07 June 2015

Both to will and to do


Dear readers, thanks for bearing with me as I get into the hang of blogging again.  It's going to be rough and if you quit reading, I completely understand.  I'm doing this more to help me make sense of things myself.  I'm always happy to share and process with you, as well.

As I mentioned before, Amy Carmichael's devotional Edges of His Ways, has been a constant for me for just about 20 years.  In fact, I had an idea for a blog where I would post each day in response to that day's entry by Amy.  Every single year her writings point me to Jesus and to His love and every single year (and day and minute)I forget Him and His love.  

The Scripture she highlighted for yesterday, June 6, was Philippians 2:13:  For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

This is a perfect word for me on a Sunday morning where already things are not going as planned and it's easy for me to gripe and groan and feel sorry for myself. Amy provides an amplified version of this verse by Dr. Arthur Way, which I find encouraging today:
"You have not to do it in your unaided strength: it is God Who is all the while supplying the impulse, giving you the power to resolve, the strength to perform, the execution of His good pleasure."

Let us all go out today knowing that we have not to do it all in our unaided strength; He is all and will supply all. Lord, increase our faith.

04 June 2015

Just a Thursday morning


I was enjoying a good sleep this morning, wondering what time it was, feeling that surely I was sleeping in, when I heard our puppy begin to yip from his crate in the family room.
"Dang it," I thought, or maybe it was something worse.
I began to think through what day it is and what needs to get done and I remembered,"It's Thursday!  And I haven't prepared the church bulletin for Sunday yet!"  Normally I send all the elements of our bulletin to our design friend in Boston, she plugs it all in, we go back and forth for a bit with edits, and I send it to our local printer on Thursday.  Some Thursdays I get an email from the printer:  "Hey there, just wondering if we're going to see the bulletin today."
Yes, you are, after I scramble around a bit.

It's cool enough this morning for me to wear a sweatshirt while sitting on our back porch. As you can see, the sun is just rising above the trees at the back of the yard. It's about to get much warmer, but for now I'm thoroughly thankful for the cool breeze and the shade.

I wrote this post early this morning. Then before I thought it was finished enough to hit publish, I was swept into driving kids to camp, doing errands, making sure the dog doesn't chew up our whole house, feeding a person who can't eat solids (Clayton had his wisdom teeth out on Tuesday), making the church bulletin, going to work, picking up kids, taking to lessons, going to the store, cleaning up the clutter of the day so that we could host our lovely community group. Now I'm ready to hit the sack.  So you can see what kind of a run-around day it's been. But ending with a happy community group, good food, margaritas and not having to worry about getting everyone straight to bed is a good end to the day.