Even the rain falling on the roof isn’t enough to cause this Momma Bear to doze back to sleep this early morning! My sleep schedule has been out of whack for a week. Cub 3 has had a hard time breathing while coughing with a high fever, sore throat, and headache. We went from urgent care on Monday to our regular pediatrician on Thursday who sent us to the emergency room after an unsuccessful breathing treatment in the office.
My nights have been waking up to her coughing, checking her temperature, giving her medicine and breathing treatments, and listening to her breathe. Sleepless nights produce tiring days. The final diagnosis was pneumonia in the bottom portion of both lungs. We are on Day 4 of an antibiotic and yesterday was Day 1 of having no fever all day and night!
I’ve been a bit off the restoration focus as a result. My focus changed to finding ways to restore my cub back to her highly-energized self as soon as possible. Having her activities restricted is driving her crazy, but we have plenty of Play-Doh and crayons to keep her from getting too bored!
With only three days left in this year, if you haven’t decided on resolutions for 2014, consider Romans 12 for suggestions.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. (Romans 12:1-21 MSG)
– Do everything for God.
– Focus on your gifts.
– Keep a smile on your face.
– Help those in need.
– Discover the beauty in everyone.
– Let God handle your enemies.
Wow! Good stuff, right? If only practicing all of these valuable directions were as easy as reading them. That doesn’t mean we can’t strive to live a Romans 12 life in 2014, though.
Well, the alarm will be going off in a few minutes to get the boy cubs up and ready for church. The girl cubs and I will be staying at home today. Last night, Cub 3 requested manicures and pedicures at the top of our list of things to do today. At the top of my list is a nap!
Off and Running!