Well we are half way through the day over here and I am still trying to "catch up" on some things that must be done. But I decided to stop for a little break and visit a few of my favorite friends, and thought I might as well put up a post of my own while I am at it.
The week-end was a LONG one, and not really very fun, and in fact if I am being honest (which is hard sometimes as I often feel recently like I am trying to tell the stories of my life without really telling them haha) it was ANOTHER emotional mess. We did spend all day Sat., and Sun afternoon after church finishing up the packing up of my mother's house. Or I guess I could be totally open about this part anyway.... I myself didn't do a whole lot. I did what I could until my knees would begin to just throb, and then I would sit down and talk with my mom, or else try to do some things from a sitting position. My wonderful, wonderful hubby made up for my lack of activity by keeping super busy and doing all he could to help. Anyway, the good news is...we (or they) FINISHED!! YAY!! It is all ready now to be moved to the storage next week-end. I will be sooo glad when it is.
We considered (OK, maybe it was just me) not driving all the way down to San Diego to church yesterday as we would need to leave RIGHT after service so that we (OK Jeff) could be back to Huntington Beach to help packing as early in the afternoon that was possible.. We usually spend two or even three hours after church having lunch and visiting with James and Larissa and our sweet grands before coming home. It makes the long drive even more worth it. I just was just flat out weary, and thought maybe we should just stay home and relax before going back over to my mom's. My hubby encouraged me to go, and I am soo glad I actually listened. (for a change ~ haha ~ just kidding) But it wasn't long after the service began that I KNEW why it was soo important that I be there, and why the enemy tried to keep that from happening, First of all the worship time was just so sweetly anointed by the Holy Spirit that I felt a calming and comforting of my spirit that was just so necessary it would be hard for me to describe. But then when he began to teach I KNEW this message was just for me. I am sure you have all had those times, when God speaks to soo directly through the message that you know it was a personal touch from Him. James has been teaching verse by verse through the book of Mark for a while now. He was speaking yesterday about Jesus's teaching as to who will be the greatest of all in His Kingdom. I will NEVER be able to explain it the way he did or the use the different verses he quoted and pull it all together in the way in which he did of course, (or I guess I would be the pastor/teacher) so I am not even going to try. But here is the bottom line for me....I am to love everyone. If you are a Christian you know this much of course and I do.. I am to be the servant of all. Again, basic Christian principles. But what he really was hammering yesterday is the reality of doing that with people who are NOT lovable. Who are not grateful....Who can NEVER repay you. Who have NOTHING to give in return....How easy it is to look the other way then, or to justify why you can't do it. Of course the reality is this describes our relationship with the Lord too. He loves us unconditionally while we deep in our sins.....before we ever thought about being grateful. We can never repay all He has done for us, and in comparison don't have much to give back. He as always is our perfect example. It is easy for us to love those lovable people in our lives who make it easy. Who love us in return and go out of their way to bless us. But those unlovable ones? The ones who use us or never repay us or are ungrateful AND yet demanding? Not nearly as easy....and yet THIS is what makes us great in His eyes. This is what He asks of us. This is how we can show His love to a dark and sinful world. Lots to think about for me. I will confess I am guilty of not really even trying sometimes to love those who I don't feel deserve it. Good thing the Lord didn't look at me like that aren't I? I think what I need to do is fill myself so much with the love that is in Him, that there is no where else for it to go but out to those around me. Especially those hard ones. Yes, a REALLY powerful, yet convicting message. I apologize if I haven't managed to express it very well, but I think you get the gist of it.
I have a couple of cute grand kid pics to share and then I am afraid it is back to the old grindstone for me, haha, Hope you all have a wonderful week. Go out and spread His love and joy to those around you....especially those who aren't very lovable. They need it most...
|SWEET CAPRI WITH A HORSE....CAN YOU JUST SEE THE LOVE IN HER EYES?|
|SAM DRIVING...LOOK AT THE JOY ON HIS FACE!|