November?

I’m not ready for winter. This has been our first really cold week after a mild fall and somehow my brain is still anticipating summer-like weather.

My girl turns 16 in less than two weeks. That doesn’t seem possible. She will get her license and get in her car and I will not see her again. (Ok, that is a bit overly dramatic, but that’s what it feels like.) She cannot wait to be free to go and do the things that I don’t have time to let her do now. I remember being that age and I don’t blame her for that. But as her mom it is hard to let go.

I’m taking her car (which was my car until a couple of months ago) to have the seats reupholstered. I also asked about fixing the remote door locks and may have that done as well. Now I’m wondering why I didn’t do that while I was driving it! It will be a bit better for her since it isn’t the car she wants. But it is a sturdy SUV and it is paid for!

If I’m your Facebook friend, watch for my 25 days of thanks posts for the month of November. I plan to choose something I am thankful for each day. Not a bad plan for the entire year but let’s see if I can make these 25 first.

I am glad you found me at my new home! Make sure I know where you are (leave your URL in the comments) so I can follow you!

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Hurting on Friday

It has been awhile since my back hurt this bad. Honestly, I don’t know what I did to it. My time in the gym has been good, stretching and warming up done, so I really don’t know what hurt it. But I can’t stand up straight. It better not stay like this long.

I end up in these Catch-22 situations. If I exercise I’m at risk for it to hurt. One wrong turn or jar and it sends screaming pain down my leg. But if I stop and let it heal it feels so good, I forget how bad the bad feels once I start again.

The answer is the pool. If we had an indoor pool that is. Our YMCA didn’t build one. No one in town has one or I’d join in a heartbeat. I can choose from three or four good ones, all 15 miles away in different directions. So do I spend money and time and drive, or sit here painless and fat and out of shape. Poor choices, all of them.

Happier thoughts though, the girls are taking me to the spa tomorrow to celebrate my birthday. Maybe that will make it feel better!

Remaining Calm

To read today:
Genesis 29; Genesis 30; Luke 12

My verse:
Genesis 30:31-36- “What wages do you want?” Laban asked again.

Jacob replied, “Don’t give me anything. Just do this one thing, and I’ll continue to tend and watch over your flocks. Let me inspect your flocks today and remove all the sheep and goats that are speckled or spotted, along with all the black sheep. Give these to me as my wages. In the future, when you check on the animals you have given me as my wages, you’ll see that I have been honest. If you find in my flock any goats without speckles or spots, or any sheep that are not black, you will know that I have stolen them from you.”

“All right,” Laban replied. “It will be as you say.” But that very day Laban went out and removed the male goats that were streaked and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted or had white patches, and all the black sheep. He placed them in the care of his own sons, who took them a three-days’ journey from where Jacob was. Meanwhile, Jacob stayed and cared for the rest of Laban’s flock.

Observation:
Laban was not an honorable guy! He tricked Jacob into marrying Leah instead of Rachel, and now he steals animals from him. Jacob knew what had been done to him but remains above the fray. He finds a way around the dishonor done to him without resorting to violence.

Application:
I’m not sure I could have been as patient as Jacob (although with as much sex as he was getting, maybe he was just tired!) Anyway, I don’t think I could have continued to work for Laban day after day. Somehow Jacob remained honorable to Laban even when he shouldn’t have been. And he was greatly blessed for it.

Prayer:
Lord, I’m sure I miss out on some blessings because I rush headlong with my feelings. Help me to know the right things to do in these kinds of situations. Amen.

Promises and Assurances

Scripture today:
Genesis 15-17; Luke 6

My verse:
Genesis 15:7-8 He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

Observation:
God has made a promise to Abraham- He has made many promises to Abraham, but this time Abraham wants to be assured of the truth of the promise.

Application:
Boy, is that me! I know God is faithful, and He will do what He says He will do, but I want to know how he plans to do it. When. What I’m supposed to do to help. Sometimes, I think I get in my own way and I need to get out of the way so that God can do His thing!

Prayer:
Lord, help me be more faithful, more trustful of You, especially when I don’t know the plan or have all the answers.

Choose your friends wisely….

It’s a new year… and I’ve been missing this. The break was nice but it is time to read more..

Today’s Scripture:
Genesis 12; Genesis 13; Genesis 14; Luke 5
My verse:
Luke 5:18-20
Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

Observation:
There are several players in this story. Jesus, the paralyzed man, and his friends. The friends are faithful to the paralyzed man, going to great lengths to get him to Jesus. What is curious to me is that Jesus, based on the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends, offers him forgiveness. What is even more curious to me is that he didn’t ask for it. He didn’t even ask for healing. He was simply lowered down to Jesus.

Application:
This tells me that you need to choose your friends wisely! Jesus forgave on the strength of the faith of the man’s friends. Now I know that we are each responsible for our own salvation, but this passage makes me think that the people we’re surrounded with are important in that salvation, too. Maybe we can’t do it without them….

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for giving me faithful friends. Let me be a friend like this to others, too. Amen.

June 15, 2010- Easier Said Than Done

Scripture to read today:
1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15; 2 Chronicles 16; Philippians 4

Scripture that spoke to me:
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Observation:
In Matthew, Jesus tells us not to worry. Don’t worry about food or clothes, don’t worry about tomorrow, and don’t worry about what to say. Here, Paul is telling us to not worry, but pray instead. Pray for what you need and leave the rest to God, and you will have peace.

Application:
This becomes one of my catch-22 situations. I know I shouldn’t worry. But with worry comes planning and action. Because I worry, I work toward making sure we have food and clothes. But by my worrying, is that saying that I don’t trust God? I sure do think I can trust Him! How much responsibility am I supposed to have in providing things for my family? I don’t think I can sit on the sofa and hope that God will deliver groceries to my door. So I end up trying not to worry but just keep on working.

Prayer:
Lord, forgive me when I don’t seem to trust You to provide for my needs. I trust You to give me the strength to provide for my needs. Help me to not worry about tomorrow but praise You today. Amen.

June 15, 2010- Making a Difference

Scripture to read today:
1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15; 2 Chronicles 16; Colossians 1

Scripture that spoke to me:
1 Kings 16:29-30
In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him.

Observation:
Israel is God’s chosen people, yet they do not always do right. Their leaders certainly do not always do right. However, there are always some faithful within the nation- those who remember what the laws are and strive to keep them.

Application:
I was reading Greg Laurie’s daily devotional today. His verse was “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14). This verse doesn’t say “if congress…” or “if Hollywood….” but MY PEOPLE. We can’t rely on the leadership of our nation to do the right thing for us. It is up to us to do it!

Prayer:
Lord, forgive me when I think that I’m insignificant and that what I do doesn’t matter. I can only change me, I can only affect my little bit of the world around me. Help me to make a positive difference where I can. Amen.