I have been reading Max Lucado's devotional thoughts again this year from his book, Grace for the Moment. Kev actually gave me this book a few years ago, and it means so much more now than it did then. His inscription reads, "Dear Mom, When things get a bit tough, maybe this will help lift your spirits." None of us had any clue at that time (undated) how really tough things were going to get.
January 14 says: Philippians 2:5, "In your lives you must think and act like Jesus."
"It's dangerous to sum up grand truths in one statement, but I'm going to try. If a sentence or two could capture God's desire for each of us, it might read like this:
God loves you just the way you are,
but he refuses to leave you that way.
He wants you to be just like Jesus.
God loves you just the way you are. If you think his love for you would be stronger if your faith were, you are wrong. If you think his love would be deeper if your thoughts were, wrong again. Don't confuse God's love with the love of people. The love of people often increases with performance and decreases with mistakes. Not so witih God's love. He loves you right where you are."
Don't you just love that??
God shows his love in unusual ways sometimes. About two weeks before Christmas, I lost an envelope with 9 $20 bills. $180!! Just before Christmas!! I never found it, and can only hope that whoever found it needed it more than I did. Today I needed gas on my way home from work. I was on empty. I meant to fill up at Sam's yesterday, but circumstances took over and got in the way. So this morning I went to work on fumes, praying that I wouldn't run out of gas. God even answers prayers when you do foolish things!
On the way home, I planned to stop somewhere just to put in a few bucks' worth until I could get to Sam's. I could just see myself walking on icy streets to the nearest gas station, borrowing a can, leaving my driver's license with them, walking to my minivan, putting $2.00 worth of gas in it, driving back to the station, putting in some more. Not a fun prospect. I "happened" to look in the little compartment under the radio and, lo and behold, there was a $20 bill. I remember putting it there, but can't remember what it was for. Obviously, I didn't need it for that after all, so it really came in handy this afternoon for some gas. What an unexpected blessing.
I have been taking care of the little rascals since Feisty was born, Care Bear was 2, and Anakin was 7. I have worked 2 1/2 days a week, switching off with Kristen for the other 2 1/2. Recently I have realized that the two entire days are really wearing me out. I realized that if I could do five half days in the afternoon, it would have lots of advantages. Kristen's department was open to the change. I didn't think there would be a problem with mine. But there was. We had to have a meeting of the entire support staff this afternoon to decide if I could have my request granted. It had to do with coverage at closing time (something I have rarely had to do). I prayed and asked for prayer from others. The answer was yes, I can do it. I think it's going to be better for the students I work with, and for my physical health.
I am finally digging out from under the blizzard on my desk. I accomplished so much today. I feel so much less stressed. Another answer to prayer.
Have a wonderful rest of the week!