I thought a bit about this Bible text this morning, from the 4th chapter of Corinthians '
Saturday, September 06, 2014
In the past couple of weeks, I have learned, no, re-learned, a valuable lesson about listening. Like many people, I get caught up with the busy-ness of life, measuring my successes by how busy I stay and how much I can accomplish in 24 hours. Oh, of course I talk about my "quiet time", those moments on the porch sipping my coffee and watching birds etc, but, if truth be told, during those quiet moments, my mind is running in circles, thinking and planning what to do next, or mentally making a list of things I want to do, "should" do or just think would be great to do. I am driven by some unseen force to succeed, to have accomplishments. Its not all bad to be that way, but what has happened is, that God has gotten squeezed out. Not much time for Him. And, after all I haven't been totally convinced that what I think He wants me to do, fits in well with this busy life I have made for myself. I am being honest here, relationships need time together and I have been too busy an awful lot lately. So, my hastily whispered prayers, or my prayers that come with desperation, were heard, but I never seemed to hang around to hear that small still voice speak back to me. God, in his infinite mercy took matters in his own hands. First, the arthritis in my knee has been so painful, keeping me from doing a lot of the things I love to do, like hike and walk for miles etc, but instead of using all my resting time for God, I used it for hand work. Never heard God whispering in my ear, calling me close to Him. Then last week, I developed the most severe pain I have ever felt. My entire mid section felt like someone piercing me with an ice pick. Muscle spasms came next. A trip to the Emergency Room showed that I had a pinched nerve in my back. A shot of steroids, enough pain medication to put a horse down and muscle relaxants and I was ordered to do NOTHING for a week. The pain was so great, that I willingly took the pain pills. I was so sleepy that I think for 3 days I slept 20 out of each 24 hours. I begged God to tell me what this is all about. I felt as though I was being punished, but just the opposite was the case. By day 4 I stopped pain medication but kept up with the muscle relaxers. By day 6 I stopped all medication and had no pain, but then something very strange happened, I felt a bit of a back ache, nothing bad, just a little uncomfortable, it made me sit with the heating pad on and settle in for a Dr Pol marathon on Netflix. However, God had other plans. Our Internet went out, not just for a minute, but for a long time, so I turned the plain TV station on,( we don't have cable or dish, just apple TV for Netflix etc) A local religious channel came on and the lady speaking about praying for our children came on. I watched and listened, and she spoke so much about Grace and about listening to God, it became my light bulb moment. The Internet went out just so I would hear Dr Deborah Harris speak. She was talking just to me, it seemed. Although I don't believe God caused my back pain, I do believe He used it to reach me, to use this time of "not doing" to reach me and remind me to give Him some of my time and to keep HIM in all that I do and think and plan and say.
I have been unreachable, too busy to listen. A valuable lesson learned. That in this day and age, we can become so busy, we forget the most important thing in life, to listen to the voice of the Master. By the way, as soon as Deborah Harris was done speaking on the TV, the internet came back on, but I decided to spend some time listening.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Karajan Piirakka, ready for the oven, just out of the oven and delivered to a very handsome guy so he would not have to wait until after work to enjoy some. These little pies are a favorite of ours. Not hard to make and quite tasty.
This YouTube Video shows you how to make them Karajan Piirakka
It has become a goal of mine to wake each morning with the idea of reaching for the quiet moments in life, the ones that stir something deep within our soul. The things that money does not buy, but the things that nurture love and compassion in us. Taking that first morning stroll around our land, prayer on my lips for those I love, or those I know of with needs. To look up, view the clouds and see the divine beauty in them. Acknowledge that the beauty of nature is a gift to us, a sign of deep love for us. The world we are living in, is one of endless sounds of inventions. Our peace of mind is precious. Seeking out the quiet moments, lets us take in a deep breath and hear our own heartbeat. It gives us time to reflect, to soak in the good in our lives and to see clearly the things we need to change.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Turning 60 seems to be painful for some people, as I hear a lot of complaints about aging, but for me, turning 60 yesterday was nothing less than marvelous. I had a full week of celebration. The girls had done lots of planning in secret and surprised me with a camping trip with the entire family. Melissa and her family arrived last Friday night, completely surprising me and then gave me a gift bag with the big surprise all spelled out in lovely art work by Melanie. The girls had reserved cabins at the state park for the weekend and had the food all planned and all I had to do was enjoy being with my family, doing the thing I love most, camping. Steven brought Pizza on Saturday for all of us. We had so much fun making s'mores, laughing, playing with the children, holding Axel and enjoying the peace and serenity of nature. Sunday, after we came home, they had cake and ice cream for me. It was wonderful and then there were surprises the entire week after that. When my official birthday arrived yesterday, I was so blessed to be able to do more of my favorite things and embrace turning 60 with great joy. How blessed I feel, to have a life so full of love.
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Its official ! We are entering into a new chapter of our life. Emery is retiring ! This dear man of mine has worked so hard all his life, as a child growing up on a wheat farm, then being a very dedicated husband and father, working many long hours to provide for us. Now, its his time to relax a bit, and enjoy the fruits of his labors. We are so looking forward to sharing more time together. We have lots of plans, simple things though. Camping, hiking, finishing some projects on the house and of course, continuing to maintain our simple life. We are so looking forward to this big change. God has been so good to us and we are so very thankful for our health and vitality, which will make this new phase of life so much fun.