Saturday, June 25, 2011

God is in Control

I decided this time, I'd post the scripture reading first (since that's easy to do and I know not everyone gets to the Bible prior to reading the blog):

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Above all - we need to know that we do not determine these times - God does. And we need to remember that he is in control.

In this story, Miranda, 67, is losing her elderly mother, who initially had a series of ministrokes and then a nurse gave her the wrong meds and put her in a coma. Miranda, in her grief, is visited by a man and reminded that God is in control. She finds peace in this and can put aside her blame of the nurse.

I really don't want to even imagine losing anyone close to me (us). I think the closest loss was Kelly - and that was hard. I truly hope and pray we all live to a healthy old age and die of natural causes. But I also hope and pray that no matter what happens, and when it happens, that we can all have peace in God to get through it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Angel in the Police Car

Angels come to us in many different forms and in this story as Kara was driving home she found herself falling asleep and prayed to God to keep her awake. God answered this by having a police officer pull her over and lead her to a rest stop. I can think of a couple moments where I was almost falling asleep while on a long drive and having my phone suddenly go off waking me right back up. While in those moments I don't think of God as being the one who interfered but I'm grateful that He's looking out for me. Some days I struggle finding faith but it's in moments like these that help to reassure that He is looking out for us.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Mother Who Sees

I believe the point of this week's message is the power and strength in mothers and how important they are to the family unit. This weeks bible passage is about a wife who cares for her family, is strong, smart, capable, and follows the Lord. The weekly reading was about a mother who encouraged and supported her son in everything. As mothers we have a lot of responsibility in raising our children to know God and to be strong people. We play a critical role in the development of our children. I think it serves as a good reminder that if we stay positive and do our best, our children will follow suit. As they say, "Monkey see. Monkey do." If we want our children to have a good relationship with God, then we need to make sure WE have a good relationship with God.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Miracle of Love

This morning as I was working, cleaning the house, I was thinking how thankful that I am for all 10 of my children. How thankful that I am that everyone gets along. None of us are perfect. We all have our irritating traits, but we all love each other and accept each other for who we are and for that I am thankful. (Sorry, but I am feeling thankful and sentimental this morning.) What started all this thinking was thoughts of birthdays and birthday gifts and celebrating birthdays and that being someone's special day during the year because yesterday at work I was talking to one of my workers and she feels the same way about birthdays that I do though they celebrate 1/2 birthdays in their family and yearly birthdays, too, and I thought how could we ever do that in our family when everyone is so busy and I was wondering if I had ever hurt any of you in any way by forgetting to do something for your birthday that I had done for someone else. I have always thought that a gift, cake, and eating out or making a special meal shows you that you are special and loved and I have always tried to do that for everyone. I like to make sure that someone is getting at least 1 cake anyway (now when we are older, 1 is enough :-) and sometimes we get to celebrate with extended family, like this year, we had the pleasure of being invited to celebrate Greta's and Meghan's birthdays with their parents. Now when everyone is so busy and the family is growing, it's hard to get together more often than we do and I don't always remember if we have gone out to eat for your birthday or not. (I know that we did not get out to eat this year for Denise's birthday.) We had talked about getting together monthly to celebrate birthdays. I want each of you to know that if I ever hurt or upset you in anyway I am sorry and in the future, please let me know as otherwise I won't know to do it differently or what I have done. If there is something that I forget, please remind me. I am going to pray that we would always be considerate of each other and accept each other for who we are and that we would all be able to talk to each other honestly and in love if we are ever hurt.

Then I got this strong urge to read the next reading in our book and it wouldn't go away, so I finally decided to sit down and read it.

I don't know who all is reading the book yet, but I would encourage everyone to read this story or if you talk to someone and they haven't read this story, encourage them to. It's a good true story that could happen in any family and I have read this story before. It's about unconditional acceptance and love. The scripture reading 1 Corinthians 13, we often hear at weddings, but don't take the time to read it very often. It's about love and it's a scripture reading that I know I should be reading often.