Sweet Like Honey

our family's journal of God at work


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Heart Change

It has become evident to me over the years that when my health is low I am more likely to give in to temptation to sin–especially in how I treat my children. One could say the enemy tempts more strongly when he sees we are weakened, and there is truth to that. But I think the real problem is that we rely on our own strength to “be good” more than we realize. When the thin veneer of our strength is stripped away we are left with what has always been barely hidden in our hearts–sinful attitudes. The Lord allows times of weakness so that we can see how desperately we need Him, and, when He also exposes our sin during these times, He gives us the opportunity to repent and seek Him for genuine heart change–not just “cover up”.

Needless to say, I will not be winning the “Mother of the Year” award. But I am thankful for the mercy of the Lord, His rebuke and correction, His cleansing and His changing work in my heart. And I am thankful for the forgiveness of my children. The Lord is good to give us times of weakness. His grace is sufficient and our weakness is not an excuse for sin.

Blessings!

Cassie


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To Be More Present

One of my prayers lately has been that the Lord will help me to be more “present” to my children.  We homeschool and spend most of our waking hours together, but though we are together most of the time I am not always “present”.  Humanly speaking, I cannot give them my full attention 24/7–my strength gives out  quickly.  When I get tired I find it difficult even to answer simple questions.  There are times though when I am simply distracted from them by unimportant things.

Since I started praying this I have noticed a difference in my ability to be more focused on helping them, talking with them, teaching them, listening to them, entering in to their fun. . .even when I am fighting through another day of fatigue.

The Lord reminded me that He “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. . . .The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” Psalm 46:1, 7.  He is not just in the same room with us, doing His own thing.  He is attentive to our every cry, every need, every thought, every Hallelujah and I love you, everything about us.  He loves us each as if we were the only person on earth and yet loves us all the same.  My Father has time for me and I am not a hindrance to Him.

I want to be like Him with my children, and so I will continue to pray and act as He gives me the strength–but I know I will not ever be as good at it as He is.  It makes me realize just how amazing and wonderful it is that God is an ever present  help in trouble; our God with us; the One who promises to never leave us or forsake us.

 


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Laughter

The children were in a giggly mood today when we drove home from a friend’s house.  Sarah said to me, “Mommy, if we’re too noisy, sorry, but we are full of laughter’s good medicine.”  And the giggling continued.


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She’s Having Another One???

I was in the grocery store yesterday and the checkout lady, whom we talk to often, said, “Four is enough, isn’t it?” I said, “Well, actually, I am pregnant and I’ve had 15 miscarriages and I would love to have more children.” She was pretty shocked. A friend was standing behind me in line and after I left the checker said to my friend, “She’s pregnant.” My friend had not heard that news yet and so she got this really excited look on her face and the checker was really surprised by that. My friend said, “That’s great! They’ve been trying to have another one for a long time.” Then the bagger, who had counted them all and told me I had a handful said, “What? She’s having another one???” I saw my friend again a few minutes later at our produce pick-up and she double checked that I was really pregnant and then told me what happened. She was so excited and told me she would be praying for me.

Regardless of the outcome I am going to keep seeking the Lord and finding my joy in Him. I read something by Lillias Trotter the other day. She said, “A faith that has to deny facts is not really faith.” I am trying to enjoy this time. I have looked the “facts” full in the face and decided that God is able to overcome them, and even if He does not I will not give in to fear or worry and I will continue to praise Him. Should He choose to allow this baby to become part of our family we will be very thankful!

The checkout lady also told me that my children were always smiling (if only that were really true) and asked me how I got them to be that way. “You don’t beat them, do you?” “Well, I do discipline them when they need it, but I don’t beat them up.” She said, “But they probably don’t ever do anything wrong, do they?” What world does she live in???

