Monthly Archives: September 2013

birthdays

Today i my birthday. i’m 45! yup. made it this far in life. there have been lots of ups and lots of downs. i am very grateful for the friends and family that share this day with me. as i sit here thinking about the past so far, i wonder many things.

There have been many days that i wallow, many days that i rejoice, many days that i’m fulfilled, many days that i’m crushed and broken. i think of the many who have invested in my family’s life and in my own. so many that i will never forget. 3 of the most influential people in my life have gone on before me and i miss them and sometimes am lost without them. they loved and accepted me wholly and that does not come along very often. i miss them today mostly when i want to share the many blessings happening in my life. i know they would be so happy to see things coming together here at this house.

Today, on my birthday, i shall pray for the families that have blessed mine this past month. they have changed my life and my family’s lives in ways that they will never know. God has put us in their path of generosity and we are forever changed. today i pray they will feel the love and the blessing from the storehouses of God, the mightiest of joy, the grandest of praise, that only He can bestow from the riches that we can never fathom. I think of the blessing and the joy and the gift that they have worked so hard giving my family and i am overwhelmed, my heart feels as if it would burst. Today, i pray that these families are given rest and peace and delight and comfort that only He can bestow.

Today i am grateful that God is restoring my life from the rubble that i made of it over the many years and i am blessed and thankful for the generosity of the many families that have been investing in us and our house this past 2 months.


rescued

Psalm 75:1
We give thanks to You, O God
We give thanks for Your Name is near
men tell of Your wonderful deeds…

as i read this verse, i shutter at the reality of how false it is in our American culture today. people today revel in their accomplishments, their self-worth, their abilities, their strength. More and more we dismiss the moments that are created, chosen, appointed by God. We set those aside as coincidence. we challenge our bodies to their fullest potential, forgetting the One who gave us the abilities, the strength, the power. we cry unfair when the smallest things don’t do our way and why me when the hardest issues come along. we ask God why He punishes, why He allows, why… we forget Him far too easily when things turn back to our favor and dismiss Him as a fantasy until we are desperate again. we are like the 3 year old that can only remember themselves.

Psalm 76:1&2
In Judah, God is known
His Name is great in Israel
His tent is in Salem
His dwelling place in Zion

today i pray that we would remember Him in the greatest moments, that we would look for those appointments that only He would set, that we would be thankful for the smallest blessing. today i pray that we would remember to think of others in our comings and our goings. that we would remember His death for our sins, that we would remember how much He loved and find it within to love others in the way He loves us.

Psalm 80:3
Restore us O God
make Your face shine upon us
that we may be saved…

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