Good morning sisters
I loved this from max…
Goodness and mercy… one of my fav psalms
Our moods may shift, but God’s doesn’t. Our minds may change, but God’s doesn’t. Our devotion may falter, but God’s never does. God is faithful, for He cannot betray Himself. He is a sure God. And because He is, we can state confidently what David exclaimed in his 23rdPsalm: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
What are those words that follow the word surely? “Goodness and mercy.” If the Lord is the shepherd who leads the flock, goodness and mercy are the two sheepdogs that guard the rear of the flock! Goodness AND mercy. Not goodness alone, for we are sinners in need of mercy. Not mercy alone, for we are fragile, in need of goodness. We need them both. Goodness and mercy—the celestial escort of God’s flock. If that duo doesn’t reinforce your faith, try this phrase: “all the days of my life!”
Annette: so true, God doesn't want us going beyond our means. If he supplied the task, then he supplies the energy/time needed to perform it. I had to start saying no to a lot of things when I first opened the daycare. I now work 50 hrs a week whereas a supply teacher I always had one or two days off…people get used to it.
Erika: thanks for the reminder…It is a bit hard with Oli now. He's never been so oppositional before. I was supposed to take him to the water slides on Friday and yesterday he told me very nicely that he'd rather go with his aunt. I waited until I was in the car with my dh to cry….My sis will not be taking him at all…she tends to say stuff and then not follow through. I guess I feel rejected…and a little bit like he is trying to get back at me. In the same moment I realize satan is trying to use this against me and I don't want him to. I did take it to God today..every time my heart hurt, I said: Lord, this hurts and even that felt better…(the name of the Lord is a strong tower…I'm running to it! still considering that verse for the ladies in September.) By the end of the evening Oli was saying…we can go mom…now I really don't know what I should do...Do I teach him a lesson and not go...or do I take him and have some mom/son time? I really don't know.
You are right about your brother too Erika…we can only control ourselves. It isn't our job either to convict people of sin or anything else. It's the HOLY SPRIT's job and I don't think he needs our help. it is really hard to step back and let God work in us and around us.
(I love the change of seasons. It is DANG cold in the winter, but we have 4 real seasons…a hopeful spring where everything comes to life again…a hot summer that you are happy to see end with the fall…breathtaking foliage in the fall and winter…so pretty and white---for about one day I would love to visit the south some day. )
Steph: I wish you the best vacay ever…time of peace and renewal with your dh…thank You Lord again for that boat. God owns cattle on a thousand hills…and some boats too When does your vacay start?
Lord, thank you again for these ladies. Thank you for giving me a place where I can vent and be heard by sisters who understand what it is to follow you against the current in this world! I ask you to keep your EYEs and Hands on Erika, Steph and Annette…and on all your children! Thank You Lord for your many blessing!
NYC…note: I asked a christian friend if she would be interested in perhaps going to NYC with me…she said yes. I didn't have any peace about asking my non-christian colleague. I was telling my sis about it last night and she said she might be interested too. part of me doesn't want to go with her because of past conflicts, but part of me does…she is the only other christian in my fam. We go to the same church…I should be able to spend a weekend with her. Lord, I'm not moving forward with any of this until you clarify the details for me. Thank You Father for every good and perfect gift you have bestowed!******************
Victory = series of right choices....
Nothing tastes as good as Peace feels!
God bless you and yours!
teen weight 250
starting weight 169
CW: back to 155