Neither I nor my children are perfect, but by the grace of God we are trying to walk in faith, love and obedience. It doesn’t come naturally to any of us and especially not children! However, when our children learn to obey and know they have to take their parents’ seriously, they tend to be much happier than other children. Obviously, you have to deal with heart attitudes as well as behavior or you will end up with obedient children who are angry on the inside. This takes a lot of training, talking, praying, loving and, yes, discipline. Our family hasn’t arrived in this area either. But I hope that the Lord will use us where we are to be a light to people in the store, friends, neighbors and others we meet along the way.


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Detoxification and Re-Mineralization–What I have Learned

Here are some notes I put together for a couple friends–I wanted to share it all with you as well even in this unedited form. I am not mentally strong enough yet to polish this but I hope this helps explain some of the problems you and your children may have had or are now having. If you have any questions about anything please write to me. Through this health crisis I feel I have experienced many chronic and acute health conditions all in a couple of weeks. The Lord has been giving me understanding and we are making some changes in our family even though we were already eating a very healthy diet. I cannot imagine where we would be if we hadn’t been. I am aware of His protection and guidance over these last several years in drawing me more and more into healthful diet and living–this has surely protected me and my children from much more damage. When I recently had my bloodwork done I had no abnormalities whatsoever except my mineral imbalances. If they had tested my bone mineral content they would have found abnormalities there. I even had a scan done on my uterus because my doctor wanted to rule out miscarriage. Everything was perfect. This is the grace of God! So now I am working on rebuilding my mineral stores, continuing to detox and get my thyroid back in order–it really went haywire after all the back to back toxin exposure I just had. I have had a sense the whole time that God was taking me through all this to teach me something and then one day this week when I was resting outside He began to pour thoughts and wisdom and understanding and connection of bits of information I already knew into my head. I am so thankful. Then, another day as I was resting He began to show me pictures of children and friends I know who will helped by this info. Both times I wasn’t trying to come up with anything. It is the loving kindness of our Creator! I believe He will completely heal me, as so many of my friends are praying. But He has brought me through many years of health problems to humble me, draw me closer to Him and to teach me how to help others. I have been praising Him and thanking Him. Last week as I was very sick I kept saying to Rob, “I feel like one big science experiment.” I am thankful for the loving, constant care of my husband. He worked hard to keep me alive. If he had given up on me I probably would have died, but for the grace of God. I see God’s hand prints all over the situation. Ever since my health crisis last week there have been no more controlled forest fires and no more chlorine or ammonia exposures for me. I have been able to go outside and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. God purposely brought me to my lowest point ever and gave me the grace to praise Him through it and then gave me understanding of how to get better and help others and now is giving me a break from the toxins. Praise the Lord for His mercy.

See below:

I am slowly working on doing this re-mineralization. I’ve done it before but all the toxin exposure has really done a number on my magnesium, calcium and phosphorous levels and potassium and sodium, among other things. It is taking me several days to
feel even semi-normal.

A good supplement that has helped me before and seems
to be helping now is the Peter Gilliam’s Natural Calm Plus Calcium. Also, use a small pinch of azomite powder in each glass of water you drink. Stir it up to get the mineral ions in the water and let the heavy stuff fall to the bottom of the glass. This is a good supply of a balance of minerals and is a clay that attracts toxins and pulls them out of your body. Basically, minerals will bind with toxins and pull them out and then the fewer toxins you have the more room
you have in your bones and blood for the minerals that you really need. Eat lots of organic bone broth, gravy, soup–add it to everything you can think of, such as pasta, rice, beans, etc. Sprout your beans before cooking and eat lots. Eat lots of high potassium foods and balance that with a bit of sea salt, throughout the day. Get sunshine for the vitamin D. I am realizing that a lot
of foods I have thought I was sensitive too are actually high mineral foods, and in the past I have been so loaded with toxins that eating all this healthy food was detoxing me really fast and making me miserable. So I really can eat lots of foods! I take milk thistle several times a day to quickly deal with the
toxins (sends them to the kidneys quickly), and pump my lymphatic system through gentle walking and T-Tapp exercises (swelling and pain and eventually gout in feet and hands is the result of toxin buildup not pumped out through the lymph (the minerals neutralize the toxins and turn them into salts easy for the body to excrete as sweat, urine, etc.) Get lots of high antioxidant foods because
they bind with toxins anywhere in your body and send them quickly to the kidneys–this keeps them from circulating in your body for very long and making
you miserable.

