Sunday, May 05, 2013
A little blog to let you know about my current life.
I have two grandsons who live nearby (and a third who lives down south with his sister). Both PA boys play baseball. Tyler is 9. He and the others on his team are still learning even the basics.....kind of amusing sometimes to watch them. The teams that age play for only 6 innings, and each half inning is played until they score 3 runs, or get 3 outs. Then the other team is up to bat.
Tyler's older brother is 13, and most of his team is also 13 yr. old. They are playing on the big fields now (90 ft between bases) and play by 'high school' rules.....tougher. Since they are so young, most of the boys they play are a year or two older, so Josh's team probably won't win many games this season. That's ok, they're being stretched and are learning more about 'real' baseball. DH and I love to watch them both play.
Thursday, Josh's team played probably their toughest opponents of the year. That team had all 15 yr olds, and is considered the "A" team. Josh's team got slaughtered something like 15 or 20 to zero. Yep, a shut-out.
Yesterday Josh had a game about an hour's drive away. Again, the other team was largely a yr or so older, but Josh's team held them to 7 points while scoring 3 points themselves. Yes, they lost again; but again, they're being stretched and given the opportunity to pick up things like how to better steal bases, just by watching how the other teams play.
DH and I ran errands on the way home, arriving in time to let the dog out. She almost turned herself inside out with excitement that we were home again. After getting a bite of lunch, we went to Tyler's game. DH and I had to leave in the bottom of the 5th inning so we could make it on time to small group, with another stop at the house for Darby. Our dau called later and told us Tyler's team won 7-6 in the 6th inning. Yea!!
Josh is again on a Traveling Tournament team in addition to his Little League play. The traveling teams play exclusively in 1 or 2 day tournaments, on weekends for a few months. The games are always 'away' even when Josh's team is the home team. This year, the play starts next Saturday, near Reading, PA - and since we live near Harrisburg, it's a little over an hour's drive away. It's just on Saturday, and I'll drive up there for the two games they will definitely play. If they play the championship game, I'll have to miss it in order to get back for small group. DH will miss those games because he has to attend a special election judge training class.
Our church is currently doing a Bible study on the "Vertical Church" by James McDonald. It's a pretty intense study - Sunday School and the sermon each week, plus a video and small group discussion. The study runs for eight weeks in April and May, and a simplistic explanation of the study is that it is about our relationship vertically with the Lord, so that we can reach out horizontally to others, making all THOSE relationships be about God and not us.
The boys play about 7 games a week (between the two of them), we have small group each Saturday night, and we're continuing with our volunteer work at the school for a few hours one day a week, and a few more hours two other mornings a week at the no-kill animal shelter. Whew! You ought to see the large calendar for May on our refrigerator.....there are only about 3 days with nothing written on them - and those are Sundays, when it's a given that we'll be at church. That includes dr appts and training for working in the polls on primary day, which is in a few weeks. That is a terribly LONG day, but I rather enjoy it, even tho we come home and collapse on the couch. But you know we wouldn't do all these things if we didn't want to.
So okay, if you've read this far you know what I'm up to these days.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Another fabulous devotional from Sarah Young in "Jesus Calling" - then again, I haven't found a bad one in nearly a year's reading. : ) Remember, this book of devotionals is written as if Jesus is talking to you.
April 28, 2013
As you look into the day that stretches out before you, you see many choice points along the way. The myriad possibilities these choices present can confuse you. Draw your mind back to the threshold of this day, where I stand beside you, lovingly preparing you for what is ahead.
You must make your choices one at a time, since each is contingent upon the decision that precedes it. Instead of trying to create a mental map of your path through this day, focus on My loving Presence with you. I will equip you as you go, so that you can handle whatever comes your way. Trust Me to supply what you need when you need it.
The following verses are from the NIV Bible:
"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who take refuge in him."
Friday, April 26, 2013
Devotional for 4/26/13 taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. This book is written as if Jesus is talking to us.
