Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Natural Families and Made Up Families-Today's Blessings

Today I had a procedure done on my back.  I am part of a blind study about pain control.  I am grateful that I was chosen for this procedure. In six weeks if I received the real thing, that will be the end of it, or if the placebo was determined, then the procedure will be done after the six week study.  I am grateful to have one of the best surgeons in the area.  I am grateful I have a friend who drove me home.  I am blessed to have family in this town and that my parents are both still living.  I will be spending Mother's Day with my mom this year as well as my two sisters on Mom's Day.  There are two weddings in my sister's family the two days before Mom's day.  I love being with my sisters.  We are living in different areas of the United States and don't see each other very often.

Isn't it sad that families are spread  all over the country?  It must have came about because of the "Industrial Revolution."  That was a long time ago.  Since factories started to build their businesses in remote places or in big cities, they needed workers.  So now in 2010, families who thought it would be adventurous to travel or relocate but find themselves alone without friends and family.  But, I think people tend to  make new families, at church, in groups, in the military.  I have connections in my town, in church, in bible studies, in community interest groups. My sisters do the same thing.  It is up to us to stay in touch.  With God's help, we can survive in the changing world.  I will close here by saying God makes me happy.  He is my Lord and Savior and my question is: How do people make it without Him?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday, 2010

What a blessed day.  The day my Savior arose from the grave defeating death.  It is raining today.  We need the rain.  We also need a Savior.  A ministry group I sing with presented  the Easter service at a local nursing home  today.  We give a church service there once a month.  The other three Sundays of the month, three other churches are there to minister to the residents.   We were honored to have been asked to give the Easter service this year.

The residents are always so grateful that we visit and play music and read scripture.  It seems like sometimes they don't know we are there, and I don't think they are receiving anything from us.  But they do hear and they love the hugs after the service.  Our group enjoys the hugs also.One Sunday one of the residents told me we looked like a family.  That is the nicest compliment we have ever received.  We are a family.  This Sunday, my youngest son joined us to play the tambourine.

I am most grateful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Today and Good Friday are important days in a Christian's life.  The death, burial and resurrection of Christ is told in the Word, the Holy Bible.  It is incredible to me that there were eye witnesses to this event and is still recorded accurately today.

I'm grateful for my children and my parents and my family.  I pray that they all know the Lord as their Savior.  It's funny how family seems to listen to others more than they do you.  But that is okay, as long as they get the message.

I had to spend time alone with the Lord this morning before I started my day.  I need to do that every day and most of the time I do.  But I have been lax lately, worrying about other things in my life.  Remember the story I told you about the vision I had of Jesus flying above me.  I have to remember that often.  The busier I am the more I need Him and to keep my eyes only on Him.  Vision of Christ
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