Yes, Pink, we are so blessed.
Today, I was asked to sub for the Sunday School teacher.
She is a great teacher=has a PHD and all.
So I was nervous. Then I realized there was something I was meant to bring to this particular lesson. That is why I was the one teaching it.
It was about taking upon us the Yoke of Jesus.
Ended up sweet. I like to draw, so I drew some things instead of writing words, people responded so well.
And I think how much our health journey has been aided by being Yoked to Him.
Also how much it helps in difficult times to have like minded friends to turn to, to pray with. Unity is so important.
Of course , we need to pray diligently for Japan just now.
How is the quake effecting you in China?
Thanks for your thoughtful post, Merriweather! I know what you mean about thinking that you were there teaching for a specific reason. I think you are a good teacher (here and there)!
In regard to the quake, we know that the losses are beyond comprehension. This was one was 10x more powerful that the one that hit us in Sichuan in 2008 (70k killed) and that is hard to fathom. However, it hit the NE side of Japan and most of China is to the SW of Japan. So I am not aware of any significant effects in China.
However, many of the Japanese and Chinese have hated each other for many years and I hope that this quake will give the Chinese some opportunities to help their poor cousins over there. We pray for healing, peace, open doors, open hearts, transformation. Such events remind us of our human limitations and of His great power.
In regard to McDougalling, I think that Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest
for today (March, 14) is a good one to challenge us:
. . . you are that one’s slaves whom you obey . . . —Romans 6:16
The first thing I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because somewhere in the past I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because at some point in my life I yielded myself to Him.
If a child gives in to selfishness, he will find it to be the most enslaving tyranny on earth. There is no power within the human soul itself that is capable of breaking the bondage of the nature created by yielding. For example, yield for one second to anything in the nature of lust, and although you may hate yourself for having yielded, you become enslaved to that thing. (Remember what lust is— “I must have it now,” whether it is the lust of the flesh or the lust of the mind.) No release or escape from it will ever come from any human power, but only through the power of redemption. You must yield yourself in utter humiliation to the only One who can break the dominating power in your life, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ. “. . . He has anointed Me . . . to proclaim liberty to the captives . . .” (Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1).
When you yield to something, you will soon realize the tremendous control it has over you. Even though you say, “Oh, I can give up that habit whenever I like,” you will know you can’t. You will find that the habit absolutely dominates you because you willingly yielded to it. It is easy to sing, “He will break every fetter,” while at the same time living a life of obvious slavery to yourself. But yielding to Jesus will break every kind of slavery in any person’s life.' [http://utmost.org/yielding/]