Here’s a Bible verse for all of us who suffer from POPD? Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder
1 Corinthians 14:40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
There must be at least two different ornaments separating any two like ornaments. And, the circumference of ornaments placed next to each other must align with the north star in sequence with Jupiter’s orbital pull to the left on any given Tuesday in December. Got it? Good, maybe you can explain it to me, because it makes no sense…just like life sometimes (actually a lot of the time for me) doesn’t make sense…that is, unless you ask God to make sense of it. That’s what I ask of God every day; to make sense of…well, life. Much eludes me, but He has shown me a lot, and for that I am grateful. For the rest of it, I suppose I’ll have to wait…
Micah 7:7a But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation…
Continue to look for the miracles God is constantly performing around you. When you see enough of them, life will begin to make a little more sense…
Enjoyed the day with Ryan. We watched the rain come down while listening to a little Jack Johnson radio. Caught myself nodding off a few times. It’s a good feeling…
Here’re (here are) some funnies for y’all…
“Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Who am I to dis a brie?”
Seen on a church sign somewhere in America: Catchup with Jesus. Lettuce praise and relish Him. He loves me from my head toma toes.
Apparently it’s “rude” to ask parents of a kid on a leash if it was a rescue.
Stealing someone’s coffee is called mugging.
Pasteurize: Too far to see.
I put my grandma on speed dial. I call that Instagram.
Energizer Bunny Arrested: Charged with battery.
You can sleep on these tonight. Sweet dreams y’all…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I had a really bad headache while I was up in the mountains; throbbing/pounding pain day and night. I think it may stem from the high altitude, because it’s happened the last few times I’ve been at higher than normal altitudes…oh, and the fact that I’m getting old probably contributes as well. Anyway, I mention this is because while I was lying in bed, tossing and turning all night, I thought of what it might be like for Ryan if he’s in pain and how trapped/frustrated he must feel as he can’t communicate anything to anybody…or at least we’re not yet able to recognize his means of communication. Needless to say, I cried a bit…not because of any physical pain I suffer, but from the heartache felt/feel for my son. Thank you God for my headaches…for the heartache…and the lessons learned daily as a result. Please continue to show me your wonderful master plan in action, and my son’s role in it…Amen
1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
I’ll be out-of-town on business (actually up in Mt. Shasta working on houses) for the next couple of nights, so stock up on your beauty sleep because I may not post due to slow internet, etc…and my impatience. Yes, even after all these years of waiting for Ryan to be healed, I’m still a bit impatient. Hey, don’t judge! God’s not finished with me yet. And, if He was finished with you, you wouldn’t be here…so back off!
Thank you for continuing to pray for Ryan, and for all others who come to your minds…
Love you all!
GENESIS 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
So, the food coma really set in yesterday and I went to bed without posting, yet again. Hey, if it was alright for God to rest, it should be alright for me. Mind you, I’m not comparing myself to God in any way shape or form (although I was created in His image), as is evidenced by the fact I rested on the 6th day (Saturday, if we’re looking at a week that starts on Monday), one day short of God’s record. Come on, I can’t keep up with God. And, while God’s definition of rest was to kick back and admire ALL He had created, my definition of rest is to lay on my back and sleep because I’m worn out. God doesn’t get worn out…at least, I don’t think He does…
Anyway, all this is to say I’m sorry to have kept awake all those who wait with bated breath to read this gobbledygook; an appropriately coined word for the Thanksgiving holiday. Shawna, I know you were awake for a very different reason; the horrible loss of your beloved Buffaloes to my Bears…sorry about that. Actually, I’m not…But, the company you were with did make up for any of your football team’s shortcomings…
So, today is another beautiful day God has made. This is the view out one of Ryan’s bedroom windows. Very thankful for the rain God sent to clear up the skies. What a difference from a week ago. And, Ryan seems to be enjoying the clean air. I’m beginning to think the trouble he was having over a couple of weeks was due to all the smoke in the air from the Camp fire. I didn’t seem to notice the smell or have difficulty breathing like some people (and especially in Ryan’s room), and therefore failed to consider Ryan’s sensitive state. Anyway, he’s feeling much better, and he can get back to the challenge of overcoming a much bigger hurdle…Go Ryan Go!
It’s National Food Coma Day, and I’m participating big time! It’s a good thing Ryan slept most of the way through my shift, because I’m not sure how affective I’d have been had he needed me…
For all of my teacher friends out there…and the rest of y’all…
TEACHER: “What does a chicken give us?”
TEACHER: “What does a pig give us?”
TEACHER: “What does a cow give us?”
ENGLISH TEACHER: Give me the opposite of this sentence: “Children in the dark make mistakes.”
STUDENTS: “Mistakes in the dark make children.”
BLACK FRIDAY: That unique day when Americans struggle and trample each other publically just to get a few good sale prices…just one day after they profess how thankful they are for everything they already have.
The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.
Psalm 34:10b …those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Please pray for Ryan, as he’s got another high fever tonight. I’m wondering if it’s got something to do with the smoky air from the Camp fire that’s still burning. Praise God for the rain we got today…and that’s supposed to continue for the next couple…days, that is. It should clear the air. Thank you Lord for the little things, that aren’t so little…
A Thanksgiving Prayer:
When I have food, help me to remember the hungry.
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless.
When I have a home, help me to remember those who don’t have a roof over their heads.
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who are suffering.
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help, by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Thank you all for your continued prayers for our son Ryan! We love you and wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving!!
FAITH noun: a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Without faith, I’d be lost, and sad that Ryan is in his condition. And I venture to say, we’d all be lost. Think about it…We have faith when we turn the ignition key in our car, that it will start. When we flick the light switch to the “on” position, the light will come on. When we pray for Ryan to be completely healed, we have faith he will be healed. Do you really believe that. I do! The fact that he’s already healed in heaven for eternity, assures the result, but do you actually believe there’s a heaven?? If not, then I encourage you to look around at all of the things God is doing in and around your life. If, after witnessing “God’s” intervention, you do not believe, then I don’t know what to tell you. God is real. His salvation is real. His promises are real. I’m not crazy to proclaim it. I’ve got way too many examples of miracles He’s performed in and around Ryan’s circumstance that prove He’s real. BELIEVE! BELIEVE! BELIEVE! And, for God’s sake, open your eyes!! There is nothing more we want than for unbelievers to become believers.
ACTS 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”
You don’t have to make it any more complicated than that. It’s a simple directive. BELIEVE!
I do not have a screw loose. It fell out.
Ryan and I finished the book of John and got half way through Acts today. He was awake the entire time. Usually, he’s asleep when I read to him…and most days, for that matter. It was nice to see his face…sometimes he was smiling. I wonder if he’s conversing with God…making fun of my enunciation…