Today is Tuesday, September 27. I slept in a bit this morning and, while that feels good sometimes, it also really makes me out of sorts because it makes the whole schedule a little more rushed. Of course, nothing has been normal around here for a couple of months, but the most usual thing seems to be that I wake up on my own sometime between 5 and 5:30. I read my Bible and a couple devotional books and then spend some time making a card or something. About 7:15 or 7:30 I start the whole grooming process and am downstairs for breakfast by 8:00. My radiation appointment is at 9:00, but we're usually there by 8:50 — and normally they take me in fairly quickly. This week, however, there have been a lot of new patients who take a little longer and today the machine lost power and had to be powered back up, so everything was way behind. Where I'm usually in and out quickly... today I didn't get out of the office until closer to 10:00. Not good when you're already tired and crabby!
But, I came home and took a good nap. Woke up in a better frame of mind. Had some lunch. Had a couple visitors and now, at 3:30, I am finally getting to today's blog post.
Oh! I got a couple of my Etsy and internet purchases today. Nothing like some happy maii, right? First the internet. I had ordered Flylady's water bottles because I was tired of the squishiness of the plastic water bottles from the grocery store. They make too much noise and are not very eco-friendly — so I thought I'd give the Flylady stainless steel bottles a try.
And then Etsy. I love ordering stuff from Etsy because the sellers almost always do a little bit extra to make what is already fun mail into mail that is more fun.
And here's me wearing the chemo cap that was inside.
I figured that this color may be good for Panther's games, which I hope to start going to again. Or, at least, I can wear it while sitting on the couch eating crackers, cheese, sausage, and fruit cut up into an attractive display by Ken. :)
So — here's some scripture for today. Don't take this first part too literally, OK?
"I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.
"Then I will praise God's name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving. For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle, more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves. The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God's help be encouraged. For the Lord hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people."
In case you are wondering, I personally am not suffering or in pain. At least not so far. But it's great to know that if I ever am I can call out to the Lord for rescue. And because I know His character and because I'm confident of His great love for me, I know that whatever challenges come my way that He will help to see me through them.
But what God really desires from us is praise and thankfulness. He is the One who will meet all our needs and He deserves to be recognized for that. And He desires that recognition. I think that as humans we sometimes try to make deals with God. You know... God, if you get me through this situation, I'll ... whatever... stop swearing... go to church... be nice to that person I don't like... you fill in your own dot-dot-dot. I don't think God is really interested in making deals with us. He just wants our hearts. He wants us to be humble enough to admit that we're not in charge. That He is. It says here that when were are humble we will be able to see God at work. And, to me, that is encouraging. Really, I would much rather He be in charge of my life because every time I have tried to be in charge things haven't gone all that well.
And then most encouraging, I think, is the fact that the Lord hears us when we cry out to Him. I mean, face it. We are a needy people. What can we truly do without His help? Or may I should say, what can we truly do successfully... what can we truly do that will be of lasting value... without His help? He hears our cries. He does not despise us. He desires to help us. Shore up your relationship with Him. It is where you will truly find peace.
And now it's time for today's card. It's the last card that I'm doing in this Farewell Tour for Stampin' Up's All-Year Cheer III — a very old Stampin' Up set that I'm purging from my collection and giving to someone else to enjoy. In case you've missed it, you can click here, here, here, and here to see the other cards I made using this set.
AND TELL: stamps are from Stampin' Up (All-Year Cheer III, Spring Solitude); cardstock is Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) and SU (Dusty Durango, Marigold Morning); ink is SU (So Saffron, Early Espresso); stickers are Martha Stewart (Harvest Collection Leaf); also used SU's Square Lattice embossing folder and Lots of Tags Label 1 die.
And since it's after 5:00 now, I think I'll close this up. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you've had a fabulous day! Sending you lots of love from me!