Sunday, August 19, 2012

Treasured times

10:36 p.m. Today's project was to take Steve, and a carload of delicious frozen desserts and homemade green salsa, to Emeritus Villa De Anza for our annual August Party. Since 5 of us have birthdays in the same week, it just makes sense to throw a big bash!

It felt a bit risky having the party which has always been at our home in an assisted living facility, but the price was right--free--and my dad lives there already. Issues with Steve's personal care were in the back of my mind, so I took a change of clothes and he wore extra protection for the day. amazing, isn't it, how the little things keep us so worried until we find a solution, and the worry ceases! Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers for wisdom! After all, it's Jesus Christ

in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).

My sister and her son arrived early in order to take possession of the car Daddy had promised her. Steve and I went to church as usual, for the 9:45 service. Since our son Steven from Fresno wouldn't arrive until after 1 p.m., there was no sense getting to the home earlier without having any help unloading for the 2 p.m. party.

Before we left, our morning caregiver, a 21-year-old man from Turkey, finished his shift and said with a smile on his face, "By the way, I'm going to church today, too!" I asked which one, and congratulated him, and could hardly keep from jumping up and down. God has seen fit to either give us caregivers who are believers and enjoy fellowship with us; or, the Lord he sends an unbeliever to our home to get saved! So to have a young person here in the US on his own, raised as a Muslim, checking out a Christian church, was a blessing and praise!  Cannot wait to hear his impressions in the morning while the three of us sit at breakfast. Perhaps we've been a witness despite the many rough patches we've had in helping him to follow directions and fit into our household routine. I've had to be firm but patient, correcting and encouraging. Prayerfully  he's seen a bit of Christian family life in our home and marriage; and I freely quote the Bible as I normally do all the time anyway. And obviously his friend has made a positive impression, since he agreed to go to church! I pray there was a solid evangelical message preached. Romans 10:17 says,

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

As for our party, most everyone came, Steve's siblings helped him quite a bit, even feeding him. Our brother-in-law Mike even took Steve for a walk, because he gets restless and agitated, and starts wandering aimlessly in the afternoons.All of the desserts and main dishes were wonderful but nothing compares to fellowship!

We all got to share each other's lives for a few hours, drank from that sweet well of fellowship, figuratively anointing one another's heads with oil, now are home refreshed, ready to see what the world brings us tomorrow! May it be one young man's soul!

Save, Lord! Save to the uttermost! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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