Monday, August 13, 2012

I am so blessed!

Seriously. I just finished feeding Zachary his 5oz bottle. He is so cute. He keeps waking up cuter every day! I am so blessed. Zev and I are so blessed. We never imagined a year ago that so much would happen in our lives, our seemingly ordinary lives. We are just a simple military family. Trying to live life, be good people, treat others with respect and love the Lord. I'll admit, my prayer life was in a bit of a rut and I felt like I didn't know why to pray over. You know, this whole brain cancer experience has taught me the value of truly praying for OTHERS. Yes I have my own stuff going on, but we ALL do! Just because one persons stuff sounds worse than re other doesn't mean that it doesn't consume them, take up their energy and time. I have never prayed specifically for other peoples needs as I do now! I love people!

So speaking of how I love people, and how I love the Word, here is Sarah Youngs devotional for today. I don't know if I have mentioned it but 3 people gave me the exact same devotional in the past 3 weeks. Coincidence? I don't think so. Another lady from church gave me the 40 day version. I have given then all away except for the one that I am writing and using. It is an honor to give them away!

So today's devotional is (unsurprising and another example of how perfect God is) specific to my life right now.

Learn to enjoy life more. Relax, remembering that I am God with you, I crafted you with enormous capacity to know Me and enjoy My Presence. When My people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with resigned rigidity, I am displeased. When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me, your ever-present Shepherd. The more you focus on my Presence with you, the more fully you can enjoy life. Glorify Me through your pleasure in Me. Thus you proclaim My Presence to the watching world.

Tuesday morning we head to Baltimore. I am excited about this brain surgery! Another interesting fact: my surgery date, August 16th, will mark exactly one month to the day of my collapse. It has been an interesting month. I wish I did not have cancer but again I thank God that I am alive and able to use this experience to truly tell the people around me that I love them and that more importantly, GOD loves them! He is SO good!

Ok now it's 3.27am and my eyelids are getting heavy. I will leave you with some pictures from yesterday. My dear German teacher, Ulla and her husband, Manfred, are visiting the States. They were meant to stay with us but had to change their plans at the last minute. They were so kind in dropping by yesterday for Kaffee und Kuchen. We all had fun visiting and of course Zachary was such a sweetie. It has been awesome having mum and Howard here. Family is so important. They have servants' hearts. I love them so much. We also had a visit from Christy and her sweet daughter Alyssa and Liz. They brought over the perfect gifts which I will be bringing with me to Baltimore. I love my fellow women!!!! I am going to try to post the pictures in order but I don't think they will! Oh well...

Enjoy your week and thank you for your prayers and encouragement!



Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

I am new to your blog. I answered a call from Kelly's Korner to pray for you.

I'm Australian from Brisbane. If you need any Tim Tams, Violet Crumble, Vegemite, Eucalyptus or anything else Australian to speed up your surgery recovery, please have someone let me know.

Kindest regards


zevandfi said...

Michelle you are so precious! I am all set for good old Aussie products (I have family in town) but thanks for offering!

Gena said...

FiFi, it was so nice to see the pics of Manfred and Ulla visiting with you. We met them a little over a year ago at your going away party. They are a very sweet couple and I know that you and Zev were so pleased to get the opportunity to be with them during their visit to the US. I'm so glad that you have be able to send so much time with your mum and Howard and that they are there to help you and Zev with Zac.
Your inspiration today is perfect. You are God's messenger. Love you girl. XO