Tuesday, July 12, 2011
We have the ultimate power in Christ Jesus. Though darkness and challenge try to penetrate the force, it won't work. We have Super Friends. So many wonderful people coming together to be a blessing to us and our family. Does anyone remember how Super Friends used to come on with all the Super Heroes? Some days I feel like Wonder Woman, other days I'm so glad God surrounded me with "Wonderful Women" (and Men) to show how much he loves us. Some times the emotions make be want to bulk up like the Hulk. Remember Super Stretch? We've felt pulled in every direction and our faith is being stretched and tested, yet in the end we are the Dynamic Duo. We pray, look at one another with a fist pump and it's on - wonder twin powers activate. #TeamBolton is unstoppable no matter the obstacle or challenge. Doesn't mean we're without the struggles of just dealing with our emotions and how overwhelming this all feels at times, but we refuse to be moved. We put on the whole armor of Christ. Without it we are powerless. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
God has equipped us for this battle. Mireya is a Super Trooper. This little girl has endured much with the best attitude and outlook. She's often complimented on her easy, breezy, beautiful (Cover Girl) flow everywhere she goes. At times you may feel an icy breeze as she flowing with you, but that's her and keeping it in perspective, I don't know many 4-year olds that could endure all that she has and still manage to do it mostly with a smile and good attitude. Jalen is our Super Hero. God created him to do this. It is not by chance and although he knows he is helping his sister to get better as he gets older he'll really know and understand the magnitude of this gift. Jalen and Mireya have always been extremely close. She loves and admires her brother and pretty much goes along with most anything he's asked or wanted. Whether it's a light saber battle (remember she is a Princess) or using her dollhouse as the Headquarters for his Dinosaurs, Storm Troopers and Animal Kingdom. I must admit it was pretty clever of him to tell her she could be "The Princess", Princess Leia which eventually became Princess Reya. But that is Jalen, he has a heart for people and the ability to make you feel special, loved and cared for in all situations.
My friend Carrie brought over the coolest gifts for the kids, Super Hero Capes. She's been referring to Jalen as a 'Super Hero' since we found out he was a 100% donor match for his sister. I thought she had purchased them, but in fact I discovered that she actually made them. I have some very talented people around me. My sister-in-law Cheron made a beautiful 'Princess' blanket for Mireya. The perfect size for her hospital bed with pretty crowns all over it and that fuzzy feel good chenille backing (I secretly want one of these blankets). So I'm going to be hocking these wares on the street because they are too adorable not to share with others.
There are many kinds of strength. But the most important one is the strength we need in the Lord. True strength is not of the body. True strength is of the spirit, measured in faithfulness, trust, and perseverance. We keep pressing. We keep praising. We keep thanking God for the victory. We have a Super Team of Doctors, Nurses, and Organizations working with us, not only do we win, but we win BIG.
Ephesians 6:11-19 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. ~Don't leave home with out~