Now, I had a very interesting conversation today. I have a friend (to remain anonomoys) that has been having a difficult time in his\her family life, and God has really been using this difficult situation to strengthen his\her faith and reveal Himself to him\her as never seen before. Not that this is the situation, but I was reminded how much we will endure in life, sometimes of our own choosing, because we wont call out to Him in total surrender of our lives. He's right there with us, wanting to intervene in our lives, at times of His choosing, and we're just determined to do it on our own. Today I read about Zacchaeus in Luke 19: 1-10. Zacchaeus was a labeled kind of worst-of-the-worst sinners- a tax collector. Imagine today, an important, wealthy, intelligent man, climbing a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus, who he had heard of. He obviously was desperate. He didnt care who saw him, who whispered about him probably being crazy. He had to at least see Jesus. Jesus was so touched by his bold actions and knew the change in Zacchaeus heart, "Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." I dont think it was coincidence Jesus was passing through when Zacchaeus reached out to Him. I think Jesus allowed this situation for many reasons, one being, if you're desperate enough for Me to do anything to get to Me, I will rescue you from yourself, and the life you have lived. Remember, to be "lost" you had to have once belonged to the owner.
My dear sweet, "wonder woman" friend, Dana (whose blog I follow), brought us homemade Italian with all the fixings. Now let me tell you, she has 3 girls and 6 month old twin boys, all under 8 years old, she runs marathons and made time to make us supper! It makes me tired just thinking about it. Her family is very special to me. Dana and I have known each other since kindergarten and cheered together. She told me how they pray for us every night, knowing that her twins were prayed all the way into her arms. It means so much to have friends and family let you know they are standing in agreement with you over something in your life.
On a slightly different subject, today I read a verse that went along with the verses I mentioned last post, Proverbs 1:7-9 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck." I wish I knew more about the culture of the time and how to research it to find out the dressings it describes and what that represents. I do pray the Lord will give me the qualities necessary to raise my children to fear Him (not like a scared fear, but respect and honor fear, a fear of love, like you would fear causing someone you love pain) and to repsect, honor, and listen to our guidance as their parents.
My boss is having her twin girls tonight. I pray she will have comfort, and an easy delivery with them.