I can’t believe it’s already November! We have been having busy, full days here at the Basham hacienda. Each day, I do my best to have my quiet time with the Lord first. From there, I try to get in a workout, get ready for the day, and then get the kids going. My oldest two kids need my laptop to view their math lessons on CD, so I only get to blog if I get up really early and beat the rush. 🙂 By afternoon, I’m usually too brain dead to write anything except an email or two, so I just haven’t gotten to blog. I have so much to share though. God is so good and he “daily loadeth me with benefits”, as it says in Psalm 68:19. If I had the time, I could post twice a day on the blessings God pours out! I do try to keep a personal journal, jotting down His goodness, to have some record of it.

In October, we celebrated six months in Oklahoma! So much has happened in that time! I can’t believe that six months ago, I had a life in another place. It’s amazing how quickly we can learn to adapt and adjust to a new home and city. We have met so many wonderful people in that time! I love living here, and the kids are adjusting well. I am so grateful for God’s help in this transition.

Terry took a trip to Southern Seminary last week for the Expositor’s Conference. He was able to meet some kind pastors and get several good books. He says he learned a lot, but I thought he was already pretty smart. 🙂 It was interesting taking care of the five kids alone. It was my first time to be alone that long here. I missed having family nearby (I used to live an hour or so from my mom), but my church family has showed me how much they care. I know if I had a need, they would be there for me. Anyway, I really missed my sweetheart. Whenever he is gone, I not only appreciate all he does around here, but I realize that he truly is my best friend. He got plenty of bear hugs upon his return, and he delighted everyone by bringing us all a little souvenir. The older kids got a nice pen, Matthew and I got T-shirts, and the little girls got tiaras for when they play dress up (everyday). The photo above shows them modeling them.

The kids just finished their first soccer season in our homeschool group. I hope to share some more photos of that soon. They had a blast! It was a lot for me and Terry to keep up with, but it was worth it. Mitchell is enjoying piano lessons from two teachers – one is focusing on classical and one on hymns. He loves music and is doing well. We just met some wonderful people in Coweta, Oklahoma, last weekend. I have never been treated so kindly by people, except by my own church family! And, after a stressful week last week, I really needed the encouragement. Again, God is so good! I hope to share photos of that, too, soon.

I just wanted to let you know I’m alive and well, praise the Lord, and give you a run down of what we have been doing. I hope to share more specific posts in the near future.

This morning, I read these verses, which were both convicting and a blessing:

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. ~ Heb. 2:9-10

I noticed that Christ, the “captain of their salvation” was made perfect through suffering! I often complain about suffering, yet, it is though that very suffering that Christ conforms us into his image. Last Wednesday night, while my husband was away, one of the men of our church brought a message on suffering from Romans 7. My husband preached last Sunday morning a sermon called “What Suffering Can Get You”, and now this. I’m not sure, but I think the Lord wants me to understand that suffering for Him is a good thing, a thing that shouldn’t be feared, but embraced. I think He wants me to trust Him and claim His promises and have stronger faith. I have a long way to go, but by His grace, I will get there.

I hope you all have a great week!

2 thoughts on “Daily Blessings and a Verse on Suffering

  1. Carole says:

    Sounds like you've been busy! Thank you for these thoughts. They were an encouragement to me today!


  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm glad you had time to blog again. I have missed your posts. I always love seeing the photos of my wonderful grandchildren. What beautiful smiles! I can't wait to see all of you in a few weeks. Thank you for the verses and thoughts on suffering.
    I love you.


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