Saturday, January 26, 2013
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. (Prov. 3:5-7, NASB) www.youtube.com/watch?v=m17af0XmPFo
Life has some beautiful moments, and also some hard ones, with harsh realities, and we have to make some difficult decisions. What makes it difficult is our own limited view and understanding. Worldly wisdom would say one thing - it makes SENSE to do this, that, or the other. But sometimes we as Christians are called to do something that may not make sense to the world's paradigm. There's the natural response - and the SUPERnatural response. I'm in such a place right now, and I'm willing to do that which "makes sense" - and also that which does not. I am willing to take on pain and suffering or to break free from one set of trials - knowing that there will always be others. More than anything I want to be in God's will, whatever the cost in personal comfort. So...to those who pray...please pray He make His will known, as I wait on Him.
Friday, January 25, 2013
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.(Isaiah 40:31)
If you're living, you're going to be waiting.
I spent many hours waiting in doctor's offices, especially as my first husband's health declined.
I know I've picked the right line at the supermarket when the person ahead of me suddenly has a problem and a short order becomes a long delay.
I've waited for flights at airports.
In the summer of 2007, we called ourselves "Soldados de Espera", Soldiers of Waiting, because of the delays we faced left an right.
I've waited for traffic lights to change, for checks to clear, for rain to stop, for mail to come...
And I've waited for the Lord.
It's always with anticipation. Not just twiddling my thumbs. There's an expectancy. It's like when I'm sitting and eating a sandwich or something, and my daughter's boxer is trying not to be obvious that she's waiting for a crumb to drop to the floor, and her jowls are starting to drip with anticipatory saliva. Okay, so maybe I'm not DROOLING, but I know that when I'm waiting on God, it's always good. It's always rewarded. It's always worth it. And He's always on time.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I try to keep my sodium levels in check, and stay in my calorie range to get my weight down...I try to be a good steward of this temporal temple...
I know Levi that is going through some pretty hefty trials and am not able to lend any help except prayer support. But I am thankful that he sees the value of it...Anew semester starts Monday, and with it another assignment, and I've prayed the Lord would put me where HE wants me.
I want to lose weight and be fit and healthy, and to marry Levi and have him come up here (not necessarily in that order), and to do mission work with him. These are hopes, and nothing wrong with them. But more than anything, I want Jesus. More of Him. Less of me - less of this overweight body, less of this selfish, self-centered soul, and more of His life flowing through me.
Yeah. That'll do.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
When I was growing up, we didn't worry about UV rays. I had my share of sunburns - not too many, as I think I learned well from the first serious one. Unlike my sisters, I never really tried to tan anyway - just didn't like to lie around doing NOTHING...
Of course, now we know better - and besides that, the hole in the ozone and all that . When I've gone to the jungle regions of Peru, I've used sunscreen or umbrella against the more direct rays, and usually escaped sunburn except perhaps a slight blush to cheek or nose.
Well, I'd gone to a dermatologist 7 years ago and returned yesterday (which is why I know the last time was that long ago), because one of my sisters had a biopsy of a suspicious bit of skin, and the doctor had told me to keep an eye on a bit I had on my temple. So yesterday he decided it would be a good idea to get it biopsied.
Skin cancer is no laughing matter. But in Christ I have perfect peace. Oh, I'd want all my affairs to be in order to make things easier for my kids when I go to my eternal home. And I'd like Levi to be able to comeup here first and enjoy some experiences in "the Promised Land." But - I'm not worried. If the biopsy shows up positive, all right, what's our next step? If not - praise God, let's press on. Today, I am blessed. I'll be proctoring an exit during the mid-terms, and writing letters to loved ones in Quito, Ecuador. When I finish THAT pack of letters, I'll start some to folks in Iquitos, Peru. I'll continue to speak of the Son of God and encourage them in Him.
Life is good - Eternal life is better.
Monday, January 21, 2013
In my "sparking" I have read many an interesting article. One mentioned the importance of moving around - that even if a person does the recommended amount of cardio in a day, if he/she spent the rest of the day just sitting around, they still risked health problems. It was recommended one moved around every 15 minutes or so. I'd been setting my timer for 30 minutes, and noticed I wasn't as stiff as a result. But after reading that, I began to set the timer for 15-20 minutes.
Okay, so I'm good about following the recommendations for the health of this body. But as close as I get to my "ideal weight" and as fit as I may become, EVENTUALLY I'm going to die. The effects of following healthy advice can only go so far.
But God's word is rich in recommendations for a healthy soul and spirit. Here's just a small example from the book of Ephesians, chapter 5 -
"Follow Godís example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Godís holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy personósuch a person is an idolateróhas any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things Godís wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord."
Uy, that "greedy" part hits home, from my days of being inattentive to how I ate. Food can be an idol! As much as possible, I want to be a doer of God's word - because the result will last eternally. My soul and spirit will continue after this flesh is gone. James exhorts us in chapter 1- " Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in itónot forgetting what they have heard, but doing itóthey will be blessed in what they do."
Hey - I want to be blessed!
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