Sunday, February 24, 2013
"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)
God never fails. I WILL rejoice in Him.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Some of this will be a repeat of earlier blogs…..sorry ‘bout that.
DH and I flew to Utah to watch Weber State University basketball. We caught four games in eight days. Super! Weber won all four games.
The sweetest game was on Valentine’s Day, against the University of Montana. Last month Weber lost to Montana (at MT) by two points. Montana had only lost one (non-conference) game this season, so when they came to Ogden, WSU was ready for them. Montana scored first, but that 2 points was their only lead of the game. The final score saw WSU ahead by 24 points! Weber handed Mt their only conference loss.
Now, the icing on the cake for us: we scored tickets court-side. Part of sitting there included free soft drinks and popcorn, and at half-time we went to the club room and enjoyed fresh fruit, meat wrapped in won ton wrappers, heart-shaped cookies (it WAS Valentine’s Day!) and soft drinks. There was the largest TV screen I’ve ever seen, on one wall so we could see the half-time show and know when to head back downstairs.
The Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences joined us court-side, first asking for us by name. He sat on my left. Then the University President sat on the other side of the Dean after introducing himself to us. Yeah, I felt rather special.
Lest you think that’s all we did, we visited with DH’s two sisters who live in the area, and with friends who still live there. We also went to a planetarium and watched a 3D movie about the migration of Monarch butterflies, and then to an exhibition of mummies. Did you know that people in South America were mummifying people 3000 yrs before the Egyptians? I didn’t. There were also mummies from Asia and Europe. Fascinating.
Coming home: We were sitting at the airport gate when a man came in (in a wheelchair) and sat in the area designated for ‘first boarders’. He started coughing, and it was horrible. I thought he was going to cough up his toe nails. Then he lay down on the seats in that area. An airline person brought him a glass of water, which only sort of helped. I wasn’t the only one who thought he was deathly ill, and hoped the airline wouldn’t let him fly. As we boarded, medical personnel were tending to the man. We boarded and sat in the back. A man came and sat next to the window (next to me) and said he’d been taken off that flight once already. Shortly thereafter, he was taken off the plane again.
The pilot came on the intercom and told us that the man in the wheelchair would be boarding. I looked at my husband and asked if he minded that I complain (the only empty seat was next to me). He gave me the go ahead and I went tearing up the aisle. I told the flight attendant at the front that that man was NOT going to sit by me. A ticketing agent was standing just outside the plane and told me she would re-ticket me on another flight. DH and I got tickets on another flight leaving a few hours later. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a direct flight. Oh well. The agent sympathized with me (us) then told us that the man had had a collapsed lung. So WHO cleared him for flying???
We arrived safely home, praise the Lord. It was a great trip, and even the problem on the way home wasn’t so bad.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Ok, the Weber State University basketball game run-down. (Sorry to those of you who don't care) A few weeks ago Weber lost to Montana by 2 points, at MT. Tonight DH and I sat on the floor, third row from the court. Heavenly seats! The Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences sat to my left, after asking if we are us, by name. A few minutes later, the university President came in and introduced himself to us, too, and sat on the other side of the Dean. At half time, we joined the other folks (who sat on the floor) in a private room where we helped ourselves to tons of fresh fruit, some little wrapped meat thing-ys and decorated valentine cookies. Then we went back and enjoyed the remainder of the game. And yes, we ENJOYED it. Montana never did lead in the whole game, and Weber wiped the floor with them to the tune of a 24 point lead at the final buzzer. Did I mention that we had a BLAST!!!! After the game, Weber's players came behind us (there was a walk-way between our seats and the regular stadium seats) and we high-fived and shook hands with many of them. Oh! What a dream night!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This is a devotional by Julie Clinton.
The Hidden Strength of Pain
"Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." 2 Corinthians 12:10 MSG
God is not wasting the pain in your life. He never wastes a wound. He’s healing you at this very moment and using that pain to show you a dream bigger than you realize. But you need to trust Him. When you trust, you allow room for hope.
When we are in the deep, deep valley we must hold on to the assurance that God stands firm and strong behind us. Nothing we experience will be wasted. It will all be used for our good—to make us stronger, to make us walk closer to Him, to give us a more loving heart. In our greatest pain we need to lean greatly on God. He’s using our weakness to do His work in and through us, building trust, so that His dream for each of our lives can become a reality.
We rarely understand how God is using pain in our lives to refine us. Sometimes through the tears we can’t see anything, much less understand. But just because we don’t understand the pain doesn’t mean He’s not using it. He is. It’s part of His plan and purpose. Trust Him.
Dear God. Some days I don’t know how I will get through the day with the pain and hurt I have to face. Let me feel your presence, Lord, to trust and relax. Let me fall into your everlasting arms, giving you control as I feel your strength. Amen.
Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
Monday: II Corinthians 12:10; Colossians 1:10-12
Tuesday: Isaiah 41:10
Wednesday: Daniel 10:19
Thursday: Ephesians 3:16, 17
Friday: Ephesians 6:10
Saturday: Ephesians 6:13
Sunday: Philippians 4:13
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I'm burning a good 2300 calories per week, and mostly staying within my calorie range (or just barely over it some days). I still weigh what I did after I was sick last month. Yeah, yeah, I know, "at least I haven't gained" but that's sounding rather hollow at this point. I've made a note to talk with my psych dr when I go in some weeks. A side effect of lithium is weight gain. I'd love to be able to blame that, and then get her to change my meds. But I'm not sure that's going to happen. Oh well, we WILL talk. I'm better toned, which is good, even though I can't wear smaller clothes. And as I've said before, I'm too cussed stubborn to give up. I need to lose about 40 pounds......really. Moving on now, I refuse to give in to depression.
Since the month is about over, not only is the fitness challenge about over, but so is the (yarn) stash-busting challenge. I've done rather well, if I say so myself......and yes, I just did. LOL But I do still have large plastice totes full of yarn. Starting after we get back from Utah, I'm going to start work on things for sale at the fall craft fair. I have a few 'new' things to make, and am eager to see how that works out.
Speaking of going to Utah, we'll be going to Ogen to watch four Weber State University basketball games. DH talked with some folks at the university, and we'll have seats on the floor for two of the games! Maybe we can 'score' some sweat or at least one of the t-shirts they always throw into the stands. Go Wildcats!
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