Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Friends

Recently Rebecca had the privilege of playing tour guide for her two best friends visiting from California for 9 days. I also had the awesome opportunity to get better acquainted with these lovely Christian women. God has blessed my daughter with awesome friend relationships and for this I am so grateful to Him! (As an army wife friendships play a vital role in your "sanity" when husbands are deployed.) As I watched these ladies interact I was reminded of the special gift God gives each of us in friends and how often we take them for granted. 
Solomon wrote about friends in several proverbs: Pro. 17:17 (A friend loves at all times), Pro. 18:24 (..there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.), Pro. 27:10 (Do not forsake your friends..)
God has blessed me with rich friendships throughout the world and I pray I will never "forsake" them but continually nurture the relationships and lift them up in prayer as God lays them and their needs on my heart. So for those of you reading this blog, thank-you for being my friend and may God richly bless you as you serve Him. Today, thank God for friends!


These three brothers are becoming "fast" friends!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Update on physical challenges & spiritual goals.

Current physical challenges:

PD (Parkinson's Disease) is a slow degenerative disease of the mind and body. The first identifying symptoms are generally motor related and in my case are resting hand tremors. Although there is no cure as of yet there are a truck load of various medications to manage the symptoms. Unfortunately these meds all carry adverse side effects. Thankfully, at this point, I do not have to jump on the med wagon. I manage the hand tremors well, except at night when they often keep me awake longer than I'd like. Currently my struggle is more with the non-motor PD caused difficulties, which often can not be managed with meds; such as loss of smell, (a minor one but frustrating when you like to cook!), sleeping struggles (many groggy days), and an overactive bladder (leave this to your imagination!)

Current spiritual goals:

In reading 2 Peter 1:5-11 I have been challenged with 8 spiritual qualities I want to more thoroughly cultivate in this season of my life:
1. Faith (especially in what God wants for me through this disease)
2. Goodness
3. Knowledge of the scriptures
4. Self-control (of emotions, diet, tongue)
5. Perseverance (especially with exercise regime related to my disease & keeping my body a clean temple for the Holy Spirit)
6. Godliness (in what I watch and read and participate in)
7. Kindness
8. Love 

"For if you do these things, you will never stumble and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:10-11

I want to hear "well done, good and faithful servant" from the lips of Jesus!



Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Good, Bad, & Best of spring in Italy!

The Good!

The sun is shining.
The 70 degree sunshine pulls you outside to play.
The blooming flowers are gorgeous.



The Bad!

Allergies: head feels like it is stuffed with cotton (probably true since cotton wood trees are everywhere!)

The Best!
Home school outings with the grandchildren: The Butterfly Park









Psalm 104:24
"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures."