Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Getting Ready To Pack

Good morning!  Where do I start?  I didn't post last night because we got in to late from the ranch.  It was an eventful day.  We left early yesterday morning and headed to work the calves and worm the cattle. My two sweet friends, Cathy and Denise, purchased the video and music from the Women of Joy conference.  As soon as I got into the truck, Pat had it blaring.  He actually was making me nervous while driving because he was focusing on the music and not the driving.  I even yelled "Pat, there is a runner!  Do you see that runner?"  Well I just kept praying and we made it safely.  Two of our friends, David & Troy, who are actually in our Life Group, helped us all day.  The cattle can cause a few headaches and "rodeo" moments, and we had our share.  I posted on Face Book pictures of Pat and the guys working.  A cow kicked Pat in the groin, he hit her back and she kicked him in the shin.  It is not pretty.  Bless his heart as he was leaving this morning for the office, he hit his shin again in the garage.  We took 26 or so head to the sale including some older heifers.  On the outside of Clifton we had a blow out.  When we made it to Clifton to the tire store, friends of ours tracked us down because they knew we were in the area and they pulled in and we prayed in a circle at the tire store for Pat to have complete healing.  Doesn't God work in strange but beautiful ways?  Healing is what we are claiming. On to the medical part of this journey.  Pat has an appointment with an oncologist tomorrow, Thursday, in Fort Worth.  This guy is in Pat's oncologist practice.  We see another doctor on Friday in Dallas.  Pat's cousin, Gary, just finished battling leukemia and is now in remission.  The blessing is that Gary opened the door for us to meet with this doctor, whose other specialty is pancreatic cancer.  Finally, we have an appointment at the Cancer Center in Tulsa on Tuesday.  We will leave on Monday should we decide to keep that appointment.  We ask that you join us in prayer for God's direction in Pat's treatment. As I opened the scriptures for today (in my 365 day Bible) I read 2 Thessalonians 1: 1-12.  I encourage you to read it.  His word is so intimate and was His message to me.  God is giving Pat and I his grace and peace.  He will use this to show His justice and to make us worthy of His Kingdom for which we are suffering.  God will provide rest for us.  Verse 11:  So we keep praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call.  May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.  Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live and you will be honored long with him.  This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ."   One other thing I want to share with you.  I started on Monday Priscilla Shirer's new Bible Study, Jonah.  Navigating a Life Interrupted."  God knew just what I needed to learn more about His ways.  I want to leave you with this from my study yesterday and this morning:  The study of Jonah is primarily about helping us to redefine interruption when it comes to our relationship with God.  If He is our priority and His will is our primary purpose, then when the "word of the Lord" comes to us or when He allows us to see His hand in our circumstances, we must see it as an esteemed opportunity to participate in Kingdom purposes.  What more critical or essential ambition could there be? Consider the following equation:Insignificant Person + Insignificant Task = Interruption.
Significant Person + Significant Task = Divine Intervention.   

All of the above was from Priscilla Shirer's Bible Study.
Make it a great day....cherish them!

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