Here we are at almost the end of January but still at the beginning of the new year, 2013. A new season is upon us and change in schedules. My husband started school for an IT degree and so now he is gone for various times and days. All last year, he was with me almost always unless he went to do an errand and I didn't go with him. When he was in the Air Force he was gone all day long and yes, I admit, I missed my time alone. In a sense, this change is not new but we are in a different place since he worked and I'm at a different stage of recovery. So this is a change but I'm looking forward to having time alone in the house.
I don't get all day but at least I have a few hours that I can do the things I want in my time or I can attempt to challenge myself, safely, to do activities around the house. I am doing more but still not as much as I would like to do. I'm become braver at working in the kitchen. I've come to realize and admit that having a stroke is no playground of fun trying to revamp my body to do what is natural. I'm still having issues but I can do this!, whatever "this" may be at the time.
What now? has been a question on my mind the last few weeks. However, my thoughts of exercise all day and do all that I've been taught at therapy, my thoughts have changed. My alone time has been nothing really of the kind but has consisted of reading God's Word and studying. Then having breakfast, which is my morning challenge. I try to stick to simple but filling. Takes me a good bit of time getting the Greek yogurt and apple out of the refrigerator and then cutting the apple with the apple slicer, corer gadget. Oh and a drink and taking all the items to my desk in the living room. Then I can rest and have a nice morning reading blogs, sermons, Facebook and whatever I come across. By the time I'm finished it's almost Noon because I probably didn't really start my morning until 9:30 or 10am.
This past week I had the privilege to watch the Truth & Life Conference 2013: Word of God at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California. The speakers were: Dr. John MacArthur, president of The Master's College and pastor-teacher at Grace Community Church and Grace To You Ministry; Dr. Mark Dever, senior pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D. C. and president of 9Marks Ministries; and Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, senior minister at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina and Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Theological Seminary.
There is so much I could say but to make it short, and maybe another post later, we studied the Word of God. The whole bible points to Jesus as Savior and Lord, our center. The Old Testament shows us who God is, how He interacts with people and His promises, among other interesting topics. The New Testament shows us Jesus' life and about Christian living plus other also interesting topics. As Dr. Ferguson said in one of his sessions, "Soak in God's Word."
Thanking God for His grace and mercy, the Lord Jesus Christ for when we repent and turn from our sin, He is faithful to forgive and thankful for the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation."
2 Corinthians 1:3-7