Monthly Archives: September 2007

Life’s Blessings

This morning the Lord invited me to sit in the breeze with Him. On the swing that sways lazily on my patio. The sun was filtered by the canopy of hickory nut trees all around while lacy trendily moss hangs down in shades of gray. Do you have the picture in your mind?

I felt Him near me as the leaves performed a quick dance across the concrete. His breath. His wind. His trees. His season.
In my blood I felt the excitement begin to build as the much anticipated season approached. Fall. Some call it autumn. I call it Fall. Whatever it is to you. It is God’s sweet breath bringing a reprieve from the hot humid summer.

I began to think of my thankful cards. You know. The ones for the “last 100 days” of the year. The things I have to be thankful for would fill more than just 100 days.

As the hickory nuts fall to the ground with a distinctive “plonk”, I realize that many blessings have fallen into our lives much the same way. We may not have realized it at the time….but then some are hidden in their early stages of “blessedness”.

As the traffic behind the house begins to pick up, a lone bird makes a lengthy announcement for his fair feathered friends. Perhaps an invitation. Perhaps a weather warning, or a special news bulletin, or just maybe, he is simply singing his given song to his Creator.

A few responding songs and whistles call out, then they are silent. I have no idea what the message was. But their Creator knows. He gave them voice. He wrote their song.

“Plonk”. More hickory nuts fall as the wind stirs stronger. More blessings fall into our lives. The nuts are not “our” blessings. They belong to others who reside on these grounds with us. The squirrels.

While it is true that squirrels can do extensive damage and should not be considered a blessing, they also perform little acrobatic feats—much to the delight of “young eyes”, who are an absolute blessing. These same acrobatic flips, swings and dances through the trees give me cause to pause. I stop, look and listen. I relax. I breath deeper. I lean my head back on the swing and enjoy the show. Provided completely commercial free by the Great Choreographer of life.

“Plonk”. More blessings. I saw the sights. I heard the sounds. I felt the breeze. I felt the love….of the Creator of all.

100 Days of Thankfulness

Wow! I am thankful for so much today. First—my sweet man is home safe!!!! I am dancing around in circles!!! Much celebrating!!
Second, Grandbuddy had a bad fall while on the missions trip—but he is okay. He fell from a “ramp” of some sort they were using to move the concrete they were mixing and pouring and when he fell, a piece of re-bar went through his shorts, “right beside his hip”. YOU CAN’T TELL ME THAT GOD DOESN’T DIRECT OUR PATHS!
He is okay. Sore, but okay. Third, I am thankful that my mother and Grandbuddy had a great time and are home safe as well. Fourth, I am thankful that whoever tried to “break-in” our house did not succeed. The Lord sent His angels to protect it, but they may have had a slight delay—but they did prevent the break-in.

I would like to challenge each of you that take the time to read this today. There are 100 days left in this year. What would happen in our spiritual lives if each of us chose to live thankfully for the next 100 days? What I am going to do is write on an index card each day something I am thankful for. I may add a scripture verse to go along with it. At the end of the 100 days, I will have a small stack of “thankfuls” to carry me into the coming year.

We will face some battles, some tough life issues, but I know that even in the midst of all of life…..we can find something to thank God for. Even if the only thing we can think of at the time of “trouble”, is to thank Him for the “ink in the pen”, by which we write on the card! Let your mind carry you through every detail of your day, and think of what it would be like to be “without” some of those things.

There is a commercial on TV right now that shows an individual going about his/her day and suddenly everything around them dissolves into nothing. It all disappears. What would we have to be thankful for if that actually happened? Think about it. Eyes to see. Ears to hear. A heart that beats. Lungs that can breath without assistance. Feet to walk. Teeth to brush. Okay, so I know that there are many, many people that live without some of the very things I just mentioned. But what if you had to give up something? How thankful do we live for the abilities and gifts God has so freely given us?

I am in a very serious mode today. I enjoyed an awesome Bible Study last night —- much to chew on. I shared some of it with my sister, Aimee, this morning as I drove to work. I will share with you as well. Next post.

I love each of you! I am thankful for Lynn over at Spiritually Unequal Marriage—they are hosting Thankful Thursday this week while Iris, is off vacationing and enjoying some special time with her man! Head on over to Lynn’s place and read more thankfuls!!!

Let me hear back from you if you want to join me in the challenge of living thankfully the next 100 days ….. and beyond!

*I apologize…I did not take the time to “count the days” I took someone’s word for it. There are not 100 days left. There are as of this posting, 96 days. However, I am still making my Thankful cards!*

Toys and Toils

This past weekend was full of sweet sugar and toys! From coloring with new fat crayons, to dragging out all the toys in the two baskets Nana has, we had fun!
I was listening to Joel Osteen’s broadcast one night this week and he was talking about time spent with children. Time they need. Time we need. God teaches us things through our children.
In the honest eyes of a child, we find the heart of God. Luke 18:16 says, “Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ” NLT
To be so caught up in the toils of life and not be able to enjoy the gift of life is prevalent today. Children are just such a gift. To be cherished and enjoyed. Rylan, our oldest grandson, has told me many times while we were playing or just talking, “Nana, you are a toy”. I would tell him back, “no, I am a Nana! You are a toy!” He would giggle and hug me. A treasured moment.
There are a k-zillion (one of my numbers) treasured moments when you spend time with a child. I know from experience. God has used these moments to tell me things about His love for us.
I have noticed something in watching my girls become the unique mothers that they are. When Cy takes a tumble at our house, April doesn’t run to pick him up, she quickly “tells” him he’s okay. Most of the time, he gets back up and keeps on going. If he were hurt, she would hold him and reassure him that it would be okay. That she loved him, and she’d kiss his boo-boo better!

When we stumble, God “tells” us through His Word, that He is right there. That we are okay. That He loves us, cares for us and will never leave us. He will hold us close enough we can hear His heart beat. As much as we love our children and grandchildren, God loves us more.

He wants us to love Him more than anything else in our lives.
Joshua 22:5 says, “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” The personal instructions of Jesus to the Sadducees and Pharisees, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Matthew 22:37)

Loving Him is spending time with Him. Daily. Moment by moment. He is there, in the toil of life and as we play with the magnificent “toys” of His creation. His “little children”.