Thursday, September 22, 2016

Life Update

I have written so few blog posts lately.  Shared so little about life here.  Well, I've decided it is time to share more. 

I have been jokingly saying that we should erase July 2016 from the record-books.  But then that would erase August and even today...because what took place in July has led us to today.

See...in July 2016, nearly all of my world was rocked.  First, my neighbor and best friend, Emily, moved.  She isn't super far away now, but she is not across the street anymore.  The week after her move, our youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes....it was my mom's birthday.  And the week after his diagnosis, my mom was hospitalized with internal bleeding that nearly took her life (and actually DID take her life, but they revived her). 

Then, as if those changes were not enough, my husband changed jobs at the beginning of this month and also started back to school as well.  Somewhere in the middle of all of that....we started back to our homeschool year. 

Whew. 

That really is all I can say in response. 

I miss my friend.  I am tired from all the checking on my son all day and night.  Life is busy.  Very busy.  Packed in at every moment, just to get it all done. 

But....praise the Lord....my mom is better!  My husband's new job is going great!  And I am enjoying learning a little while I overhear his online class lectures. 

We are still gaining more information regarding our son's diagnosis.  The day he was diagnosed, his blood sugar was something we just stumbled upon.  We weren't there looking for that AT ALL.  But it was very high and he was unable to be awakened that morning, and continued to fall asleep nearly the entire day.  Right now, the best we can tell, he is in the "honeymoon phase" of T1D.  Everything seems to look normal most days.  Then he will have a day of higher blood sugars.  Then they are normal again.  We can just pray, check his sugars, and stay in touch with our pediatrician, who is staying on top of all of it with us. 

I am also glad to say that our school year is going SO good.  The best start to a school year that we have EVER had.  I'll post more soon about what we are using and doing this year! 


I know this is not the Bible teaching, marriage building, or spiritually encouraging post I usually write...but I want to share more with you all.  You've been there all this time, reading what few posts I have written.  I want to open up and let you into my life a little more.  Because we are one body (in Christ), and I need you and your encouragement as much as you need mine! 

So I have to ask....any of you experience anything like this before, where all of life took a hit at once?  How did you get through it?

And anyone have a T1 out there?  I'd love to connect!


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

He Gives Good Gifts

This morning, my pastor referenced this verse in his sermon:

"What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, 
will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, 
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"  Matthew 7:9-11
 

Bread versus stone.  

What a comparison!  One nourishes, while the other bruises.  The bread of life (Jesus) causes one to never go hungry again.  (John 6:35)  While the stone condemns and even kills.

And there is a reason why the tempter (satan) came to Jesus to tempt Him, saying, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."  (Matthew 4:3)

But that which condemns can never sustain.

 


Fish versus serpent.

One thrives in [living] water.  The other is on its belly in the dirt.

One multiplies.  (Matthew 14:13-21)  The other divides (see the Garden of Eden). 

One is the result of preaching the gospel.  (We are fishers of men, right?)  The other was the agent solely responsible for the need of that gospel.




Bread and fish.

Five thousand men (plus their families) were hungry.  Five loaves and two fish were enough to feed them.

In fact, bread and fish are enough for us, too. 

The gift of eternal life and the gift of seeing others gain eternal life.  They truly are enough. 

May we be satisfied with the good and perfect gifts which come from Him!
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