Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
My first day back at work went well! The Lord is so faithful. I had to take a pain pill and ice my knee when I got home but it's wasn't bad at all. I've been reading this devotional for my morning devotions. It's a book Molly gave me and one that she wrote several of the devotions for. I was really touched by the one I read today called Silver for a Soul. The scripture for it is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"You are not your own, you were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]."
One of the most poignant portrayals of God's grace can be seen in Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables. A kind priest takes in a recently released convict named Jean Valjean. In the middle of the night, Jean rewards the priest for his kindness by stealing all his fine silver flatware and disappearing into the darkness. Early the next morning, the thief is caught; and the authorities drag him back to the priest's home so that charges can be filed. It is here that we see grace exhibited in way that no one--not the police, and certainly not Jean Valjean--would have expected.
"Ah! here you are!" [the priest] exclaimed, looking at Jean Valjean. "I am glad to see you....I gave you the candlesticks too, which are of silver like the rest....Why did you not carry them away with your forks and spoons?"
We are no different from Jean Valjean. We have all turned our backs on the goodness and love of God (Romans 3:23). But God did something that no one expected. "God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us" (Romans 4:8 NRSV).
When we go before God, guilty and asking for mercy. He says, "I am glad to see you! Of course, I will forgive you. Now you will become My very own child, and I will send My spirit to live within you."
After Jean Valjean is released, the priest speaks one last word to him--the same word that our hearts hear from Jesus: "You no longer belong to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I buy from you;...and I give it to God."
That was such an encouragement to me today. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in day to day living and worrying about my health that I forget the real purpose for my life...to glorify God and to shed His love into the world for others to see and desire. Thank you Molly for your words of wisdom...and thank you God for using Molly to glorify your name.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Bible book I like: Psalms
Chore that I don't like: cleaning the bathroom
Dog or Cat: 2 cats named Kit and Carson
Essential Electronic: my computer
Favorite Cologne: Calvin Klein's "Eternity"
Handbag I carry most often: the one with all my stuff in it ;)
Insomnia: not often
Job Title: Wife, Mom, Grandma & Library Associate
Living Arrangements: Small 3 bedroom ranch
Most Admirable Trait: that's a hard one...I guess it would be loving people and showing mercy
Naughtiest Childhood Trait: pouting
Overnight Hospital Stay: oh my, the list is almost too long to count...3 babies, 7 surgeries & 3 epidural injections...plus several stays for IBS and acute bronchitis.....Yikes!
Quote: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
Religion: Born-again believer saved by the grace of Jesus Christ!
Siblings: 2 younger sisters and 4 younger brothers
Time I wake up: usually 6:30
Unusual talent or skill: I have a good memory for people's names and faces
Vegetable I refuse to eat: I can't think of any
Worst habit: there are so many...overeating is probably the biggest one
X-rays: too many to remember! ruptured disc in my neck, broken toe, spinal stenosis, knee joint problems......
Yummy stuff I cook: Roast and potatoes...banana split cake
Zoo Animal I like: baby gorillas
Saturday, May 13, 2006
I don't think I'll get to see either of my kids for Mothers' Day. We're going to see my Mom in the evening on Sunday...she's invited those of us without plans to have dinner with them. That will be nice! I don't get to see my brothers and sisters as often as I'd like.
I finally have a free Saturday so I guess I'd better get busy and make the most of it! Happy Mother's Day to all my friends!
Monday, May 08, 2006
2. She was married at 18 and has 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren!
3. She loves to fish.
4. Before her arthritis got so bad, she was a wonderful seamstress.
5. Her father was born in 1880 and her mother in 1895.
6. She and Dad have been married almost 59 years.
7. She loves to be out of doors and has beautiful flowers all around her yard.
8. She led me to the Lord in 1960.
9. She makes wonderful candy...especially hickory nut brittle.
10. She practically reared us seven kids on her own when Dad worked away from home for many years.
11. She's had both her knees replaced.
12. She remembers the birthdays of all her children and grandchildren and sends each a card.
13. She made sure that all seven of her children learned to play the piano and played instruments in the high school band.
14. She managed to get 7 children through high school and 5 of the 7 graduated from college.
My Mom is amazing and I love her very much!