"Welcome problems as perspective-lifters. My children tend to sleepwalk through their days until they bump into a obstacle that stymies them. If you encounter a problem with no immediate solution, your response to that situation will take you either up or down. You can lash out at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for yourself. This will take you down into a pit of self-pity. Alternatively, the problem can be a ladder, enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective. Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you is only a light and momentary trouble. Once your perspective has been heightened, you can look away from the problem altogether. Turn toward Me, and see the Light of My Presence shining upon you."
The following scripture verses are taken from the NIV Bible.
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord." Psalms 89:15
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
DH and I attended our oldest grandson's first baseball game of the season. Josh is 13, in the 7th grade (how did he get that old?!!!!!!). Josh plays well in a variety of positions, but last night he showed his stuff as catcher, getting a couple players on the other team out. Also, he hit a couple of doubles, and yes, struck out....but that's how the game goes. Just take a look at major baseball players.
The score was tied into the 6th inning, but Josh's team couldn't add to it. In the bottom of the 6th, the other team got another run, so that was the end of the game. I think they only play 6 innings to begin with, but the sun had just set, so there couldn't be more innings last night anyway.
Although Josh (and most of the team) is 13 yr old, they are playing by high school rules (harder) and on the big fields (90 feet between bases). That's good - it'll 'stretch' them and make them better players for the extra effort they'll have to exert.
Josh's younger brother, Tyler, also plays ball, but he's 9 and in a different league. We watched Tyler's first game last Saturday (opening day). Their game was called after 2 hr (the limit for that age) and the score was tied. Still, it's nice to see how much Tyler (too) has improved over last year.
Ok, 'nuf baseball for this blog.
Last weekend I noticed some problems with my right eye, so I got in to see my ophthalmologist on Monday. He confirmed what I had hoped: namely, that the flashing light and cloudiness were due to the vitreous liquefying and coming loose from my retina. He didn't see any tears, and the retina wasn't detaching, so great news all around. I do have a blood spot on my retina - a burst capillary - so I'll be going back for a check up next month. PRAISE THE LORD for a great report. The flashing light isn't too bad, but I keep trying to clean the cloudiness off my glasses. LOL It'll all clear up one of these days.
I hear my housework calling, and want to do some ST before that, so will close.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Another devotional by Julie Clinton of eWomen. This stepped on my toes, and blessed me.
April 2, 2013
"Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:4 NKJV
Many of us have forgotten the path of patience we must take to get to the next level in our relationship with Christ. It has been rejected by a society thriving on instant gratification, faster technology, and a fear of commitment. We want it now, or we don’t want it at all. Even committing to a two-year cell phone agreement is considered a courageous feat these days. No wonder we balk when we hear the word “patience.” Our culture has denied it, and most of us have forgotten it.
To discover God’s dream for our lives, we’ve got to rediscover the forgotten path. Surely the path is paved with patience, but if you live your life constantly trying other routes, hoping that a quick devotion in the morning and a ten-second prayer for your neighbor with cancer will get you to the next level, you’re likely to grow frustrated and resentful. We learn patience as we embrace tough times.
When you’re facing difficult times, remember the hope found in the Easter story. Life can come after loss, and we can bear it because of Christ. The question isn’t whether you will have tragedy and loss in your life. Those are givens. The question is, what will you decide to do with it? Will it take you under? Will it make you stronger? Will it take you deeper? Will you allow God to use it for His glory?
Teach me patience Lord. Patience to endure hard times and loss. Patience to see that difficulties draw me nearer to You. Bring me to a higher level of relationship with You through the tough times in life. Amen.
Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
Monday: Habakkuk 2:3
Tuesday: Hebrews 10:23
Wednesday: Hebrews 3:14
Thursday: Isaiah 25:9
Friday: Psalm 37:7-9
Saturday: Psalm 40:1-3
Sunday: Psalm 25:3-5
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