It's a really crazy time around the house, even more than normal! Jay Gasbarro, the builder of Devo's new addition, claims that the Devo wing will be ready by Wednesday, and they are working around the clock to meet that deadline! Only difficulty is that he shut off the water yesterday, and shut off the heat! Guess what? Last night was the coldest night of the year, and Nicole said that waking up this morning with no heat and only cold water was a bit of a challenge! I told her that she paid big money to go to Maine and camp out, so why not regard "roughing" it at home as a trip without the cost! I'll guarantee that Devo wasn't cold, because if I know Charlotte, and I do, she would have Devo wrapped up in every blanket in the house, even if it meant that there were none for her! As the addition nears it's end, I do want to say that Jay has done an amazing job, and we would all certainly recommend him to anyone needing home repair! The project went long past its original finish date, but that was due to some last minute changes and additions that the two of them made "on the fly"! We are very happy with the new addition, and I, for one, am looking forward to Devo getting a shower and a hair wash every day! The therapy room is really cool, but his "bed and bath" is for me, very important for his psychological well being! He was always most proud of his hair, and having those blonde curls back will make him feel pretty good about himself! We'll include some pictures in a few days, and you all will see evidence of some of the things for which you have been praying!
If you are the type who reads all the guestbook entries each night, I'm sure you are aware of Brenda Melucci's post last night, in answer to Patti Benson's question of why doesn't God just destroy satan forever! The answer was so well thought out, and formatted, that I thought you should all read it! If you don't normally read other guestbook entries, you really should last night! Her answer was amazing, and spot on! It really did answer some questions for me, pertaining to those that Patti was wondering, also! None of us want satan around! If sin and temptation were taken "out of the life formula", and we didn't have free will, we'd all be more Christlike! He was the only "perfect" human, as you all know, which leaves the rest of us falling far short of the mark! Without sin, and without the temptations offered to us so skillfully by satan, how would Jesus know that we made the decision to follow Him? We need choices in our life, just to justify our faith! When we choose to follow the ways of the world, and turn away from Jesus, it bankrupts our ability with which to "figure out" who's in charge! The worldly choice, almost always, inevitably ends up with satan running our lives! He has too much "good stuff" to offer, which only intoxicates us, and makes us want more! This is how the evil one leads us away from God! Life would be so much easier without satan around, wouldn't it! But as Brenda says, "He wants us all to make the choice in our hearts whether to love, trust, and believe in Him or not!" Once one decides to go with God, and leave the world behind, the evil one very quickly looks for another candidate! Nothing scares satan away more than giving all the praise, and credit, and glory to Jesus! It's just a test, and passing that test, as Job did, promises to pay great dividends, and reveals to us what life is really all about!
7 These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold -- and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:7)
It's all about faith and trust, and the more you trust, the more it will be revealed to you! Goodnight, and God bless! Dana