On Dec 8th our guest preacher spoke about God being in our present and being in our process. He used the example of Mary, when the angel announced that she would bare the messiah and God was present as she was immediately ‘with child,’ then He was in her process as she walked through the very hard nine months of carrying an illegitimate child. I’m intimately familiar with this story, as my friend/partner, Sean McCarthy, and I have worked (mostly done by Sean) to put finishing touches on our play about this part of the Christmas story. But God being in my present and my process has been so real in my experiences of the past year, albeit, not so dramatic or with such incredible results.
When I got sick in 2011, I didn’t have the ability to do much. Though I was pronounced to be ‘better,’ I was still struggling to get back to doing necessary activities throughout 2012 and into 2013. Spring of this year I felt the Lord tell me to go on a three day fast. I couldn't believe how good I felt, so it was no surprise that the first day of eating again proved I had food allergies. God showed up in my present, then I connected with a holistic chiropractor and God was in my process over the next several months as the chiropractor worked with me to overcome/eliminate my food allergies. I am so grateful that the only food I'm really careful about is peanuts, since they are prone to mold, which I have been allergic to for years.
The rest of the year has been so much better. We had a wonderful garden of heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and beets, so that my fall was full of cooking zucchini bread and salsa, and the yard work I love. I've been helping out in the nursery at church, working with the two year olds. They've added some much needed fun back into my life. And I'm back to the frustration of creative ideas I can never make happen. All in God's time!
Mom and I have enjoyed a couple of week ends at International Association of Administration Professionals seminars. So nice to get to spend time with Gina Overacker, Nena Andor-Woullet, Kathy Pendroy, Linda Hampton, to name a few.
Mom and I had wonderful visits to or from many family members and friends, including Thanksgiving in Ft Dodge with our 'adopted' family: Kim, Sharka and Jessica Alstott and now Shawn Nafe. Others with us were Elisha, April and Dawson Allstott; Sean McCarthy, Nick Paris and Becky Adolphson; and Joan and Jaque. (So grateful none of us seem to have caught the strep throat April didn’t know she had.) And we're looking forward to the Christmas holiday with our entire family of 17 at Marnie and Dave Swedberg’s home in Warroad, MN, and hope the weather is good for the 6+ hour drive north. And we feel so much more connected as we keep up with everyone’s news via FaceBook.
I pray that you are enjoying this Christmas with family and friends and that God will bless you with His wisdom and a new revelation of who He is.