Friday, October 11, 2019

How can it be Friday Already?

So much for posting something everyday...
We have had such a great week!

Tuesday I got to stay in all day and do homey stuff.
I cooked and cleaned and got ready for Tim and his sister Jordan to get here from Ohio.
Jordan flew back from Olympia Washington, and visited with Steve and Terri for a few days.
Tim drove over and spent some time there and then drove her back here to see our neck of the woods.
We went downtwon yesterday and looked at the light house and caught this guy having lunch


Then they went up to Port Deposit and I came home to get some stuff done.
We went to the Tidewater Grill last night for dinner.

I need to get back out around town with a decnt camera....obviously.

Today Tim and Jordan are in DC and I stayed home because I had Adoration today and we have Bible Study tonight.

Tomorrow we are going up to Amish country. Should be a beautiful day for it!

So. There. Another week in the bag.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday, Monday

What a day, but so much good in it!

Tim headed to Ohio to visit with his brother, Steve, and to pick up his sister, Jordan, for a visit.
He will be bringing her back here to visit for a few days.

I had a wonderful Bible study this morning. James, Ch 2 is proving to be so very amazing. Not long, but really amazing. 

Then I took Maggie to meet her new doctor. His name is Dr Cullum, and he has a veterinary practice in Belcamp. He says that she looks great. Very healthy and he just set her up with some anti-inflammatory meds to help ease the pain in her hips. I can't wait for her to feel better. She has such a hard time getting up. Her back legs are getting weak.

After we got back home I dropped her off and went down to Adoration.
I had a wonderful prayer time.

I have also registered for another course at the TOB Institute!!
I am so excited! 
These courses are just wonderful and I am so excited to begin teaching what I have been learning.

I took my car over to Weis so that Brendan will have it when he gets off work. I walked home, and the weather was pretty warm, but now it is really windy and the temperature is dropping. 
I really need to find someone to take than tree down....

So I am ending the day watching the SF 49ers make short work of the Cleveland Browns. 

A good day, all in all.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

There is Joy

I have come to cherish the days when there is time and space to make my own decisions about my time and space.

The past few weeks have been so full!
All good stuff, of course, but it makes me feel rather ungrounded when I find myself gone for the larger part of each day.
I love being home, and I love doing what needs doing in my home.

I love feeding people, but I have not been feeding people very well these days. It seems like I am always just throwing something on the table without much forethought, and I don't like that.

Today I will plan a menu for the week before I shop. Because I have time!
I am getting the laundry caught up. I can hear the washer down there working away, and it is a nice sound.
I can wash the windows.
I can make a list of tasks that I want to finish, and check them off.

The day started with amazing prayer, and I am so grateful when the Lord chooses to speak deep into my heart, and I have the time to really take it in.

I spent some time thinking about the things that I have put on my own plate, and the things that other people have asked me to put there.
There's a lot, but when it's for Jesus it just goes so much better.

Doing the day of Nettie's program that I did, I was able to identify some of the things that I don't want.
I don't want to be focused on what people can do for me. I want to be focused on what I am called to do. If I am called to call, that is one thing, but building structures for myself, so that I can be bigger in the world, that's not where I want to put my energy.

I don't want to be preoccupied with gathering information that will not benefit my mission. There is so much that I want to read, and learn, and discover, but I want it to be only what I need for the journey. I have a lot. I have been given so much, and it's all Grace.
I have a very full backpack, this Frodo pack.

I discerned a little metaphor for myself on Wednesday.
I am a little like Frodo Baggins.
I carry something that can't be carried by anyone else. I have help, but only I can carry this particular treasure. It is mine to bear. The message (ring) is given, the journey is voluntary.
I must always stay smaller than the message, always give praise and all the Glory to the author, and stay humble, gentle, fearful, and willing.

We all have a treasure that only we can carry. It is an awesome, scary, beautiful, priceless treasure.
It is our journey, and we don't walk alone, but we can't give it to anyone else.
It is a Cross, and it is a gift.

So today I set out on the part of the path that I have to walk.
There may be Orcs or there may be Elves, but there will certainly be Joy.

The Wisdom of the Little Ones

At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”  ~Luke 10: 21-22

Your Grace is so amazing Oh Lord!
The more that I am still, the more that I rely on your Holy Spirit, the more clearly I hear your voice. 
The is chaos and division all around. The world tries to intrude, tries to undo what you have done in my heart.
A radical way of living in your will is the only way to maintain the peace that I in my soul. I trust in you Jesus. Keep your Spirit always close to me. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hope and Friendship

Today I had the priviledge of sharing Faith and fellowship with good friends at our weekly prayer gathering.
Several of us have been gathering at the home of a friend who is dealing with the effects of a severe brain bleed, for several years.
She is such an inspiration and I am so blest to know her.
One of the things that comes up in conversation is her desire to be able to serve others the way she used to.
There is so much that we take for granted, as people who have never dealt with a true disability, but I think that there is so much to be learned from the experience of those who have, and sometimes we can receive the greatest gifts from them. She serves. She really does.
I pray that my friend will be healed. I know that God can do this, and I believe that He will, but while we are waiting, the witness of this dear friend, and her husband, is a light that shines for me. I am brought to a sense that we are all a part of a story, and her role is one of the most important.
She perseveres. She loves. She struggles, but she keeps hoping.
Hope is such a beautiful gift.
So is friendship.
Hope and Friendship.
Thank You Jesus.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

You Are Good

No matter where you are, or who you are. No matter what you've done or what you have had done to you, you belong to God, and He loves you. He has given you the whole world. He has brought you into this life and He offers you every Grace that you need to get through each day.
This is True.
It is His will that you should live in His grace. It is your choice to live in His will.
It is His desire that you will spend eternity with him, but he won't force you.

God created everything and when He looked at it He said that it was good.
God created man and woman and He looked at them, and He said, "It is very good."
That is who we are.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Another Word...

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
"Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men."
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

~Luke 9: 43b-45

Lord, I am always amazed at the deeds that You do, through the church, through others, and even through myself,  but help me to remember that while signs and wonders show forth Your Glory, the true Glory is in the Cross. There will always be the cross. 
Help me to pay attention to what you are telling me. 
I am excited by the signs and wonders. Help me also to remember that they always point to the cross, and that through the Cross is salvation. 
I love you, Jesus.