Sunday, December 16, 2012
I was watching In Touch this morning, and Charles Stanley was talking about how we tend to presuem that we know the scriptures associated with Christmas so well tha we tend to skim over them. He wnet on to say that whenever we read the Word of God we should do so with a heart ready to receive instruction in how to apply it to our own lives. So as he was reading from Luke 2, the part that hit me was actually the first verse - that "In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. "
Caesar was by no means a man after God's own heart. But "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will" (Prov.21:1) Was the tax unrighteous? Probably. But it necessitated that Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem - where Jesus had to be born in order for scripture to be fulfilled.
It got me thinking of the bureacracy and red tape and legal hoops Levi and I have to jump through before we can start the process of his coming here. Is it a royal pain in the behind? You bet! But God has His own time-table. Had the decree for taxation gone forth earlier, Joseph and Marywould have done what they had to and gone back to Nazareth. Had it gone forth later, again prophecy would not be fulfilled. While God is a loving, wonderful Father, He also has His divine agenda, and no amount of holding our breath and throwing a fit will change that.
So, we wait. And not just twiddling our thumbs. For myself, I go deeper into the Lord so when the time is right, I will be to Levi an even better wife.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
In the face of the horrifying events in Newton, Connecticutt, one might wonder where is God in all this. But I know He is ever present and ever mindful. And while the date we celebrate Christ's birth may be mixed up with all kinds of pagan traditions, still, the Son of God DID come - God made flesh tabernacled among us in human form. Even though "the Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time," (Gen 6:5) after that first great Judgement, He had mercy on us and sent Jesus. He MADE the way for love and peace and good will among mankind. Yes, there are horrible things that happen all over the world, because the human heart continues to be wicked...but good things also happen, amazingly touchingly good things because He has redeemed some of those hearts, CONVERTED them, so that when such atrocities happen, there is still some goodness to reach out to those who suffer from the world's fallen state.
My first child was stillborn on Christmas Eve. The loss of a child at any age, in any manner, can be so devastating. BUT GOD...in His grace carried me through the tragedy so I do not have bitterness, so I can still enjoy this time of year, so I can still be full of HIS love, joy, and peace. And after all...He knows how it is to lose a beloved child - cruelly, unjustly.
If He got me through it, I know His grace is sufficient for those who are reeling from this recent tragedy, and keep them in prayer.
Friday, December 14, 2012
" For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of Godís glory displayed in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."(2 Cor 4:6,7)
Wednesday night I was at my bilingual church's Bible study, and as we waited for things to start, I was showing a Guatemalan sister the portfolio of drawings I had done during worship. She was making all kinds of exclamations over them. But I really can't make any boast - I didn't do anything to strive for this talent bred in my genetic make-up. Granted, it was encouraged by my parents who always had all kinds of artsy stuff around for my sisters and me to experiment - and so it was developed. So it is only fitting that I put it to use to honor the One Who made me and gave it to me.
This body, too, belongs to Him. It's only fitting that I should do what I can to develop that which He has already given me so that He can be glorified through me.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
And the cartilage at the joint is pretty far gone. I was given a prescription for a stronger NSAID, which I started today (will watch for adverse effects). And MondayI'll go in for a "guided injection" - make sure the stuff arrives at the joint! This should buy me some pain-decreased time until I can see about surgery when school ends in June, giving me the summer vacation to recuperate. Unless, of course, the Lord intervenes with a different form of miracle - creative as opposed to medical (because really, technological advances these days are amazing!)
I learned that the metal involved WILL set off the airport scanners. I'll just show em my scars and the doctor's note next time I travel.
So I'm thinking 2013, hip - maybe 2014 will be knees, unless that can be postponed. If I AM to have surgery, it'll have to be while I'm still working and have the coverage! If Levi makes it to the states next year, then perhaps an extra year without travel will be better for him to be established in a job before we take off together for Peru.
I think about these things, but ultimately take each day as it comes, rejoicing and being glad in it. After all, "Many are the plans in a personís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails." (Prov. 19:21)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I had gotten down to my lowest since Sparking back in 2008. But early in 2009 I hurt my back a bit and then it traveled to my neck from poor posture - I went for physical therapy, which helped me considerably. But for a long while I couldn't do my usual exercise; then our stationary bike died. So of course the pounds crept back up. But as arthritis began to attack my knees and hip more, I wanted all the more to get rid of those pounds. I got another bike when I had the money, and it's been a friend to me. Lately I've also resumed some strength exercises, and changing things up a bit, and sparking more, tracking more. And today I was under 210 for the first time in a LONG time! I thank the Lord for Spark, and also for my DD who's in on this with me (RaptorMelon), who is seeking to prepare healthier meals (since she is the chief cook!) I also decided to measure myself starting today. Let's see how THAT goes.
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