God will supply…

I don’t think I thank God enough for His blessings. This morning, as I was eating breakfast, I looked at the nearly panoramic view of the outside from the breakfast table, and I thanked God that I had this house—it’s not fancy, it’s not gigantic—it’s comfortable.

My husband and I are camping for the next two days in a campground that is only a couple of miles from our home. It’s a blessing that we have such a beautiful area to camp that so close to our house.

ImageImageImageI am thankful for this campground, for our camper, and for the bike that I rode today.

There were times when I had wished for a bigger place, more money, or more things, but now I realize that I should have been thankful for what I had.

Philippians 4:19 says, “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (ESV).

I have a new appreciation for the things that God has given me. Instead of looking at what I don’t have, I look at what I do have.

Thank you, God, for my family, my job, my home, and all the things you have given to me!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Yesterday was a tough day

Yesterday was a tough day for me. Not only did it hurt swallowing but my ears were hurting and the scabs in my throat made me cough. I nearly gagged taking the liquid children’s Tylenol. I think the pain isn’t as bad this morning, in fact I decided not to take Tylenol until I absolutely need it.

I still have discomfort when I swallow but it feels like a “regular” sore throat now. My ears hurt like I have an ear infection, but that’s about it. I still can’t open my mouth very wide to see what my throat looks like. The last time I looked, my throat on the left and right sides were covered with a white layer of scab—I guess that’s a good sign. I haven’t had any bleeding, but I heard that eventually the scabs will peel off—hopefully I won’t bleed then.

I guess I am amazed at my recovery so far. I’ve read other people’s accounts of their tonsillectomy and it’s pretty scary. I know there were lots of people praying for me and I think that’s the reason why I am healing so quickly. It’s been only three days, and supposedly the worst pain is between days 5-10 so I am hoping that it will be different for me—that the pain will not be as bad.

I’ve been thinking about Job a lot. In Job 2:8 it says, “Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.” I felt like that yesterday—just wanting to feel better but couldn’t—I felt like crying because of the pain I was feeling.

I know that it was good for me to have my tonsils removed, but I keep wondering “why now?” I know everything happens according to God’s timing, but I still don’t know why I had to have them removed now; although this past week was an ideal time since my schedule is so light—maybe that’s why?

All I know is that I am not alone. God is helping me through this. I know that it was only a tonsillectomy, but the pain can be excruciating and I think this is the closest I have ever felt like “suffering.” I am praying for God’s peace and comfort for those who suffer on a continual basis.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

How smart are you?

In our reading of Job today, God challenges him. These words stuck out for me:

“Have you explored the springs from which the seas come?

Have you explored their depths?
Do you know where the gates of death are located?
Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?
Do you realize the extent of the earth?” (Job 38:16-18)

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I thought about how some people have gone into space but no one can seem to go down to the bottom of the ocean… we think we know so much, but we really don’t know as much as we think we do.

Some people believe they are so intelligent, but they say that God does not exist. It makes me think about Isaiah 5:21, “What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.”

One of the most intelligent people in the Bible was the apostle Paul, and even he said, “…though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could… now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him” (Phil 3:4, 7-9).

How smart are you?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

Run to God!

My husband and I are reading through Job and we are at the part where Job’s friends are there to console him. After his first friend speaks, Job replies by describing his pain—“My body is covered with maggots and scabs. My skin breaks open, oozing with pus” (Job 7:5, NLT). Even though Job had lost everything and was now physically suffering, he never “curses” God.

People endure so many different things. My father-in-law suffered with a debilitating illness for 20 years yet it made him a stronger Christian. No matter how much pain he felt, he had a smile on his face. He could have easily turned away from God but instead he clung to Him even tighter.

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Then I thought about people who have other hardships and how they have stopped relying on God. Rather than asking God why they are suffering, they instead say in their hearts that there is no God.  These people are like seeds that have been planted on shallow soil or around thorn bushes—they spout but then die off quickly (Matthew 13:5-7, NLT).

I think God uses hardships to shape us. It is a test of our endurance—will we keep relying on Him even though it seems like He is doing nothing to help us? First Thessalonians 5:17-18 says, “Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (NLT). Are you suffering physically, mentally, or emotionally? Then run to God, cling to Him, and never let Him go!

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti