Saturday, December 18, 2010

Guess Who's Home?

Hi Everyone!

Nate came home yesterday. It has been SO good to have him ~ I read the following from Max Lucado's book "When God Whispers Your Name".

I choose love . . .
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I choose joy . . .
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical . . . the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I choose peace . . .
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I choose patience . . .
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I choose kindness . . .
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I choose goodness . . .
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.
I choose faithfulness . . .
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.
I choose gentleness . . .
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I choose self-control . . .
I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
From When God Whispers Your Name
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1994) Max Lucado

I choose to trust God!  He knows our situation, and He loves us!  He's trustworthy!

Please pray:

That Nathan continues to improve.

That we find specialists for him

That we continue to trust

I love you all,



  1. Thanks for the updates so that we can know best how to pray. So thankful that Nate is home! PTL, and remember God is not done yet with Nate! He has rescued him before, because Nate is one of His children. Our heavenly Father loves him even more than you or Mark ever could. Someday, (if not yet) Nate will realize that God has his hand on Nate's very life, and will never leave him. His promises are what we can stake our very life on!

    I will pray that the right specialists are found and brought in to do their job, and for Nate's continued progress and complete restoration. Keep trusting my friend, and remember that you and Mark are covered in prayer and wrapped in God's loving arms as you wait patiently on His timing.

    Thanks for sharing this poem today, I personally needed to be reminded of these things, and it was an unexpected blessing!

  2. Glad to hear this news that Nate is home. I appreciate the poem, as well, and agree with Sherry's words. I am praying for you all. -Bev Larkin