Archive for February, 2011

2/10/11 tend

so i was trying to come up with a reasonably interesting devotional type of thing for WYLdLife leadership tonight and landed on the word tend and how it goes 2 separate ways… it means to care for or pay attention to something AND it means what you make into a habit or regular occurence. i had looked up the real definitions but they were along those lines. and i am not entirely sure why the word is grabbing me right now. but i found these 2 verses to go with the idea…
isaiah 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
jeremiah 23:4 I will place shepherds over them who will tend them,
and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.
ezekiel 34:15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD.

i know there is a lot there for me–a realization of how my Savior Creator, Provider, mighty God tends to me, carrying me close to his heart, appointing others (like so many of you) to act in his stead, caring for our family, and even preparing us for moments of rest (–that is how i interpret having me lie down since as my kids will attest, i fall asleep if i lay down). and then i wonder what i might tend to… God tends to tend to me, and i tend to get overwhelmed, frustrated, weary. i want my tendencies to be transformed in light of his faithful tending. so here we are, in february 2011, trying not to fall down, but getting not too much further with a whole lot of effort poured into maintaining status quo. i am not sure how all this works but we are staying in the race.
we are doing ok. mike is actually slowly weaning off seizure meds he has been on for the last few years. he is almost done with one that takes 6 weeks to wean off of and we are halfway done with one that takes 3 months to wean off. that is the biggest thing we are up to. please pray he is able to successfully be through with those meds and has no need of them. and please pray that their absense makes an impact on mike in regards to maybe increased energy and focus—common casualties from mike’s prescriptions’ side effects.
thanks so much for how you tend to us, though i tend to update so sparsely.
grateful for the perfect shepherd in our sheepish days, michelle

February 11, 2011 at 12:31 am 6 comments


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