Sunday, March 27, 2011

Love Is A Choice

The Lord has called us to love everyone. That includes those who don't love us back.
I'm in a situation where I am loving a family member who is loving one moment, and cruel and hurtful the next. I can't explain the details or the names, but I will say that I feel sorry for this person as, she is mentally unstable and cannot help it. I can't possibly love her in my own strength, but need God's power to help me. I am whining right now, as I have been hurt once again. Mental illness gives no explanation. It is hollow, savage, wicked and cutting. It bites. It stings."I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.With the Lord's help, I've chosen to love the unlovely. I could not do this on my own, for my flesh cries out a mean retort, which I, of course have stifled and not stated aloud. I have had to ask God to forgive me. I'm in a situation where I must choose to love my husband and children first, and do what is best for them because they are my number one responsibility. This other person is second. I must weigh and gauge my energy level and love, but do what is best for each one. I do love this person who continues to hurt me and my husband, but there has to be boundaries. There must be limits. My husband needs my love. My children need my love and attention. If I am spent being a care-giver for this other person, too spent to give to my family, than that is not righteousness. I will let you know how things go. decisions for the best interest of all persons must be made.
I am cowering and feeling a bit defeated at present, but turning to God for the answers. Kathi
"A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly..." Proverbs 15:1-2

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Indoor Rock Climbing

Lately our family has been rock climbing at OSU on the weekends. It's something fun and new for our family.

I did not climb this time. I took the photos. It's always fun to have a little bit of ice-cream afterwards; replace calories we lost during our climb. Hee hee! "On Christ., the solid ROCK, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand."
-- Edaward Mote

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Jesus is the Cornerstone

Home from church, had to show you all something.  But first let me tell you, today at church we sang this song:

            In Christ Alone
by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

"IN CHRIST ALONE my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone... "
So when I got home I just had to run down to our barn and show you something.
Our big barn was built in the year 1881. The orignal huge beams and floor are still intact. The roof and siding have been replaced my metal. I want to show you the cornerstone of this old barn.
Here is the cornerstone. Someone years ago etched into this stone "Jesus is the Cornerstone." I love this. Years of wind, rain and some flooding have warn it to wear it is nearly gone.
I love it that the original builders had it etched into this stone. I hope you are enjoying your wonderful day of rest. I would have printed all of the song, but it is copyrighted. It is a beautiful song.In Christ Alone

by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

"IN CHRIST ALONE my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone... "
Blessings, Kathi
Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’
Acts 4:10-12


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