It’s been a while since I’ve joined in for The Simple Woman’s Daybook, so you are invited today to come along with me!
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For today January 14, 2019:
Looking out my window:
Even though we had a smaller accumulation than most of the Midwest in this latest snow storm, I am still glad to see the fresh, quiet covering that snow always brings. And, I’m glad that my husband didn’t have a large shoveling task, while he is on antibiotics for an infection in his foot. Whew!
I am thinking:
Learning new technology is an adventure in brain-stretching! While my friend, Anna Smit, and I are working on our upcoming Podcast, #TreasuresfromtheSands, we both are leaning heavily on our All-Sufficient Lord. Even the winds and waves of the digital airwaves are not too hard for Him! I will keep you updated when we have our first episode ready to be shared. I know that we both deeply appreciate your prayers as the Lord is preparing our hearts for this sharing.
I am thankful:
On heavy days last week, sweet friends surprised me with Happy Mail! After I got home from speaking with my Rheumatologist about another failed medication, there in the mailbox was a beautiful hand-written chatty card and tea from my friend Susan Chamberlain Shipe of HopeHeartHome. She could not have known how much her card would be an encouragement for me! And on the next day, when I got home from having my labwork finished, (not an easy task for those of us with Fibromyalgia) there was another package, this time from my friend Lisa Enqvist of GrowingupinCeylon. She sent me Madeleine L’Engle’s book, The Irrational Season, and its audio copy for days when my hands have a hard time holding a book. And she could not have known the perfect timing her gift would be either, especially since the process was begun on the other side of the Ocean where she lives!
I am creating:
What a joy I have found in a new (old) craft that you may have seen me referring to in my Instagram posts. “Gluebooking” is a form of art collage, that allows me to cut, arrange, and paste bits and pieces to form a free-flowing and fluid art statement. I love the flexibility, and the release from perfection this offers. When my hands were first weakened from this RA, I missed my time of crafting, sewing, and calligraphy. But I’ve found a new freedom in letting go of that old way of precision. Who knew that the cut and paste collages that I used to do with the children in Kids’ Church would bring me so much blessing now? This is a gift I made for my husband at Christmas:
I am wearing:
Well, since winter seems to have finally arrived here, I have an excuse now for the multiple layers of clothes I have been wearing since October! Sweat pants, sweat shirts, and shawls are standard around here. 🙂
I am reading:
Besides the new Madeleine L’Engle book that I mentioned, I am also in the middle of Michelle Cushatt’s, I Am, another Christmas gift from a sweet friend. In the evenings I have been reading, Jon Bloom’s, Not By Sight. Something I’ve realized lately is that I have a hard time finishing a book. I almost always leave the last chapter for several weeks before I finally give in and press through to the end. I wonder what that speaks of? . . . More to think about there. Do you have a hard time saying Goodbye to a book that you have become involved with, or am I the only one?
I am hoping:
After my latest Doctor visit, I am praying for good results with a new medication that my Rheumatologist called, “Thinking outside of the box.” How is that for something that sounds like a God-moment? My Lord is so good at moving outside of the box of things, when I have been stuck in a rut. His ways are so much higher than mine, and I am still trusting Him that He is walking me through all of these medication “failures.” What I see as a failed effort, He sees as another lesson in the way of pruning and cleansing.
I am learning:
And, so here I am. Again. Facing the pruning shears, and the cleansing basin. Except this time, as I pondered these Scriptures in a different translation (The Amplified Version) I felt the pressure being lifted away. Jesus did not mean that we would have a pruning season and then finally be done with it all. No, He spoke of a continual pruning in the same way that grapes must be pruned EVERY year in order to remain fruitful. When I grow uncomfortable with the cleansing that must happen, thinking of that “failure” again, He invites me in closer. He is filled with joy when I allow Him to have free reign in the process that births repentance and deeper turning to Him again, ABIDING in my true vine.
I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.
2 Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
3 You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].
4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:1-5 (Amplified Bible)
In my kitchen:
Well, my husband’s jaunt into breadmaking has been put on the side burner for awhile, as returning to working full time after his knee replacement surgery took a lot more out of him than he expected! But thank the Lord, that even with an infection in his foot this past week, he is still making progress. And he has been celebrating with a Whirly-Popper old-made-new popcorn popper. So, the air in our home has a decided popcorny aroma these days. I am not complaining!
In my garden:
While the cold ground sleeps outside, I have been trying to keep this maidenhair fern alive (another gift from another dear friend!) It is certainly beautiful, but in the dry forced-air heat of my home, it is struggling along. I am enjoying it while it lasts. If you have any tips, I would be grateful to hear them!
When I find something that brings a peace to my heart during sleepless or late nights, I am truly thankful. And this podcast “Pray Every Day,” by Mary DeMuth has been a gift. You can click on this link to go to her website, and the podcast is right there front and center. I pray that you will be blessed also, as you listen to Mary read through the Bible, a few verses every day, and then pray as the Lord directs her based on that Scripture:
“If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus–in HIs presence–ripened by the sunshine of His smiles. We must hold sweet communion with Him. We must leave the distant view of His face and come near, as John did, and pillow our head on His breast; then shall we find ourselves advancing in holiness.” –Charles Spurgeon, October 20, Morning and Evening
I came across this older song from Vineyard music this week, just when I needed to be reminded of who I am in Christ. I am His beloved, His own dear daughter. And He longs to let you know that same thing. I pray that You will hear His voice singing over you also.
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