Thankful Thursday! October 6, 2016

Thank you, Lord, for:

My son and hubby take out the trash regularly!

Loving and being loved

Working out with friends!

Coffee Bean after class (gotta replenish the calorie expenditure!😜)

My son empties the dishwasher every morning! 

Pain relief reports from my Melt class


God loves us, His dear children, like a wonderful Father!


Imagine Heaven

by John Burke

"At the hospital, they had to inject dye into her veins to do a CT scan. It really hurt her, and I hurt with her. But I’ll never forget how it felt when they said they’d need to inject her again.

The doctors feared she might be bleeding under the skull and told us that if pressure built up it could kill our little girl. My daughter fought and screamed for them not to hurt her again with the needle in order to inject the dye. The doctor looked at me and said, “Dad, you have to hold her down.” As I held her down, Ashley looked into my eyes, crying and pleading, “Daddy, don’t let them hurt me. No—stop them Daddy. Why are you doing this to me, Daddy? They’re hurting me.” She was crying, I was crying, and it killed me to look into her pleading eyes knowing I could stop the doctors, but for her long-term safety, she had to go through this. If I didn’t allow this temporary suffering, it could mean something much worse! But I suffered too.

Maybe that’s how God suffers with us. He knows this is necessary for a while, because he knows of greater dangers, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy for him. The only way he can allow it is he already knows and simultaneously experiences the joy of the day when he will remove it forever. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death” or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21: 3–5). God enters our suffering to lead us through it to the other side."

from:  Imagine Heaven by John Burke