June 16

Simple Vs. Complex….

Some things are so simple, like following a recipe and getting the results you expect.  I did that this morning when I made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Then again some things are so complex.  The woman I visit at the hospital wants to go to the movies this afternoon.  I am glad to go with her and sit with her, but I need help getting her from the hospital to the theatre.  The woman who usually helps is out today I just discovered.  Her daughter is ill, but I think I figured out a way to do it.  Now I just need to go to the hospital to make sure it is all going to come together.  If I can, it will be worth it as she loves to go to the movies.

So simple vs. complex.  Just because something is complex is no reason for me not to give it a try.  It just takes more effort and a lot more phone calls.  I am thankful I am able to be helpful to someone else.  But I need to remind myself of that in the middle of making it come together.  I need to remember to exemplify trust in Jesus and to be calm in the process.

I know I can do this.  I’ve done it before but sometimes it takes a lot of effort.  Am I up for that effort?  Paul reminds me to give it my all and so I shall.

Father, you give me the faith I need and the grace I must have to accomplish the goals set before me.  You are the best.  Amen.

Psalm 28:7

June 15

Acupuncture………

I go to acupuncture twice a week and it has been a real blessing to me.  With my scoliosis getting worse all the time, the acupuncturist is able to work on specific pain areas at each of my visits and I can see a real improvement in my pain level after my treatment.

I am thankful for alternative therapies and medicine like this.  I have tried a lot of different techniques out there….rolfing, massage, chiropractic…. and acupuncture is definitely the best of the ones I have tried.  I appreciate being able to go to this therapy and I especially appreciate the fact that my insurance is good for unlimited yearly visits and a relatively small co-pay.

I have tried to encourage others with specific problems to give acupuncture a try and a few have, but not many.  I think the idea of pins or needles, whatever you call them, freaks a lot of people out.  Actually you can’t see them when they are being put in or in use so I think that eliminates a lot of the uneasiness, but I am not particularly scared any way so it doesn’t bother me.

This may be in part because I have been around so many different medical situations that this seems relatively simple and easy to me.  I really can’t attribute my lack of unease to anything in particular.

I have a huge list of things for which I am thankful and acupuncture is just one of them, albeit, a very important one.  God is so good to me and to all of us.  We need to give him thanks daily for his many blessings.

Father, thank you for making acupuncture available and especially for the acupuncturist in Cordova.  She is without a doubt well trained and very helpful and I am thankful.  I feel blessed by you love and care for me.  I love you.  Amen.

Ephesians 5:20; I Thessalonians 5:18

June 14

Flag Day….

When I drove through Main Street this morning I noticed all the flags.  For just a minute I wondered what the holiday was, but then I remembered it was June 14, Flag Day, my Dad’s birthday.  Oh, goodness, if he were alive he would be 117 and my mom would be 122.  That means she has been gone longer than she was alive.

Lately I have read several books in which the father of the main character was no longer living.  I can easily relate to that situation since both of my parents are gone and both of my husband’s parents are gone.  In each of these books, one character is moaning and grumbling about their parent when the other character says, “I would love to talk to my Dad even if he did criticize me.”

It seems that we never realize just how important a person is  until we can no longer speak and interact with that person.  With our hurried life, we are always so busy with this or that activity, that we miss a lot of opportunities to spend time with others who are really important to us.

Once you realize this it is essential that you make the most of every opportunity for those interactions.  And if those opportunities are not occurring frequently, you need to find ways to make them occur so you can experience these interactions.  For some of us, it means traveling to see family.  It means intentionally calling or texting or emailing frequently.  In short, it means been intentional all the time when it comes to these relationships.

We need to have these times with God above all.  Of course we can call or text or email, but we can talk to him throughout the day and at length at certain times of the day.  Truly we can do no less.  We can journal our thoughts and we can listen for his still small voice.

Father, help me to be intentional in every way every day.  Help me not to give up.  Amen.

I Corinthians 9:14-27

 

 

June 13

No more TV…..

I never watch TV and the volunteer who lives with me only watches on her own laptop.  My grandson didn’t watch when he was here and I checked with my tenant downstairs and she only watches one show a week and said she had been thinking of stopping watching so I collected the cable boxes and took them to the cable off and canceled my account.  This will be a nice little savings every month and I won’t miss TV since I never watched anyway.

I do see some TV when I go to visit at the hospital as it is always on in every room I think and in the room where they eat.  SOmetimes I wonder at the channels it is tuned to, but I don’t know whose choice it is.

The woman I visit most loves sports and she watches a lot of golf, ice skating and sometimes track.  She is not into football or basketball and not much baseball.  I didn’t know much about gold when I started watching with her, but I am definitely getting better at understanding it.

