Thursday, December 6, 2007

Psalm 29:11

"THE LORD GIVES STRENGTH TO HIS PEOPLE; THE LORD BLESSES HIS PEOPLE WITH PEACE."

I heard Anne Graham Lotz speak on the radio about this verse and I knew this is exactly what I am experiencing. With everything that is going on in my life I can honestly say that I feel so much of the Lord's presence in my heart and mind that I feel rested and peaceful in spite of it all. Here's a little recap on the last few days since we arrived home from Ethiopia:

Arrived home from a 24 hour travel journey with approx. 1 hour sleep Nov.27.

Took Keziah to ER with swollen glands and high fever. Spent 2 days in hospital.

Jerry and kids on the way to pick us up were rear ended by a truck. Thank God no one was hurt but the van has some issues.

Washing machine broke down. I have approx. 20 loads of dirty laundry. Sears repairman declared it too expensive to repair, time to replace. After performing a routine maintenance on my one year old dryer, it too is now not working. Had to order a new part and will not be in until Dec. 15. Bought a new washing machine that was not in the budget right now. Oh well!!

Everyone in the house is sick with coughs, ear infections, cold or sore throat. Spent in excess of $600 for RX's. Ins. won't kick in for about a week so it's all out of pocket for now.

Bj's truck out of commission and back in the shop today. Won't start again!!

Just found out today...Jerry was not paid from his job for the last two weeks. They told him he could take the time to go to Ethiopia no problem. They never mentioned it would be with no pay. No pay check and the bills are due????

Jerry leaves town for a week on Monday. Josiah is so attached to him and I am not looking forward to him crying for PAPA!! Josiah will not go to bed without Papa. This is going to be fun?????

As I was reflecting on all of these things I thought about how the LORD started this journey through the book of JOB 42. I am beginning to feel a bit like JOB today as the pressure of "LIFE" is happening. I literally had to laugh today. We have to keep a sense of humor in all of this. I believe Satan is trying to rob me of the JOY that is abundantly flowing through my heart. But he will not succeed. God is so good, HE is in total control and we are so blessed! As we are in the Christmas celebration season commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I am overwhelmed with the Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope that are the blessings that HE brings when we know, love and trust HIM Alone!

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE CRAZY MESTAS HOUSE!!!

4 comments:

Denise Nelson said...

God bless you Miss Eileen! When it rains it pours! Both blessings and challenges. Isn't it incredible how God gives SUPERNATURAL strength when we are weak, peace in the middle of what the world would see as chaos and know that the JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH. You two, even though we have never met, have been an inspiration to us. I am 43 and Paul is 50, we have 8 bio children, want to adopt twins from Ethiopia and could retire in 2011! God's ways are so much better and bigger than our ways. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Praying for your family today and as much as Satan would like, for him to NOT get a foothold in your family! "Lord, I pray for a hedge of protection around the Mestas family today. Let NO weapon be formed against them. Give them peace and calm in this stormy time and I thank you Father that they are praising you in this storm!
Amen!"

David & Robin said...

Eileen:

Girl, I feel your pain. It's been almost a month since we've been home and we've had a lot of "rough" moments, but a tremendous amount of joy because we are focusing on the blessing. A what am amazing blessing this has been. God is so good and I truly believe that Satan has been attacking us, but I will not let him win. The joy I feel is amazing.

One of my favorite bible verses is Lametations 3:23-24 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness." This verse renews me everytime I read it!!!

Much love,
Robin

Anonymous said...

Your GOD is SO BIG, SO strong and SO mighty there's NOTHING your God CANNOT DO!!! I would walk around singing this song! God has blessed you with these beautiful babies and the 'enemy' is trying to ROB you of your joy...plant your feet FIRMLY in the word and claim your family and the enemy will FLEE!!!! May GOD richly bless you!!!!