Sunday, February 24, 2013

No splat on the ceiling.


"Hershey in Winter"
First, thank you for all the prayers, encouragement, and well wishes for Hershey and I. They have been keenly felt these last three weeks.

Second, he is doing much better. The vet is coming to see him tomorrow, and, after this visit, hopefully I will have some more information.

In my last blog post, Another Monday, I shared a little bit about what has been going on with us.

If you know my blog, you know my horse, Hershey. This week he has had some major physical problems that are life threatening. Morning he may seem better, noon he seems not so good, better later, down, up, down, up – and the final results are not in yet. He and I are still on the roller coaster.

Do I know what will happen to Hershey this week? No. My “job” isn’t to know. My “job” is to trust the One Who does know and let Him fill me with His peace.

So, the question is:  Will I still trust God regardless of the outcome?

The answer is: Yes.

I do not trust a plastic Christ-o-claus who nods his bobble head and blandly stamps “yes” on every prayer request I make. I trust the Creator of the Universe Who knows me better than I know myself. I trust the one who made me, loves me, and Who gives the very best to me – even when I scream “ouch” at the top of my lungs and tell Him that is NOT what I want.

So, does that make me feel like my prayers go splat on the ceiling and are useless? No. I ask. God listens. I listen. I listen, but I never hear “splat”.  You see, I know He loves me enough to sometimes tell me no. And I love Him enough to tell Him “thank you” after I stop yelling “ouch”.

Praying,
Kathy

And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Monday, February 11, 2013

Another Monday


Is Monday your favorite day of the week? Anyone? It seems like a lot of people don’t like Mondays. The weekend is over and stuff claims our time as we run from one activity to another. This Monday isn’t my favorite Monday.

Winter cold isn’t my favorite either. Even if the snow is pretty it requires freezing temperatures to keep it pretty. Freezing is not my favorite temperature. I won’t take a vote on winter though, because I know lots of people like the colder weather.

I might take a vote on mud, however. Unless we are playing at making mud pies, I’ll wager that I have some company on my opinion of walking in ankle deep squishy mud. Pass the clod-hoppers please.

But… if you think about it. What would a week be like without Monday? What would a year be like without winter? Would we give up the rain to be rid of the mud?

Life is full of cycles and seasons. Sometimes it is full of roller coasters. I’m not so much a fan of roller coasters either… I prefer something a little more predictable and something a lot slower.
 
Hershey loves when the girls visit him.

That’s why this Monday isn’t my favorite.  This week has been a roller coaster and I am still riding it. If you know my blog, you know my horse, Hershey. This week he has had some major physical problems that are life threatening. Morning he may seem better, noon he seems not so good, better later, down, up, down, up – and the final results are not in yet. He and I are still on the roller coaster.

But God does not let you ride life’s roller coaster alone.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Philippians 4:6-7

Did you notice that God doesn’t promise to stop the roller coaster? He doesn’t say that I will get my way.  He says “Come to Me. Tell me what you want and I will give you peace.” Not just peace, but “the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension” and that peace “shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Do I know what will happen to Hershey this week? No. My “job” isn’t to know. My “job” is to talk to the One Who does know, trust Him, and let Him fill me with His peace.

And, after all, winter is always the doorway to spring…

Resting in the Lord,
Kathy

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Perspective

After an unscheduled hiatus in blogging, I am back. And on a new computer, and yep, I am still downloading files from Carobonite and still finding out how this new techno gadget works.
Is rain welcome or unwelcome?
If you are having a drought, your perspective
says: "welcome!" 

Perspective.

A lot of people have given me a lot of sympathy for the sad plight of my failing hard drive in my antique (by techno gadget status) lap top. Many people have been amazed by my "patience" as I navigated the multitude of calls to get a new computer, cancel delayed parts, return parts that weren't needed, and learn how to understand the international accents in the process of transferred call after transferred call. (Sorry to disappoint you, but I did totally loose my cool during one call after three failed attempts to convince the customer service person that I indeed did want to cancel the order for the "gone walk about" monitor.)

Perspective.

This was not the first time that I faced the pitfalls of technology with a bit of humor, though. I had another hard drive that was over full - it choked. The hard drive that just failed was the replacement for that gasping hard drive. This time, I decided to start all over with a new computer.

Perspective.

Needless to say, when you order a computer and you don't have a computer to track the computer you just ordered, computer companies don't know what to do with you. Praise the Lord that I was totally blessed by family and received the gift of an iPad at Christmas (just after the lap top hard drive notified me that it was taking a permanent vacation). That (and wifi at the grocery store) was blessing number one. I could (more or less) communicate via iPad and phone calls to the computer company. They were far more confused by this than I was.

Perspective.

To me, not having a computer was not the end of the world. An inconvenience, yes. I missed chatting with my online friends. But not the end of the world - they knew I would return when I could.

Perspective.

During the month that I was off line, my inconvenience became trivial. A friend fell and broke her hip. This same friend lost her daughter to a long battle with cancer. One of our church family went to the doctor for tests and it was discovered that she had cancer. Everywhere. She passed away very soon after finding out this news.
How does a failed hard drive stack up to that? Nada.

Perspective.

Christmas came and went - and my Etsy shop was closed. New Year's Day came and went - and my shop remained closed. I still haven't added anything new to my shop, but it is open now. There are a few hiccups to doing that - slow internet (it's busy downloading files like crazy) and the inability to download new pictures off my camera.

Perspective.

I had a wonderful time with my family during the holidays and we had several gatherings, outings, and splendid visits. All without internet capability at home. Imagine that?!

Perspective.

Super Bowl Sunday arrived and I was reminded of two things. I live in a sports free zone. Haha - Not only do I have no interest in televised sports, I have no cable to view them (or anything else - hence the slow internet speed...). The other thing I was reminded of was the amount of human trafficking and prostitution that goes on during the Super Bowl. You may have missed that human trafficking is an every day problem in the United States, but check out the FBI and you will see that it is. Apparently, sports events escalate the problem. Upon sharing that news with a friend, she told me that a group of people are under investigation for human trafficking in Flagstaff, Arizona. Practically in my back yard...

Perspective.

Sometimes we don't see the important things that are right in front of us. Sometimes what we think are the most important things, really are insignificant.

Perspective.

What have I missed the most during my absence from the internet? Number one: my online prayer chain. My "go to" people for prayer and support. The network that takes little needs and big needs to the Lord who is Lord of lords and King of kings. They would have gladly prayed for the little glitches in my life - while I longed for them to pray for the sorrows in the lives around me.

Perspective.

Computers are stuff.
People are not!
And I am glad to be (albeit slowly... LOL) reconnecting to the people in my wonderful online community.

Enjoying the amazing blessings of God,
Kathy

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