Hard to believe it’s been a whole month since my last blog entry!
Let’s start with some lighter stuff… Anna had her 8th birthday party at our home. I invited several people but not very many showed up. It was still a fun party and Anna was also remembered by many who could not come join the party.
One week later, my cousin from my little home village in Finland visited us with her two kids and a friend. It was a special reunion, one of a kind! Only too brief… As always, meeting folks from the old country makes me feel a bit nostalgic and homesick…
James is getting heavily into skateboarding, every weekend he bugs us
to drive him to the skate park 25 miles away. They’re building one in
our city but it’s not ready yet. I took some pictures on one of our
recent skateboarding outings and posted them on the blog. Anna had a
storybook/character day at school and wanted to be Cinderella, so I
spent most of one night altering a dress for her (as the story goes,
complete with the ribbons, blue sash and beads). No mice or birds
showed up to mend the dress but it turned out real pretty, so I took
some shots of her posing in her dress and will add them to the album.
On the Halloween evening I treated our youngest kids to a wholesome
family movie instead of trick-or-treating. Not being the least bit shy, my daughter Anna said to
the young man at the counter: Happy halloween! We’re gonna see a movie
instead of trick or treating! Then we’ll go to mom’s Bible study! By
the way, I think your hair looks cool, too! (I had commented on his
cool mohawk-style hairdo). That was a fun evening 🙂
Much has happened at work as well… Tragedies and triumphs (well, none a "major scale" -but big enough to make the job interesting) and lots of pleas to Lord God Almighty!!! Praise Him, who sustains his children amidst life’s storms! I’ve been so weary these weeks, many times just wanting to throw in the towel and give up. Seems like demands are so great and results so few. Yet I have strong hope and assurance that many of these circumstances are just waiting for the Master’s touch and will turn out according to His good and perfect will! I keep planting seeds of hope and bringing the situations before the throne- waiting for the Master’s plan to unfold.
Cast your burdens upon Him… I’ve cried several times before the Lord during the past few weeks: "You say, My yoke is easy and my burden is light! Then how come I feel like all the juice is being squeezed out of me, constantly?" There’s not much left of me to give to my loved ones… Last weekend my strength was absolutely gone… Working overtime, dealing with difficult cases (people), losing sleep because of extra school projects that had to be completed… On Friday, a 3-hr night’s rest and working overtime just about did me in… Aside from catching up with laundry, all I could do was to stay in bed all weekend, read my bible and cry from exhaustion, drifting out to sleep off and on. Thank you Lord for our precious children, helping out with chores, my husband for his tenderness and for the good neighbors who (though unknowingly) invited the kids to fun outings, allowing me time to rest and gain back my strength.
So, it’s back to the rat race. A new week, bringing new challenges. Today, a lady who was quite unpleasant toward me last week, apologized for her behavior and gave me an opportunity to show her Christ-like compassion and mercy. I had sensed how much stress she had been going through and had already been praying for her. Today, as we met I assured her that I understood she had a lot to deal with right now – no hard feelings. Almost in tears she confided in me about her daughter being diagnosed with having a brain tumor. Promising to pray on her precious young daughter’s behalf, we then departed -both almost in tears… So whoever reads this -please join me in praying for complete healing for little H, also renewed hope and strength for her mother.
Lord, I also bring everyone in Upper Room to Your throne. I bring brother L and his loved ones to your throne. Trusting in Your precious blood to cover, heal and protect…