Blessed

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When my brother died at age 24 in 1973, I remember my grandmother saying, “Never to have suffered means never to have been blessed.” That was a hard message to hear then and one that still can be difficult to understand. Through the years, I have come to realize that it is the tough times that allow us to appreciate the good ones. As I contemplate this situation, I try to focus on the fact that God sees all of us, living and dead, the same. Our mortal minds cannot possibly comprehend the infinite wisdom of our Creator. Today at work, an atheist stated that he only believes in the facts of science. As a scientist myself who sees the many associated shortcomings of the scientific world, I paused and thanked God for my wisdom to know all the blessings He has bestowed upon me.

Children

257E8357-BD36-4987-AD40-E33C92EA96EB“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Children

As my mother and her mother always reminded us, children are a blessing. With the average cost in the USA for raising a child to age 18 of about $300,000.00, it is definitely a financial sacrifice; but, there is no greater investment of money. My children have brought much joy into my life and have taught me far more than I ever imagined. Life is a struggle and one of my goals is to help my children become all they are meant to be. They have far surpassed my intellect and accomplishments educationally; and while that is so amazing, my hope is that we all stay focused on the real prize—our eternal life with God.

 

Rejoice

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What a beautiful word that describes the fruits of a joyful heart! In the middle of the night, someone described me as a “badass” in the good sense—someone who energetically plows forward. Though my feelings might not always be so pleasant, I rejoice in the hope of Our Savior. I realize that helping others is my calling and healing is my gift. Even when our healthcare system is anything but caring, I still have to care with deeds, not logos and advertisements and scores. I recall a song’s words from my childhood, “though I felt confused and lonely, God felt my anxious tears; now my heart adores my Savior and my soul is filled with praise.” Let us rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

Self-Reflection

A22078CB-9B8A-40B2-943A-FDE9E97FF8F1“Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:40‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is paramount for a person to learn from his/her mistakes and past situations. Ideally, it is a systematic way to learn to be positive and make better decisions. In the process, one distances him/herself from his/her ego and thereby learns to appreciate the qualities that improve one’s self acceptance; and it allows the individual to have better understanding and empathy for others.
Artists often paint self-portraits which helps them “know thyself” and then their ability to capture the essence of others is improved.
My daughter’s most recent self-portrait seems to capture hers perfectly.
Check out more at:

http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.com

Rock Star

F8ABFBBF-807D-458F-AA31-88265912D828“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭95:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Rock Star
All my life I have loved music and have a reasonable talent for it. In elementary school, I started playing tenor saxophone and recorder. During middle school I took piano lessons and continued to play saxophone. I even dabbled with the flute and piccolo. Then in high school I played tenor and alto sax, placing 6th in the all state band. My college years had me playing in the pep band and the symphonic band. The pinnacle of my music career was filling in for The Red Skelton Band’s baritone saxophone player. Unfortunately my medical career was not very compatible with music, though I still sing karaoke. I often wonder if I could have made it in the music industry if my family had supported me.

Home

140DDCAA-3560-4683-9AF2-E9CF28D57424“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Home

Growing up monetarily poor seemed a severe disadvantage to me. I remember not making the basketball team because my athletic shoes were the 2 dollar ones with slick soles that slid like ice skates on the polished gymnasium floors, instead of the 20 dollar Converse ones that could turn on a dime. It is hard to compete when you are slipping on the floor while trying to play. Likewise, our home was an old farm house that my father had renovated. It literally had honey bees living in the walls and snow blowing around the window frames accumulating beside our beds. There were 8 of us living in 3 bedrooms, with one recently acquired indoor toilet. Our heat was wood initially, but replaced by fuel oil heaters that sat in the kitchen and living room downstairs. While our material wealth was below today’s poverty level, we always had plenty of good food raised and prepared by our parents. Most importantly, we knew that our parents always had our best interests in mind and they sacrificed what little they had to help us be all that we could be. From these meager beginnings, I received the most rich blessings and I believe that background has taught me to persevere through all circumstances. The life lesson that I have passed on to my children is always do what is right, always do your best, and trust in God.

Hope

26FC1776-92C5-42EF-B59B-C12B9B617692“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hope

Some people have reminded me to be more positive in my BLOG posts, even though I see them as mostly positive. Living in today’s world, there is a spiritual warfare surrounding us that has escalated beyond my wildest dreams. The level of suffering and pain has reached new heights. Often, I feel helpless because one person can only do so much to correct the many problems of society. I struggle to maintain some sense of self worth, in an environment that seeks to criticize and blame and harass. What can we do? I always come back to God and rest assured that He is our only Hope. Praise be to God!