Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Treasures on Earth, Where Moth and Rust Destroy

Yesterday was a tricky day, I have to be honest. It started off with a bang early in the morning when I went out to check the mail and discovered evidence of termites when I came back to the house. Mind you this is on top of tiles coming off of the pool (possibly because of the earthquake activity that has been going on recently) and a stove that blew a piece (literally it caught fire…at 1:00 in the morning no less) and was out of commission for roughly six weeks (give or take a few). The super nice thing about all of that is, I call the landlady! I only feel about 1/3 of the headache. Is that bad to say?

Also, as I have mentioned before, we are working on the education of one of our kiddos. Most of the assessment process is finished and areas of concern are being addressed however there are a couple parts still remaining…and I was getting calls to set up appointments for all that, too. Albeit, this was while I was working (texting) with the landlady to set up pool maintenance and an exterminator and as I was trying to get my school work finished to meet a deadline. Yes, mild chaos. But the fun did not really get started until the youngsters came home from school.

It is SAT (standardized testing) week at their school and I am sure that can be a bit stressful or tiring for them. Well, the Little Leaguer was in a mood (and when the Leaguer is unhappy, everyone is unhappy). Needless to say, four or five “time outs” later the Leaguer was sent to bed a scoach early. Hopefully a better night’s rest will improve matters. We shall see later today.

And, this morning brought up the rear with a bleak (though expected) diagnosis from the veterinarian (vet) regarding our white boxer (Brutus). He’s an old dog --- thirteen (13) years old --- and it is my understanding that is quite unusual for this breed. (The vet said most people are fortunate to have their boxers for ten (10) years.) So, we got a few extra years with him…for which I (and my family) are thankful. He has a neurological condition (most likely a brain tumor) and we have about one more week to love on him, spoil him rotten, and say our “goodbyes”. He has been a wonderful companion and an excellent pet! We are certainly going to miss him! He was our second adopted pet…our boston terrier was our first. (She sadly died about four winters ago.) The only dog we bought is our pug (Sydney). We have also recently adopted two Chihuahuas.

Anyway, I really hate it when I have to act like an adult, sometimes. (Those who know me well will know what I mean.) I prefer to just laugh and enjoy this vapor of a life (James 4:14). I do not like having to make the tough decisions, or deal with poor life choices, or unhealthy people (for that matter). We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) to glorify God. And He has placed us on this beautiful earth with all of His creation (the heavens and the earth, light, land and sea, vegetation, plants and trees bearing seeds and fruit, the sun, moon, and stars, the seasons, days and years, sea creatures, birds, livestock, beasts, and creeping things) for which we should give thanks...(but to which not get too attached).

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.... 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:19-24, 33-34. ESV.
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