Drink as much water as you feel you need (use the azomite).
With the mineral powder in your water you will need to drink less water because your electrolytes will get balanced faster than if drinking plain water. Do not drink plain distilled water EVER–I have learned this the hard way.

Also, soak in epsom salt baths for the magnesium content. I am using 1 cup epsom salts and 1/4 c azomite and 1 TBS celtic sea salt and 1 TBS baking soda in a warm bath. Your body will absorb the minerals and toxins will be pulled out through the
skin and also through the lymph system and down and up to center for elimination (from hands to armpits down and from feet up to groin and then on to elimination. You may or may not feel this. You may have swelling in your lymph in your neck that sometimes feels like your throat closing up–it isn’t.

Walking it through your system will get it out of that area and make you more comfortable. You may feel pain in hands, feet, knees, arms, and even lungs as the toxins travel through your lymph. You may feel pain your your groin area (lymph).
This is all normal and a sign that your body is working properly.

I’ve heard it said that healthy people often seem to be the sickest–this is really because they are getting the best detox. Other people who are eating junk and don’t seem to have all the problems are really just absorbing the toxins in, losing minerals and eventually developing chronic health problems that kill them
slowly.

It could be that your crazy allergies and sensitivities to healthy foods are not really allergies but detox symptoms!
That would explain all the fruit sensitivities, etc. If there is a heavy build up of toxins and you start eating really healthy you will feel worse at first but it will get better. The strong reaction actually means your body is getting healthy! You can slow things down by still only eating healthy food, but not eating quite so many high mineral foods all at once. And taking the milk thistle and pumping the toxins out works great! Don’t let that stuff just sit in your system. The mineral bath speeds things up a lot too. I also drink
lots of lemon in my mineral water and we are drinking veggie juice with a pinch of kelp in for the iodine. Eat iodine rich foods as the iodine will help your body utilize the other minerals and will be wonderful for your thyroid! Keep taking your thyroid meds, of you take them, but hopefully your body will improve to the point
where you will at least need less. Right now I am taking double the amount of my hormones but I hope to decrease this as my health improves. Avoid refined foods like the plague.

Also, avoid taking in more toxins because with all the detoxing your body is doing there will be lots of toxins in your blood being gotten rid of and taking in more, especially through your lungs will cause a violent reaction that could lead to death if you are not prepared with adequate mineral to bind with the toxins, get them out, and keep your bones and blood in good electrolyte balance–this is what just happened to me. It is only God and my husband that
kept me alive during this crisis. This will also free up your body to re-mineralize faster.

Migraines are a sign of magnesium/calcium deficiency. If you get blood work done you will probably find that your blood
levels of calcium and magnesium are high, your potassium and sodium and phosphorous will be low. But if you get your bone
mineral content tested you will probably find that your magnesium and calcium are low–that is because so much has been
pulled out to neutralize the toxins in your blood and your potassium and sodium will be low because these turn the toxins
into salts easily excreted through sweat and urine. If you have a terrible migraine (which I have had a lot of lately) and
you soak in an epsom salt bath, the migraine will disappear quickly. Or soak a towel in a strong epsom solution and wrap
around your neck. This works for aches and pains everywhere in your body and works amazingly fast! I did this last week after several days of dangerously low levels of everything
in my body. The back of my neck and the back of my head up over to my face on the right side were so inflammed and sore even
to the touch but I responded right away to the magnesium in the epsom salts.

The phosphorous will be low because the toxins replace that (among other things) in your body making bones and teeth brittle
and prone to breaking, cavities, fluorosis, etc.

