Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Molly spent time picking up walnuts from the ground and searching for the odd little spheres on the branches. She was thrilled just to spend her time this way. She counted and added more and shared them with me.
Her independent research and observation of them was inspiring and I was reminded to take pleasure in simple things.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
- little feet pattering down the hallway in the morning
- fresh fruit
- my reading chair, blanket, Bible, journal and pen
- exercise (I can actually write this one and mean it now!)
- a mom who cares deeply about my sisters and me
- thunderstorms (once a phobia--now I am healed!)
- an affectionate husband
- a quiet life (that didn't used to be so quiet--He's teaching me!)
- a functioning vehicle
- friends who like to swap kids for the day :)
- long awaited tomatoes turning red
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!" (Psalm 103:1)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
In a day where short-hand and slang is prevalent among kids who use electronic messaging, I feel even stronger about preserving the art of writing. I am concerned that we are raising a generation of children who will be poor writers and spellers. Have you ever misunderstood some one's sarcasm or meaning in an email? In my opinion, people express themselves better on paper because it takes more effort. While technology is wonderful in many ways, I love that my children see traditions that will maintain their sense of true connectedness with family and friends, ones that involve personal visits and real conversations laden with emotion. Real letters seem to accomplish this far greater than email does.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Teach me, Lord, to have such child-like faith and to care as deeply for the people I've only just met.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Life is unpredictable too. We try to gird up our sails for the rough and tumultuous times and when they arrive, we're often not prepared for them. We can even waste our sunshine by expecting rain. But, can you see Him in it all? When you ask, "Where are You, God?" do you hear His answer in the gentle rain that is heard between the thunder's roar? Psalm 34:18 says, "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart..." but verse 4 says, "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." It's in the seeking that He is found. While the storm rages, we can rest in the assurance of His presence, knowing His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). We can find peace in His power.
There is an end to every storm but in the meantime, the lightning provides energy for the earth while the rain causes growth. The process can be frightening but if we move with His Spirit the final outcome allows us to know joy on dark or balmy days.