Back home again!
I am chomping at the bit to address several newsworthy items of late. However, one has to be present and have the blocks of time to do it and I have had little opportunity of neither. Even now I realize that there are loads of laundry to finish, packing (again) and a few events going on today that will keep this post very brief. Let's say, I'll "try" to keep it brief.
This past week, I was very blessed to go to a retreat and yes, tomorrow is another one that is slightly different. The retreats are out-of-town and in the same location and in perfect timing in that I have needed them. Definitely NEEDED them. God is so good!! The messages have been perfect, the fellowship sweet and the work He is doing in me welcomed greatly....even though it stings to have that mirror show me how unloving and disgraceful I am. "Oh, you are SWEEEEET" or "Oh, you are NOT unloving".....um, YES, I AM!!! Someone said to me the other day when I was sharing how I came to Christ, "Really? You? Cynical?" Yes, very cynical and the sad thing is I can STILL be very cynical and edgy....although it has taken a different form and it's not as on the surface as it used to be. It went underground and it is directed differently.
So, my sclerosis of the heart needs to be treated and my narrowing of spiritual arteries needs to be stented. I need to be humbled on His operating table.....His instruments incising and excising my self-exaltation, pride and hatred. OUCH. I LOVE His recovery room though. :) He has the perfect bedside manner, His diagnoses are always correct and His treatments are always perfect. The sin of the world keeps us on a steady track of entropy of the mind and body.
So part one of the surgery is over....need to go back in again though to take care of more. To carry this medical analogy a little further....what happens when we ignore the maladies? What happens when we don't go for the regular visits to the Great Physician? The disease advances and we really let ourselves go. It's not too much for Him....but we still pay the consequences for our inattention to health...physical or the spiritual health.
God willing, I WILL share soon though. Pray I can get the things done without destraction or interruption. The Good News is that He died for our sins (my sins) and my citizenship is in Heaven and I'll be with Him forever. That's the best!
Other news is that the Rockford abortion facility has closed down and we pray that it STAYS shut down!!! More on that later. Another news item is that Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer. Why report his death HERE? Well, he was ADOPTED. Much of the technology we possess today is attributed to Jobs. We can't ignore that had his mother sought an abortion, we would not have the Apple, Ipad, Iphone etc. Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955. Abortion became legal in 1967 in California. Abortion was a crime unless a doctor deemed it fit to abort for the life of the woman. San Francisco most likely offered opportunities to women to abort without much problem given that California has been a frontrunner in pushing sinful agendas from a very early time. Steve's mother could have obtained an abortion...legal or not, women still got abortions before 1967 and 1973....in hospitals by physicians.
It's time for me to close this but I hope to be back in awhile to explore the impact of these events. The retreat I attended emphasized God's grace so I share this:
2 Corinthians 12:7-10-
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.