Wednesday, October 19, 2016

roars and whispers

A message for my heart today (and maybe yours, too?)...

"Courage, dear heart."

As surely as hope is the victory won, hope lives
and breathes in the moment to moment of my
trusting Him, seeking Him, walking with Him
right now, every day.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and
peace as you trust in Him, so that you may
overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

quotes from CS Lewis & Paul - Romans 15:13

Monday, October 10, 2016

tucked in

Absolute favorite moment of this day...

Sitting on the porch swing with Jamie just a moment ago, all tucked in under his arm. We smiled a lot, talked a little, and listened to the crickets. Praising the Father in our own way, just we two, for time together in this simply gorgeous fall evening. He leaned over for a kiss, and I snuggled in a little closer trying hard not to think past just the ten or so minutes we were able to spend out there. What a gift to realize that if I had my choice of all of the places, right there is where I would choose to be. So thankful ♥

Thursday, October 6, 2016

tick by tock

Making note of the thankful things again today. Just a jot here and a phrase or two there through the hours of the day add up to just so much. Just. So. Much.

• the look on Jamie's face when he comes in (even when he is so weary)
he sees me and his eyes light and he smiles and we are both home

• the view from my little writing spot (under the trees)
and all of the new views I've been gifted with lately

• the sweetlings' chatter and joy, questions and play
even their frustrations and challenges - music! joy!

• friends who pray, taking up with so much love the
cry of my heart from yesterday and sending a note to
say, yes! I will pray with you

• silly songs we sing (and can't get out of our heads)
over and over, until we laugh and someone yells won't
we please find something else to get stuck in there

• daily bread and not only just - much more

• wonder - the delight of seeing, and of fresh crisp
paper and a wonderful pen to seal the moment

• feeling well, greeting the day as a gift

• new recipes for fall, a peanut butter and honey
panini and hot spiced cider - yum & double yum!

• that breeze - oh, my heart! sweet and cool it breathes
life into summer-weary imagination and we are all set
for new adventure

• and finally this - and always this: "Yahweh your God
is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over
you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His
love. He will delight in you with shouts and songs of joy."
from Zephaniah 3:17

The moments of this day come and go more quickly than
I can write all that there is to say ♥

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

her name

I don't know her name, but she is foremost in my thoughts ever since I saw her. I am asking, praying that the Father will send someone to reach her...

Out on errands at the end of last week, I stopped by the market for a few things. When I reached the checkout line, I said hello to the person across the counter as usual. A very quiet return greeting had me taking a closer look into her face, and the shadows in her eyes broke my heart. She was miserable, but did not say so. She was doing everything she could to stand, to work --it was so clear, though she spoke not a word of complaint.

I tried to reach out, to begin a conversation, but it was beyond her. She was not rude or sarcastic, she just needed to concentrate to do the next thing and could spare nothing for anything more.

I could not see her name tag; it was covered by the cardigan she wore. How I wished for a way to find out without calling attention, so that I could pray specifically, calling her by name. I prayed all the way home anyway.

And so I come here, asking if you will pray with me for this precious girl. Trusting with me for her heart and its care -- the Father knows her name ♥