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Seeing Some Improvement February 15, 2008

Filed under: Personal Life,Random Stuff,Thoughts on Worship — 6kids1me @ 7:41 pm

Yes, I’m still sick, but feeling a bit better.  I have a little more energy today and no fever at all.  So that’s good.  But I’ve been dizzy all day which is really weird.  I guess it’s because I’m so stuffed up.  Beau’s fever seems to be gone now and he’s full of energy.  Poor little Jack is still really sick.  No fever, but the coughing, etc just won’t go away.  I feel so bad for him.  He had more energy today too and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.  He’s kept me hopping.  But I’m really happy that he’s in a better mood, so I guess he is feeling better even if the symptoms haven’t improved.  Thank you all for your prayers for us!

I’m trying to type this while still dizzy so I should probably just stop.  Every time I turn my head, it takes a minute for the room to catch up.  Sometimes I don’t even have to move….the room still moves around me.  🙂  But I’m feeling kind of chatty tonight and have nobody to talk to.  The kids are watching a movie and don’t want to talk, Stephen has been on the phone all night and Rodney is already asleep (poor guy is worn out).  So that means I’m chatting to you tonight.  Thanks for listening.  🙂

I talked to my grandmother on the phone today.  This woman is fantastic!  She is so filled with wisdom and I always learn a lot when we talk.  Today we were discussing the book of Revelation and the Left Behind series of books.  We both like the way that the authors took Revelation literally and translated it into a fictional story that everyone could understand.  I’ve often felt that much of my confusion about scripture could easily be cleared up if I were to take the scriptures literally rather than figuratively.  For instance, if the Bible says that there will be a great earthquake that shakes the whole world….couldn’t that be a literal statement?  I’ve actually been told that God didn’t mean a “real” earthquake but rather a historic event that everyone took notice of.  Why couldn’t it be literal?  Like my grandmother said, “God isn’t trying to confuse anybody.  He’s telling you exactly what’s going to happen.  You can window dress it all you want, but it’s still an earthquake.”  🙂

Nanny (my grandmother) and I also discussed how Christ’s love in us is what people see.  She read a poem to me that said this….”I’d rather see a sermon than hear one.”  She said that we may be the only sermon some people ever have contact with and we should remember that at all times.  How we treat people, what we say, the things we do…all these things directly affect others around us.  If we say we are Christians but don’t show authentic love, what have we accomplished?  Nothing.  She referred to I Corinthians ch. 13 where Paul talks about divine love.  He says that even if we speak like angels, even if we die as martyrs, even if we gain the whole world….if we don’t have love then we’ve gained nothing.  Nothing.  And he’s not talking about romantic love or even the kind of love we have for our kids.  He’s talking about divine love.  The kind of love that we aren’t capable of on our own….only Christ in us can give that kind of love. 

We also talked about how people confuse religion with who Christ is.  It’s not about religion.  It’s about relationship.  It’s about love.  When you love somone, you WANT to spend time with them.  You want to know all their likes and dislikes, you hang on their every word, you think about them all the time.  It’s really the same way with Jesus.  He loves me.  He cares about what I’m feeling, what I’m doing.  I love Him.  I want to know what He says, what He likes and doesn’t like.  I want to spend time with Him just like He wants to spend time with me. 

Don’t get me wrong.  Doctrine is good.  Knowing what you believe is important.  But what good will that doctrine do you if you have no relationship with Him?  What good will it do anybody?  What have you accomplished if you don’t have that love?  Bro. Keith has often said, “I won’t spend five minutes trying to convince you to be a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal or any other religion.  But I’ll spend my whole life trying to show that Jesus loves you.”  I love that!  It’s not about religion.  It’s about love.

Oooh!  I have to go now.  One of my kids actually wants to talk to me!  Okay, it’s a cranky 2yr old, but I’ll take what I can get.  🙂

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