Monday, November 20, 2006
How about a nice warm fire to snuggle up in front of? We (she) decided it was now cold enough for a fire - actually two nights in a row we have had a fire. What is it about a fire that so captivates us?
The warm glow, crackling of the wood and the warmth of course - I guess. I can imagine how necessary it was for survival over the past centuries - no fire, no hot cooked food and maybe even no protection from predators. In the colder climates it's the only thing that separated you and yours from freezing to death. We can choose our fires now just for the pleasure of it. It is a blessing to enjoy with friends and family. And it is fun to be a 'fire' bug and play in it trying to keep it going. . .
So many decisions to be made. I have been reading alot in the area of alternative treatments – some with good promise and others with not so good promise. It all depends on who is talking and do they have an agenda or product to sell. Prayer is my main tool in addition to study.
Isaiah 30:21 "21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you,
saying, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to
the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.
Pastor Don used this text Sunday morning in the series of messages, “What are You saying God?” Many people are in need of a direct Word from God. Not a general direction but a specific Word that applies exactly to their situation. That is where I am presently. It would be so much easier to just have the Lord come into my kitchen with a yellow pad and for Him to write down a list that I was to follow. But that is not how faith works. The Word says in James 1:2-5 “2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” The testing of your faith produces patience. I must be patient – I can still do my homework, be diligent, wise and discerning – but I must be patient and wait upon the Lord. Again, the word says that, “those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” – and I need my strength renewed. Again, “the joy of the Lord is my strength”. The Scriptures are full of power to renew the soul and the body, capable of reviving you when you least believe you can be revived. Jesus said, "all things are possible if you can only believe". And like the father with the sick child said to Jesus, "help me in my unbelief”. Lord, help us in our unbelief.
Today started out very cold with jack frost on the roof tops and the fields. Tonight and into Tuesday morning it is supposed to get down into the low 30’s. We are even letting the cats sleep in the foyer hall – they cannot get into the main house since we can shut the doors and isolate them to just the foyer. Blacky is on medicine for sneezing and runny eyes. She is getting better and now I noticed that Tippy is sneezing a little, too. If I had known they were going to require so much attention, the pound could have been their home – just kidding. We enjoy their company and they are some of the friendliest cats I have ever had, especially Tippy.
The Hosanna girls team won today. They played against Riverside in Donaldsonville. We had fun on the drive out there and back. We ate at a restaurant (which I will leave nameless) and it never fails that something will be wrong with Robin’s food. It’s either too cooked – or not cooked enough. This time she ordered fried oysters and she came up with a gray pearl, black pearl and a sliver of oyster shell. That was three oysters in a row! It was unbelievable! Well, needless to say three strikes and you are out. She asked the waitress for something else and it was pretty good. It must be a restaurant conspiracy. Bryan says he can remember only one time when she got something (a meal) without a problem. I just was wishing it would have been some pearls that were worth something.
More games this week - and of course family, turkey and all the “fixins” are coming up this Thanksgiving. This time last year is when I began having some pretty heavy symptoms.
Try to eat healthy and don't be like the Turkey - "stuffed" - when you finish. Remember, there will be left overs!
God bless. George.