Monday, April 30, 2007
I do feel rested, which is also miraculous, as I don't usually anyway on any given morning. We'll see how much yawning I do at work today, and how the brownies turn out for the kids. (I have managed to botch them in some way the two previous times I've made them, my husband says I'm just out of practice from at home, think he's trying to tell me something?)
I spent the night in prayer and thought, and it was good.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
from Job 19:25-27
25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the
26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see
27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my
heart yearns within me!
and Habakkuk 3:17-19:
17 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,
18 yet I will rejoice in the
LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
These are two of my favorite
passages along with Lamentations 3:19-24, but the whole chapter is my heart,
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."
Many of these passages have been set to music and have become
cherished hymns of the faith--although I've yet to see that done to the Habakkuk
Anyway, I have a lot to pray about this week, I've been asked to
be on team for fall Cursillo as an auxiliary.
Friday, April 27, 2007
I've filled a lot of my hanging baskets for the season, am enjoying watching the trees bud & leaf out. It's time to start preparing for graduation. Hard to believe that it has already been 14 years since we were expecting her. What a ride. She's a beautiful young lady, I have failed so often to enjoy her as I should. Lately, tonight included, she has been baby-sitting a lot. She's good at it, and gets called often. I'm proud of her. She's stoked, because today for the first time she got her contacts in. She's been trying to accomplish it for the last 2 years!
Monday, April 23, 2007
I get it that Moses would argue with God. I also get it that God would win. I get it that God tells him to rest assured, Moses won't be alone, God will go with him. He would have to! Without God's power, there's no way the Exodus would have taken place!
So why don't I get it that God promises to go with me through my life's journey? Why do I feel alone and isolated at times? God has called me to lead three great kids through their childhood and adolescence, and there's too often when I'm ready to throw in the towel and call it quits. I admit that I have "denied" being "Mom" to anyone come the end of the day--I've simply had it! But then there are my friends who God calls to come along side me pressing me on towards the goal, being the hands and feet of God.
Through their encouragement, through the promises I cling to from scripture, through Christ who gives me strength, I can say, "In Jesus' name, I press on!"
Friday, April 20, 2007
I did take advantage of my situation of being tooth free on Halloween by "bruising" my eye and wearing a hockey jersey to our church's Hallelujah Party.
After a long year including several dental visits beginning in May 2006 to initially re-attach what I had, then in June 2006 getting my original root pulled. In August, I received bone-grafting. In January a titanium post was implanted into my jaw and I was left with a button to cover the wound. NOW I'm looking forward to May 8, 2007 when I get the abutment post attached to the titanium one and the crown glued to it.
All this joy for a girl who is desperately panic stricken when it comes to the dental chair. I freely admit that I handle it poorly--with weeping and writhing (thank goodness for temporary sedatives!)
Anyway, bottom line is that I'm pumped!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I AM SOOOOOOOO EXCITED! Okay, mark this down, that I am actually looking forward to a dental visit--see earlier post--because they are NOT high on my list, and have been known to cause panic attacks in yours truly!
Anyway, my teenager is breathing over my shoulder for computer time so I'd better publish this and get off.
Peter enjoyed his first soccer game of the season last night. He's taken a few seasons off, but did very well, and thanks to what we can tell will be wonderful coaching, his team pulled off their first win. Saturday was his last basketball game, so we're diving into the next sports season head-on. I think this might be something I need to get used to with this active boy of mine.
Hannah spent her evening (from after school on) with a friend here. We like having friends over here, sharing our table for meals and becoming comfortable communicating with us as parents as well. I hope as she grows she will be welcomed into other's homes with equally open arms. It can get awkward when there's trouble within the family, but if we're not accepted warts and all, what's the point? And why try to pretend that no problems exist here when they're inevitable wherever one goes?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
James 1:5-8 (The Message) reads
If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind-whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
So I get worried about whether or not I should do this or that big thing, and I don't need to! A wise friend recently told me, "Remember…what’s over your head is still under God’s feet." Great advice from an even greater friend!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Easter Sunday was amazing. God powerfully spoke to my heart and my heart sang back, along with my voice, my tears, and my hands. Apparently I looked like a wreck, but I haven't felt so completely immersed in worship in a long time. I think part of the reason is that I sometime look around in worship, and see others who aren't on the same plateau I am on and I either am jealous because I can see they're 'higher' than I am; or I'm wondering what their problem is, because they're not apparently as joy-filled as I am at the moment. Weird, I know, but I was just thinking about it so I had to get these thoughts down.
Oh, and save your fork, the best is yet to come! don't believe me? Look up Revelation 19:9 below...
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
For the complete story, see the CaringBridge website at http://www.caringbridge.org/cb/inputSiteName.do?method=search&siteName=ryleyandravyn. Praising the Savior for what He worked through this wordless one. Thank you for Ravyn, Jesus, we know she's healed, whole and shining for you.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Regarding the Easter Sunday headline "Faith unshaken: As new findings challenge the resurrection, most Christians say science won't sway their core beliefs" (April 8 Eagle): I find it somewhat ironic that the seeming unquestioned acceptance of a headline-seeking motion picture producer and his cronies is considered science.
Buried in the article was the fact that some serious archaeologists raised strong objections and questions about the research that was behind the spectacular, made-for-TV show.
The obvious bias against the evidence of the historical record -- not only as presented in the Gospels but in masses of literature from the Roman and Greek world of the first and second centuries, much of which was written by those opposed to the new sect that came to be known as Christianity -- is patent in both the documentary and in The Eagle's headline.
There is more manuscript evidence for the resurrection as presented in the Bible than for the existence of Plato.
JERRY M. KEEN Wichita
That's my hero!
Monday, April 9, 2007
Wow, is it ever something to humble you to hear your child pray, then begin weeping during her prayer over her own habit of sin and her inablity to control it. I was able to share from Romans 7 with Leah, explaining to her that even Paul struggled with sin after his miraculous conversion. I also shared with her the great promise of forgiveness and grace that Jesus paid for on the cross. What a blessing! What a kid! What an awesome God I serve!