Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rebecca's Journey - 93

20 October, 2007

Dear Friends,

All is well here in the Petrie household.

Please be praying with us for care-givers for next year. Judy and Jessica return to the US mid-December. Stephen will be here for Christmas. So from early January we will need additional people.

From Rebecca: What a blessing it is to hear from so many of you, and how thankful I am that these emails are a blessing to you.

You know how important that morning quiet time is to me. I wish you could see me these days as the weather gets colder. Our mornings have been brilliant sun and almost freezing temperature. But I am undaunted! I'm actually glad that you can't see me because I am a sight. I have a bright green ski jacket, a red and blue plaid blanket over my legs, orange gloves, and a gray wool scarf over my head. But I am warm, and I can sit in the cold for an hour and a half in my garden. It is the loveliest time of my day.

The other morning I turned to 1 Peter 1:13, "Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." To me that meant that the answer to what I have been experiencing is in these morning meetings with Jesus. (He doesn't mind my wild garb.) And in these meetings His grace is brought to me for the day.

Another place in a footnote from John 1 says,
"Grace is God
meeting us at our point of need
in the Person of Jesus Christ,
including all of His power and provision."
"Meeting us at our point of need with all of His power and provision." No wonder I am better after that time with Him. I go into my day with such reinforcements for whatever comes. I'll be confronted with a situation and feel myself saying, "Whoa, I need Your grace Lord, I need Your reinforcing power in this moment." And He comes!

Yesterday was such a busy day, so many people through the house. Last night sleep eluded me. The faces of all the people that I had been with during the day pressed in upon me. "Lord I need Your grace or I'm going to lie here awake all night." Then I had an idea. I held each face before the Lord, one at a time. And with each face I said, "Thank you Lord, thank you Lord, thank you Lord." I began to unwind and found such peace. Hmm, where did the tension go? Lovely work of grace!

I trust today that you will meet Him and in that meeting you will find His grace.

Love from Rebecca and Paul