I laughed as I read this mornings devo from Psalm 31 Woman. How appropriate! I got Hannah to the doctor last night and she has URTI (upper respirtory tract infection) but it was 'irrated by the fact that this past week she had her 3rd dose of Hep. immunizations -- prime example of getting sick to stay healthy!? Isaac is still not well. He had stopped throwing up yesterday afternoon but still wasnt eating and very pale and warm. So he is home again today. Joshua went to the chiropractor and was bent back into shape-- now if only he will listen and lift with his knees!!!!!
Samuel went to cadets last night. They are preparing for 'annual' (thier big wind up 'do' before summer)... which means that they are doing alot of drills (marching) and last night he started to sweat, get tired and apparently he turned a shade of green. So he did a SELF CHECK and sat down until he was past that moment! I am so proud of him to realize that he needed to sit out and take it easy! I pray that he continues to do so! (SIDENOTE: Dr. Chapman asked if we had heard from the sleep clinic yet since he had wrote them another letter!! Whooo hooo!)
I can feel the stress in our house depleting... maybe it is just me. There has been a change in our home in the two weeks. We have been trying to get the kids to work more on thier respect towards each other. We started a can that they were to put in it when someone was helpful or kind to them -- it could be in words or actions. So far one child has been very receptive to this idea-- the other 3 mildly so... hmmmm need to continue the work on this!
Anyhow... the following is this mornings devo. I hope that others find it as helpful as I did-- I even saw the humour in it as this was the way I was feeling this morning!lol God is not only God but he is the One that will give you the proverbial 2X4 when needed!
Cast and Present
8 May 2009Melissa Taylor
"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
We were driving home from my mom's house when it happened again. I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw my son Hayden. His eyes were fluttering and his face was pale. I could tell he would be out in a matter of seconds.My husband stopped the car and I crawled quickly to the back, shouting Hayden's name. His body went limp. Although he was only out for about twenty seconds, it seemed like an hour. This was the third time Hayden had passed out in the last two weeks. I was so scared about his condition. He had some tests scheduled, which hopefully would tell us and the doctors what was going on.What was causing him to pass out? Would the doctors be abl e to help him?The next morning I opened my Bible study book, eager for some time with God. I could not believe my eyes. The title of the lesson was The Great Physician. Immediately I felt a sense of comfort and peace over me. I know the Great Physician well. And I trust Him. At that moment I was no longer worried about Hayden. I knew he was in very capable hands, the mighty hands of the Great Physician. Regardless of what happened, I know the Great Physician had great plans for Hayden, no matter his condition.The Great Physician is here for all of us. He wants us to come to Him for healing. How stubborn we can be sometimes. I remember once when I was sick. I needed to go to the doctor but didn't feel like making an appointment, passing hours in a waiting room, and spending money on a prescription. I figured I would feel better eventually. I put it off each day until I was so sick I could hardly get out of bed. Finally I went to the doctor. He diagnosed me with strep throat, administered a very painful shot, and I was better within twenty four hours! If only I had gone sooner I would have saved myself a lot of trouble!The same is true with the Great Physician. How many times do I worry for days or try to solve a problem on my own? When I finally release it to Him, I think, Why didn't I turn it over to Him a long time ago?God's Word tells us to "cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall" (Psalm 55:22). It also reads, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6).We aren't supposed to fix ourselves. We aren't supposed to worry and fret. We are supposed to "cast" and "present." Cast our cares and burdens to God, and present our requests to Him. When we do what His Word tells us to do, we can then experience peace and comfort (Philippians 4:7).I'm happy to r eport that Hayden is fine. I can hear him in the next room right now talking and laughing with his little sister. I'm so thankful for the laughter. I'm so thankful for the Great Physician who has given me a peace so that I can enjoy the laughter.Dear Lord, in our lives there will be times of trial and fear. Remind us to cast our cares and present our requests to You, and leave them there. Thank You for the peace only You can give. In Jesus' Name, Amen.