I titled my last post, "Life changes...", due to the experiences I was having at the time. This week has been full of changes, disappointments and sorrow for me. It is time to acknowledge them, and let them go.
The week brought the news of two deaths, of people I cared about-- Bobbie and Estella. Both died from cancer. Both had battled it before. Both were women. Both were married. Both had a child/children. Both had family and friends that loved them. Both were friends I tried to encourage during their battles. I don't think either one of them were ever on television. I don't know if they could sing or dance. I am confident that they were not monetarily wealthy.
Through the week, three celebrities died as well---Ed McMahan, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. I 'knew' them only from watching television. All three were popular while I was growing up. All three had been wealthy during their careers. All three had family and friends that loved them.
Of these five people, I only know that one of them was a Christian, and had claimed Jesus as their Savior. That means that I will only see one of them in Heaven for sure; the others, I don't know. I started thinking of all the people that died this week throughout our world. How many of them knew Jesus as Lord? Although the true sorrow I feel is for the two ladies I knew personally, shouldn't my sorrow include those others whose eternity is questionable? I believe so.
My prayer is that God opens my heart and my eyes to see those that need His love. I am also praying that He would give me a boldness to speak about Him, without appearing 'pushy'. My story, my testimony, is an awesome example of how the Lord protects, directs, heals, and loves without condition! Let me be the one to share that, and see a new light in someone's eyes.
Next thing to acknowledge and leave behind...I have done a lot of complaining this week about the weather. It is HOT and HUMID in Texas and along with my own hot flashes, I am pretty miserable. I did not choose to be happy and content that I have a house with air conditioning, and my job is indoors. Instead, I complained. I don't have to like it; it just is. I will really try to think before I complain about it. I will think on positive thoughts. I will not let it make me grouchy and antisocial. JOY is joy, no matter what the weather holds!
I mentioned in the previous post that my friend P. took in a 4 year old little girl to foster. Along with L.M., she had her hands full. It became apparent that she can only foster one child at a time right now, and will be letting M. go to another foster home on Monday. I met 4 year old M. last night when they came to town. She is a beautiful little girl, who is very confused and needs full attention from someone. I pray that her new family will learn to communicate with her and adore her, because she has so much potential. Foster parents have a special gift from God; I am thankful that P. has shared her experience with me!
The week ahead will be busy, as K. starts Band Camp to prepare for the 4th of July parade, I will be working at the library, and who knows what else we will find to do! I am going to CHOOSE to be happy and full of joy!!!!
Thought for the day:
1 Peter 1:8 (New American Standard Bible)
8and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,