Closer to You Lord- that’s all I desire…
Today I feel totally broken for some reason. Just want my Lord and Savior to come and rescue me… That happens sometimes, you have no choice but to repent and cry for mercy from the depths of your soul… And I’m grateful to God for that.
Easter week brought trials but also victories my way. Struggling with issues that seem unresolvable (coupled with feelings of despair and failure) = parenthood! The week was a bit rough, I put my back out trying to drag my son to the shower etc. etc. in attempt to make him go to school… What good did that accomplish- none! He’s taking a 3-week spring break.
On Wednesday I was ready to give up… I spent the day trying to avoid the situation, went to 3 different parks to have alone-time with the Lord and it helped. That night our worship and Bible study were out of this world! I received much healing and encouragement from the Lord (I did not feel like sharing my burden with anybody else that day).
Thursday my dear hubby "smuggled" our son to his workplace, making me think he was going to school. That backfired when the school counselor called me (twice) and we discovered he wasn’t there. Nice try… We also had a church service that evening and my hubby (with our son) had to drive straight from work to church, in order to make it. I was hopeful, thinking that our whole family would attend church "together" which hasn’t happened in ages. Unfortunately, certain members chose to wait in the car until the service was over.
Once again- got the message Lord, we can’t force You on anybody… Just keep on praying and trusting in Your timing…
Good Friday I drove our two sons to spend a 3-day weekend with old friends down south. My daughter and I attended a wonderful Easter concert held by the Finnish Pentecostals. The singer was an opera star who got saved in -99 and is now glorifying God with his talents. He was accompanied by his beautiful wife on piano and also kantele, Scandinavian stringed instrument.
My daughter and I spent Friday and Saturday at a motel and had a great time at the pool, concert, shopping, park etc. Girl’s time together- gotta do that more often!
Friday night at the motel, I stepped outside for a moment after tucking my little darling to bed. There’s some chairs and a table over-looking the pool, and I like to sit there and read my bible. Only this time my spot was reserved by two guys smoking cigarettes. Promptly, they invited me to join them for a beer. I declined the beer, explaining how I had quit all that stuff long time ago, but decided to chat for awhile anyways. So I mentioned the concert we had just arrived from. "We’re musicians too!" and so this one guy goes to fetch his guitar out of the room and starts serenading. Pretty funny- only, one minute later, a door next to mine opens up and a somewhat grumpy gentleman puts halt to the serenading! Ticked off, the guitar guy goes back to his room, while the "pianist" and I continue chatting.
We had quite a serious and very interesting discussion, from politics to faith to marriage to vices to global warming and natural disasters etc. He then commented on how I seemed to take such serious issues much more lightly than he, and I had a good chance to witness about freedom in Christ.
The following day I recognized my next door (Finnish) neighbors (now much less "grumpy" gentleman and his wife) -we had attended the same easter concert! oops… Funny, what a small world! I apologized for "the guitar man" a bit embarrassed at first, but we had good conversations afterwards. The motel owners were also friendly and said we could take our time checking out. So we enjoyed relaxing and swimming until 2pm in the afternoon. Take note; Scandia Lodge has the nicest heated pool in all LW!
We had been invited by a friend to attend Trinity International (televised) worship service that day so it was nice to have some extra time to get ready for the event. We then spent a couple of hours at a nice waterfront park before the service.
The church was impressive, had a great choir and performers. I also liked the pastor who had been it’s shepherd for decades, giving the congregation a "real" feel in my opinion. It was neat to participate in a "grand" setting like that (yet, I wouldn’t trade my little fellowship group for anything)… About a dozen people accepted Christ at that service. God bless and keep them growing in His truth!!!
Sunday, back to our dear Lutheran church. We then visited brother J’s family, had a great time. I’m so glad my hubby likes them and vice versa! In the evening he drove south to pick up our boys, while I attended Upper Room. What a great week I had in Lord’s presence! A total of 8 gatherings within 5 days… Wow!
Praised be His Holy name!