Monday, May 10, 2021

The Higher Rock

 Year 9- Day 129: Today, I am grateful for the rock that is higher than I. 

When the spring rains come, I am reminded of the blessing of higher ground. When the ground feel to soft and we can't get our footing, we long for the solid rock. Life is full of plot twists and unplanned chapters. 

The human body gets weary and worn out. We find ourselves in need of someone or something we can count on. The scriptures promise He will never leave us or forsake us. Our hearts cry out with a need to find "the rock". And when we do, we can rest.


"from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." -Psalm 61:2

Some days our hearts are faint. 

Today, I am grateful for the rock that is higher than I. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Mama Ina Mae

 

Year 9- Day 128: Today, I am grateful for Mama Ina Mae.

Once a year, on her birthday or Mother's Day... I give thanks for Mama Ina Mae. She is a precious soul. Her love for Jesus and people oozes out of her. She makes friends into family and family are her friends.  She is a wonder.  Even with Huntington's Disease, she is still full of joy. 

She moved in with our son and daughter-in-love at the end of March. She is loving life. She savors every meal... each snack... her John Wayne movies... dark chocolate and she is using Facetime with Abi's help to connect with loved ones. The fur babies in the house are so good for her soul. She knows Walker and Abi will come when she needs them. We are delighted that she feels safe and loved. 

I've often written about her generous spirit and the ways she would always make sure others' needs were met, in front of her own. This year, I want to celebrate her grace and contentment in the trial of Huntington's Disease. 

She finds joy in the smallest things. Even the daily ritual of a shower is celebrated with Mama. Are most of us truly grateful for our daily shower? We have giggled at her latest delight... just add whipped to the top of fruit or pudding and you make it magical. 

"And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

I am so grateful for Mama's example of letting the joy of the Lord be her strength. 

Today, I am grateful for Mama Ina Mae.


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Lessons From the Lillies

Year 9- Day 127: Today, I am grateful for lessons from the lilies. 



Some days have joys. Others have sorrows. Some have both. 

This scripture was part of the graduation ceremony at ONU today  

If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! -Luke 12:27-29

His word is always perfect. It is always timely. It is hope and comfort. Why trust His word and His ways... we need only look to the lilies and other wildflowers. 

Today, I am grateful for lessons from the lilies.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Mother's In Love

 


Year 9- Day 126: Today, I am grateful for Mother's In Love.

I prefer the term "Mother-in-Love" over mother-in-law. Love is a choice we make every day. The law is more contractual and forced. Love chosen is so much better than a contract. I adore the daughters my sons have chosen.

I love the story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth is courageous in her choice to love Naomi who is heartbroken and miserable. Their grief must have been as heavy as the belongings they carried with them on their return to Naomi's homeland. 

Naomi tries to send Ruth back to her family, but Ruth refuses. She chose to love her mother-in-love and to remain faithful to the God she had come to know and love. She stayed in relationship with Naomi and followed her to a foreign land.

" But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." - Ruth 1:16

We often use the passage at weddings. It is perfect for that occasion. I think it is equally appropriate for our times of trials or grieving. The most beautiful thing we can say to one another is "I am with you." Not just in the celebrations, but the hard times, too. Where you go... I will go. You will not go alone. 

I am grateful for the other mother's who love my sons. They are such a blessing. 

I deeply loved my Mother-in-Love for who she was and how she raised her children.

Today, I am grateful for Mother's In Love.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Soft Towels

Year 9- Day 125: Today, I am grateful for soft towels.

I love big, thirsty, soft towels.  Yes, three adjectives make the best towels. They are the perfect way to end a hot shower or soak in the tub. Why even bother with little, wimpy towels. 

I am reminded of the towel Jesus used to dry his disciples feet. It must have had some size, as he wrapped it around his waist. 

" So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him."  -John 13:4-5


The simple things that we use every day, but we would miss them if they were not around... these little items are a reason to pause and give thanks.  

Today, I am grateful for soft towels.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dancing

Year 9- Day 124: Today, I am grateful for dancing.

Dancing is one of my favorite activities. I refuse to group it with exercise, but it is a workout. It is simply fun. I enjoy watching all kinds of dancing and participating when I can.

I am not a big Nietzsche fan, but this quote captured my attention and resonated with my heart:

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." -Friedrich Nietzsche

So many do not hear the music. I joke about my "Earworm" in reference to the voice in my head that sings the same song over and over... sometimes just a few lines. Most of you have Earworms, too.

I joke that the "Love of my Lift" chose me because I was the first girl he dated who knew the polka. We both grew up with that dance. I learned dancing with my Grandfather at the Nursing Home shows we put on. Randy learned from his family, too. The polka is still a good dance.

David danced in the Bible with all of his might:

"And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment."-2 Samuel 6:14

It is a way to lift our hearts in praise to the "Lord of the Dance", which reminds me of an old favorite song from Stephen Curtis Chapman:

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Nature dances as the breeze blows through the grassy plains or the trees of the forest. In the fall, the leaves dance on their way to the ground. A tiny toddler dances at the sight of blowing bubbles. We were designed to dance.

Today, I am grateful for dancing.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Sun, Moon & Dew

 

Year 9- Day 123: Today, I am grateful for the sun, moon & dew.

"What the sun is to the day, what the moon is to the night, what the dew is to the flower, such is Jesus Christ to us. -C Spurgeon

They sun, moon and the dew... so different, but all area evidence of life. All three can steal our breath. Nature is glorious.

And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars—all the forces of heaven—don’t be seduced into worshiping them. The Lord your God gave them to all the peoples of the earth. -Deuteronomy 4:19

How easy it is to be seduced by the creation and lose sight of the Creator. We are warned to keep our eyes on Him. He lights our days and our nights... and quenches our thirst. Each one a reminder of the characteristics of God.

Let heaven and nature sing.

Today, I am grateful for the sun, moon & dew.