Monday, February 22, 2010

Unfailing

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, "Do not fear; I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13:5,6


Seeing His unfailing love in these gifts

175. blowing bubbles with my kids
176. gifts of chocolate in various delectable forms
177. words of truth and life sinking down deep, taking root
178. birthday wishes from friends and family around the world
179. dinner and a movie
180. watching my son interact with Jesus
181. listening to the radio with my girl
182. peace and wisdom for big decisions
183. music in my heart
184. knowing my Father is taking my hand and helping me






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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Quiet

 
This week has been a whirl of activity and emotions.

Changes are happening.  I think they are good.  God is answering some long-prayed-for requests.  In particular, my kids' father has agreed to move to Florida.  It's been a tough 2 years for them, living so far away from their dad.  All the logical and valid reasons in the world don't make up for the reality that they have spent day after day without a father around.  

I'm glad he's moving here.  I'm deeply grateful to God for answering this prayer.  And I'm quite honestly struggling with this coming change.  It will be wonderful for my kids; it will be hard for me. 

The other night I pounded out my mixed emotions on the piano.  Afterwards, when my kids were tucked in bed, I sat down with God and we talked.  Mostly I talked, and He listened.  Then taking my hand in His, He reminded me that He can be trusted with all this.  That it's okay that I don't know what to do or how to feel. He asked me to trust Him with today and leave tomorrow to Him.

I sighed and leaned in close to Him.  My heart grew still and quiet, trusting.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 62:5


Monday, February 15, 2010

Grace in the ordinary


Jesus is in the common, ordinary, everyday. . .

He graces simple earth with His presence.



Seeing Him in these gifts

165.  answers to silly prayers
166.  getting stuck in traffic, giving me time to listen
167.  solitude
168.  words of encouragement 
169.  helpful strangers
170.  even more helpful friends
171.  glimpsing His smile throughout my day
172.  beauty in unexpected places
173.  hearing my kids say, "I love you, Mom"
174.  tiny green life peeking up in my garden


Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
Psalm 68:19




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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love Poem

 

Alone and frozen,
Heart broken and afraid
Soul dying
Eyes shuttered
hiding in pain and shame
Arms wrapped around myself
protecting the little girl inside
from the harsh, cruel world.

Unseen
Unknown
Unwanted
Untouched

Light and warmth,
Fragrance of rain,
Tender voice
speaking my name,
Scarred hand reaching out
taking mine.

Seen
Known
Wanted
Held

Flowers and sunshine
Little girl dancing
Heart trusting, unafraid
Soul alive
Eyes laughing with delight
Joy filling all of me
Arms holding You tight.

This is what Your love has done for me.






(Photo courtesy of www.forestwander.com)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Living

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all, I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a great thing."
- Agatha Christie



Enjoying His Life in these gifts

155.  Cuddling on the couch with my kids and a good story
156.  Laughter shared with old friends
157.  Homemade tacos and ice tea
158.  The beauty of a soul transparent
159.  Being weird and crazy just for fun
160.  The comfortable silence of companionship
161.  Orange juice and chicken soup
162.  Flowers on the kitchen table
163.  Catching glimpses of Him in the people around me
164.  Joy that comes in the morning.


You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  Psalm 16:11


Living loved,


(photo courtesy of www.forestwander.com)


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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Promises


Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:23



Remembering His promises


145. He is always with me.
146. He gives wisdom freely when I ask.
147. He takes great delight in me.
148. He loves me with an everlasting love.
149. He will never abandon or forsake me.
150. He will give me chocolate when I need some. (Okay, so maybe it doesn't exactly say that.  But it says He will supply all my needs!  I'm sure that includes chocolate too!)
151.  He gives beauty for ashes.
152.  He watches over me.
153.  He carries me.
154.  He teaches me and directs me in the way I should go.


In hope,





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