As an update...my friend, Cheryl Russell, came through her surgery fine. She text me sometime last evening and said that all went well. Then at 3:40 AM, I received another text from her. She finally got into a room and was doing okay. Thank you all for your prayers. I am going to call her later and find out what the doctors have told her.
Today, nine of our church family is leaving for Tennessee Christian Teen Convention (TCTC, for short). pray for a safe drive and that the 6 kids involved (and 3 adults) will be blessed. This brings me to my next point. This weekend is a chance for Mike and I to relax, not run the kids every which way, and to get caught up on some projects, like putting a bed together, taking the Christmas decorations down, getting the garage back in working order so my car can go in...you know the honey-do list. But it will also be a chance for us to talk. As parents, a lot of you know how hard it is to keep up with the family activities, work, and whatever else you are in to. Sometimes, it is just nice to reconnect. I am not very good at this. I try to keep him in the loop, but with his work schedule, and my brain going 50 different ways. I forgot to tell him about Beckie and Scott Sloan being pregnant (BTW, Congratulations, you two!). Luckily, he is a forgiving man.
Ephesians 5:24 - 33 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
So today, think about your relationships with your spouse (if you have one) or with the closest person to you and your relationship with Christ. Are you being the way you should with them? I know that I am guilty of this. I am trying harder, though. Prayer about it. God will help you through it.