I have been needing something to jump start my Bible study again. Something to inspire me.  I just haven't found anything that has appealed to me. Maybe I should just open my Bible and start reading!  That seems to work for others. I want to be that guru that knows the Bible and can quote scriptures right when needed. I sat down with my coffee this morning and opened my Bible and it fell open to a quite time book we received at Glorieta a few weeks ago!  I guess this as good of a start as any. I started reading where I left off three weeks ago.  "Be Inspired"!    It asked When was the last time you felt inspired?  What inspires you?  I always think of how He has spoken directly to my heart and surprised me with revelations!!  I think of how wonderful his creation is and how he put it all together. How he knows just what I need when I need it. But as my lesson this morning states, Creation will eventually fade.  We were not meant to worship the creation. Inspiration comes from God. It is never ending. We have life because he willed it to us. He desires for us to live in fellowship with him. To live our lives inspired daily by the fact that He is above all. God has inspired us to go, share, and live for His glory. Is there any greater calling?  Is there any greater source of inspiration than God himself??  Hummm, there He goes again!  Giving me just what I needed!  He never ceases to amaze me!  

Shepherd Boy

I was recently told I need to update my blog.  I told them I would when I had something to write about!  I got it!!!  I am reading Praying Circles around Your Children by Mark Batterson.  (This is what I read today:   David's own dad didn't see who he could or would become.  When Jesse looked at David, he saw a shepherd boy; when Samuel looked at David, he saw a king!  One of the greatest dangers of family relationships is that we become blind to beauty and mystery simply because we live in such close proximity.  You need a vision for your children.)  So this morning I prayed that I would not just see Ian as a shepherd boy but I would see a King.  God, give him confidence and boldness to be the person you have designed him to be. 
I remembered that I had taken this picture yesterday of Ian "walking" his goat!!  I have to say only a King would think of something like this!  If only he could find someone to appoint to do it all for him!!  This picture will always remind me to pray this prayer for him!  Just love my Ian!!

A view from the top!!!!!!!

All went great with surgery. It took about 2 hours for the doctor to do his part and about 1 1/2 hours in recovery. They put a stent in (pipeline) which eventually closes off aneurysm. I got a little nauseated from the anesthesia. They gave me meds and I slept until about 2:00pm. I had to lay completely flat until about 5:00pm. I think that was the hardest part!!! I was starving when I woke up so I had a little Mc Donald's!!! And after a few more hours, I checked my Facebook!!! Wow! I can't believe it has been so easy! Isn't that what we have prayed for?! God is so Good! So far this Mountain climb has been pretty easy...or maybe I should say it has not been too bad! And guess what, they are going to move me to the 22nd floor! Now that should be a nice view! Not quiet the view from a mountain top I would have wanted to see, but when I look out that window I will be reminded of this mountain view. In fact, I think I will stop writing for now so I can share with you the view from the top!... Well here it is. All the way from the top!

Here we go!

Been waiting for this day for a while!  Have you ever just not wanted to do something that you know you have to do?  I really don't want to have this surgery. You know, if I felt bad and I knew it would fix something that hurt then maybe I would not mind going through it.  Maybe I will ask the doctor to fix something that really hurts on this old body!! Talk about walking by faith!  That's how I feel right now!  I am so ready to get this over so I can get back to taking care of my family. I finally got all my ducks in a row and left everyone a list of reminders for the week!  So far everything  has gone smooth. I guess what I don't know won't hurt me!  I have put all my kiddos in trusted hands and know they will be taken care of. Isn't that what mothers do?  Now if I could just relax and let the doctors and God take care of me. That is so hard.  Especially when I have never had any type of major surgery!!!  Honestly I am Nervous but at the same time there is a peace that is over me!  I know it is the peace that everyone one is praying for me to have!  Unexplainable!  Just so neat!  Thank you all!

And the Rooster crows!...or the Sun shines!

