This week, has been a total change in our plans and demanded flexibility.
Last week, we were able to come to my grandma’s house for Christmas. I mentioned how being in her country church for the Christmas Eve service always made it seem like Christmas to me. The pastor emeritus’s wife did sing her song that she always sings. She mentioned that we would have to put up with her old voice, and it did crack in a couple of spots and definitely was not the beautiful soprano voice that she had in her 30’s, but it was the most beautiful song I have heard in a long time. Tears flowed on many of our faces as we heard and saw her love for the Lord, knowing that it might be the last time that she sang that song publicly.
We were supposed to come home on Friday, but my grandma picked up the Influenza A from some of the family here visiting and developed a chest infection. This has been a very serious infection as when the fever hits, she cannot stand up on her own. She is 92 and frail already. Since it is 8 hours away from our house, my husband and dad went home on Monday so that they could work, and my mom and I stayed to take care of grandma. She finally had most of Wednesday fever free and could stand up and walk without help most of the time. We are hoping that she will be strong enough by Friday to live on her own with the help of my uncle and his family. My uncle is undergoing chemotherapy and could not risk getting sick.
Therefore, we have been very flexible. Menus are flexible; schedules are flexible; shopping is flexible; bedtimes are flexible. Again, we see what is important, and what is most important gets done. I am glad that I was able to stay with my four girls so that they could see how family is truly important, and what taking care of an elderly family member means. My oldest said, “Mom, you aren’t going to get like that, are you?” after seeing my mom help my grandma in the bathroom. I said that I probably was, and that’s what we do if we need to. They have heard the talk that we take care of our elderly family if needed, and their dad has had to run out to help his dad and mom quite often, but this is definitely seeing first hand how to take care of sick family that need much help and how they need to put someone else’s needs before their own.
I have not had many deep thoughts during this time period. I have reviewed a book that I have tried to finish, and I have written my goals posts for 2015. I did enjoy our Sunday School class with the pastor emeritus this past Sunday. He was teaching on Ephesians 1:4:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
When pastor got to the word “holy”, he asked, “How can we be holy?” “How was Jesus holy?” Then we went to verses like John 4:34, John 6:38, and Hebrews 10:7 where we read verses like:
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” (ESV, Heb. 10:7)
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (KJV, John 6:38)
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. (KJV, John 4:34)
Basically, if we want to live holy lives, we must do God’s will. Much of His will we can know easily by searching the Scriptures. If we want to be holy, we must be motivated to do the will of God (and not what we want to do!)
In our Sunday church service, we had a great challenge from my cousin’s husband to keep our eyes on God this year.
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
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