I sit here on a rainy Saturday afternoon in my pajamas listening to the wonderful music of my dog, Bailey, playing “devil box” in the backyard. The new wood fence is up, and I can enjoy an afternoon of Bailey playing and not escaping. I cannot tell you the last time I have had that joy.
The last few weeks have been particularly exhausting–not bad, but exhausting. Greg had bursitis in his elbow that had a huge infection and made it necessary to not take his Humira (Rheumatoid Arthritis meds). This past week has been really hard on him, and in consequence has been hard on me as I help to care for and encourage him. He is not able to do as much to help physically. This is just part of life for him, and, in turn, for me.
My usual schedule has been off (packed full), so my housekeeping, cooking, etc has been off. Greg had the first 3 nights of this week away, and I had two of them away, so I had toast for dinner several nights:). I also added several new young women to meet with weekly. Greg’s good friends from college, Todd and Brian, are in town this weekend, and it has been great to hear him laugh and be silly with them in their banter. Friends that stand the test of time are such a gift.
All of these things are a part of the life of which I am extremely grateful. I am grateful for the beauty of pouring into others with the hope of the gospel. I am grateful for the quality of relationships we have in our lives–the opportunity to be “with” people and give our lives away. However, this afternoon, I am really grateful for my soft pajamas, the computer, warm blankets, my gracious husband, and my crazy dog. It is time for some rest.
The lack of blogging lately has come from the exhaustion of the mind. I have been “present” with so many in the real world that I have not connected with the cyber one!
I got the opportunity to study for several hours yesterday on how Jesus and the new testament writers prayed for others. It was such a blessing. Reminders poured forth to remember my brothers and sisters in thanksgiving to God and to constantly pray for them. The prayers about others were also steeped in the truth and the gospel for the strengthening and fruit in Christ. I pray that today for you who follow this blog. I am thankful for you–for the exact arenas God has placed you for his specific purposes. I pray that God point you to Christ here and strengthen you to endure and serve in the hope of Christ. I pray that your hope be in NOTHING other than his truth and the grace and love that come in Him–not your family or looks or job or finances or status or anything.
‘But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish in order that I might gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes from faith, the righteousness of God that depends on faith.’ Phil 3:7-9
It is no mistake that these are the verses we have been memorizing this week. His word is so rich, and the Spirit teaches us faithfully as we cling to it.