Children with anything on the autism spectrum, behavior and sleep problems and massive food sensitivities are actually
detoxing from some chemical load often from during pregnancy, birth, vaccinations, etc. and their mineral load is depleted. I
now understand my son’s ADHD and why he can’t sit still or sleep well even when he is exhausted. I’ve been through it all this past week.

These poor children are either labeled as bad or they are put on meds that further damage their poor little bodies. I have
wept over this much as I’ve come to understand what my son has and does go through.

GF/CF works well for ADHD/other autism spectrum children and adults because it removes a very strong anti-absorption element
in the body–gluten and dairy protein. Removing these while adding high quality, nutritious foods will allow them to recover
slowly over time.

Another important thing to do is eat lots of healthy fats–organic butter, cod liver oil, flax oil, olive oil.

Soaking and sprouting grains and seeds will neutralize anti-nutrients and make vitamins and minerals more bio-available.

Sourdough and lacto-fermented drinks and veggies are important to include in the diet.

Other common signs of all this detox are lung problems as toxins are gotten out through the lungs as well–so asthma, etc. and through mucous drainage in sinuses. Skin problems such as acne and eczema are detox symptoms as wells, anger, irrationality, confusion, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and on and on.

The reason children with ADHD, etc seem to do better when they run around and get exercise is because doing so works the toxins out of their system. It also attracts minerals back into their bones (and ours as well).

Infertility, miscarriage, the inability to nurse with no discoverable cause is likely a sign that re-mineralization is needed. This explains why I have been able to carry for a few months at times and other times not at all. Watch for anything in the diet that is depleting you nutritionally, even if you eat a healthy diet–especially if you have a history of toxin intake as a child through pregnancy and delivery drugs, poor nutrition, sugar, vaccines, cleaning chemicals, etc. Work hard at rebuilding your body and you will most likely be able to have children. Over consumption of alcohol, sugar, and toxic medicines etc will leach minerals out of your body.

A potassium/sodium imbalance will lead to histamine related allergies. Getting this balanced out will eliminate the allergies over time.

If a mother’s nutritional health isn’t so good, her baby will take what he can from her bones, etc. This will weaken the mom further and the baby’s health will not be optimal either. If this isn’t corrected in the mom or the child these deficiencies will continue to be passed down from generation to generation, growing worse all the time–hence the family connection when it comes to diseases, and chronic health conditions.

I learned in the ER when I was given IV fluids that when perfectly hydrated/electrolyte balanced your temperature will be a perfect 98.6! I am never at 98.6 but I was in the ER! If you are cold there is a mineral imbalance even if you drink a lot of water.

ALL chronic health problems are caused by toxin build-up and release and nutrient deficiency. Re-mineralization gets to the root of the problems and will slowly correct them. When God miraculously heals someone, what He is doing is restoring their mineral balance. The water He gave in the desert was from the ROCK and gave the Israelites perfect hydration even in the desert. In Eternity we will have access to the perfect living water and the tree of life. Now in this life we are caught between God’s love for life and wholeness and Satan’s love of death and decay. Thus all health problems have a connection to the enemy. This is why many ADHD type children see demons and when I was very sick last week I closed my eyes and saw a very evil face. I prayed, ‘Jesus’, and it went right away.

The Bible speaks often of people being oppressed by demons in the form of health problems. The reason for this is that if Satan can distract us from the Lord by drawing our attention to ourselves and trying to make ourselves feel better he is happy. We feel bad so we go to sugar, alcohol, drugs, hobbies, whatever. We are drawn away from the Lord into our own selfishness. When I was at my sickest this past week all I could think about was how to survive, how to feel better–my focus was not on serving anyone else. I was close to death (except not really because God was not allowing that) so it was necessary. But I have seen this to a lesser degree in my children. They have toxin related health problems that make them very focused on meeting their felt needs. When they are feeling better I have noticed them serving others more willingly and of their own accord. If you look back through history to times potentially less toxic than ours you will find that their has always been some took Satan has used to disrupt people’s health. If it was chlorine bleach it was giving children mercury tablets for their health! and people spreading white lead on their faces for their complexion. God is all about life, green trees, gardens, farms, community. Satan is all about disrupting everything that smacks of life–cutting down trees, abortion, industrialization, individualism, etc.

