How Do You Measure?

April 21, 2009 at 6:34 am 1 comment

Is Dan’s overall condition improving?  The swelling is a little better in his knees.  The joints in his hips and knees hurt. At 11:30 at night, his feet and legs are swollen, but the good news is that the pain is lessened by 2 Ibuprofen instead of a strong pain killer that makes him sleepy  and not think clearly when his eyes are open. He took his vital signs at 6:30 p.m.  Everything was fine except that the heart rate was pushing into the 90’s.   

The cavity is  slowly healing inside, but the flap over the cavity only has a little hole about 1/4 of an inch wide down at the bottom of the flap.  The nurses insert the 1/2″ cotton tape through that hole quickly.   I work for 45 minutes  bending over Dan with my head hanging down to see the hole, but the tape only goes through the hole one of every 4 times I push the tape with the tiny wooden end of a long q-tip.  So far, we are keeping the infection from taking hold.

While the physical therapist helped Dan walk with a cane, I went to the beach.  The sun was hot.  I took my shoes off and walked on the cold, wet sand right at the water’s edge.  Before long, I was walking in the water, playing a little game of “How far can I go without getting my clothes wet?”  The force of the waves was so strong that when the water was just ankle deep, it splashed up to my knees before rolling back out to sea.  My toes got so cold they hurt.

 The sunset tonight was glorious.  The entire sky was an orange/pink curtain that went down to the rich blue water.  Then, flame colored clouds formed above the dark blue water.  Suddenly it felt like I was looking at a Japanese silk painting…the sky, the sea did not look real!  God is a magnificent artist.  Being with nature today brought some joy into my heart again.

 Melissa said tonight, “Having a real tough time with 2 Cor 12:9-10. How do we brag about weakness? ” — ” But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  My best explanation?  Maybe when we are messing up, but our faith is strong enough to let Jesus take control, we can be thankful.  Thankful that we don’t try to do everything without the help of Jesus. — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  April 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    My belief about 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 is when we are weak and can’t do ‘whatever good thing we desire doing” by our own effort, then that is the moment when Jesus shows up strong within us. Jesus does it in us, through us, and with us. His Grace upon our lives does whatever we cannot do by our own effort. His Favor bestows ability within us so we can do the “impossible” things that ordinarily we cannot do by our own human power. When we are weak, then Christ’s power shows up strong in believers, the Holy Spirit rests upon believers, and God’s power does the supernaturally “impossible things” with believers. When we are humanly weak, that is the time when God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit show up strong within us. In this way, we KNOW the One who did the “impossible” in us, with us, and through us. We KNOW our human effort didn’t do it because we KNOW we are weak. But we KNOW the One in Whom we have believed showed up and did something magnificent in us, for us, and with us. His Grace does the things we cannot do by ourselves. Therefore, Paul states, “With one glory after another [glory], we are being changed to look more like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18-SEB).” And, “If anyone wants to be proud [brag], let him be proud of [or, brag on] the Lord [Jeremiah 9:24].’ Who is approved? It is not the one who pats himself on the back. It’s the one whom the Lord pats on the back (2 Corinthians 10:17,18-SEB)!”

    The apostle Peter teaches ‘how’ the Lord Jesus does the impossible through believers. By the power of the Holy Spirit upon us, believers are led into right living (John 14:26,27). When believers are weak, then Jesus shows up within us and makes us strong by doing whatever we cannot do by our own human efforts. Peter teaches, “When you obeyed the truth, you made your souls pure. This led you to loving your brothers and sister. That love must be sincere. Love one another intensely from your hearts. You have been born again. The seed [message] that caused this will never die. It is God’s message that lives and lasts . . . the Lord’s message remains forever (1 Peter 1:22,23-SEB).” “You should live good lives among the people of the world. They might say evil things against you, as if you were doing wrong. But when they see your good deeds, they will give glory to God on the Day when He returns to take care of us . . . by doing good, you will silence foolish, ignorant men. This is what God wants . . . If you suffer pain unfairly, but you take it because your conscience is controlled by God, then that will be to your credit . . . if you servants do right, yet you endure suffering, then God will bless you for this. This is why you were called: Christ suffered for you! Christ left you an example. He [Christ] wants you to follow in His steps . . . While He was suffering, He wasn’t trying to get even [revenge]. Jesus gave Himself over to God who judges fairly. In his body, he carried our sins on the wooden cross. He wants us to quit sinning and live right. His wounds were used to heal us (1 Peter 2-SEB).”

    When people hurt us because we do right, then Peter teaches us to rejoice because Holy Spirit power and glory from God is about to show up in us and on our behalf to do things we cannot do by our own human power, “Dear friends, don’t be surprised because of the fierce struggle you’re in, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be glad that you are sharing in the sufferings of Christ. Then when His glory is revealed, you will be very, very happy. If someone insults you . . . you should be very happy, because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God is resting upon you . . . if you must suffer as a Christian, you shouldn’t be ashamed. Use this name to give glory to God . . . the people who are suffering by God’s will must commit their souls to a faithful Creator by doing good things (1 Peter 4:12-19-SEB).”

    When something weak hits our lives, then rejoice, because Jesus is about to show up and do the strong and right thing within us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then, instead of bragging about what we ourselves did, we can brag on what the Lord does in us, for us, with us, and through us. Bragging on what God does through Jesus in our lives is exactly the type of praise and glory that God wants to receive from believers. God wants credit for the good He does with us even when we are weak . . . because at our moment of weakness, Jesus living in us shows up strong and does the ‘impossible’ on our behalf.

    Peter concludes, “If you truly desire to do right, who will hurt you? But even if yo do suffer because you are doing right, you should be happy. Don’t be upset. Don’t be afraid like they are afraid. Make a special holy place in your hearts for Christ, the Lord . . . Then those who say evil things about your good life in Christ will be ashamed of the things they said. If God wants you to suffer, then suffering for doing right is better than suffering for doing wrong. Christ died for your sins . . . He was a good man dying for bad men. Why? To bring you back to God (1 Peter 3:13-18-SEB).” Peter teaches believers our good is consistently rewarded by God, because Christ does everything good in us, with us, for us, and through us by the power coming from the Holy Spirit. Glory to God because He does great things on behalf of believers in Jesus! Praise His name! Exalt His mighty power, not our power.

    Love to you,
    Sherrie H.


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