Yesterday was very productive. I wrote a sermon, two final study guides and two final exams. Jackson had a horrible day yestersay. He had a severe asthma attack at school and Kendra had to go and get him and rush him to the doctor. They ended up giving him two breathing treatments at the office and another at home plus an oral steroid. Poor little guy. They upped his meds a lot. it is pretty sad. I am praying it all helps and he is better. He did seem to sleep better last night.
I thought I might post the last section of my message from last night with you today. The title of the message was Indescribable and it was based on 2 Corinthians 9:15 which says, "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" The end was about the effects of that gift on us:
Because of His Effect on us.
When we accept the gift we change.
What Are The Effects?
This is basic but the fundamental truth of our lives. God has taken away our sins.
2. We are Members of His family.
We are adopted in to his family. When we were in court adopting Jackson one of the questions we were asked was if we understood that with this adoption Jackson becomes an heir to our estate (which is HUGE of course) just like he was born to us. That is the same picture God paints for us when we accept Him. We are heirs to all that is His and He owns EVERYTHING!
3. We are the House of His Spirit.
It dawned on me that we are basically walking places of worship. We are walking churches. I found that to be cool!
4. We are Recipients of His peace.
Just like God's gift of Jesus is indescribable, so is the peace we experience. Not peace like the world longs for but a peace we don't understand.
5. We are Residents of His Home.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1-3
We get to live with Him forever! How cool!
That's all have a great day!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The semester is winding down and that can be a good thing but I have SO MUCh still to do. My message is done for tonight but I still have to write two finals and two reviews for those finals and pretty much one has to be done by the end of the day. UG! So why am I blogging? A.D.D --- that's me!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
So, taking a cue from my friend Angela M., I overslept by an hour today. jackson has been sick and coughing and the only way he (and we) can sleep is if we sit up in the recliner and sleep together. Kendra took the Saturday night shift so I took last night. He was up and down a lot throughout the evening. I love holding him as he sleeps. In some ways it is a wonderful example of God holding us. When we are troubled, God holds us and keeps us close to His heart so that we can be sure that things will be okay. It is amazing how simply being held by us, makes Jackson so much better. We get that way when we realize God is holding us as well.
Anyway, I was awaken probably thirty times with a sometimes squirming, sometimes coughing, sometimes crying toddler in my arms and we both dozed off for good around 3:00AM. I wake up and pull out the cell phone at 5:45 A FULL HOUR LATE! Yikes! I race upstairs and start to get ready. The bad thing is, St. Louis had this minor ice storm last night. When I turned on the TV I found that most of the school districts near mine had canceled but ours had not. I had mixed emotions as it is VERY close to Christmas and why waste a day off on that but I was REALLY late. The news kept saying "use caution and leave early". Yeah, just rub a little more salt in the wound why don't you?
I take off and arrive at school about twenty-five minutes late but at least I was all in one piece. I had forgotten my breakfast and lunch and missed my morning coffee stop. I rushed through a fifty minute lesson in twenty and brewed a pot of coffee which I promptly finished. Now I am blogging while students are reading To Kill A Mockingbird and dreamy of only having one more class left and then going to SONIC before I starve. Okay I know it will take awhile to starve but I am hungry!