Our Lord has overcome, and even if we have problems in this life God uses them for our good and His glory and we have the hope of being with Him forever enjoying perfect wholeness. I can’t wait!


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We’ve Been Called Out of Darkness into His Light

At the time Moses was sent by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt Pharaoh refused twice to let the people go and then, because of the plagues God sent, he relented; but only to change his mind again when God removed each plague.

After the seventh plague (the plagues were: water turned to blood, frogs, gnats, flies, death of Egyptian livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn males Exodus 7:-12:) ‘Pharaoh’s servants said to him, ‘How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not understand that Egypt is ruined?’ So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. And he said to them, ‘Go, serve the Lord your God. But which ones are to go?’ Moses said, ‘We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, for we must hold a feast to the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘The Lord be with you, if I ever let you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind. No! Go, the men among you, and serve the Lord, for that is what you are asking.’ And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence” Ex. 10:7-11.

Only after Egypt’s economy was almost ruined did Pharaoh consider letting the men go to worship their God, but he would not let the children go. It took two more plagues to convince him to let the children go but then he would not let them take their animals for their offerings: “Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, ‘Go, serve the Lord; your little ones may go with you; only let your flocks and herds remain behind.’ But Moses said, ‘You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we must take of them to serve the Lord our God, and we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.” Pharaoh refused to let them go and after this came the passover and the death of the firstborn males in every house not covered by the blood of the unblemished lambs.

“And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead. Then he (Pharaoh) summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, ‘Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!'”

I am sure you know the rest of the story of how the people left in a hurry and how they got to the red sea a little bit ahead of Pharaoh (who had changed his mind again!) and were afraid they would all die. God parted the sea so they could walk across on try land and then drowned Pharaoh and his army. Their enemy was loud, angry and scary but he couldn’t do anything against the Israelites because they belonged to God–when the people trusted God He protected them from Pharaoh.

Later on the Israelites complained when the journey to the promised land gets tough and decide they want to go back to Egypt where life was easier (their memory was really bad–they had been slaves in Egypt!).

The Old Testament was written to help us understand our own lives as God’s people and even though the exodus out of Egypt really happened it is also symbolic of our rescue from Satan and his kingdom. A few things have stood out to me as I’ve thought about this story:

1) Satan doesn’t give up without a fight. When the Lord is drawing someone to Himself to be saved Satan will stand against it; but God is greater and will have the victory because ‘The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” 1 John 3:8. In Exodus God told Pharaoh through Moses that the reason he (Pharaoh) had been raised up was so that God could show His power and so that His name would be proclaimed in all the earth (Ex. 9:16).

2) Salvation is for whole families and we must not be content to be saved ourselves–we have to fight for our children. It is not enough for us to follow the Lord and hope for our children to do the same. We must not rest until our entire household has been covered by the blood of the lamb. When the the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas ‘What must I do to be saved?’ They told him, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ And he and his whole family were saved (Acts 16:25-34). Other examples include Noah and his family in the ark during the flood, Rahab and her family in her house on the wall in Jericho, Cornelius and his household in Acts and Joshua when he told the Israelites, “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, adn serve the Lord. Ad if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your father served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:14-15.

Throughout Israel’s history we read about how one generation served the Lord but the next one fell away–the fault was with the parents because, though they loved the Lord, they did not do the work of passing that on to their children. The few families that did pass on their faith bore fruit in the lives of their children and grandchildren that is still blessing us today.

Satan doesn’t like to give up individuals to God, but when he has to give up whole families he knows he’s in trouble. Godly families are a serious threat to him because they rapidly grow and shine the light of the gospel to the world in darkness. This is why the letters to the Ephesians, Colossians and to Titus spend so much time talking about family relationships and why in Ephesians 6:4 Paul said, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In Malachi 2:15, God states that the thing He desires to come from marriage is godly offspring, and that is why we face many temptations to either not have children, only have a couple or to let our children do whatever they want and take part in the ways, things, entertainments, etc. of the world.

