Thursday, March 22, 2012

Catching Up


I can not believe it has been so long since I blogged. Life has been busy and full of challenges for our family. Thankfully God's blessings outweigh any of the difficulties.

In February, to mix things up a bit, my heart decided to jog one evening. I became very dizzy and ill and we made a trip to the ER. The doctors couldn't get my heart rate down in the ER so I got to spend two nights in ICU. :) The medicine finally did the job and all my tests came back great so I was sent home! No more incidents, but I think Hannah feels that two health scares in less than 1.6 yrs. too much. Bless her heart.

Sarah, Hayden and I continue to LOVE our homeschool co-op. They have made wonderful friends and their classes are great. I teach Bible to 3rd-6th grade and every week I am amazed at these kids. They are insightful and inquisitive. We studied the names of God the first semester and this semester we are studying some of the Proverbs. I enjoy every minute of teaching them and I love to see God bless our time.

God continues to work on me in many ways; sometimes it is painful and humbling...ok, most of the time it is painful and humbling. I struggle often with money and trusting God's provision when I can't see how He will provide. I struggle with empathy at times and God put opportunities (read challenges) in my path to exercise my compassion. I fail often, but He is patient and allows me to ask forgiveness and try again. It hurts to fail, but I try to learn something every time I fall short.

Proverbs 15:31
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.

As my children get older I find that this season of life is so sweet. These amazing people are my friends as well as my children. Though I still guide, provide and chasten, they are truly a joy to be around. I love our conversations and debates. I stand in awe at their zest for life. I am blessed.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Spring has come to our mountains and we are enjoying it to its fullest. Winter wasn't harsh this year, but we always miss the color Spring brings and the sounds of the birds in the trees. The temperature has already reached into the 80's so I wonder what summer will be like.

I choose to seek joy daily. Do I succeed everyday? Well, certainly not every hour, but God is honoring my striving. I tell my Bible class, wisdom by definition, is something gained over time and with experience; it does not come quickly or easily. We must be patient, for it can not be gained through anything but living life and knowing God's word. And wisdom brings joy and the Bible says that wisdom gives us protection. I love God's promises!

Proverbs 4:6-7
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

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