Psalm 34: it was one of the last passages I shared with Jonah as he nervously waited for his ride to Basic Training on January 9th. The Psalm promises that those who look to God will be radiant. We both agreed that was a really cool concept, so each letter I write ends with the encouragement: "Be strong! Be courageous! Be kind! Be radiant!
On most days I am able to settle into a comfortable peace granted by God, trusting in His promise to strengthen those whose hearts are committed to Him.
The last few days I've anxiously waited for the mail, hoping he's had some time to scribble something down, knowing I'm not the first person he'd choose to write to, but hoping that maybe he'd have time to write two letters. My letters to him tell of the mundane things that happen here, ask questions about his experience there, and encourage him to keep on. I've doubted whether my letters get delivered (yeah, I'm a conspiracy theorist), I've questioned the recruiting process and its blatant disregard for mothers, and I've realized that I don't get to control how my life goes (yeah, I already learned that but it became lots clearer!)
I guess that doesn't seem so radiant, does it? I'm not very effective when I cry.
Instead I will continue to look to God, so my radiance can encourage others to look to Him.
Please pray for my son, for his wife and pray that our world will have peace.
Just in case you've ever wondered how to get all those people to stop following your posts on Pleonast, I think Ive figured it out. If you're infrequent enough in your posting, they forget who your screen name belongs to, and when it gets bold they say, "Who's that?!" And they move on.
Since I wrote last, my daughter has come home, my youngest has started college, my grandmother has been incarcerated in a nursing home, my son has joined the national guard, I got a new grandpuppy, and lots of other stuff in between all that. It all seems like a blur. Just think, if I wait this long to post again, my daughter will be moved out, my youngest will be packing up for Florida College, my son will be done with basic training, and who knows what other changes will happen.
I'm sure glad God is constant because life is anything but.
I am alive.
Busy life. Low iron levels.
I like it better when I'm actually "swimming" but thankful to be able to stay afloat.
I'd love to fill you in on my life, but I'll just do bullet points so I'm not late for an appointment today.
-all Jacob lacks for his GED is the English test and the Constitution test.
-leaving on the 2nd to fly to Florida, rent a van and drive her home
-had a great visit with son #1 and his wife last weekend. Miss them when they aren't here.
-talked briefly with son #3 last week. We don't talk enough.
-husband's broken ankle is healing well. He ran a mile and a half yesterday.
-teaching a kid's bible class and co-teaching a women's class. It's been too long.
-grandma had carpal tunnel and tendon release surgery Tuesday. Seems to be recovering well.
I did go to Longwood Gardens when I was living out there. (1972-74) I don't know how it would be in March though.
The secretary for the state representative neglected to put me on the calendar, so no one was in the office. I rescheduled.
On Friday, Mr. Fantastic, Big Little Guy and I are heading out on vacation. Although we've learned Indy is not on the path to our destination, we are going to jog south and spend the weekend with the boys and their girls. It's my oldest's 26th birthday and the guys have hopes of going snowboarding (which doesn't seem possible with the temps being above freezing all week). Either way we will enjoy being with them. Then on Monday we will head to Pennsylvania...all the way across it...and stay in the same place Jonah and Sarah stayed on their honeymoon. Again, there will be snowboarding for the males. Not sure what I'll do while they are on the slopes, but I'm sure I'll think of something. One of the days, we will visit my childhood home in Avondale, PA. I hope to drive thru some Amish country and maybe get into Philadelphia and see a little history. Anybody have suggestions of things to see or not see?
I've been on a jigsaw puzzle kick lately. The only problem is I have a hard time staying away from them until they are completed. I've only done two, but I'd like to do more if someone could come take care of all my other responsibilities. Maybe I could be a professional puzzler. Maybe not. One can dream. I've also been on a chocolate kick, but that goes without saying.
School is getting done. But mostly Jacob will be studying for tests. He's taking a CLEP test this week for College Mathematics. Then he will begin to study for his GED, which we hope to have done by mid-May. He also has to take a constitution test and the ACT and he also hopes to CLEP out of College Algebra, but we'll have to see if he's up to speed on that. If all goes well, instead of homeschooling for his senior year, he will enroll as a freshman in the local community college.
Tomorrow I'm meeting with our State Representative to talk about the Illinois budget and just get some political stuff off my chest. In Illinois we've gone without a budget for about 3/4 of a year and I'm getting a little angry about it all.
The presidential race is enough to drive me bonkers. I can't believe our country is so blind when it comes to qualities that make good leaders. I've been writing Micah this month, and I think I would do well to memorize it, so when we are enslaved by socialists or worse, I will be reminded of God's faithfulness.
Have a great day!!