The enemy’s tactics vary from family to family and individual to individual–but his goal is always the same: to divide or distract us from our relationship with God. He doesn’t really care how he does it as long as we are not in a close, loving, abiding, knowing, experiencing relationship with the Lord that is bearing fruit for the glory of God. He really doesn’t even care if we go to church and do good things. He uses both evil and good things to distract us from the Lord Himself. There will be so many people at the last day who say, ‘Lord, Lord, we did this in Your name and that in Your name.’ And He will say to them, ‘Depart from Me, I never knew you.’ Those are scary words.

The devil is after our hearts, and if he can’t have ours he will attack our children head on. We have to fight for them through prayer, immersing them in the Word of God, demonstrating to them a life of faith, love for God and complete surrender and obedience to Him–we can only do that if they are with us more often than not. We need to be aware of their thoughts and temptations so we can arm them with the truth they need to overcome and we have to teach them how to fight for their own hearts through faith and trust in the Lord and the renewing of their minds by the Word of God and His Spirit. And it is so important to train them to be quiet enough to listen to the voice of the Lord in their hearts and to discern between God, the devil and the world and their own flesh. This is not an easy task, and that is why many of our children are back in Egypt. Most of us give up without much of a fight. The pull of the world seems so strong and we don’t see how we can stand against it. But the promise of salvation is for us and our household and we need to claim it–Satan may not have our children! The blood of the Lord Jesus was shed for them and He is able to set them free. We must not let our children be immersed in the world because it is the kingdom of the enemy. We and our children belong to God’s kingdom and it is opposed in every way to Satan’s defeated kingdom. Choose this day whom you will serve. . . .I know that the cost is that we will look strange and will probably be made fun of and people will not understand why we do the things we do and don’t do the things we don’t, but God has told us to come OUT and be SEPARATE and not be conformed to the world. The Israelites were called to the same things.

3) Many Christian parents are following God but their hearts are longing for the things of Egypt more than they long for God. They haven’t learned how to really know the Lord, to turn away from the distractions to seek the Lord with all their hearts and so haven’t really tasted how good and wonderful He is and cannot convey that to their children. Their lives are so filled up with the thrills of the world and it seems to themselves and to their children that those things are better and more enjoyable than God and His ways–even though they know the truth in their heads that He is better. The children then are even less inclined to follow God than their parents are. And because the parents are acting like Egyptians in many ways they are powerless to prevent their children from living like Egyptians. I am speaking generally, but I am sure we can each identify at least one way we are being pulled by ‘Egypt’ away from God.

4) Moses would not leave Egypt unless he could take everything with him because all of his possessions and all of his livestock were the Lord’s. When we get saved we are to bring every aspect of our lives to the Lord and sacrifice it to Him. Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” And Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it (like the Israelites who refused to believe and obey God in the wilderness because they thought their way was better), but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” Mark 8:34-38″.

The Lord, because of His great love and mercy, has rescued us out of the kingdom of darkness and brought us into His kingdom of light and He doesn’t want us to have anything to do with darkness other than to expose it with the LIGHT of His truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us, with our families, come out from Egypt completely so that the power and name of the Lord will be magnified throughout the earth!

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you OUT of DARKNESS into His MARVELOUS LIGHT. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against our soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” 1 Peter 2:9-12.

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy. And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” 1Peter 1:13-19.


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All in a Day’s Work

The children and I set out yesterday on a full day of errands. It was hot, we didn’t pack any food and it took much longer than I thought it would. Along the way everything seemed to go wrong. I tried to find my sister’s new house to drop off a gift and couldn’t find it, even though I’d been to that neighborhood before.

