Monday, February 16, 2009


Murphy, my cat, for the past few months has not looked good. His fur was looking matted, he had dandruff (he is an all black cat so it shows) and we was getting very very thin. He spends most of his time sleeping either on my bed or on the couch. He also began to lick the plates in the sink, eat on any food that was left out and even approached Aarons dinner plate one night. This is not typical behavior for either of the cats. (We have 2 cats, Murphy, 11 years and Foster 10 years, both all black - that is another story)
This past August, I changed the food the cats were eating, one of them was constantly throwing up. So I stopped the wet food and changed to a food for sensitive systems. After watching Murphy diligently the last 6 weeks, I was getting worried. I thought he was starting to wear down and that all I could do for him was love him. Before taking him to the vet, I decided to try adding some wet food back into the diet.
When he heard the package open, he ran to the kitchen and began meowing like never before ... he ate the food quickly and looked for more. un known to me, I was starving my cat! In two days, his fur has improved and he is actually awake some of the time during the day. :):) YEAH, I am pretty sure he has many more years in his life! I do feel very bad for not thinking of changing the the food sooner! SORRY MURPHY! - that is my confession.

Now that is off my chest ... Aaron and I had a great Sunday. After he preached Sunday, we headed to Bloomngton to waitch IU play the Illini ... we did wear blue and orange:) A friend of Aarons has tickets and was kind enough to pass them to us for this game. GO ILLINOIS! Neither one of us had ever been to Assembly Hall, in Bloomington what a treat. The sides go straight up! Thankfully our seats were close to the floor and center of the court. We even had other Illinois fans around us. Yes, the good guys won ... I-L-L I-N-I!

From Joel this morning ... as I continue to work on my grad classes and assist Aaron in ministry things .... I have time to think and consider what I am expecting:
What Are You Expecting
Today's Scripture

"…Open wide your mouth and I will fill it" (Psalm 81:10, NIV).
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
"Do you have your mouth open wide today?" In other words, are you expecting God to fill you and increase you beyond measure? Negative thinking closes you to what God wants to do in your life. If you go around thinking, "Well, I don't think I'll ever meet my sales goals this year with the economy like it is"; or "I don't think I'll ever get promoted. I'm not that qualified"; or "I don't think I'll ever get well", then the problem is that your mouth is barely open. But Jesus said, "According to your faith it will be done unto you." He might as well have said, "If you've got a cup, I'll fill you with a cup level of blessing. If you've got a bucket, I'll fill you with a bucket level of blessing." Jesus is saying today, why don't you take the limits off? Why don't you believe for supernatural opportunities? Why don't you go out each day expecting increase and promotion? Expect favor, expect peace, expect joy. If you'll go out each day expecting far-and-beyond favor, if you'll "open wide your mouth", you won't be disappointed. He'll fill your cup until it overflows so that you can live the abundant life He has in store for you.
A Prayer for Today
Father in heaven, I come before You today with an open and humble heart, ready to receive all You have for me. Teach me to live a life that is pleasing to You so that I can be an example of Your love in the world around me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

I continue to listen for the Lord to say GO - and he is certainly showing me new things daily!

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