This Friday I head back to Augusta for my three month evaluation. Since it is the Christmas season I tried to come up with a gift idea to give each member of my ALS team. My mom agreed to help me so I was excited to try something new. Needless to say painting simple letters while holding a foam paint brush with my teeth was harder than I anticipated.
I bought canvases for my mom to cover with red paint, ALS Association color. The next step was for me to paint the word HOPE. Comically I couldn't see when my brush was on the canvas because my eyes made everything blurry up close. When I put on my reading glasses I started to paint way before I was even close to the canvas. I completely destroyed the plastic handle of the foam brush because I had to bite so hard in order to keep it steady. The towel across me was covered with drool instead of paint. So sorry you missed the show!
HOPE! It means more to me than holding my breath until I am healed.
Rather sharing with others in their dark moments that God is their HOPE, their HELP! We are not alone when we are hurting. God has been using my ALS to draw me closer to His heart, demonstrate His love and let me have a front row seat to see Him at work! I am not going to ever be able to paint pictures that display the greatness of my God. I will stick to graffiti! Words that cause you to pause and consider who God is to you!
A psalm of David.
1 O Lord, I give my life to you. 2 I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. 3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.
4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. 5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. 6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. 7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.
8 The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. 9 He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. 10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.
11 For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. 12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. 13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. 14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.
16 Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. 17 My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! 18 Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. 19 See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! 20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. 21 May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.
22 O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.