For Today, March 11, 2019
I am joining in with Peggy Hostetler of The Simple Woman’s Daybook, who has provided the template for this glimpse into our days. Her link is live throughout the month for anyone who wants to participate. Come along with me as I journey through my moments, looking for traces of Jesus along the way.
Looking out my window:
Well, it feels like the great melting has finally begun! After months of snow-covered ground, and cold temps, the rain began falling this weekend. The piles of snow are beginning to shrink, and there is hope for spring again!
I am thinking:
God is reminding me that He has never left me. Even on those days when the pain seems too hard for me to bear, He has left me such beautiful words to bring comfort and help:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 NIV
I am thankful:
What a blessing to know that we will be able to see our “travelin’ family” missionary son and daughter-in-law and their girls soon! They have a few weeks of time to visit with us before they travel on to the next place where God has called them. You might remember them from these posts last year, here and here. This week they are staying with my older son’s family, next week with our daughter’s family, and then on to our house for the next week.
One of my favorite things:
I wait each winter for the early spring bird song. Already I have heard the cardinals and chick-a-dees begin their warm-ups. On a cold, below-zero day last week, the cardinal was singing his heart out, declaring to all who would hear that he has claimed this little plot of ground as his territory. What a precious thought, to think of our Heavenly Father singing over us, declaring to all who would listen that we belong to HIM.
I am creating:
This small springtime vignette in my home is bringing a brightness to me. While I may not be able to fully decorate in the ways I used to, I can still bring little touches of the season here and there when I find just a tiny burst of energy. Jesus stirs my heart to watch for His growth of those small seedlings in my heart also. **And a quote from Anne Shirley always brings a smile!
I am wearing:
I am lingering in my comfy, fluffy robe this morning. The pressure has been lifted off of me, as Jesus has called me to step away from the old rules that demanded rushing mornings. In this physical season of weakness, He has purpose in the slow for me, just as He had purpose in the busy for me in different seasons.
I am reading:
This month I am joining Bonnie Gray’s “Whispers of Rest” group, and re-reading her book, for the Lenten study on her website. You can subscribe to join in anytime this season, by clicking here, and find ways to allow the soul care of Jesus to meet you as we ponder together the last moments of Jesus on this earth.
I am hoping:
Yes, I am still hoping for the proper Rheumatoid Arthritis medication. This month it looks like the final possible therapy available for me, a several hour infusion, has been approved by my insurance. Praise God for His protection while I have been waiting for it!
I am learning:
Oh, how deeply the Lord brings His own Presence into my heart as I allow Him to bring His Living Water to me. I love the way that He does not ever minimize the pain or the trial, but meets me right there to carry me to the relief and help that He has been waiting to bring.
In my kitchen:
Avocados! For now they are my treat foods, and still very healthy options! 🙂
In my garden:
Indoor gardening is the name of the game here in Zone 5a Wisconsin for a little longer. I am not sure if any of these amaryllis bulbs will bloom or not. Even if all they send up are their strappy green leaves this year, it will still be worth it to have taken care of them. To watch a plant die back to it’s shriveled bulb state, and then to see it spring forth from something that looks like it could never grow, is such a mystery enacted in front of my eyes. I so long to see those places in my heart that feel shriveled and dead spring forth with the life of Jesus glowing green and fresh again.
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13 (Message Translation)
“You have told Him that you want Him only. Are you ready to ratify the words when His emptying begins to come? Is God enough? Is it still “My God” that you cry, even as Jesus cried when nothing else was left Him?”
I. Lilias Trotter. Parables of the Cross (Kindle Locations 183-185).
A Moment from my day:
This song expresses so well the cry of my heart to look and listen for Jesus in my moments:
It was almost two years ago that my daughter called to tell me of a dream from which she had just awoken. Across the night sky she had seen a Scripture verse blazing, as if lit by neon lights. When I asked her what the verse said, I was inspired to sketch it out. My hands don’t have that ability this year, so I am thankful for these words that remind me to trust Him with my life, with my whole being. He is forever faithful, and He knows how to take care of each one of us. My prayer is that we would see how trustworthy He shows Himself through every moment!
Are there moments in your days where Jesus is showing you glimpses of Himself? I would love to hear your comments below!
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