I just love it when I have mornings that God talks to me.  Or maybe I should say, I stop to listen to Him!  Well this morning I was having my quiet time and some how I wondered over to facebook to check what is going on.  But I could not seem to see my screen.  I turned to see what was causing the problem and low and behold, God had cause the sun to rise and it was shining right on me!!!  You know how it is, when that big beautiful sun shines so bright that you can't see anything.  I moved to the right, then to the left and finally said  "OK God I see you!"  I think He was saying, "yoo-hoo, remember me?  We were having our time together then you left!"  Yes Lord, I hear you loud and clear!  I closed my facebook and headed back to my reading.  Now get this!  What I was reading was about Peter hearing the rooster crow and being reminded of denying Christ!  Wow!  God got Peter's attention too!  Just like he got mine!  Can you imagine how Peter felt every time he heard a rooster crow?  I know it was not pleasant.  He was reminded every time of his sin.  I love the sound of my roosters.  This big guy above wakes me up every morning!  I have never thought of having a negative feeling when I hear his crowing.  But I think now it will remind me to confess my sins and ask Him for forgiveness.  Just like every time God shines the sun on me I am reminded how Awesome He is!    I say to myself  wow God you did it again!  Encore!  I love how He gets my attention.  Maybe if I start listening to Him all the time, He won't have to hit me so hard on the head!  How has God gotten your attention?  Has he used something that will always remind you of your time with Him?  I would love to hear about your special moments with our God!

Make an Altar

Thanks to my sister Robin, I have been reading Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson.  What a great book!!!  Each of you must read it!  I just want to share a little about what he made me think about today.

We don't build altars anymore like they did in Bible times.  Why not?  When God spoke to people, they would build an altar to remember their meeting with God.  Do you remember your meetings with God?  You know I often forget mine.  They mean so much to me at the moment, but then as time goes by and I get back in my routine, I forget the feeling.  Sometimes I forget what God told me!!!  So why do we not build more altars?  I'm not saying to go gather a bunch of stones and stack them up.  Let's use what we have with us 24/7.  Our phones!  Our cameras!  Take a picture.  Make a note.  Then......Share it!!!!  I am going to do it more.  Of course most of you know that I share my meetings with God here on Miracles Never Cease.  I never realized it but I have an altar that I have shared with you before.  I will share it again and if you want to know what it means, well....your gonna have to read ALL my past post!!!!   Don't you just love God?!!!  I

Angels all around

Angiogram went ok.  Doctor said if you are going to have and aneurysm mine is in the best spot.  I feel very confident in Dr. MaWad.  Everyone kept telling me he was the best!   That is good to know!  I was released Tuesday afternoon and spent the night at Kristie and Jimmy's apartment.  We felt the ride home would be too much.  James and I left Houston about 9:30 Wednesday morning.  I was feeling good, just a little sore.  We stopped in Kingwood to eat early lunch and to walk around.  I set down to eat and stretched my leg out and felt something pop!!  Oh my!  I started getting light headed and told James.  I stood up to see if I could walk.  It felt like a cramp in my groin where they went in for angiogram.  I leaned over the table but did not pass out.  Out of nowhere I heard a lady ask if she could help.  James told her what was going on and asked her to call 911.  She went and got the manager to call and immediately came back to help.  I kept thinking to myself, I just need to lay down!  Before I knew it, this sweet voice said, "Do you want to lay down on the cold floor?"  Oh yes!  and there  I was on the brick floor of Cracker Barrel!!  She began wiping my forehead with a cold napkin.  She kept saying, "I do this all the time.  You are going to be ok".  I got a little anxious and she said "it's ok. You can cry."  I finally opened my eyes and saw this beautiful young women with long red hair!  Her name was Patricia.  She is a stewardess for Continental Airlines.  All I could say to her is "You are an Angel!"  Thank you!  The EMTs came and took me to ER.  Long story short, all is fine.  They did an ultrasound to make sure my site was not bleeding and that that there were no clots.  We believe it was just a muscle spasm.  After searching, other people have had the same thing happen.  The doctors assured me I did the right thing having it checked out.  I would have hate to have been three and a half hours away from Houston and this happen!!!  I told Kristie that after all of this, we are gonna all have to go have our new gray hairs colored!  I think even James is gonna have to have his done!!!

This ordeal was not fun and it scared several people including me!!  But I have to stop and think of the moments that God was all around.  I can not get this red-headed lady out of my mind!  I told Kristie, she is one lady I hope will be in Heaven!  Of course I want everyone to be there.  I always think of my family and friends first, but then God puts people in my path that I think, Lord I hope they choose You!  I don't know if Patricia is a christian.  But what I do know is I had a moment where God allowed me to tell her it was a miracle that God led the doctors to find this aneurysm. I was able to tell her she was an angel and blessing to me!  Maybe one day while flying on continental airlines, I will look up and see a red-headed stewardess named Patricia!  Wouldn't that be awesome?!!!

God, Thank you for my family.  I know they have been so worried lately.  Please give us all peace and the the calm assurance that you have this all in your hands.

For I know the plans I have for you declare the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jer. 29:11