Something about Spring... I always get at least one sinus infection these days
(yummy!, I know!)but this time, some germ invaded and all of us but Al and Ty are sick on one level or another. This 'cold' has been hanging on since it struck in full force Saturday afternoon and it has just been getting worse, so we finally dragged my dragged out feeling ( and looking!) behind into the treatment center, and I got my beloved Zithromax. I don't know if it's quite normal to call Zithromax my beloved, but hey, after 3 days of a swollen shut throat, snot filled eye sockets and vertigo to kill, I'm gonna say it! LOL ;) Of course, Al is still #1... tee hee! The kiddos go in tomorrow night and I will be very glad to get refills for our nebulizer machine. Sure helps Gracie go back to sleep at night when is so congested...poor baby girl! :( But we are full of thanks to God for medicine and nebulizers today.
I won't go on and on about The Sickness.
I will say that I have been wanting to call all of you lovely ladies I love and adore yet have not yet this week because my voice has been that of a sickly man (Lol!) and the Vertigo...let's just say, it's not my friend. But I love you and am thinking of you and praying for you, so just know that! ;) I wanted to at least post on here and let y'all know how things have been now that I am at least sitting up and able to type some, if not think very coherently ;) I may not be able to attend any functions or have formal fellowship to tell you this in person, but I feel all your prayers and Thank You for them :)
I have been working on reading the book Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas bits and pieces at a time while I am having to lie down. It is an excellent book, in my opinion. Before the sickness struck, I saw that Stacey over at Single in the Suburbs was starting a little virtual book club to discuss the book she found, Stronger Than You Think by Kim Gaines Eckert. I had read half of the first chapter and was really pulled by God to hit the scriptures, and also was reminded of the book by Thomas. I find it an excellent resource to read along with Stronger Than You Think, if you ever read that one. Of course scripture has the best and final say, I just also appriciate books that help me understand it better. The book by gary Thomas will help you do that, in my opinion. When I am totally up and at 'em again, I plan on sharing more from it...
...Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?
Any comfort from His love? Any fellowship together in the spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each-other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.
On Saturday night, there was a movie on TV about the crucifixtion around 8pm. I don't know which one it was, only that it was an older film. But what a beautiful reminder of My Savior and Father's love as I lay there on the floor, clutching my tissue box, and depending on Al and Ty to be my helpers around here... and great helpers they are ;) Much of the walk up to Calvary was edited out, as was the lashing session before that and the actual crucifixtion was very abbreviated
from other theatrical versions I have seen~ and from what I can imagine in my mind and heart of what it must have really been like. But still the message was clear. As I watched , each time I thought to myself ' I hate those Roman's for what they are doing to my Jesus!" I tried very hard to take every thought captive and remind myself of what my God's word says about my sin, and of what my pastor and care group leaders have taught me about the crucifixtion being neccessary because of Me and My Sin. I told myself, " I hate what I did to my Jesus!" That changed everything. And at the same time knowing that, He would have died for me had I been the only person lost and in need of Jesus' redeeming blood. And the same for any one of us. It Is Finished, was His cry- Hallelujah! What a Savior! On the tape of the Sunday before last's message, CB said that we sinned -sin- because we wanted to, we want to. We wanted it/ we want it. And God reaches down to us in the midst of all our rebellion against Him and His ways and shows us mercy anyways, though we hardly deserve it, a Father's love is what He holds out to us~ and prodigals return home to a feast and much joy and dancing. And besides that! Applying that to my feeble life, yes we owe God our everything and our all, and we also owe Him to love His people. If anything should remind me of how much mercy and forgiveness I owe to anyone who might sin against me in this life, this is it...!
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing! You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy that I might sing praises to you and not be silent! Oh Lord, My God, I will give thanks to You forever!