Doing what we ought

Thank you Father for the peace that you provide, a peace that is beyond our understanding, despite the trials of life. Thank you for your loving kindness and faithfulness that is never ending and more than enough for each day. Thank you all for walking this path with us.

We are all doing well. The kids are keeping up in school, work has been busy and Theresa has been more than hanging in there. Theresa had her five radiation treatments this week, and her Herceptin treatment on Friday. And on Fridays she also goes down to Toledo for our son’s home school class. This makes Fridays a pretty exhausting day for her and so the weekends are for recovery. The Herceptin makes her pretty nauseated and she has to make sure she gets a nausea pill before she gets up or her nausea is overwhelming. As this week progresses she will start feeling better. Each radiation treatment hurts now. But again despite it all, life is good, Theresa is staying strong, focusing on the positive and that which satisfies.

This week I was struck by Luke 17:7-10 and what my commentary had to say about it. This subject is a little abrasive unless you are a Christ follower and therefore a bondservant of our Lord. Verse 10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say,”We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.” The Believer’s Bible Commentary states, “The true bondslave of Christ has no reason for pride. Self-importance must be plucked out by the roots and in its place there must be a true sense of unworthiness… Disciples are bond slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ. They belong to Him-spirit, soul, and body. In the light of Calvary, nothing they can ever do for the Savior is sufficient to recompense Him for what He has done… According to Roy Hession, the five marks of a bondservant are: 1. He must be willing to have one thing on top of another put upon him, without any consideration being given him. 2. In doing this, he must be willing not to be thanked for it. 3. Having done all this, he must not charge the master with selfishness. 4. He must confess that he is an unprofitable servant. 5. He must admit that doing and bearing what he has in the way of meekness and humility, he has not done one stitch more than it was his duty to do.”

There is no room for self pity, disobedience, anger, resentment, or anything else. The only response in our lives is gratitude and obedience, which He expects of us. He expects nothing less and we can not give anything less. I am humbled to go through this and everything else that is on my plate for Him. To be considered worthy to suffer such, without complaint, is an awesome place to be. And He walks with us and helps us every step of the way. God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

Thank you for your continued prayers.


  1. Alene Palmer Palmer says

    Thank you for sharing from your heart. We will continue to pray for you and your family. God is good –all the time.

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