Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Expectantly Strong and Courageous

Have you ever waited anxiously to find out important news?  Have you ever stressed about something because it really matters to you but you're just not sure what the outcome is going to be?  Today is one of those days ... but I am not stressed or anxious.

My oldest brother is currently having surgery to remove a growth in his head.  This is second surgery in the past two weeks to remove this growth which was originally measured at 6cm.  That is huge when you break out the ruler and think about it.  I'm not sure how long the surgery is going to last, but last time they went in through his nose, but this time they are cutting down through his skull to get the remainder of the mass.  As you can well imagine, his wife and our parents are quite concerned at this moment for his well-being.

There are always times in our life when we are not going to be sure of the outcome, but God reminds us in his word that he will never leave us or forsake us. (Deut 31:6)  The verse even begins with "be strong and courageous"!  That is how confident we should be in our God!  We should be strong and courageous in the times of adversity in our life.  But it is a choice that we have to make to be this way.  It is a direct order from God to be strong.  It is a direct order from God to have courage.  We have to dig deep within us and have faith that God is going to be with us.

(SIDE NOTE: I just burnt two new shirts on my lamp in my room while writing this ... DOH!)

Back to my brother.  I have concern for his well-being as he is my brother, but I have faith that our God will bring him through this operation and that God will be glorified in all of this.  I have faith that our God is with us during this adversity in our lives.  He is a big God!  He is a great God!  He is a faithful God!  So today, I choose to be strong and I choose to have courage!  If you're going through a tough spot in your life, choose to have faith by being strong and having courage in a God that is able to provide for you!

Waiting With Anticipation

Monday, December 28, 2009

Decades of Time

Today I am at home doing laundry and catching up after a busy Christmas.  I'm celebrating my Boxing Day vacation day and I must say it is nice to just sit back and relax.  I've been working through my ideas for 2010, but so far the only thing I want to really do is crawl back into my nice bed which is warm and cozy just because I can!  But the reality of getting some things accomplished at home is just to overwhelming and I really don't feel like putting off anything more until tomorrow.  Well ... I guess I am procrastinating a bit by jotting down my thoughts.  Oh well!

In a few days, we will be celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another decade.  It amazes me how fast time flies when you are having so much fun (despite the few road bumps along the way) and how old I really am.  It seems like yesterday that I was riding my Big Wheel down the street with my next door neighbour or even learning to drive.  The truth be told, that Big Wheel would collaspe under my weight currently and I've been driving for over 18 years.  THAT'S INSANE!!!

Still, the older I get, the more I discover that I just don't know it all!  Maybe that is the true sign of age!  The more you experience, the less you have learned!  Or is it that we have learned so much through our experiences that we don't even comprehend how much more there is to learn?  Either way, I am thankful that the more I learn the more God shows me I need to rely on Him and not on my own "knowledge".  I need to let Him be "the light unto my path" and show me which way to go as we face this new year and decade together.  He hasn't brought me this far just to say, "alright ... you're on your own now."  He wants me to follow the words of Proverbs 3:6-7 which state, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths straight."

As you look to 2010 with wonder and anxiousness, remember that God wants you to have a straight path that leads you to Him.  Acknowledge Him this year and watch in awe as He does amazing things in your life!

Happy New Year!