I guess the biggest problem I see with TV is the amount of time it can waste.  A woman told me that she realized she was watching all day long and she said that helped her decide to go back to work.  She missed being around people to talk with and doing something meaningful so she started out part time and is now full time as a nurse at the clinic.  Everyone is glad to see her back to work as they appreciated her.  I am sure this is nice for her too.

God doesn’t want us to waste time.  I think he is OK with real relaxation and quiet time, but time just spend in idle watching can’t be good or contribute to his kingdom.

Father, thank you for giving me the nudge I needed to turn in the equipment for the TV.  It was a good decision and one I needed to make.  Thank you.  Amen.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

June 12

Outrageous….

When I was visiting at the hospital this evening, they were watching the basketball game between Golden State and the Ohio Cavaliers.  The announcer mentioned that the price for the tickets for this series was $9000.  I almost fainted.

When I got home and mentioned this to my friend, she looked at the Internet and discovered that tickets for the final game are going for $119,000.  I couldn’t believe it.

While some people think these tickets are being sold to rich people, I honestly believe that they are being sold to people who can ill afford to buy them and are probably charging them.

I think I always knew the tickets were costly, but I never in my wildest dreams could have guessed they were this much.  Truly I am stunned.

The whole thing makes me sad.  I am not against sports or the players making a decent living, but  the money involved in their contracts, the tickets for events and the whole thing is hard to imagine.  I wish there were some way to get things evened out in our society.  It is so sad to see people with needs go without and it is equally sad to see people spend money they truly do not have and have little hope of paying off anytime in the neat future.

We need to trust our lives to Jesus and let him lead us in the way everlasting.

Father, this whole scenario raises a dilemma which is hard for me to understand.  It is also hard to visualize a way to reconcile it and to find a good answer.  Please be with the people who make these decisions and give them your wisdom.  Amen.

Proverbs 3:5

June 11

Two insights….

This afternoon I had the opportunity to talk with a friend whose wife has been quite ill for some time.  While we were talking it became apparent that the Lord had impressed on both of us the fact that his wife will come to know the Lord before she dies.  I have had this feeling for some time, but this last week I felt very strongly that God was telling me the truth of this statement and I knew I could trust in this understanding and let any residual worry go.

I try to keep worry out of my mind and heart and I have been all week that my friend will come to know the Lord before her time on earth is over.  It was a joy for me to hear that her husband feels the same way.  It is another confirmation that the Lord will act in this way.

During another conversation today at church, a friend shared the feeling he had the distinct impression that an acquaintance felt hostile to Christians.  When he shared this with me, I told him I felt it was because that person felt condemned for behavior he knew the Bible did not support.

Put this way my friend agreed that this could well be the case.  I think too often we get the feeling that people are hostile to us, when in fact I believe they are hostile to the words of the Gospel which is in direct opposition to their feelings and behavior.   If we stop to consider the problem from this viewpoint, it makes perfect sense.  People do not like to think that someone finds their behavior objectionable and they tend to put those feelings off on others.  In fact, they know that they are negative because the Bible calls their behavior into question.

It was a day of confirmation and understanding and I am thankful for the Lord’s movement in my life.

Father, thank you for helping us understand your word. Help me to stand upon those words without fail.  Amen.

Romans 6:16

 

June 10

Don’t waste a minute…

Today I attended a memorial service for a young man who died a week ago.  There were several hundred people there, more men and boys than women.  He had a huge extended family and many, many friends.

I couldn’t hear those who spoke.  I was too far in the back and I don’t think they used the mic so I had plenty of time to think.  I thought of how difficult it must be for his parents to outlive their son who was only 27.  I thought of how often we waste time we have that we can be together.  I thought of his girlfriend who found him and how difficult that must be.

I have been reading a book that has a similar, although slightly different, theme.  Wasted time and how precious the time we have truly is.

It seems as if we really realized just how precious time is, we would spend it more wisely, but then I know that and I am guilty of not spending it well.  It is a hard thing to do, to spend time wisely.  It is hard to realize that right now is all the time we really have and how we spend it is all important.

It makes me stop and think and consider how I spend my time. And it makes me realize that I need to be continually reminded that I need to spend my time wisely.  I need God’s daily reminders about time.  I need to be encouraged to spend my time well and to think of others.  I need to read about time in God’s word and keep myself well versed in that word.  In short, I need to spend my time wisely.

Father, thank you for the time you give me.  Help me to truly spend it wisely and well.  Guide me I pray.  Amen.

Ephesians 5:14-17