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so little time…..

I have a bit to share, but no time right now.  I am longing to write, so perhaps soon.  My God is amazing, and I pray He amazes you today – in the fullness of His love and joy, may you be found until we chat again!

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Your Resolutions

*for some reason, I cannot get my spacing to save on this post.  Forgive me!  I’m sorry it’s hard to read.  I hope it blesses you anyway…… * Today I am sharing a devotional with you, from my book, God Calling.  Have a wonderfully blessed Easter celebration.  Oh, the riches of loving our Jesus!!! “Listen, listen, I am your Lord.  Before Me there is none other.  Just trust Me in everything.  Help is here all the time.The difficult way is nearly over, but you have learnt in it lessons you could learn in no other way.  ‘The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.’  Wrest from Me, by firm and simple trust and persistent prayer, the treasures of My Kingdom.Such wonderful things are coming to you, Joy – Peace – Assurance – Security – Health – Happiness – Laughter.Claim big, really big, things now.  Remember, nothing is too big. Satisfy the longing of My Heart to give.  Blessing, abundant blessing, on you both now and always.  Peace.” 

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such a beautiful day!

Wow!!! I mean it – today is my most favorite kind of day. Really cool in the beginning, but really warming up in the afternoon – clear blue skies, dry (no humidity!) clean air, and even all the birds are singing. (I’m so sure they are praising the Lord) There is one down side – tree pollen. I’m trying not to think about it.

As I have spent the last week in recovery mode, the Lord has taught me quite a bit. I am more aware that when I say, we are really created to glorify Him, and to honor Him with our lives, we truly are. And in doing that, we must obey Him. Especially that part that says “rest”. Sabbath. “be still”

“So the people rested on the seventh day.” Exodus 16:30

“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” Exodus 33:14

“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” Job 11:18

“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure….” Psalm 16:9

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

“But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2

My body is healing, because I have done as the Lord says. I just wish I had done it without the surgeon’s orders tagged along. I wish I had obeyed God earlier, more fervently, as He called me to rest – as fervently as I serve, or pray, or worship. But am so grateful for His grace in teaching me, even as I age. I so hope I never tire of learning His great lessons for me.

Now I feel the rest deep in my bones. deep in my soul. And I am so thankful. So I just wanted to share a bit of what I had learned with you – so you too can enjoy His rest. So, rest in Him today. You may not have a week, like I have had. But you have a few minutes. Yes, you do…..Go outside and drink deeply of His majestic creation. Listen to the birds singing His name. Bask in Him, and His Word. Allow each of your senses to savor His very best for you, this day.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence…” 1 John 3:19

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My man is home. Thank You God! I am so thankful. So very thankful. For you and your prayers. God moved mightily and swiftly, and though he still has to pass this thing, he is resting well now. What a ride these last few days! Just know how much I appreciate you. My sincerest thank you to each of you who prayed us through this. I’m going to rest now…..whew!

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.” Malachi 4:2

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If you read my previous post, you are aware, I am home, and supposed to be “resting” after surgery Wed. I say that because this afternoon, as I was dutifully resting on the couch with a lapful of work, my husband came home sick as a dog. I mean, in such pain, he was out of his mind. Out of the blue pain, and vomiting. lots. sorry, just telling the facts. It was so bad, that I did not know how we could get him to the hospital ourselves, so we called 911. Bless them. They were amazing, and though they couldn’t give him pain meds till they knew what was wrong, they could monitor him, and do an IV. Adam drove, and we followed. To the same hospital I just left yesterday. Wacky.

Long story short, he has kidney stones. At least one probably too large to pass. So, he’s on pain meds, and spending the night. Probably will have a specialist tomorrow. We got him all settled in his room (just a few doors down from my room) before heading home, via my daughter’s friend’s house, to pick her up. Got home after being gone about 6 hours. Not too bad, considering. He feels terrible, cause he was supposed to be “taking care” of me as I recover. Well, in sickness, and in health, right?!! We will take turns.

So, pray. Pray that he is comfortable through the night, and gets some rest. Pray that my pain minimizes even if I did way too much this evening. Pray full recovery for both of us. We give praise to God for great services available to us, great doctors, and His timing. Had Adam not been home, just a couple hours before, I would have had a really hard time getting to the hospital to be with him. So, I give God praise. I thank Him for you, too. Thank you for your prayers.

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I’m fine….

Ah, sweet friends, thank you so so much for your prayers! I honestly don’t know how I would have made it without your prayers and support. Honestly, don’t want to ever go through that again, but am so thankful it’s over, I’m finally home, and eager to recover. My ultimate goal is to be able to be at bible study Tues. night. Please ask God for His favor in that! At this point, the way I feel right now, it really seems far-fetched, but am trusting Him, and of course, will do as the dr. instructs. No worries – I’m being good, careful and very smart about what I do in this recovery process.

So, I’m sitting here in my new house, watching the wonderful show out my back doors – I have a view of a beautiful lake, with all kinds of nature to observe, and it is a total delight. The ducks actually think they can play in the back yard, while the dog naps on the porch – just wait till he wakes up! I smile in anticipation of that.

One of my college boys came home this morning – and saw the house for the first time with us moved in. He grinned from ear to ear. He really loves his family’s new home. So, I will get to hang with him for a while this weekend, which makes my heart especially happy. I pray you get to also do what makes your heart happy this weekend. May God lavish you with His love, as you joyfully serve and love Him. Thanks again for all your prayers. Will be checking in again with you soon. His blessings to you.

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just letting you know

I told you I would let you know when my surgery would be, so, here it is, finally – the week of. I spent way more time than I wanted to on pre-op appointments today, but will be able to work, and help at Bible study tomorrow night before having the surgery on Wednesday morning. So, I thank you in advance for asking God to protect and restore me quickly after this. I should be able to come home later that evening. That would be such a blessing, obviously.

I’ve thought a lot about this – had quite a while to anticipate it – and am thankful to live in such a generation where this is relatively not a big deal. Medicine has advanced so far. (of course, if you saw what I had to read today that could happen, it wouldn’t seem as such!) However, I do not rely solely on my excellent surgeon’s hands, but the Lord’s. He alone holds my life in His hands. So, I rest in that. I thank Him for that – for there is really nothing to fear. He is Life, and if you are not sure of that today, please get into His Word, and ask Him to show you.

Isaiah 58:8
“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8

“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” Acts 3:16

Thank you so much for your prayers…..

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