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Sunny morning on the patio with God

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Life begins each morning …

Each morning is the open door to a new world –

new vistas, new aims new tryings

author, Leigh Mitchell Hodges

Today, Friday, was a beautifully sunny, breezy and cool day here in Wisconsin. I spent an enjoyably lazy morning on my patio, spending time with the Lord, reading His word and in some devotionals, all the while enjoying a light breakfast  and my morning coffee.  I was also enjoying the fruits of yesterday’s labors — beautiful new flowers and herbs on my patio along with my table and some relaxing chairs (see pictures above).  I’m already for summer enjoyment and look forward to spending much time relaxing out there.

Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Morning is such a wonderful time to spend in prayer and devotions.  There is something great about starting out the day with the Lord that just sets the tone for the rest of the day.  I admit I don’t do this every day, but I am working on doing a better job at putting Him first in my life and starting out each and every day with Him.

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, …

I love being surrounded by God’s beautiful creations even if it is just on my tiny patio.  The beauty of the flowers, the mixture of scents of blooming flowers, herbs like basil, lemon thyme (mmm!)and chocolate mint, (yes really!), and the sounds of the birds singing just brighten my day and put a smile on my face.  Praise God for all his creations!  If you zoom in on the photo below, you can get a better look at the chocolate mint. Any ideas on how I can use it as it grows?  I was intrigued by it but haven’t checked on its uses yet.   That should be fun!

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I’ve also placed a few flags in some of the pots in honor and remembrance of those who we remember on this Memorial Day weekend; those brave men and women who have fought for our freedom in many wars throughout the years (should I say centuries?) and have now gone on to eternity.  God bless each and every one of them.  May they rest in peace!

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This has been a rather rambling group of rambling thoughts.  Some days are like that, aren’t they?  Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend friends and family, and thank God for all the beauty around us and for those who we remember who fought for the freedoms we have in this country.   Be safe!  Love to all!

Let me tell you about my blessings….

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1 Corinthians 13:13

English Standard Version (ESV)

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

How often do we wake first thing in the morning and immediately have a thought of one of the many blessings God has given us in our lives?  If you are like me, one of the very first things you think of in the morning is “I need coffee!” and you rush to the kitchen to start the process of making that pot.  After all, first things first!  A day that doesn’t begin with a good cup of coffee and  breakfast is not a good day at all!   Right??   Well after my experience on Wednesday morning when I awoke, I cannot necessarily say that I need coffee is always my first thought, not should it be for that matter!

When I woke up on Wednesday, my first thought was how blessed I am to have the wonderful family God has provided me with!  I had a deep  sense of love and feelings of well -being!  Don’t get me wrong–I always know I am blessed to be a Mom, Grandma, sister, friend.  God has been very good to me by putting all sorts of wonderful people in my life.  This particular day, though, I just felt particularly blessed and filled with joy and that wonderful sense that all was well with my world.

What was so different about Wednesday from other days?  I can’t be exactly sure; however, over the past  few days I have had the pleasure of being able to have longer than normal conversations with my children, Dave and Debbie, and one of my granddaughters.  I have spent a lot of time with my daughter-in-law Terry and even got to have a conversation with my son-in-law Stephen.  I don’t often have that opportunity because he and Deb do not live nearby.    My other granddaughter is really busy with school and work. etc. but since she is a blogger, I have the pleasure of reading her many gems of wisdom that she writes as well as the occasional visit.   She has taught her old Grandma many wonderful things, as do the others.  All of those things together seemed to bring them even closer to my thoughts and my heart so it is not a mystery I guess that my first thought of the day was of all of them.

The Lord has truly blessed me.  My children have grown up to be marvelously wonderful adults, filled with love and caring for others and they each have brought their wonderful spouses into our family and two beautiful granddaughters to whom they have passed on those same wonderful values of being very loving and caring adults!   Every one of them is fun to be with and they make me smile a lot!  I am so proud to be Mom and Grandma to all of them.  Thank you Lord for your abundance of blessings, not only at this Christmas season but each and every day of my life.

Dave, Terry, Marianne, Debbie, Stephen and Annmarie–I love you all and wish you the merriest of Christmases and a year filled with all the blessings of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.   Merry Christmas!

 

Thank You Lord

Image11 years ago, November 26, 2002,  was the worst day a parent can ever experience.  That is the day I lost my oldest son Joey.  I am thankful that through that awful time and the years since, the Lord has been there every minute, even when I forgot he was there.

Several months before the 10th anniversary of Joe’s death, I started to think about that impending anniversary and other things in my life, feeling very downhearted, lonely and worried about many things. I was just having an ongoing, one person, pity party.  I felt like life was flying by but nothing positive was happening in my life, with the exception of the process of my weight loss.  That never suffered and I can say it was the Lord’s doing, not mine.

I prayed a few times, asking the Lord for help, but then in my silly human condition, I would take back the request, figuring I could do things better and faster on my own.  NOT! It doesn’t work that way!

I am so thankful God never gave up on me.  He is such a patient God.  He waited for me to come to him again and again.  He heard all of my prayers and he continually put people on my path–people who I could relate to and share with, as they shared things with me.  We were and are able to be an encouragement to each other. Some of those have become close friends and are a blessing to me.

In the spring of this year, the Lord put it on my heart that I needed to talk with someone  about my feelings and He led me to speak with my pastor’s wife and ask for prayer.  We met a few times and that led to taking part in a Bible study, to  my spending more time in His word, (though I could do a lot more of that).  My walk with Him is growing stronger all the time.  I have slowly started to become more involved with things in church and loving every minute of it, wanting to be here.

