The condo is finally quiet. My three got the giggles at bedtime and it was a long process to get everyone asleep. I am amazed all the time how much fun my kiddos seem to be having when this summer has been a huge deviation from our past summers. No fancy vacations, lots of time away from home and friends, lots of inside time due to the ridiculous heat, and not one complaint from any of them.
Here goes with some random thoughts that are jumbled in my head tonight:
Pops gave me the best gift ever today. He watched all three kiddos in the condo while I slipped away to the Green Valley book fair. I have not been alone for three hours in a long time and to do it in a cool place full of books was this book worm/preschool teacher's dream come true!!! Wow! There will not be a teacher in our area that will be as excited as I will be on the first day of school this year.
David is doing well, he has lots of energy and has eaten great today. Tonight we went to Dick's sporting goods to buy a gift and he lifted weights, played hoops, swung a bat, and had a blast! Who knew that shopping could be a physical therapy session?!! Having his siblings here is the best medicine for him ever. Tomorrow we visit clinic for labs and the dreaded dressing change. Please pray that goes well.
Kyle is missing home and friends, but he has loved having a driving range and golf course nearby. Around the block is Penn Park and we have a nighty ritual where he buys a bucket of balls and practices hitting while I walk. This boy is a golf nut!!! We are also enjoying a daily trek to the pool here at the condo. What a blessing!!!
Miss hope is as hilarious as ever. She gives me a run for my money with her miss Priss attitude, but she keeps us all laughing. She is quite the fish and loves to swim. She also loves being David's nurse and bossing him around.
I have really felt this week during my walks that God is speaking to me about living a life devoted to him. I am doing a bible study on my own and the lesson this week was on how apathy is more detrimental to us Christians as anything. The way to cure your apathy is to live a life totally sold out to God. I desperately want my life to matter to Him and Him only. I want to mature in my faith desperately to live my life to increase His kingdom. This scripture from Mark also keeps bouncing around in my head:
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world , and lose his own soul?
This scripture intimidates me because I used to be that person that wanted more and more stuff. When we first got married I wanted and wanted and wanted more stuff. Thankfully God blessed me with a man who could talk some biblical sense into this bull-headed girl, but I could have become that person that cared more about what I had and getting into big financial trouble doing it, instead of focusing on my spiritual health. I am so thankful that I have matured and the "must have it now bug" only hits me sporadically. I still have a long way to go, but I pray to be the person that puts more emphasis on my spiritual health versus how much stuff I have. God used Madame blueberry and the Veggie Tales to humble me many years ago not this topic.
Today my good friend Sarah sent me a YouTube link to a new song that they have been singing at church. I am sure Bryan Underwood is rocking the song Cornerstone but tonight I had it blaring on my iPhone and I had the most wonderful time of praise with God. I was huffing and puffing and sweat was rolling in this blasted humidity but I had "holy bumps" all over me. It was one of the sweetest times of worship I have ever had. The line "through the storm He is Lord" just made me weep. Cancer is one of the biggest storms we have ever faced but through it all He is and will always be Lord.
Good night from the finally quiet condo :)