22 March 2012

What God is saying to me today

Update:  I wanted to add that I got the idea for this post from this blog post by Amy at The Messy Middle.  You can read her post for more.

05 March 2012

Counting again.

I've been writing down the blessings again, as I feel the need to anchor myself in all that God has done, is doing and will do.
Remembering these things this week:

* the steadfast love of the Lord
* beauty wherever we find it

* feeling loved
* relief from anxiety
* having time in my bed
* crying with friends
* those same friends' desire for us and their deep love for us and our children
* repenting of my too-quick words
* amaryllis blooming!
* sleep
* eager students
* reluctant students
* hand-me-downs for Lucy
* kids playing in the snow
* yellow coffee mugs
* red sunrises
* fleece things
* John's steady reassurance

04 March 2012

Resting on Sunday

Today after church, I fixed up a little lunch buffet for the family and then retired up to my warm bed with the Boston Globe Magazine, my prayers cards, and a fuzzy blanket.
Before long, Lucy came to join me with her two special blankies and four books.  I didn't know if my eyelids could stay up for FOUR books, but we made it through, and then we both turned over, she put her thumb in her mouth (I did not), and we closed our eyes for a snooze.
Lately I have really appreciated the restorative power of sleep.  While I LOVE church on Sundays, and love all my people there, I do find that, when I come home, I need a bit of quiet time and rest in order to regain my energy.  Most often, this involves a nap.  While I am sure that my body is eager for the physical rest, I am certain that my spirit needs the time of retreat just as much and perhaps even more.  I feel that God Himself is actually at work in me as I sleep (Psalm 16:7, "I will praise the Lord who counsels me; even at night, my heart instructs me."), ministering to me with His Spirit.  Does that sound too touchy-feely?  Maybe it is; or maybe He is giving me a new gratitude for the gift of restoration through rest and sleep.

Grace to you this Sabbath!  If I can pray for you, please leave me a comment and I will pray for you this week!

01 March 2012


Guys!  I'm here!  I really am!  I'm back in the saddle on most things, though blogging has been slow to rebound.
So, as I mentioned last week, we were in Texas to see family and enjoy some sunshine.  We had a wonderful time!  The kids loved living the country life for a week, and seeing lots and lots of family members.
I'm in one of those places where so much is going on in my brain that I'm having trouble sharing ANYTHING! Ever been there?  I really do hope to write more soon and catch up on things.
Meanwhile, here is a little bit of our time away!

Did you know that central Texas has pockets of Czech and German influence?  It's true, as evidenced above.  We stopped at this bakery for kolaches.  We passed on the pickled pigs feet, however. 
We had great visits with family.  I love the picture of Walt with his great-grandma.  Doesn't she look amazing?  Oh, and how do you like our camp site there?  Hee hee.  

We ate A LOT of good food in Texas, burgers and Mexican food in particular.  Yummmmm.  Hey look!  Vicki's Burger Barn has a Facebook page!

We spent our last night in San Antonio where we took the kids to see the Cradle of Texas Liberty (otherwise known as The Alamo, or the Shrine of Texas Liberty).  True story:  when John and I were dating, he wanted to bring me to San Antonio to see the Alamo and the River Walk.  However, before we could make the trip, he made me refer to The Alamo as the Cradle of Texas Liberty.  I've called it such ever since.  Texans!!

We had an early, early flight out the next morning, which we nearly missed because of airport security INSANITY in San Antonio.  Okay, answer this for me:  WHY, in the name of all things American, does the TSA create a separate line for passengers who hold business-class or first class airline tickets?!  Shouldn't those privileges apply once you are ON the dang airplane?! Why does the GOVERNMENT AGENCY allow this?!  I was steamed about this, as you can tell.  Must be revealing some of my issues, I suppose.
I don't know what my deal is, but I have developed a real fear during flight over the past few years.  I HATE turbulence of any kind.  It's all I can do to hold it together while flying and I really wish it wasn't like that for me!  I didn't used to be like this and I want to get over it!  Lucy, on the other hand, loves all the bumps and jolts.  I want to be more like her, as evidenced here:
Don't you wish you could fold up in your airplane seat and take a nap?!
Well, there is our trip in a nutshell!  Glad to be home and getting back into routine, as painful as that can be.
Over and out!