Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Adventure

Oh my am I learning so very much right now. Somehow through the fog and haze of the last month little lessons are creeping in here and there. I am so thankful for my Heavenly Fathers patience with me - perfect patience.

This morning as I was driving home from yet another appointment with the surgeon I was having another little mini-worship service, as I always seem to do now when I have the van all to myself... and the passage in Job came to mind -

"Satan left the Lord’s presence and struck Job with painful boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Job took a piece of broken pottery to scratch himself as he sat in the ashes.
His wife asked him, “Are you still holding on to your principles? Curse God and die!”
He said to her, “You’re talking like a godless fool. We accept the good that God gives us. Shouldn’t we also accept the bad?” Job 2:7-10 (God's Word trans.)

And while I wasn't struck with boils, dead livestock or even the death of my children {gasp - hurts to even think about that one}, I did have a choice to make - STILL have a choice to make on how I glorify God in this situation, if I am. My heart was just so tender and convicted this morning remembering that we don't just accept the good and plan on life being daisies and sunshine and leisurely days spent journaling and sipping iced macchiatos. {ahem} It's EASY to Praise God and magnify His name when things are good. But what do I do with the bad? The ugly? The unknown? How have I handled this whole situation? Hindsight is something, isn't it? We have surely been on an adventure - and today I can say "Thank you God" even if I'm not totally sure what I'm thankful for or why this had to happen. His control is a blessing.

We are doing well here. My girls are growing like weeds {sniff} and the days are flying by.

August is a month old already! Ava is 2 1/2 going on 20. Here's some pics from the last few days:

Getting to church ON TIME for the last two weeks! (thanks to an incredible husband who gives so much of himself to helping me!)

Happy Fathers Day to the very best, most handsome, daddy!


Sara said...

Oh Mandi,

My youngest son is having some health issues, he also just bit his older sister, and neither of them would let me eat my dinner. All while their daddy is trying to talk to me on his work break. We also received 2 doctor calls about lab work on my husband, and baby boys x-ray, and the unknown at this moment was zapping the joy from me.

All this to say my heart needed to read these words at this exact moment in time. God is so good! Thank you for being an encouragement to me.

Chrissy said...

We've been studying contentment in a class at church and praising God in the hard times was something we talked about this past Sunday. It's not easy to do it, but it is good that we have reminders to help us to rememeber to praise Him all the time, hard times or good times. Thanks for the reminder!