Yeah, I really need to work on my blog titles! I'll try to do better :). Its just something I don't want to waste a lot of time on, I guess.
So, lots of messages from God today! Do you know what I thought about a few minutes ago??? Are you ready for this??? The thought passed through my head, with a chuckle, that I need to stay sick long enough to learn all God has to teach me. As soon as I had the thought, I back-tracked and went, "wait a minute God, don't me too seriously on that!!" Whew! Thankfully my God is an all-knowing God and He knows what I mean! I wish I could be HEALTHY and learn all these same lessons, but I have to say, that when the business of life takes over, God sometimes get pushed out of the way. Sad, but true. I'm really praying that He helps me find a way to balance this. When I was back working, I was so disappointed that I only had energy for work. I was beat by the time I got home. I love my job, but I love my life outside of work more. Pray for me on this, ok? I REALLY want to know what God's will is for my life.
Today my e-mail devotional was about spiritual gifts. I had to laugh because the woman writing it, LeeAnn Rice, was disappointed when she took a spiritual gifts test. She didn't feel that any of her gifts were the "important" ones. I felt the same way! Rich and I recently took a class at church on spiritual gifts and took an online test. My top ones were faith, exhortation, encouragement, mercy, and music. What the heck can a person do with that? I wanted something concrete-->DO THIS TO SERVE GOD. I was happy to find out (from my pastor) that although I don't have any musical ability, I minister to God through my personal worship. I often have a song of praise going through my head, and when I'm not sure where to start when praying, I just start singing to God. I wish I could tell you that I went on to discover what I can do with my other gifts, but I'm still working on that--but I do know that God can use me, whatever gifts I might have, and ALL gifts are important! "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) Note the word "whatever"!
I also learned today from Pastor Tom's blog (see link on sidebar), that "ordinary Christianity" is an oxymoron. I agree! All Christians are "EXTRA ordinary" We are called to live "EXTRAordinary" lives. I better get on that! I hope I can keep that word at the forefront of my mind, and remember it in everything I do.
Ok, a health report: I have been feeling REALLY good! I have had plenty of energy the last few days, and even have been getting up early (6:30 today!). Today I will think about what I want/need to get done before chemo on Monday. Oh--just thought of something. I think today is payday--so I should pay bills. Next week I won't care!
Yesterday I got out a bit and went shopping. I need more shirts that have patterns on them. Solid color shirts show any "uneveness" I might have, if ya know what I mean! Patterns make it harder to tell. It felt good to be out shopping. Last time I went was a few days before my mastectomy and I ended up in tears because I thought I'd never be able to wear cute stuff again. Yesterday I was happy with how everything looked! And then I got a yummy Wild Berry Smoothie from Caribou!
Today I'm going to have lunch with a good friend. I wanted to take her out as a little thank you for all her help with Shonna's party.
Looking at my calendar I see that its been 3 years today since Rich's craniotomy. I'm happy to report that any neurological issues he had before, seem to have resolved themselves. I hope he never has to go through anything like that again! That is a scary surgery!
Well, better get going on that to-do list!
Have a great weekend!