I was checking out some blogs today and I am reminded by my husband that it’s been too long since I’ve written a post. I’m sitting in my nook near the fire place (which is now my favorite spot). I think I like this spot because of the recliner. So, what has been happening since I last wrote you? Well, I’m 100% better from the last post where I had Bell’s palsy. The Lord quickly reminded me that I have soo much to be thankful for. So, quick updates before I get to the focus of this post.
- I joined the worship team at the church and it has blessed my heart so much, but there is a lot of spiritual warfare going on so if you read this post you could pray for me.
- My brother got married in St. Lucia to my beautiful new sister-in-law Diana. Zack and I couldn’t go, but mom and dad tell me it was a great time.
- Our anniversary is coming up a week from Sunday (can you believe it?).
So, this weekend was a great time. Zack and I went on a great walk on Saturday before worship practice. This cold weather hasn’t let us get out much, but soaking in the sunshine and talking with my husband is so precious to me. I can remember when we would walk on Heartland Lane (the road his parents live on) all of the time..at night/in the morning/in the afternoon.
This Sunday was not like your typical worship service. Usually at our church we sing for 30 minutes and then have announcements followed by the message. But this Sunday John and his wife Beulah (she is from India) just got back from India. They were sharing what God has put on their hearts. They showed picture after picture of the children there and a woman who had leprosy. My heart broke as I saw the pictures and yet at the same time I couldn’t help but think of Indonesia. I sometimes wonder if I will ever go back to that place.
John and Beulah were showing some pictures of the temples that are in the high places. There are many times when it is mentioned in the Old Testament about how people worshipped in the high places. But John and Beulah have been given a vision for the widows and orphans and they eventually want to build a house of hope. There was one verse that stuck with me and it’s in James 1 where he writes about being not only hearers of the Word, but doers. In v. 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
At the end of the presentation John and Beulah said they were planning a trip in October. We’ll see how the Lord leads us in that, but after the presentation was over Pastor Rob got up and said he wanted all of us to pray. It was refreshing to be able to have a time of prayer.
I have been learning a lot. Most of what I have been learning is how to abide in Christ. That may seem so elementary to some, but to me it’s new. When I was younger in my faith I was so bold and courageous. There are times when I pray that I might be that girl who wasn’t afraid of anything..not what people thought, not sharing my faith. Now I have all of the time in the world and it’s difficult. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the Lord is showing me humility in all of this. I’m sure I’m not making any sense so I’ll share what I’ve read this week in Luke 9.
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30Two men, Moses and Elijah, 31appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.
Everything I need is wrapped up in Jesus. I want to be able to love people and them see the Glory of the Lord in me. :0)