Wednesday, May 13, 2015

giving colors

Ila opened her Bible reader to color the picture from the story of Elijah and the prophets of baal today...

I: Mom! There's a dead bull in the fire!
Q: Yes, sweetie, it was the sacrifice.
Q: I agree, it's very sad.
I: Really, Mom! You would think they wouldn't put a poor dead animal
right in a first grader's Bible to color. How am I supposed to be glad to
do this work when I have to color that bull?
Q: (laughing now) Just color the fire, sweetie.
I: I know! I'll make that fire beautiful reds and oranges and yellows and
give the poor bull some colors, and I will remember how God smacked
those silly prophets.

All we need is a bright palette and a little perspective, yes? ♥

Thursday, May 7, 2015

of bald eagles and banana brains


I: Guess what!! Guess what?! I found a nest!! A bald eagle nest, and it has an egg in it!!
S: A bald eagle nest? Show me!
I: Look, Samuel!! See?
S: *disgusted* That is NOT an egg, it's a ROCK. Besides, bald eagles don't live here.
I: *now disgusted also* Just you look AGAIN, Samuel. Don't you SEE?

S: Ila, I SEE that THAT is a ROCK.
I: Well, it's clear! YOU are a banana brain!

How I love these two ^_^  They love each other to pieces and drive each other right up the wall - lol! When I spoke with Ila about the name-calling, she confided that she had been using her imagination. She just couldn't understand why Samuel couldn't SEE! "He can usually see EVERYTHING in my imagination, Mom."

What a gift to have a brother and best friend who is so close that he can see your dreams ♥

more than watchmen

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Psalm 130:5-6

Phrases from the pages of my heart from years ago, repeating today. Walking the late night walls and towers again, no songs, just his name. Just His Name ♥

Monday, May 4, 2015

music of my heart

Today as I have been wrapping up the preparations for meeting with my precious ladies tonight, I have been listening to the loveliest music! Hymns and praise in multiple parts, specifically. If I tried to pin down just what my favorite songs or types or styles of music are, I would be lost. There are so many gorgeous musics to love!

It occurred to me just now, though, that I know precisely what the music of my heart is. So many of you! If ever you and I have been in a choir or chorus together, a duet, trio, quartet or any other blending of voices in harmony, you are a part of the music of my heart.

So today I am lifting up, rejoicing over the voices that have touched my heart and life in more ways than you will ever know:

Choirs & Groups at FBC Drexel, Tabernacle, Fellowship,
Elizabeth, Putnam, and Mt Zion Baptist Churches

Choruses & Ensembles at Graham Middle, Graham High, Crest High Schools
and Meredith College

The sweetlings, Jamie and me with J's guitar
P - anytime, anywhere! (but especially our songs and singing through the hymnal)
JJQP around the piano, in the car
Standing beside Grandmother in worship at FBC Drexel singing hymns
Brendle cousin & family caroling at Christmas time
Singing with Kim at Fellowship - in worship together, choirs, duets
The staff Christmas Celebrations at EBC
Singing with Susan at EBC - in worship together, choirs, duets, quartets with our dads

Impromptu sing-alongs during mission trips, youth trips, choir tours ^_^

How I hope for and look forward to the day when we will sing together --all together-- again. The highest praise, the most beautiful blending of voices, harmonies and hearts will be the order of the day ♥