March 28 Pearl

March 28

So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:24…

Isn’t this scripture so true! If we could live in day tight compartments it would be easier on our brain. However, to some extent we have to plan for the future.

Today I felt I was back home. I returned to the hospital where I first started my nursing career five years ago. I am now working with hospice, but at the same hospital where I worked for four years.

I saw a lot of people who I hadn’t seen in over a year. They were all glad to see me and said hey Wilma and gave me a big hug. It was so nice to feel like I was back home amongst family.

Imagine if I had burned my bridges with my job and had moved on in an inappropriate way. Not that I had any reason to do so, but what if I had? This transition back to the same hospital would not be very easy.

I don’t ever want to leave a job on bad terms for the sake of giving Jesus a bad name. However, today reminded me that I wouldn’t want to just for the sake of integrity and the joy of relationships.

Its always good to treat others as if your going to see them again. Burning bridges is just never a good way to live.

My Pearl today is the joy of coming home to relationships that I have missed.

March 27 Pearl

March 27

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. Matthew 23: 1-4.

Wow, I never noticed this scripture. Jesus says, obey their commands but don’t follow their examples? I’m afraid the same thing happens today with some Christians, who mean well, but end up coming across as if they are trying to knock you over the head with the Bible.

Usually its the spirit in which they do it, more so, than what they actually say. However, some people do add man made laws that are too heavy for us to carry.

Growing up Amish, sometimes I felt weighed down by laws that seemed unnecessary. I think there are principles that can be taken out of context and then they become rituals.

When something becomes a ritual, it loses its value. Doing the right thing because we love the Lord and are so grateful for Him saving us, is the right motive for good actions.

The wrong motive is to look good and show that we are better than others and we are really Godly and know what we are doing. In reality most of the time we only see through a glass dimly.

My Pearl today is that we can be sure that someday we will see Jesus face to face and we will know everything, until then we can trust Him with our circumstances.

March 26 Pearl

March 26

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Paul wrote this and he said the Lord was taking care of him even though he was in prison when he was writing these letters. I don’t know about you, but I’d be tempted to feel that the Lord was not taking care of me if I was in prison for something I didn’t do.

It shows the power of perspective. Paul must have felt taken care of because he knew he was in prison for doing what the Lord wanted him to do.

I believe Paul was crucified for his faith. I can only guess Paul still felt taken care of?

Our idea of the Lord supplying all our needs is to give us everything we want. Plenty of money, the perfect job, perfect kids, great health, etc..The list goes on.

We don’t look beyond our circumstances to see that the Lord is supplying our needs. How about our need for His presence and His understanding of life with wisdom and discernment to love others as he would have us to love?

Maybe our job situation or our marriage or family matters are less than enduring? Could it be that your not able to work?

The question is, “Does the Lord speak to you and give you peace?” Do you bloom where you are planted?

He may not be meeting your wants, but is he meeting your needs?

My Pearl today is that the Lord can help us see the difference between our needs and our wants. We can trust Him for our needs.

March 25 Pearl

March 25

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, I’m too young, for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken! Jeremiah 1:7-8

We could replace “I’m too young” with I’m not smart enough, I’m not good enough etc. How many times do we want to do something or feel The Lord is calling us to something, yet we are too insecure to follow through.

We are afraid of failing. I would imagine Jeremiah was afraid. The hard thing about his calling was that the people were not going to change, but that didn’t change what God had called him to do.

Jeremiah was to preach truth to the people and they weren’t going to hear and turn from their sins, but that wasn’t Jeremiah’s problem. He was simply suppose to do what God had told him to do.

I am going to take this verse to heart. The Lord will show me how to talk to families who are grieving. Alone, I’m not equipped to help others or even know what to say.

However, if the Lord has called me, I will be ok. I will do his will and he will protect me and guide me. Same is true for you.

My Pearl today is that the Lord sends me and empowers me to do His will. He will protect me as I learn his steps.

March 24 Pearl

March 24

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus was in a crowd where a man was possessed by a demon. The demon cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!”

What strikes me about this passage is how even the devil recognizes who Jesus is, yet people drag their feet at believing.

If the devil believes in Jesus, isn’t that saying something? The devil worshiped God the Father and was very aware of his identity and then he decided he wanted all the glory for himself so he was tossed from heaven.

I think if the devil has spent time in the presence of God, he probably knows who He is.

In another passage it says Jesus was led out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. In that instance the devil quoted the bible..that is scary. If a person can quote the scripture it doesn’t mean they have surrendered their life to Jesus.

My Pearl today is that if the devil can know who Jesus is, surely he will reveal himself to us.

March 23 Pearl

March 23

I did a great job ignoring my pain at work today. When I came home and started doing my therapy exercises tonight..the tears started and they would not stop.

It was as if every frustration I’ve felt over the last month just came crashing in. My precious little 7 pound Maltese, Reggie, started licking my face. Of course that brought even more tears!

I always say..one day the Lord will wipe away all my tears, but until then, there is Reggie. His tiny tongue is so gentle on my face it makes me cry even more.

I was listening to this story today on K love how a young woman was paralyzed from a motor vehicle accident. She use to ride horses and she was determined to ride horses again. She accomplished her goal.

She plans to walk again, even if the doctors say she never will. I thought about how most human beings, who have a goal to reach, will go through whatever pain it takes to reach it.

I think all of us have something that is worth hurting for. For those of us who are women, labor is an obvious one. We are willing to go through excruciating pain to give birth to our precious child.

I, for one, would die for my child, if need be. Most parents would agree with me. So all that to say, my pain through my therapy is for a reason. I have a goal in my minds eye.

I plan to reach that goal, no matter what pain I must put myself through. That goal is to have full range of motion with my arm. At 42, I don’t plan to be limited, if I can help it!?

The hard thing about doing the exercises and stretches is that I MUST cause myself the pain. I could choose not to stretch to the point of pain..but I would NOT reach my goal.

My Pearl today is that we all have something worth hurting for. What is it in your life that your willing to hurt for?

March 22 Pearl

March 22

Today was a busy day at work. I had the opportunity to talk to a couple of families about hospice. Its always humbling to be the one to talk to families about needing hospice.

Overall the families were prepared for the talk and were ready for comfort care. However, I went in with reservations because you just never know if everyone is ready to hear it.

My heart starts pumping out of my chest when I first start talking to a family. Today I sat with three sons and a husband to talk about wife/mom for comfort care. I have to say when all four men were looking at me, it was a little intimidating.

I made it through my hospice presentation by asking questions so the focus wasn’t entirely on me. Then of all things, my nose kept running and I was sniffling. Maybe they thought I was really empathetic.?

I highly doubt it, they probably thought lady wipe your nose. Either way, I made it through two presentations. They were my first presentations on my own, with this new position.

I’m so grateful for my teammates. I would never have been able to get all the charting done on two admissions without their help. I’d still be at work!

My Pearl today is the joy of getting to rely on teammates to help you. Due to my history I don’t rely a lot on others so when it goes well my soul rejoices!