I gave up and went to get a lab slip from my doctor (this is the reason I went to FWB for my errands instead of shopping here) only to get in and find out it was the beginning of the lunch hour. We stayed in the waiting area for a while because the children had immediately gotten out the doctor’s photo albums of the children he’d delivered (used to be an ob now just does gyn) and they were loudly exclaiming over all the babies. I let them have their fun and finally left to try to find my sister’s house and failed again, so we went shopping for our trip and Carol’s return home.

Everything went fine in Office Depot. This is where we met the pioneer lady (see post below). The thought occurred to me that God uses our delays to get us to the right spot at the right time, and that we never know what effect short interactions with strangers might have on them and us.

Next stop, Publix. As we walked in the door I started feeling lopsided and realized that a strap on a “personal clothing item” had broken! Talk about feeling self-conscious! I still had to shop for two households in that state.

We rushed to the bathroom for a pit stop and there was a woman in there who asked us if we homeschooled. We told her yes and she said she was doing that this year too. It sounded like it was her first year so I quickly encouraged her that it was a great and good thing, and that was it. But as I said before, she may have needed just such encouragement and there we were in the bathroom to give it at the appointed time. I might have talked longer but we were desperate for that pit stop and Laura wanted me to come in the stall with her so that’s all I had time to say.

I normally enjoy shopping with the children, but yesterday they were hungry and didn’t have as much self-control. They weren’t being bad, just really REALLY loud. They read EVERYTHING at the top of their lungs and got excited about anything they saw. I already felt like I wanted to crawl into a hole so it was a bit overwhelming to feel like we were drawing even more attention to ourselves. I prayed quickly, “Lord, I need your Spirit! Fill me.” We managed to maneuver two loud, laughing carts around the store and get everything on the list and I didn’t yell at anyone. That was God’s grace!

The crackers I needed were on a top shelf so I had to stand on tip toe to get them. I grabbed the first box and then was trying to decide if I wanted the same kind which was very far back on the shelf or another kind. I had just decided on the other kind when a man came over and asked, “Need some help shorty?” I think he thought I was offended when I said, “No, thank you, I was going to get this one.” He apologized and I said it was okay. Anyway, it was funny to me. No stranger has ever called me shorty before.

At the checkout, the cashier commented to the bagger that I had bought everything organic and then she turned to me and said, “You would die if you knew what I heard on the news about organic.” I just smiled and I could tell she was disappointed that I hadn’t taken her bait (She didn’t know she would have gotten an earful on the subject if I had! Why do people believe everything they hear on the news anyway?). A few minutes later she said, “There’s nothing wrong with it, don’t get me wrong.” She was then really confused when she scanned Carol’s groceries and found that all of them were conventional!

At last we were out of the store and after we loaded groceries in the car we pretended to be the cart collectors and ended up with a caravan of four carts. We made a train with them, with our hands as connectors, and the kids thought that was fun.

Back to the Dr.’s office we went. I told the receptionist I was there for my lab slip and she looked really confused. She looked for it, couldn’t find it, and went to talk to the nurse. She came back a few minutes later and told me the nurse had mailed it to me! She had called me the day before and told me to come get it. The receptionist made me a copy of it anyway.

Next we went to CVS for some travel containers and then I determined that I would find my sister’s house. Her birthday was in July and I wanted her to have her b-day present before October! This time the directions made perfect sense to me and I found it without trouble. Of course! God’s timing is perfect and doesn’t often match mine.

When we got home and checked the mail, there was the lab slip from the doctor. I had almost called them to ask if they could mail it as they usually do, but I hadn’t. Apparently it was a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing and only God knows all the reasons we had to go to FWB, because other than dropping off the gift I could have done all my errands at home in a lot less time.

To top it all off we made a quick dinner and then went to Carol’s house with Rob to clean, sort, and file. Our friend Nancy came and gave the house a thorough cleaning with the children while Rob and I sorted through giant piles of important and unimportant papers and filed what needed saved. Several hours later we came home, had a second dinner and then crashed into bed.

It was a long day, but God was present with us and we all had peace. I am thankful that He gives us what we need when we ask Him to.