Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring is Coming!

Oh my word...the past days have been in a word, terrible! Adam got the stomach bug that has been camped out in our home yesterday, and this morning, I finally fell prey to its horrible illness!

Thankfully it seems to have run its course now and I am feeling better...

I have to send out a huge thanks to my wonderful husband who did the dirty work for me this morning and who took all the kids to my Mother In Law's house so that I could just rest and recuperate! What a blessing to get to just lay on the sofa, read my Bible and other books, have sole control of the tv remote and get to just sit quietly! It hasn't been that quiet EVER, in this house! What a treat, even if I did have to puke up my heels to get it!

My sweet Mother In Law recently sent this excerpt to me, it comes from My Utmost For His Highest and with the last few weeks having gone as they have...I can totally concur when Oswald Chambers says, "Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to discourage you."

"When you have no vision from God, no enthusiasm left in your life, and no one watching and encouraging you, it requires the grace of Almighty God to take the next step in your devotion to Him, in the reading and studying of His Word, in your family life, or in your duty to Him. It takes much more of the grace of God, and a much greater awareness of drawing upon Him, to take that next step, than it does to preach the gospel. Every Christian must experience the essence of the incarnation by bringing the next step down into flesh-and-blood reality and by working it out with his hands. We lose interest and give up when we have no vision, no encouragement, and no improvement, but only experience our everyday life with its trivial tasks. The thing that really testifies for God and for the people of God in the long run is steady perseverance, even when the work cannot be seen by others. And the only way to live an undefeated life is to live looking to God. Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to discourage you. Never allow yourself to think that some tasks are beneath your dignity or too insignificant for you to do, and remind yourself of the example of Christ in John 13:1-17."

"Live looking to God"...its so needed, but its hard to do some times; when I do live looking to God I remain in "perfect peace" (Isaiah 26:3-4) and my mind can think on "whatsoever things are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy" (Philippians 4:8). I'm so grateful that I have people in my life to help me along the way, to encourage me in the trenches and to spur me forward in my walk with the Lord!

Spring is coming, and I'm oh so grateful! Thanks Grace for your sweet thoughtful gift, I LOVE the flowers, they are beautiful and hydrangeas are one of my favorites...I'm enjoying my little pop of "spring" here in my family room!


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