This week has been good. Really good. God's presence has been so real to me.
I have been doing just what Pastor requested we do (say the Lord's Prayer 3x a day). I can't believe the change it is having in my life.
The first day, Monday, it was funny but I had to read the Lord's Prayer for my devotions!!! Then I prayed it as Pastor asked us to do. Throughout the day it was so close to my mind. I even found myself singing it while I was on cafeteria duty!!!
When I pray it, it is as though the spirit comes right along beside me. It is an incredible feeling.
I have been studying the Jewish traditions, rituals, etc...just to find out a little more about them. Why they did the things they did, why they had the customs they had. One of the customs/rituals they had was to say a prayer 3x a day. Some Jews pray more than this. But they MADE a point to pray. Before the sun came up, at noon, and before the sun went down. Not only that....but their first prayer of the morning? You guessed it...The Lord's prayer. I just found it ironic as I learned this I am learning the meaning of the Lord's prayer. I am really enjoying it.
You ought to try it.
Matthew is looking through God's eyes lately. He has never treated his siblings as he has this week. Taking them to Sonic, taking them here and there. They are together a lot.
He took Isaac to the golf course on Monday to try out some new golf grips. Took them all to sonic that evening. Hugs me almost every time he walks in the house...in the room! My prayer has been, that he would begin to see us/them in/through God's eyes. God is answering prayer.
Isaac is still stubborn. But, thank the Lord that he isn't as stubborn as he normally is. He seems to be more understanding. He is more loving and thankful for things.
Hannah, she is still in that stage of "It's all about me". Tonight Isaac and I went for a bike ride and Isaac got a flat. I called her to come and get us...because I had yet to learn to change the tires. She was at the gym running, and said she had to "cool down yet". I told her that her mom and brother were stranded and needed help. She whined and whined about it. I hung up, called gramps and he came to our rescue, though he was quite a ways away. It was all about her. We had a talk when she got home. I apologized for my frustration and she apologized for thinking of herself.
We went to the bike shop and had them change the tire, and show us how. Now we know!
Rach is doing great as usual. She lately though has had a hard time dealing with John's death. She seems to bring him up quite a bit. But it is okay. She is dealing with it in her own way.
Well, I just wanted to fill you in on what is going on. God is so good, so faithful.
Love to you all,