Through this time of growth, I have developed a new hobby—blogging!  Yes me, really!  I never felt I had anything worthwhile to say, was not good enough  to write anything of interest to anyone; not wise enough to have anything of real value to offer.  I’m not writing as much as I would like to and still dealing somewhat with those old feelings but a few things I have written have actually gotten responses from others and I have developed a small group of followers.  What a wonderful God we have!  He is so full of surprises!   I never thought I could see this happening in my life, that I could be an encouragement to others suffering through different hardships.

When I originally wrote a blog post last month with some of these feelings I noted that the journal page where I first wrote in longhand  had a quote by an unknown person that I thought was so fitting to the situation  “Within each of us, just waiting to blossom, is the wonderful promise of all we can be.”   I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in my future!

I also am so very thankful to the Lord that he is protecting my daughter and her husband.  Last October they came close to being killed or seriously injured when  a tree fell on their home while they slept, destroying the home and again this October, saved them when they were hit head on by another vehicle and I know he will continue to watch over them, though I did tell my daughter  that she and hubby need to go live in a bubble next October!

There is so much in my life that I am thankful for, my family, my church family, my friends, my life in general, that I could go on forever but I will spare you all.   🙂

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving filled with the Lord’s blessings!

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Praise and Thanksgiving

This verse appeared in a Thanksgiving email request for prayers for church family and extended family and my first thought as i read it was that feels like a blog post formulating in my mind!  So yes, I am stepping away from my usual role of procrastinator and writing what i am feeling while the thoughts are fresh.

I will indeed praise and thank Him forever for the way He loves all of us and watches over us.  How lovely it is to have a heavenly Father who is always there even when we think he isn’t!

Just as recently as last evening, I felt his presence as I spoke a few words in church, thanking God for the ways He has worked in my life.  (I have those words ready to post for Thanksgiving Day so you will be able to read them as well.)  I feel His presence even at this moment as I spoke with my daughter who is having surgery this afternoon.  I know He will be watching over her and giving the surgeons the wisdom to know exactly what she needs to make her feel better.  I feel his presence in every part of my life as he continues to bless my life with new blessings daily, placing people in my life who are good Christians and a blessing to me.  I know he is also watching over a friend who is  traveling halfway around the world to take care of some personal business matters.  He will orchestrate every part of that for the best outcome and I praise Him for it.

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As the previous verse, Psalm 52:8 says, I will always trust in His unfailing love for me; for all of us.  What a wonderful Father and a Wonderful God we serve!  He knows the plans he has for us and His timing is so perfect.  Patience! That’s the hard part for me and, I dare say, for most, if not all, of us.  I tend to get impatient when things don’t work the way I want them to and as quickly as I want them to.  As a friend of mine always says–I am a WIP   — Work In Progress!  God is not finished with me yet!   I will fumble along through life, trying to be patient but failing at that many times I am sure but God holds the patience in his hands and will never give up on me.

I will just end this with the words of a song we sing in church often:

Some thank the Lord for friends and home
For mercies sure and sweet
But I would praise Him for his grace
In prayer I would repeat

Refrain:
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free

Some thank Him for the flow’rs that grow
Some for the stars that shine
My heart is filled with joy and praise
Because I know He’s mine

I trust in Him from day to day
I prove His saving grace
I’ll sing this song of praise to Him
Until I see His face

I have a new song

A few days ago I was reading Psalm 40 and also Psalm 70 (Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.) which was referenced with Psalm 40.    As I read, I thought about the changes in my life in the past few months as I began depending more and leaning more on God in my life.   Over  the past couple of years I have traveled a very bumpy road of feeling very downhearted, worried about a lot of things, and felt lonely. etc.  I felt like my life was moving in slow motion; time flew by but not my life.   To use an old expression, I just felt like I was “going nowhere in a big hurry!”

I prayed  a few times asking the Lord for help, but then in my silly human condition, I would take back the request; figured I could do it on my own.  NOT!   It doesn’t work that way.

God never gives up on us though.  He is very patient and long-suffering waiting for us to come to him.  He heard my prayers.  He continually put people on my path – people who I was able to relate to and could share with just as they shared with me.  We were (and are) able to be an encouragement to each other.  We shared the good and bad things.  We laughed together and at times, cried together. We celebrated successes and held each other up in the down times.    I had no need to fear things, to feel so alone. God was and is with me with every step I take.

My walk with Him is growing every day as I spend much more time in His word, in prayer, and with Bible studies.  I have started to get more involved with things at my church and I am having fun doing it!

Through this time I have developed a new interest – Blogging!  Yes me, really!  I am still amazed at this!  I never felt I had anything worthwhile to say, was not good enough to write anything of interest to anyone; not wise enough to to really have anything of value to offer.    I’m not yet writing as often as I would like but surprising to me, some of the things I have written have drawn people to respond and/or follow my blog.  This gives me more courage to write and post more often, simple though my words are.  Quite honestly I never thought I would see this happening in my life.  God is full of surprises!!

I noticed at the bottom of the page in my journal where I originally wrote these thoughts a quote that is so fitting.  The author is unknown so I can’t credit it properly but it says “Within each of us, just waiting to blossom, is the wonderful promise of all we can be.”  This is so true!  It  is a wonderful promise indeed! There is so much I am learning and finding out about myself through this process!   I can’t wait to find out what yet awaits me!

Lord I thank you and praise you for pulling me up out of that dark hole and showing me the right path to take to real happiness, for sending me my many “earth angels” to help me on my journey and for allowing me to help them as well at times.   I am so blessed Lord!!