Thursday, August 14, 2008

Love, Peace, Busy and a Blog all Over the Place!

I knew I would stink at updating this thing once school started! :) Hopefully in a couple of weeks, I will be back to normal..I do have a PRAISE report..remember Sadye, the princess with the tumor? Well, she is home today..actually came home yesterday, they did surgery which removed her kidney, but got ALL the tumor. She had her first chemo and will go back every week and then every 3 weeks (I think). So, all in a week, this little girl has went full circle and touched so many lives by showing the power of God and prayer! I know they are rejoicing as a family!

Our nights are pretty booked these days..on Tuesday, I will begin one of my last classes before I have my master's, I am taking 2 classes this semester..and I will have 1 more with comps and practicum! So pretty excited here...haven't been in a hurry, but am glad to see the end in sight! On Wednesdays, we do gymnastics 4:30-5:30...Children's choir 6:00-6:45...and Mission Friends from 6:45-7:30..while church is from 6:30-7:30...and technically, I should have my rear back in choir practice which will be till when I get motivated, that will be our Wednesday schedule..I really like choir..I really do..but I also really like sitting and worshipping with Kenny thorughout the service..kinda torn pray for me on that. Once basketball starts, that will take up most other nights. We have faculty meetings on Mondays...and Friday and Saturday..we are all over the place! I hope you will understand my lacking in the blog area. :)

Sometimes I wonder why God allows unpleasant isn't enough to really complain about, but just enough to test your faith and those spur of the moment words you would like to say and almost do, but are so glad you didn't when it is all over! Does anyone understand what I am talking about? I won't go into detail..b/c I don't want to create an even more unpleasant situation..but it is something I have dealt with before, and seem to be there again. I wonder if He wants to make sure I am the person I claim to be..or if my faith can waver..and OFTEN, I fail. I mean..I am not talking life or death situations, or anything too terrible..just enough to get you...just daily run ins with people or persons that irk you! And get under your skin...I found a devotion while cleaning out my email..about dealing with difficult people..and I thought it was ironic that I hadn't read it was still bold in my inbox..thought I would share in case others deal with this as well....

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 (NIV)
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When asked what he considered the most valuable skill in employees, the financier John D. Rockefeller replied, “The ability to get along with people!”
One of the most important skills we can develop as we walk with Christ is knowing how to love troublemakers. If you learn how to interact with difficult people, then you’ll be able to pour your energy into areas of ministry rather than constantly putting out fires of conflict.
Here are four methods Jesus modeled when he encounter difficult people:
1. Realize you can’t please everybody. Even God can’t do that! Refuse to play games (Matthew 22:18).
2. Learn to say no to unrealistic expectations. Confront them by “telling the truth in love.”
3.NEVER retaliate (Matthew 5:38-39). It only lowers you to their level.
4.Pray for them (Matthew 5:44). It will help both of you. Let God speak to them.

I pray that you all have a great rest of this Thursday and a FANTASTIC FRIDAY!!!


Angela said...

glad you found your way back here to update!
love to hear what is going on in your life!

Loves ya,
Aunt Angela