Jan 25, 2008

Flu Again

I'm ready for winter to be over. Ian was sick again in the middle of the night last night. But, once again God has given him much mercy and is allowing him to sleep through any discomfort. Hopefully he'll recover from this bout more quickly.


Anonymous said...

i hope this bout passes quickly....it must be hard to "watch"/////gigi

Anonymous said...

I recieved this in an e-mail today and send it as an encouragement to Ian and those that love him.

BEHOLD HOW HE LOVES US By Francis Frangipane:
"Our capacity to actually dwell in Christ's presence is based upon knowing the true nature of God. If we see Him as a loving Father, we will draw near; if
He seems to be a harsh judge, we will withdraw. Indeed, everything that defines us is influenced by our perception of God.
If we do not believe God cares about us, we will be overly focused on caring for ourselves. If we feel insignificant or ignored by God, we will exhaust
ourselves by seeking significance from men. However, once we realize that God truly loves us, that He desires we draw near to Him, a door opens before us into His presence. Here, in the shelter of the Most High, we can find rest and renewed power for our souls.
God's love is not a reality distant from our needs. The Bible reveals that the Lord is "touched with the
feeling of our infirmities" (Heb 4:15 KJV). He feels
the pain of what we experience on earth. He participates in the life we live, for "in Him we live, and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28 KJV). He is not removed from our need; we are His body. He is one with us.
The truth is, we are not alone in our battles. However, if we believe we are alone---if we accept the lie that God does not care---our darkened thinking
will isolate us from the loving commitment of God.
At Lazarus' tomb, Jesus wept. Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus; He knew it six days before He called Lazarus back from death. He wept because they
were weeping.
Do you know that the Spirit of God actually feels our heartache? He is with us in our conflicts and near us in our fears. At the tomb of Lazarus, some would
suggest that Christ's weeping was really over the unbelief of His disciples. I think not. When the Lord wept over Lazarus, those who saw Christ saw a man
touched by the sorrows of others. They remarked, "Behold how He loved him!" (John 11:36).
Our healing comes when we behold how He loves us. We are raised from the dead when He comes to our tomb and calls us by name out of death.
We must personalize God's love. He gave His Son for my sins, His word for my guidance and His Spirit for my strength. If the Almighty is for me, who can
be against me?
Dear friend, with wide-eyed wonder, let us behold how He loves us, and be healed of our isolation."

Psalm 26:1:b "I have trusted in the Lord without wavering".