January 9, 2018 – A Plan
I’ve always been the type of person that seeks knowledge. I was so glad when the internet was developed, and even gladder for all the information that is posted there. You can research just about anything you want on there from “how ants live” to “how to get rid of a stray cat”. You can look up the record of someone, you can search properties and you can find recipes and plans for healthy eating.
I worked for a company for eleven years that did research, records research. We did criminal records, prior employment, civil records, eviction records and even educational research for our clients. We searched records in the United States, Mexico and even many other countries around the globe. As a matter of fact, I took on the chore of getting up in the middle of the night to call other countries for the company. Of course I was paid for it and it was interesting going back and forth with an interpreter to get the needed information.
But, I have always had a curios nature. I have always searched and researched on a daily basis. Sometimes it is just mundane information, silly searches or genuine curiosity about something. I even do theological research, researching other beliefs and other denominations. I can get very frustrated when I don’t find the information that I am looking for.
The one thing I cannot research on the internet is Gods plans. The bible, a great source of information, tells us generically what will happen near the end times. It gives a good basis for conducting our daily lives and a great history of the human race, but since God has a plan for each individual, neither it nor the internet can tell me what his plans are for me, but today I am thankful to know he does have a plan in mind for me, that he will use me where and when he wants and that he will direct me according to his plan.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”
January 10, 2018 – Upright
When I was a child I ran around outside every chance I got. Now my mother said I had asthma and my older sister told me I had some horrendous attacks, but I don’t remember many of them. When we lived in Parker, Colorado, after my father died, there was a farm wife that would watch us when mom had somewhere to go. She would allow me to go out in the pastures and play on the condition that I didn’t tell my mother and she would let me swim in the water trough.
When we went to the foster homes, they were never told about my asthma and I didn’t seem to have any problems with it for a very long time. I did have one severe attack in the last foster home caused by emotional distress and they had no idea what to do for me because they didn’t know about the disease.
Over the years, for the most part, I haven’t had a lot of problems with it. Sometimes I will wheeze at night, but after using my inhaler, it is gone with-in minutes. Sometimes I get a little short on breath so I just sit down, calm myself down and do breathing exercises I have never really been held back from any physical exertion by it, but I do have it along with COPD.
Most of the problems I have today result from Osteoarthritis Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are no pain free days, something always hurts, something is always achy, especially in my feet where the rheumatoid aggravates most often. If it isn’t the arch on one foot, it’s the heel or ankle on the other and sometimes both feet are involved. Pain medication dulls it, but the pain is always somewhere, in my feet, my shoulders, my neck, my back or my legs. For the most part I have learned to deal with it, to not let it break me down. Today, though, I am thankful that I am still upright and mobile.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
January 11, 2018 – Warmth
“Oh the weather outside is frightful….”. We haven’t had much Winter weather the last few years, but this year it seems to be catching up with us. We have actually had a few days of snow instead of just one like we’ve had the last two years. But, we have had some freezing rain and some extremely low temperatures.
It wasn’t too bad this morning when we had to go to the hospital for infusion. We went to Walmart afterward to stock up on a few things before this icy stuff was supposed to hit. It had rained all morning but the temps hadn’t dropped enough to freeze.
After my afternoon nap, which at my age, the medications I take and the problems I have seems to be necessary, we discovered that there was one item we forgot to get and it was a necessary item. When I went out to warm the car up, the icy wind hit my face like a slap, I mean it was that cold and that painful.
Because it has rained earlier and the temperatures had dropped rapidly the locks on the car were frozen. I couldn’t even get the key in on the drivers side. I finally got the passenger side open but had to keep playing with the lock switch to get the other doors open, crawling across the seat was just not what I wanted to do. I actually had to jerk on the doors for they were frozen shut also.
We got in, got her warmed up and headed down to Walmart, got what we needed and got home. When I walked in, the warmth of the house enveloped me and I let out a big sigh. Today I am so thankful that we have a furnace that works good and for the warmth it supplies us during these cold days.
Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus
Luke 12:31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need