This morning 3 of the devotionals I usually read to Rick at breakfast were the kind of encouragement most of us need along the way in life. Monday this week, I had to make a Wal-mart run. With Lyme’s as my hindering plight, I made a map with my list to make the fewest steps possible. In the door, to the left, Pharmacy for some of Rick’s nutritional drinks; then to the very back left for 2 quarts of paint, one red, one blue. Then all the way to the back right to get a gallon of milk, a gallon of bleach and coming forward running maybe 4 aisles for canned fruit etc and a turkey breast for Christmas dinner, to the check out which is mid-store now, because they have set up self check outs by the door.
By the time I got home, every piece was handled and lifted by me, into the cart, out and onto the belt, back into the cart, out of cart into the van, out of van into the house and then put away in it’s proper place.
I have spent every morning and afternoon in bed as soon as my chores were done for meals and laundry, icing and massaging my back. Getting out of a chair or bed has been awful. Can’t figure out how to coordinate without pain. Three Advil gelcaps have helped.
This morning from Henry Blackaby… “How can you tell what kind of foundation a life has been built on? Watch to see what happens when a storm comes. A life built upon the Word of God will withstand the very storm that sweeps away the life that did not heed God’s Word. There are no shortcuts to spiritual maturity. Maturity only comes through hard work and obedience to what God says. The next time you hear Jesus speaking, immediately begin to firmly build His truth into your life, so that no storm can unsettle you.”
From John Piper… “But if Joseph and Jesus teach us anything this Christmas it is this: “God meant it for good!” (Genesis 50:20).
You fearful saints fresh courage take
The clouds you so much dread
Are big with mercy and will break
In blessings on your head.”
From Oswald Chambers… “Beware of lazily giving up. Instead, put up a glorious fight and you will find yourself empowered with His strength.”