Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

My husband is in the hospital with a knee transplant.  He is doing pretty well so far.  I am supposed to visit him tonight, but there is a big storm coming this way, a big wet, snowy one.  Hope I can go, but the most important day is Thurs. when I am supposed to take him home.  That day looks pretty good.

I got two pair of boots recently.  They were both on sale so I could afford both of them.  The first pair is short little black boots with wooden heels.  The only place I could wear these is to church.  I want to wear them with a short coat and a skirt.  I saw this look in an old movie, Holiday Inn.  The heroine had the cutest short black boots I have ever seen.  Of course we all wore winter boots then.  They don't even sell her kind any more.  I wanted to try to get a similar effect.  My daughter thinks they are awful.  They probably are.  I wonder if I should try to take them back or just be brave and let people stare and poke fun.

The other pair is long and brown.  They are comfy and I can tuck my jeans in them.  I can wear them to see the kids, take them off, and wear them to church that night instead of bringing an extra pair of shoes along.

God has been confirming themes for me.  One is an open heaven.  God is bringing joy and healing forth and I want to make sure I take my part in this.  He may be bringing me a long hoped for partner in ministry.  We'll see how that turns out.  He is pulling together different promises and I see a bunch of loose balloons being pulled together and secured in a knot so that they can be used together.

Exciting times are ahead.  I can sense them coming.  At least with God, every day is a good day in Him.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Faces To Remember

First of all, I would like to say I'm sorry that I have been away for a bit.  My computer was acting funny and I didn't know if it was the computer itself, the server, or the wireless connection.  I had had the modem fixed before or another one put in.  After a short time, the problems began again.  I did get a different type of modem and right now things are rolling again.  Hope you have all been well and happy.  I couldn't even check up on you.

I have been looking at old photos of my children.  Whenever I do, I am reminded of the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder.  It is about a small town and everyday things.  Near the end, the heroine dies.  She is in her grave and wishing that she could come back to earth for just one day.  This is granted her.  Early in the day she talks to her mother and her mother is so busy that she doesn't even look at her.  This is the scene that I will forever remember from that fine play, that her mother did not look at her. 

As my children grew up, I took lots of pictures, but I also tried to look in their faces and remember the moment so that I could recall it in later years.  I have been somewhat successful, but when looking at the pics, I wish I had looked just one more time at their sweet faces.

When I am with my older children, I try to look at them.  I don't want to stare because that isn't right and I don't want to pass over them without looking.  Somewhere in the center is a comfortable place where I can look for just a moment and remember this time and this age.  The different ages are all so precious to me.

I try to look at my grandchildren.  Too soon they will be big and I don't want to forget.  I am able to look at my husband when we go out to eat.  At other times, I can catch a glance.  I understand that men aren't as comfortable about looking face to face as women.  I will try to be sensitive and look when I can.  It's the remembering that is important.  I don't want to be like Emily's mother and be too busy to see, really see the loving faces before me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My New Bible Reading Plan

I wanted to try something new this year with reading my Bible.  I love all of the epistles so I wanted to make sure I included those.  It's been too long since I've gone all the way through the Old Testament.  So I thought it would be fun to read in several different places.

I am ashamed to say that I had a tendency to skip First and Second Chronicles.  Mainly this is because the stories of the kings are also in First and Second Samuel and First and Second Kings.  And the Chronicles start out with genealogies.  Yes they can be dry, but they also set up the patriarchs and Moses and his family and other important people like David.  So, because there are some little gems along the way, it is enjoyable.  And you don't have to pronounce each name to yourself.  You can scan to see if you can learn something new.

I am also doing Proverbs in the Old Testament.  This book has many helpful sayings and much wisdom.  In the Old Testament, if I have time to read a little longer at one sitting, I'm doing Genesis.

In the New Testament, I'm doing Matthew.  I have just finished The Sermon On The Mount.  I know there are great  healing stories from Jesus in this book.  (It also starts with a genealogy.)  Then I am doing Romans which is one of my favorite books.  It is all about Grace and has so much good reading to absorb.  In my extended reading in the New Testament, I'm doing Acts.

It is amazing how reading from four different places brings the New and Old testaments together in a wonderful way.  It sounds like a lot, but I am actually only reading two chapters a day.  Mon. through Thurs. I do the New Testament, Friday through Sunday, I do the Old Testament.  The other chapters, as I said are extra, just in case I want to read further.  I may not get as much done as I'd like, but it is the process which is important.  I am learning so much this way and it is very enjoyable.

Have you a favorite book of the Bible?  Why is it your favorite?