". . . to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor." Isaiah 61
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tale as Old as Time. . .
Well I'm at it again - itching seems to have become a constant companion of mine. This spring I had bed bug bites, earlier it was summer mosquito bites, and now I have poison ivy. We think that I got this when I was picking blackberries . . . but strangely enough it has appeared all over my face. Once again I find myself being given a wonderful opportunity to practice both self-control and patience. I'm so fortunate! :) Truthfully, I am quite thankful it is finally starting to disappear.
Actually, probably the best lesson that I've learned in this is how our problems affect other people. We went to an English Country Line Dance last week (which was quite fun by the way - you really missed out if you didn't come!) and it was so hard to remember not to scratch! Several times I forgot and did scratch - then I had to go wash my hands before dancing, so that I wouldn't spread it throughout the crowd. :) It was a good way for me to remember that always in life I need to put others above myself . . . after all, it would have been so much easier to scratch away, but it was in the best interest of others for me to practice self-discipline. It's almost always easier to satisfy our own desires than to look out for the comfort and long-term needs of those around us.
"Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand." Philippians 2: 4 (The Message)
Zeke says: "community underwear", "I want a blog", and "why is this a Brazilian sword?".
Okay, following are photos of some of my poison ivy. I apologize if you find this gross - please don't feel under any obligation to look at them. :) I will probably take them off at some point like I did with my bed bug photos.
In Him, Becky
See my amazing collection of remedies? All of them work . . . short term.