Monday, May 25, 2015

A little R and R...

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We are in central Oregon staying at our mentor's vacation home for some much needed rest and relaxation
 after a wild and crazy month.
 The month began with a trip to Nebraska for Jumping Tandem: the retreat, which was fabulous.
 The following weekend was our church's leadership retreat, also a wonderful time.
Following that we celebrated three family birthdays and Mother's Day.
Then came the very sad and difficult death of a young mama in our church 
and the preparation involved, as her pastors, for her memorial service.  
The memorial service was exactly one week before our youngest daughter's wedding, which was Saturday.
Mid-week before the wedding our youngest grandson was hospitalized for a respiratory virus.
Thank God, he is doing well and was released from the hospital the evening before the wedding
and was even able to be the ringbearer as planned.
The wedding went beautifully and was every bit the blessed and beautiful and happy event
 that I hoped it would be.
However, even the happiest of life changing events can be exhausting!
Thus our need for some R and R.

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After we unpacked the car today, I thought that maybe I would take a nice long nap.
Instead I decided to go outside with my camera and take a walk.
I put my earphones in and as I walked I listened to a playlist 
put together by one of the worship leaders from our church.

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The music and the beauty ministered to my spirit and soul while the walking was refreshing to my body.
It was just the sort of rest I needed.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wedding Week thanks...

What a whirlwind of a week we've had, but it ended happily ever after with the wedding of our youngest daughter going beautifully!  

The week began with a great forecast for an outdoor wedding, but as the week went on the forecast got more and more bleak.  The week began with our youngest grandson, the little ringbearer, having the sniffles, but as the week went on he was hospitalized with a respiratory virus.  The night before the wedding,  our grandson was discharged from the hospital.  The morning of the wedding it rained,  and though the skies were gray, the afternoon was dry with temperatures that were cool, but not cold.Even a glitch in the sound system was resolved in time for the ceremony.  I don't think anyone coming to the wedding had a clue that we had faced so many challenges, because the wedding and reception went so wonderfully well.  I'm so thankful!  Above all, I'm thankful for the evidence of God's presence during the ceremony, for the reassurance that my daughter married the man God has for her, and for the happy texts from her today as they left for their honeymoon.

Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little green journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-God's provision
-our son-in-law making the wooden arrow for the entrance to the wedding venue
-all of the help we've been getting
-praying simple prayers

-our middle daughter's birthday
-finding plastic pie carriers for all of the homemade pies for the wedding at the Dollar Tree
-peonies covered in raindrops
-I.V. fluids, breathing medication and oxygen-help for our grandson who has a respiratory virus
-groceries needed for the wedding reception costing less than expected
-God's got us in His hands

-my husband going up to the hospital and telling me to keep doing what I need to do for the wedding
-so many people praying for our grandson
-his mama reassuring us that the things she needs to get done for the wedding are done
-our youngest daughter, the bride to be, staying calm in the midst of all of this
-my girl buying her and I a massage
-going to the hospital to see my grandson
-getting the last of the wedding errands done
-mani-pedis with the bride
-our grandson was released from the hospital! He gets to be in the wedding!
-a wonderful rehearsal dinner provided by the groom's parents

-the weather clearing up enough to have the wedding outside as planned
-our daughter hiring a bagpiper to surprise her Scottish daddy
-all of those who helped to set up and decorate, prepare and serve food, and clean up afterwards
-my brothers and sisters coming from out of town to be here
-all of our daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren having a part in the wedding

-the sound system working in time for the ceremony
-a full house, more people than chairs!
-God's evident presence in the ceremony
-this happy, happy day

-a great memorial weekend Sunday
-an all church dinner after the morning service
-happy texts from our girl before they left for their honeymoon

gratefully yours,

Monday, May 18, 2015

A little thank you note...

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Our youngest daughter's wedding is this Saturday!
As I ran some errands for the wedding and worked on some projects for the decor today,
I thought of how thankful I am for the many people that are helping our girl's special day come together.
They say it takes a village to raise a child.
In our case, it takes a village to put on a wedding!

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Family and friends are helping with set up, decorating, cooking, serving, and cleaning up.
We couldn't do it without them!
It's going to be a lovely day thanks to the team of people who are helping to make our ideas a reality.

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While out doing one of those wedding errands, I picked up a new little plant for myself.
Sometimes the mother of the bride needs a cheery little touch of green in the midst of a busy week.
Taking a break to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of tea doesn't hurt either!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thanks be to God!

It's been a rich and full week with much to be thankful for.
Even the memorial service, for the sweet friend from our church who recently died,
 was full of praise and thanksgiving.
There were many tears, but the overall mood was victorious and celebratory
as we rejoiced for the inexpressible gift of salvation through Jesus Christ
and the reality we have of eternal life.
This life is not all there is.
Now that's something to be thankful for!
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little green journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-our youngest grandson is one today!

-being almost to the party when I realized I forgot my camera at home
and my professional photographer friend letting me borrow hers
-our happy boy
-lots of family and friends celebrating together

( He was a tiny premie, and look at him now!)

-our oldest grandson's birthday! (these brothers are ten years minus one day apart)
-singing my special birthday song to him
-my hubs getting his new suit for our daughter's wedding for 40% off

-my daughter trying on her wedding dress for one last time before the big day,
-a store credit even when my item was past the 30 day return policy
-a beautiful sunset on my walk/run
-the hubs making me a cup of my favorite tea

-the volunteers from our church-many hands make light work!
-this beautiful day
-homemade chicken soup-good for these head colds
-taking a nap
-a friend giving me a ride
-the hubs writing our youngest daughter a letter about from his heart
-another beautiful sunset

-grandparents day at the two oldest grandkid's school
-a quiet evening for the two of us

-a celebration of life for our sweet friend
-God's presence even in the grieving
-one week from today our girl is getting married!

-wonderful worship and word today
-our dear Jordanian friend coming to see us
-middle eastern food with friends for lunch

gratefully yours,

Friday, May 15, 2015

El-Roi, the God Who sees...

Perhaps you are surrounded by circumstances that are overwhelming,
that seem to be more than you can bear.
Maybe your life is so busy with taking care of others 
that somewhere in all the busyness you feel as though you've lost yourself.
There are numerous things that can result in a person feeling unseen.

Hagar had simply done what her master and mistress had told her to do.
She slept with Abram and conceived his child.
It had changed everything between them.
The air was now full of resentment and jealousy.
She had to get out of there.
Then, out in the middle of no where, He had found her.
God had found her.
"God, the God Who sees me" she called Him.
He told her she was having a son and instructed her to name him, Ishmael, "God hears",
because God had heard her cry of distress.
God sees.  God hears.
What a comfort that is.

I can picture some of you reading this and nodding your head.
You believe He sees.
You believe He hears.
But it's believing that He cares that you find difficult,
because if He cared why would he have allowed that awful, painful thing to happen to you?
If He cared why would He have withheld that deep longing and desire of your heart?
Why is that promise still unfulfilled?
I wish I had a neat and tidy answer to give you, one that would make you feel better.
People have been trying to make sense of suffering and disappointment and pain
since sin entered the world.
I don't have a neat and tidy answer for you, but I do know one thing.
The one who is whispering into your ear that God doesn't care,
is the very one who caused all of this mess in the first place.
satan is the only one who is relishing your confusion, your pain, your loss, your loneliness,
God isn't.
God is right there with you.
Silence the voice of the accuser long enough to hear His voice.
"I see you.  
I hear you.
I love you.
I'm right here.
I will never leave you."
God sees.
God hears.
And God cares.

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