The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. ~ Psalm 16:6 nasb

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tea Talk -- Then Jesus Said

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I'm having...a cup of Rishi organic black tea, wild berry flavor.  I've added a bit of macadamia nut honey that a dear friend brought me from her trip to Hawaii.  I hid this honey in the back of my "tea cabinet" and it is my very own very special honey.  I'm trying to make it last.  :)

I'm feeling...tired due to a late night, and a bit of twinge in my lower back, but otherwise healthy and good!

On my Danny's "New Student Orientation" at Joliet Junior College this afternoon.  All new students are required to attend this 2.5-hour orientation, and Danny wants me to attend with him.  I'm bringing my organizer and some crossword puzzles.  *wink*  He and I spent most of this morning going through the documentation for the transfer program at UIC (University of Illinois, Chicago), picking classes from a list of required courses, and figuring out a two-year plan of attack so that he can smoothly transfer to UIC come the fall of 2013.  Whew!

I leave you with...a Scripture that's not so light, but it has been on my mind the past few days because of various conversations with friends and with my husband.  The season in which I find myself is different than I thought it would be--our third son graduating from our home school next month, only one son in our homeschool, and three years to go.  This should mean more time, a little slowing down or easing of the schedule, and a little more freedom to pursue my interests, or to advance my photography business.  Or even traveling with my husband.

As I see some of my friends starting to transition into this season, I realize that the new season in their lives will look very different than my own.  We have a special needs son at home with us; there may be a relaxing of the schedule, or a little more free time, but he will be here.  There will be no intense pursuit of photography, and little, if any, travel to other cities and countries.  Every day I wake up knowing that I must lay down my life to do what the Lord wants me to do--including ministering to my sweet Joseph.  Yes, we hope for employment for him, and some measure of independence, but he will probably always be here.

I must continue to learn and remember that this is what the Lord has deemed best for my life, for each day.  There is a laying down--this is a battle!!--every day.  It must occur.  I must lose my life for His sake.  After all, true life is found in Him.

Then Jesus said to His disciples,
"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself,
and take up his cross and follow Me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it;
but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it."
Matthew 16:24-25 NASB

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