Update on Life

I’m sitting at home tonight wondering what to do with this evening to myself. My husband is out with some guys, my daughter is in bed sick, and my son is at a church movie night. I’ve considered starting the new stack of books that I ordered last week and am excited to read, but I thought I’d catch up on life a bit on the blog.

New books I plan to read soon! The last one is actually for my daughter, but I will enjoy reading it, too.

There have been a lot of new and exciting things happening. My husband has just had his new book accepted by a publisher, and he is on two weeks of spring break trying to complete it. My son is in the middle of registering for high school and all the things that accompany that! He is very excited, and it feels like suddenly there are many doors of opportunity opened for him as he enters a new phase of life.

I have felt so thankful as I look back on the road we have traveled at his current school and the gift it has been through middle school. What a wonderful and distinct school with a unique educational model that we have been privileged to be involved with! I look back with gratefulness and remember the faithfulness of God in that journey. And then as we look ahead, we seek the Lord for this new adventure, trusting He will continue to lead us for the days ahead. We are also grateful for all we have seen and learned about his new school and look forward to being involved.

My daughter had her first babysitting job last week! Well, she and I actually babysat this sweet little boy (almost 2 years old) twice together while his parents went out; that was phase 1. Now she is babysitting him alone while his mother is there cooking and doing things around the house; this is phase 2. It has been so much fun. We saw them Sunday at church, and as soon as the little boy saw my daughter, he started saying her name and giggling! He gets so excited. It is precious.

So I’m watching and joining in the fun and exciting things in the lives of those around me, and it is a joy to see. My own life seems to be clicking along in its normal routine, and I tend to like that. I have battled a little complacency lately in the busyness of life, but I am enjoying reading through the Bible in a year and have kept up pretty well. I would like to pick back up on the blog and continue with its original intent — to proclaim the praises of the One who called me out of darkness and into His marvelous light by remembering the great and mighty things He has done.

If I can get back into the swing of things here, I may pick back up on these stories of God’s faithfulness. That’s the goal anyway.

I’ll end with the verses running through my head tonight, maybe because of reading the passages in Deuteronomy.

Psalm 106:2-3:

“Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare his praise? Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.”

I couldn’t find the worship song that goes along with it, but maybe you’ve heard it:

“Who can tell the mighty deeds of the Lord, or show forth all His praise? Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. And let all God’s people say ‘Amen’; and let all God’s people say, ‘Amen’; and let all God’s people say, ‘Amen.’ Praise the Lord.”

Valentine’s Day 2013

I had such a sweet Valentine’s Day this year. My husband took me to lunch and got me candy that he knows I love. I realized it was our 27th year as being each other’s Valentine, way back to our high school days! Then we ended up waiting to go out to dinner with friends on Sunday night at a time we could all get together and enjoy it.

What made this Valentine’s Day so extra special, though, was that my son made me cookies. (My daughter was away at a friend’s for a sleepover.) On his own, he decided to do this. He found a recipe online, made sugar cookies, made the yummy icing with almond flavoring, colored it pink, and then cleaned it all up! The cookies were delicious, some of the best I’ve ever had. I was so impressed. We watched a movie together, too (Seven Days in Utopia – I would recommend), and had BBQ sandwiches I had thrown together with some leftover pork tender.

It’s not often young teenage boys care to spend much time with their mothers anymore — or think to bake them cookies — and I realize tomorrow may come and this is over! So I have to capture it here on the blog with thankfulness for the special day so I can remember this memory!

Sovereign God

It’s strange to think that I started this blog over four years ago now!

As I was looking back recently, I noticed that I had written four years ago about the last presidential election.

