Friday, November 17, 2017

My Weakness, My Boast

Habakkuk 3:17,18-"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."

This verse describes my life right now very well; I feel crummy, and things just aren't going my way. No major crisis, I just feel down in the dumps, and I don't know why.  Yet I will rejoice in the Lord and be joyful in Him.  I know that my God is my Savior, and I will love Him and worship Him no matter how I feel.

Another passage that illustrates my current circumstances is Daniel 3:17,18-"If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But even if He does not, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

God is able to take my blues away and to make me feel better, but even if He doesn't, I won't turn to money or beauty or comfort or any other idol.  I will do the same as I have been doing, I will keep doing the next right thing . . . for as long as it takes, no matter how I feel.  I will keep worshiping God, I will keep loving Mr. M, I will keep gathering with believers and showing hospitality and being kind to my neighbors.

I will end this post with one more verse:  Job 13:15  "Though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him . . . "

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Waiting.

I think this picture really is worth 1,000 words.  It was taken on a sunny day, while I was outside waiting for workers to do their work.  It was a good time of reflection, and a good encapsulation of my life right now; I am just waiting.  Every day, waiting.  I am so busy waiting, I can forget I am also living.  I must live while I wait.  Jesus came, and came to give me life.  (John 10:10.)  So wherever you find yourself in life, whether it is in a time of living abundantly, or if you are living in a time of waiting, I encourage you to not just look to what's next, but to live your life right now.  God gave us life, and He gives us trials, but we must not let them steal our joy, but rather live joyfully right in the midst of them.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reformation Celebration

I am reading this book as part of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation-the movement spearheaded by Marin Luther to purify the church.  I am enjoying learning about history, especially when the history pertains right to me.  As a Protestant Christian, Luther has a significant impact on my life and faith.  I highly recommend this book.  (And, no, I wasn't given a free copy, but I wouldn't refuse reimbursement, Mr. Busenitz.)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Living with Limitations

For the past few weeks, I have been thinking about getting a job.  I was thinking of how nice it would be to expand my daily world and influence, and feel more useful and needed.  So I did a few things towards that end, and I soon found myself applying for a local job as a part-time nanny.  The job seemed perfect, the hours were great for my schedule, it was close to home.    So I accepted when it was offered to me.  The woman who hired me explained that it would be absolutely vital that I be there when her son was dropped off at home by the bus.  That would be the most important part of the job.  Well, I did the job, and I did it well, but as the boy was taking a nap after school, I had plenty of time to think.  It would be irresponsible of me to take the job, given my unpredictable health.  I can't count on my health to allow me to function well at any given time.  It would be unfair to the woman to commit to being there daily at a given time.  It was hard to admit that, and sad to realize my limitations, but I think it was the right thing to do.  It is sad for the woman because she needs help, but I just can't conscientiously make that commitment.  I do hope she finds the right person for the job soon.  Meanwhile, I wait for another opportunity with less pressure, and I trust God and pray that He will use me in this down time to glorify Him and edify others.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Renee Runs!


Renee is a big fan of relaxing, so when she gets up, it is a race to the camera. I literally caught the tail end of her, as she was running out the door to give the gardener a piece of her mind.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Mad and Mysterious World of the Memory

I have been once again reflecting on past friendships, which seems to be an annual occurrence in my life.  This reflection will usually last a week, and I think this year's reflection began today.  I was nostalgic, missing friends who live hundreds of miles away.  After a bit of wallowing in nostalgia, it was time for my evening walk.  Somewhere along my 3 mile route, I tripped over a rock.  This trip tripped an old memory.  It was over 20 years ago, when I was a teenager.  I was talking with a friend about how often people said, "dude."  My friend told me about a time when she went to the beach with a bunch of friends, and when one friend fell and began rolling end over end on a sand dune, she kept saying, "Dude, dude.  My back.  Dude."  I suppose this old memory suddenly popped into my head because I said, "dude!" when I tripped.  It was a reminder of how amazing and complex our brains are.  It also made me hope that that girl's back is fine.  It also reminded me what a blessing it is to have friends, especially to have friends that you knew 20 years ago.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Backwards Bucket List

A lot of people talk about their "bucket lists."  To me, that seems like looking forward to something you'll do tomorrow or on the weekend or maybe during the summer.  Why not enjoy today?  Why not celebrate the things you did today, even if they didn't include going to another country or risking your life?  After all, it's all those little things that will end up making your life memorable.  It's the 15-minute coffee date that you went to that was the beginning of a wonderful friendship.  It's the one little silly thing you did to make the neighbor kid laugh, and now he wants to come to your house, and you've made life long friends.  Those are the things I'll celebrate.