How To Eat an Elephant?

IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008
I am giving you an update on Joshua, just as was given to me on Saturday, 11/15/08:
Hi! With all that’s been going on this past week or so (see the past few updates), I haven’t yet posted about our special prayer service for Joshua. To recap–Joshua needs a miracle, big time. He’s currently not a candidate for his much-needed 3rd heart surgery, due to heart & lung issues. That’s the short version of a really long story. We’re having a special time of prayer for him at our church. It will be this coming Wednesday evening, the 19th, at 6pm, @ Hillcrest Baptist Church here in Morristown, TN. There will be a couple of other things in the service, too, and a time of prayer for our little man. We’d love for anyone who’s close enough to come be with us that evening. If you need directions, email me or post it here & I’ll get them to you. If you can’t come, we ask that you be with us in spirit and pray for us & especially Joshua on Wed. Evening during that time (we’re in the Eastern Time Zone). Thank you all so very much for all the prayers. We need them so much! We believe in the power of prayer, that God does hear & answer every prayer, and that miracles do still happen. We’ve seen them in our own lives and are praying, believing God for this miracle, too.
The services for Lee’s Mom were beautiful. Thanks to everyone who came out to the funeral home, sent flowers, cards, emails, phone calls & the messages here. Your love & support continue to help us through this difficult time. Please keep the entire family in your prayers. These next days, weeks, etc., will be really hard, especially for Lee’s Dad. They were married for 53 years. We all really miss her—she was a wonderful mother-in-law to me. Gracie wrote a special note & made a paper “snowflake” for her & we put them in the casket w/her. I think that helped Gracie—her Mammaw always loved her drawings & notes.
Joshua’s doing ok right now—he loved all the extra attention from family & friends these past few days. We just ask everyone not to touch his hands–we always have hand sanitizer w/us. We have to be really, really careful w/him. Local folks, please spread the word. Thank you.
That’s it for now—please remember our service Wed. Night. Spread the word & come if you can. Join us in prayer for God’s miracles & healing!
Love from TN,
Mitzi & crew, missing Angel Kelby, praying for a miracle
And forgive me but I am giving you a re-run this fine, Monday morning – I think this one come from 2006 – not sure of the date. Hope it will bless again and some for the first time.
I had a project yesterday at the office consisting of voluminous pages – old ones and new ones, mixed and mingled — and I had to make some sense of them so others could come after me and make more sense of them. And I would have tired of the project and would have moved on to something else, but that was not an option for me. There were others counting on me to do my job; moreover, I wanted to get paid!
Oh, my goodness! Do you think our lives are like that? I wonder – will those who come after us see the “sense” in our lives? And what will their lives be like if our lives make no sense? Oh, I know we are not responsible for the decisions of others. But we do impact them, don’t we? Surely we do. And so as I sat there reading and sorting and reading and sorting, the process brought this that I write to you now to mind. Often times life brings ‘things’ to us that are mixed and mingled and voluminous. So much so that we ask ourselves what do I do with this? Do I have to do this? Can I not just put it in a box and forget it? And the answer to those questions makes a difference not just to us but others, don’t they? And then we remember … what’s that cliche’? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! And so we begin one page at a time. Or we pick up those clothes lying there on the floor and we put them in the washer, one piece at a time. And we make that list of all those phone calls we said we would make and those cards we feel the need to write and those bills we know we better pay. And one by one we do them. And one by one we check them off the list – one by one by one. We do that because quitting is not an option for a Daughter (or Son) of the KING. Yes, I know these a minor tasks, simple ones and often times life’s tasks are much bigger than these. Much more important than these. But the principle applies, doesn’t it? Yes, I think it does.
Father God tells us in Galatians 6:
9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
And how about Isaiah 40?
27 Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, My way and my lot are hidden from the Lord, and my right is passed over without regard from my God? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. 29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
And so however large the task, Father knows and He will increase your strength. He will multiply and abound your capabilities; just keep on keeping on. Think about Noah. What a task Father gave him – build an Ark. And not just any ole ark but build it large enough to house two of every species on the face of the earth (with room for growth) and his family too.
Begin in Genesis 6 and you will find the account to read for yourself but let me give you just a verse or three here.
14 Make yourself an ark of gopher or cypress wood; make in it rooms (stalls, pens, coops, nests, cages, and compartments) and cover it inside and out with pitch (bitumen).
15 And this is the way you are to make it: the length of the ark shall be 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits [that is, 450 ft. X 75 ft. X 45 ft.].
16 You shall make a roof or ]window [a place for light] for the ark and finish it to a cubit [at least 18 inches] above–and the ]door of the ark you shall put in the side of it; and you shall make it with lower, second, and third stories.

What a HUGE, ENORMOUS task! It must have overwhelmed him but each day he did what he could in the strength he found in Father for that day and in just 120 years it was complete!! Enough said, right? Right.
Father, thank You. Thank You that You give us strength in proportion to the tasks that You give us and You give us NOTHING to do that You do not equip us to do; help us exercise the wisdom to pace ourselves and go forth in Your strength until all our jobs are done. I ask that you impart this truth to us, to plant it firmly in our hearts so that nothing can remove it and that each reader will walk in this truth today and all the days You give us here for Jesus sake. Traveling mercies for IDOKs on the road and wisdom for IDOKs making decisions about church affiliation. Economic conditions, especially the effects it has upon the minds and hearts of people. Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about. Terry and family. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family. Carolyn. Mary. Mabel. Joan. Jodi H. David T’s Family. Kimberly. Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry. Susan D. Jason A and his mother. Melinda H. Trisha. Patti’s Family. George. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Branson. The O’Brien family. Brooklyn. Jacqueline and her boys, River and Jackson. Kim and her Fiancee. Jonathan. Mabel’s Aunt Lou. Heather and Brandon. Bernie. Darlene and Torkel. Edie G. Rachel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. Dylan. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn and Family. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. David & Allison. Jeanette and Earl and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Family. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Andrew and Daughters. Lee. Sharron and family, Linda and family, Bev and Family, Mollie B. Public and Private School Teachers.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. Kyle N. Michael K. Sgt. Bozicevich. Bay N. T. Palin. John L.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Richard M. Brandon B.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk. Justin G.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony.
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G. Captain Tran
Still praying but no recent update: Hector. Corpl. Light. Bradley T. Albert R III.
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
As I post this it is 75°F and clear in Kuwait, KW & the time there is 4:14 PM AST – on November 17, 2008
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