continued battles

Today was visiting day but as usual many children did not receive a visit from a family member. So it is always a mixed blessing.

Alex took the teenage girl to the funeral of her mother. There are so many emotional trials that affect our children. Just because they are placed here for safety does not mean they do not suffer emotionally. I believe that this coming Sunday I will minister on accepting who you are and allowing God to shape you as He sees fit.

I have to go back to SAT(IRS) tomorrow.

Our boys lost the finals in the soccer match on penalty kicks.

Today was our adopted son’s 24th birthday. Mynor Orlando!


We saw yesterday that David went through many difficulties when he was young and as Psalm 37:25 says he went through many difficulties when he was old. I can identify. I thought that things would be easier when I reached my 70’s but if anything the pressures have increased. When David was old we know that:

  1. David had battles. David had to fight the Philistines and other enemies around Israel all of his life. Even when he was in his late 50’s he was almost killed by a Philistine giant Ishbi-benob in II Samuel 21:16.
  2. David committed some terrible sins. II Samuel 11. There was the sexual affair with another man’s wife. When Bathsheba got pregnant David had her husband, Uriah, murdered. God would punish David severely.
  3. His daughter, Tamar, would be raped by her brother, Amnon.
  4. His son, Amnon, would be slain by his brother, Absalom.
  5. David and Bathsheba’s child would die.
  6. In II Samuel 15-18 David’s own son, Absalom would try to kill him.
  7. Absalom would be slain.



He wrote, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity” Ps. 32:1-2.

Since David had previously admitted he DID have sin, this is the redeeming thought: God forgives & remits our sin!

Praise God! What a marvelous thing that God has removed our sins from us as far as the East is from the West!

In Isaiah He says, “I have blotted out your sins as a thick cloud!” “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (1:18)