I thought I’d repost some of the truths I was reflecting on then:

  • I’m thankful for a Sovereign God who is seated on the throne in the heavens and whose kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103:19).
  • I’m thankful to know that He alone raises up and brings down leaders and rulers (Daniel 2:21).
  • I’m thankful that He alone is great and worthy of all praise (Psalm 145:3), worthy as the Lamb who was slain to receive all power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise (Rev. 5:12).
  • I’m thankful that He sets my feet on the Rock (Psalm 40:2) and keeps me secure.
  • In Him, I have complete confidence and hope, and I have no cause for fear.
  • He is my Rock, fortress, deliverer, strength, salvation, and shield (II Samuel 22; Psalm 18).
  • He will not forsake those who trust in Him (Psalm 9:10).

I’m thankful that the Lord knows the outcome of tomorrow. He knows the beginning from the end, and He is not surprised. May His good and perfect will be done.

Pictures

Here are some recent pictures I thought I’d share.

My husband took my daughter hiking in East Tennessee a couple of weeks ago. They had so much fun! I was a little nervous about the trip and not being with them. It was originally planned as a family trip, but I could not walk when the time came, and my son decided he would stay with me and take part in school and church activities that were planned for that weekend.

These are the kinds of pictures they sent to scare me throughout the weekend:

warning sign for bears!

 

looks like she’s falling off the mountain!
They emailed this with a caption “Look what we saw” – it was actually a picture they took from a book!

But they actually had a great time!

on a hike
horseback riding where they actually DID see a bear!

Moving on to other things…

My sister-in-law (pictured below) brought me these last week. I thought they were cheery, and they smelled so pretty.

I have a 14-year old! My mom gave the party since it was only 3 days after my surgery. I hope he felt celebrated! I’m thankful for our sweet families (my mom, my husband’s parents, and his brother’s family are all local) who have been so supportive and helpful.

I’m also thankful for my sweet neighbors and friends who have prayed for me and brought us dinner, giving my mom a break. What an unexpected gift!

This also reminds me how wonderful everyone at work has been to support me through this last month. They have all been so kind and helpful. I’ll never forget my friend getting the church wheelchair to get me to my car one day when things were so rough! 🙂 We will surely laugh of that again in years to come!

I started this post just looking for a few recent pictures to share, but am ending it full of gratefulness for God’s provision of loving friends who have called, emailed, sent cards, and prayed over the last month. What a blessing and encouragement! And I’m grateful for His protection and care over my family as they traveled. Thank you, Lord!

Waiting

I have been mostly in bed since Saturday with an injured knee. I don’t know how I did it exactly. The pain has been increasing over the last few months, finally to the point I couldn’t walk. I decided then maybe it was time to go to the doctor!

After x-rays, he discovered some sort of loose body or fragment in the bone joint. I had an MRI on Tuesday, and I can’t see the orthopedist until Friday.

So I wait. I suppose the Labor Day weekend slowed this process some. It started out feeling a little bit retreat like! I listened at home on Sunday to our church service. I caught up on my Beth Moore Bible Study on Esther and watched a couple of the videos. I read, prayed, emailed, surfed blogs and Facebook, and even became so bored as to join Twitter! (That’s another story!)

By the time, though, that I finished the retreat-like aspect of my knee journey, I suddenly came to be bothered by the wait, by not being able to jump up and do things, by not being able to go to work, irritated with the discomfort.

But God is in this. He is in the waiting. He has permitted these days for a reason. I want to discover it and pray it has something of an eternal purpose. I want to trust Him more. Fear overtook me in the night suddenly. But His Word and prayer and the remembrance of who He is and all that He has done in my life brought comfort. Not immediately. It took deliberate focus of my thoughts to allow Him to move me from fear to more faith, but after two hours, I was in a much better place.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

I pray this day will be spent not so scattered, so feeling torn by what I should be doing but cannot do, but more restful, relaxed, and focused on Him. And may He be glorified in some way through this.

I have much for which to praise Him. My mom is now living in town and able to cook for us and help me. My husband has had flexibility with his schedule and helped keep the house clean and laundry going, staying home with me two days this week. My children have not been demanding, but have helped me get things I need. This is in the grand scheme of life but a small trial, but it reminds me of the many gifts God has given me, and I praise and thank Him.