Thursday, February 26, 2015

Everyday Is A Day To Be Thankful For

I thank God for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. What does this mean? It means I am an original masterpiece.

I'm alive. That my  body aches when I crawl out of bed matters not. I breathe. I don't want to take life for granted, and not acknowledge the craftsmanship that has gone into my being. I want to make today a day to be thankful. It's a workday, so what, more snow, even better, I have a cold, but I inhale and exhale. That in itself is a miracle.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pros And Cons

I have to admit, doing whatever I want, when I want is liberating. You don't realize how much of your decision making is based on your spouse and what they prefer. Things like, what I eat, when I get home, what I spend money on or how many activities I'm involved in are all up to me and not what Steve would like. Sometimes, I feel guilty for enjoying this being alone and confused it with why I am now by myself.

At the same time, every decision has consequences and the outcome is all my fault or to my credit. The jobs like shoveling are all mine as is making sure I get an oil change. Home repairs, income, investing and spending money on big dollar items can throw me in a brain spin.

It's then I sit down and turn on some good worship music, pick up my art work and plan my dinner to stop the spin.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Standing In The Gap

Do you have a child that is not a believer? When you pray for them, you are standing in the gap.

Is there a friend who needs a mother's love, but for whatever reason, is not receiving it? Stand in the gap and love them as a mom would. Listen, and advise, or just listen and listen.

Is there a co-worker who is in need? How can you stand in the gap? Pray for wisdom if it doesn't come to you. Pray to be the hands & feet of Jesus and be the gap filler.

Are there spaces in your life between what you are and what you should be? Jesus is there, waiting to be asked. It's easy to think the life you lead is better than what God could offer, but you've no idea the joy and peace of mind that awaits you.

How have you seen God's gracious work in your life? Tell me about it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How Long Will The Break Last?

God is much less interested in the circumstances that come our way, then our response to them. How am I responding? Is God's light shining for others to see when adversity strikes?

I have this ill conceived notion that because I had a really hard challenge in my past, I'm exempt from another of life's storms. It would be great to have a few years of smooth sailing to unruffle my wings and gain back perspective.

I will trust, that any plans God has for me are good. I wish I could say I'm doing this because it's right and worth my effort and not because it seems the easiest thing to do.

Monday, January 26, 2015

When You're Alone

I have never been alone so long. I remember when the boys were young, taking a bath was as alone as I could get. Oh those baths, how I treasured them.

Now, it is...endless. There is not an hour when someone will arrive home. Quiet greets me as I come in after work. I can love it or hate it, so I love it. Things are only as loud as I make them. Or light, or aromatic. I have time to think. I have so many ideas of what I want to do, and not enough time in one day. I can only hope by the time I retire I still have as much enthusiasm.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Need vs Want

I love the excitement of getting packages in the mail. During the Christmas season, I was always getting a package at work or one would be by the door when I got home. It didn't matter that they were not for me,  I got to open them.

Now I just want to order things so they keep coming. I want to see that Fed Ex truck stop out front. The thing is, I don't need anything.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What Am I?

I stay far away from the car in front of me, driving the speed limit or even less. I avoid the right hand lane where the snow melt is and am careful of pooled water. I'm happiest when the weather is below freezing. What am I? A newly washed car. I do not stay that way for long.