Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Leason Learned

Good news for the day: Labs today went well and blood work came back positive for good levels of RBC, WBC and platelets.  Praising God for this!

An update from my last post...
Tests.  Does anybody really like taking tests?  In school that was one thing I certainly did not look forward to.  In fact I had great anxiety about actually taking the test that my brain literally would freeze up and I would bomb out on the test.  I was a good student don't get me wrong.  Went to class, did my homework and studied like the rest of them.  For some reason I just would not be able to perform on the test.  Over the years I have learned that I am just a slow learner.  It takes me a while to read and absorb what I am reading.  Sometimes I will read a book 3 times to get it all.  I take notes, highlight and underline as I go.  I have to admit sometimes I read out loud to myself.  We all learn in different ways.  I watched last week as my son Dustin was so frustrated with his spelling words that it reminded me of myself.  I am happy to report that the spelling test went very well.  He got 100% (see photo).  It pays to work hard and not quit.  Quitting is easy.  Studying is hard.  I am hopeful Dustin will develop some good habits as he discovers what ways he learns best. I am still a student.  We all are.  Life is about learning more about ourselves, the world around us and the amazing God that made it all.  It's a life long journey to learn about self and Christ.  To know Him and to make Him known that is what life is all about.  Psalm 73:28 states, " But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."  As I process all that is going on around me in this world my heart aches.  I have finally figured out why.  I am homesick.  Homesick for a place I have never been to.  I can read all about it.  In fact I can study and learn all about it.  Heaven is for real.  My heart is heavy because I was created to be with Him, to worship Him alone.  Heaven is my home, it's my hope that keeps me going.  "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." (Philippians 3:20)  Many of you know my sweet friend Jeanie.  She has had stage 4 cancer for some time now.  Her earthly body is frail, failing her.  It is so difficult to watch.  Reality. Life. The facts are what they are.  None of us can change them.  Almighty God is on the throne and in control.  We eagerly await our heavenly home yet desire to be here on earth with those we call family and friends.   "To live is Christ, to die is gain." (Philippians 2:21)  So I continue to ponder.  Like the rest of us watching, waiting, hoping. Not sure who coined this phrase, but I love it.  Today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. We are not guaranteed another minute, day or year.  Why do some get cancer?  Why do some die young?  Why? The questions still remain and the answer is simple.  To know Him and make Him known.  Life begins and ends in Christ.  He is is the answer.  He is our only hope. So like the rest of you who know Jeanie and know me and the battle of cancer we wait and we hope.  We pray.  We love because He first loved us.  We hope for healing, we hope for God's will to be accomplished sooner rather than later.  Our strength is renewed in the waiting (see post on 6/29/11).   As Pastor Jackie Roberts said last Sunday in his message in Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me ALL you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."  This is our opportunity here on earth to:
  • Come: He is calling
  • Take: He is challenging us to be His disciple
  • Learn: He wants us to follow Him daily
This is our only source of rest.  It is the peace of God that calms the raging storms surrounding the earthly life.  It is Christ who brings peace between us and God.  For we were separated by our sin, but now we can have peace with God.  What could be better than that? Nothing.  Because we have peace and we have hope that doesn't disappoint. That my friends is how I can sleep at night, why I can face cancer and why I can be truly thankful.  It is a learning process.  You have to know Him in order to make Him known.

Dustin's Spelling Test!

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