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If you haven’t read about the trials that we are dealing with lately, please visit carleysense and read the last 3 posts.

We are be blessed by God’s Amazing Grace and His love surrounding us in this time of adveristy.
Please pass this around as well as we want others to be encouraged by lifted up.

God never leaves us. He loves us so much.

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Kite_runner  

 

  My life seems to always be affected , moved and even changed after reading certain books.  I am sure yours does as well.  And I read a lot.  Mostly books about God, the Bible, christian life and christian fiction.  Oh, I can’t forget to include a number of business and finance books too.

   It’s not that I never read anything else, it’s just that I am never really interested in anything else.

  A good friend convinced me that I had to read this one. And I am glad I did.  I was intrigued be the plot and the setting.  Especially with what is going on in Afghanistan then, now and what to be in the future.

Instead of me filling you in about it, this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner

This gives a great description and a glimpse inside the book.

 

It’s not that I just wanted to tell you I read this book and it was a excellent book.  It’s what it did to me I feel I must share.  Some books leave you changed.

It took me all of 3 days to read it.  Since sleep was not going to come easily on the 3rd day, I arose at 2am and could not get Hazara and Amir out of my mind.  So, I made a pot of coffee, put on the reading glasses, curled up on the sofa and began my descent into their world.  By 6:30 am I was finished.  And I wept.

I finally got up, in a daze, perhaps 4 hrs of caffeine contributed to that, and went to get ready for the day.  You know the drill, shower, dress, put on the face and out the door. But…….

I put my favorite coffee mug that my precious grandson gave me, in the sink, in my kitchen, in my house on this piece of beautiful land, in a wonderful area, in America.  I walked up the stairs to the bathroom, on my legs, attached to my rather healthy body and stepped into my bathroom, where it wasn’t too hot or to cold and the lights work just fine.  Ran the water, the hot, clean, refreshing, renewing water and stepped in.  Washing with products that make my hair nice and soft and soaps the keep my skin healthy.  I sat in the tub and began to shave my legs, with a razor I bought from the store down the street where there are no armed guards and I have no need to fear going there.  I drove my car that I put gas in the day before with money I earned doing work that I love to do.  I spoke to others, friendly people, “Hey how are you?-Wonderful thank you and you?-Great and thanks, have a wonderful day!”

After I shaved, I put my razor on the shelf, thought I should get out now and grab that dry, clean, plush towel I washed in the washer and dryer and get dressed in fairly new clothes and get on with my day…

But I didn’t.

I sat in my shower, the warm clean water running over me that I can turn on or off when I desire.  I sat and thought about places and people far away and here in our own country.  People who don’t have, people in need, people who are hungry, people who are running to find safety, people who see unspeakable things.

People…

like me…

flesh and bones…

and blood runs red…

who are uniquely and wonderfully made.

I sat and

I cried…

and

I prayed.

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My post on Jan 10, 2009 started this thought process of balance in my life.  Scroll down to read it if you haven’t already.  I quoted a chapter out of Charles Swidoll’s book Active Spirituality.

Trying to get balanced without going to one extreme or another is harder than it seems.  Especially when my desire is to be in God’s will for my life.  To follow the path He would have me on.  To please Him.  On one hand, some may look at me as a fanatic.  That’s not always a bad thing, but then they see you don’t lead this so called perfect life.  It’s not easy to have it all together.  To be balanced.  People hear you profess your christianity and it seems that they instantly begin to judge you.  They are watching you.  Is this what being a christian is about?  Well, how can she say that and be doing that?  Who does she think she is?  it took me some time, but finally I’m good with not worrying about what others think.  I am human and I will make mistakes.  It’s a journey, and if I was perfect and had everything I wanted and needed, then why would I need Him?  I am okay where I’m at.  It’s on the way to where I’m going.  And He is walking with me.

So I wrote what Charles said about balance in adversity.  What about prosperity?  This is what he wrote:

But another far more subtle struggle is the opposite extreme: prosperity–when success smiles and things begin to come easily, when there’s plenty of money, when everybody applauds, when we get all our ducks in a row and the gravy starts pouring in, watch out!  That’s the time to hand tough.  Why? Because, in times of prosperity, things get complicated.  Spiritual goals get cloudy.  Integrity is on the block.  Humility is put to the test,  consistency is under the gun.  Of the two struggles, I’m convinced that prosperity is a much greater test than adversity.  It is far more deceptive.

Solomon seemed to understand this very well.

“Two things I ask of you, O Lord;  do not refuse me before I die:  Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty now riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?”  Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”  Proverbs 30:7-9

He finishes this chapter:

The man had lived enough years and had seen enough scenes to boil his petition down to two specifics:

Keep me from deceiving and lying.  Give me neither too little nor too much.

It is that second request that intrigues us, isn’t it?   That is the one he amplifies.  Wh does he resist having too little?  There would be the temptation to steal.  Whoever doubts that has never looked into the faces of his own starving children.  At that moment, feeding them could easily overrule upholding some high-and-mighty principle.  Adversity can tempt us to profane the name of our God.

And why does he fear possessing too much?  Ah, there’s the sneaky one!  It’s then–when we’re fat-‘n’-sassy–that we are tempted to yawn at spiritual things, take credit for our success, and think heretical thoughts like, “God? Aw who really needs Him?”  Prosperity can tempt us to presume on the grace of our God.  So we need balance.  The adversary of our souls is the expert of extremes.  He never runs out of ways to push us to the limit…to get us so far out on one end, we start looking freaky and sounding fanatical as we cast perspective to the winds.  

The longer I live, the more I must fight the tendency to go to extremes..and the more I value balance.

I need this so badly, hope it strikes something in you.

Lord, keep my balanced!

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Hearing my Mom on the phone go through these ups and downs is awful.  She made us both laugh last night.  I can’t hardly understand her, they have her on medications.  I told her she sounded as high as a kite, she said, yeah, like you!  “Mom!  I don’t do that any more.”  We both laughed but she had to stop, she can’t laugh without it taking her breathe.  Everyday it seems another decision is being made and it’s different from the one before.  

As I was sitting, thinking about what is about to take place over the next several weeks, I realized I had not talked with  God about much.  As always, I took the burden on myself and placed it on my shoulders with everything else I put up there, weighing me down.  Then I heard those words:

Matthew 11:28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

It’s my personality to take it on.  Some of the hardest things I have had to learn is discernment, delegating, humbleness, rest.  I am usually a go getter.  To allow others to help, blesses them and me.  That attitude of if I don’t do it it won’t get done, or done right, is very selfish, prideful small minded.  It’s a ME attitude.  It’s not about me.  That’s even harder to swallow.  Especially when you have been raised and the world tells you it is.  

Just got to hook up with the Most Holy One, hang out, rely on, depend on, trust in Him.

Psalm 91

 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
       will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 

 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 
       my God, in whom I trust.”

 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare 
       and from the deadly pestilence.

Thank You God, for being my everything.

SIDE NOTE:  So much going on I forgot to take photos of those chairs I worked on, take my word, they look great.  I am working on a big project full of decorative finishes and Trompe L’oeil.  I’ll post later some designs.

Pray and bless someone today!

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