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.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
No, not Alka-Seltzer (for those who remember Speedy, "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz...")
After the previous days' concern, and still not getting through to my fiance's home in Pucallpa yesterday afternoon (he would be at work, but his elderly parents should have been home), I connected with one of his nieces via Facebook (her father - my brother-in-law - had also been with them Sunday), and she told me she'd seen everyone and they were all fine, that it must just be a phone issue. I continued trying to calland finally heard my mother-in-law answer last night. She said aside from two calls that were wrong numbers, the phone hadn't rung all day! Yet there I'd been trying on and off! It wasn't yet 8:30 and so Levi wasn't home yet, so she told me to try in a half hour. I was reluctant to hang up, I tell you! But I called at 9, and got through with great relief. He said he had the same problem when he tried calling home from work - ring, ring, ring, ring, no answer, and of course it had HIM worried. Papito is 80 and not in the best of health, although God bless him, he does continue some little carpentry work around the house!
Anyway, had a nice long (40 minute) talk with him and put my concerns to rest.
They DO need a new phone though!
My sweet little Papito and Mamita
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