Nehemiah 8:10-The Joy of the Lord is your strength. You must not be dejected and sad!
God really does see us through anything and provide whatever we need to walk through any difficulty. Sometimes that comes in the form of a friend who steps into our mess to help us clean, sort, organize and pack. Other times it comes in the form of a dove cooing on the electric wire outside my house or when just the right song comes on the radio, and then there are times when just the right person stops to listen and has the right words to say.
It’s taken me many years to know that I can for sure trust God in all things. Frankly, I do still have some anxieties and worries at times, but I can truly testify that those worries are always proven incorrect. God continually shows me that He will take care of me. This gives me joy even in the tough stuff of life.
This verse blessed my heart with joy when I first read it this morning, especially because it was raining and was early morning …. yet, I’ve
found myself going back to my kitchen windowsill to read it several times today. It really is a reason for joy , to know that if I keep seeking to know God that He will keep responding to me. What does that say to you?
The forsythia is in bloom
And now my heart has more room
Because Spring has sprung
And I have flung
Of the enemy in a winter dark
That was bare without the spark
To reclaim the light
That wants to burn bright
For years now, we have had a bunny who comes and has her babies in our backyard every spring , as well as a family of cardinals who build their nest in our little crabapple tree off our back deck. I saw both the bunny and the male cardinal today. My heart never ceases to find a thrill in watching these guests in their flurrying around in our yard , bringing me joy and wonder, sort of wishing I were Cinderella or Snow White and could speak with birds and rabbits on a daily basis.
I’m slowly trying to work through all our stuff in the unfinished area of our basement. My goal is to pack something everyday, as we inch closer to moving sometime this summer. I spent about five hours looking through memory boxes today, sifting through pictures, deciding what could be thrown away and packing things more efficiently.
I was overcome with an awareness of how God has worked in our family all these years. Looking back, I know that anything that has turned out for the good in each of our lives is because of God, His provisions, His grace and mercy , His love at work in and through us to turn our meager attempts into something of value and worth. I know it hasn’t been from my wisdom or strength. I cried many tears of joy today as I relived moment upon moment of God’s blessings in my family.
What joy there is in knowing and being known, in friendships with people who know what you need to hear and really mean it when they share with you, who do not simply patronize you or pander to your every whim, who will forward an inspirational thought with only their name because they know nothing needs to be said, who will work through moods and misunderstandings , who will find common ground no matter how long a conversation is required to arrive there, friends who allow you to offer constructive criticism and aren’t afraid to give it back all the while knowing that the regard you hold for each other can withstand anything so long as you keep patiently working it out with one another….today, I was blessed with reminders of the depths of friendships in my life and have felt that joy deeply all day.
We are three weeks out from Easter, halfway through Lent for those who observe it. I’ve been experiencing some highs and lows but in the midst I’ve been aware of God’s peace, presence and provision. There is a quiet and deep joy in this, particularly in this season. What about you? How is your experience of the Easter season thus far?
There are days when words don’t come readily, and there are other days when I’ve exhausted my store of them. That was yesterday and today I’ve simply wanted to be silent.
My joy yesterday came from talking with people who share some of the same dreams and passions as me and imagining myself working alongside them in helping others through life coaching, teaching, mentoring, and leading small groups in ministry for discipleship and spiritual growth as well as general living into their God-given purposes. I don’t know what’s going to become of all this, but it excites me and is definitely a God-thing happening in my life.
Today, our doors were finally installed and I find myself frustrated that we are making improvements just so we can sell our home and move. Yet, I am relieved for projects to be accomplished and to be moving forward. There is joy in the knowing that stuff is happening!!
I had the pleasure today of seeing my mom. This is always bittersweet for me these days, as she slowly loses a bit more memory and age progressively overcomes her. Yet, I treasure my time with her, even just sitting watching her enjoy her eating meatballs.
On the flip side of age in our family, I also had the honor of holding the newest member of my extended family, my great-nephew Hudson, and spending some precious time with his mom and dad. What a joy that was….all sweetness, no bitter… and I had lunch with my great-niece and great-great-niece…. which always brings me joy. Finally, I enjoyed time with one of my other nieces, nephew-in-law, and their other three daughters.
Tomorrow, I will have lunch with my sister then head home…anticipating moving here more and more.
I attended The Forum Show at my daughter’s high school last night. This was probably my last big event to attend at this school, besides my girl’s graduation in May. We’ve been connected with MVHS for ten years now, since our oldest started his Freshman year. This is a bittersweet life passage we are experiencing, but it was a great way to wrap up our years there.
The Forum Show is sponsored by the MVHS yearbook and is a talent show mixed with a pageant. A variety of students sing, dance, deliver skits and comedic acts all while part of the pageantry of junior and senior couples in ball gowns and tuxes, with a queen as well. I’m utterly impressed with the talent of
these students, their courage and creativity.
This is a testament to why public schools need to support the arts and continue teaching them as a part of the regular curriculum.
It was a blessing and joy to take in this fantastic night at MVHS. I will miss these types of events and the way the MV community supports their youth.