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“As you get out of bed in the morning, be aware of My Presence with you.  You may not be thinking clearly yet, but I am.  Your early  morning thoughts tend to be anxious ones until you get connected with Me.  Invite Me into your thoughts by whispering My Name.  Suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly.  You cannot dread a day that is vibrant with My Presence.

You gain confidence through knowing that I am with you – that you face nothing alone.  Anxiety stems from asking the wrong question: ‘If such and such happens, can I handle it?’ The true question is not whether you can cope with whatever happens, but whether you and I together can handle anything that occurs.  It is this you-and-I-together factor that gives you confidence to face the day cheerfully.”

Psalm 5:3, Psalm 63:1, Philippians 4:13

~from Jesus Calling, June 29 entry.

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Happy Wednesday to you!  Hope all is going so well in your world today.  Though it is undoubtedly hot (at least in our area of the country), I pray your soul is refreshed in so many ways – through His Word, through worship music, through prayer, and certainly the fellowship of friends and family.  I believe that is one of the greatest things about summer – it really lends itself to some days that are less structured than other seasons.  It’s more casual.  Interestingly, I actually seem to find more time for God, and His Word.  At least that’s my prayer again for this summer.  I really want to linger with Him, in His Word, in prayer, in worship. Steep myself in the things of God.  Be more aware of His Presence.  I pray you have an opportunity to do so as well.

*I just returned from a most successful morning of errands – I amazed myself, actually, with all that I was able to accomplish in just a few hours – and I love how that energizes me!  I got absolutely everything crossed off my list!  (I even added to the list a couple things I got to do, but didn’t have on my list!) So much fun – and very satisfying for one who loves to achieve a goal!

*My girl is in Los Angeles on a mission trip.  I. miss. her. greatly.

*I get to do summer Bible study with two great small groups – I cannot get over how happy that makes me!

*This is my first “normal” week in probably 2 months.  I love it.  Such joy in routine.

*Bear killed another squirrel two days ago.  I believe it’s at least a dozen now who lost the race against my treacherous trio of canines!

*My son Mark is now a homeowner!  I’m so proud of him – such a God story, a wonderful opportunity,  and so great to watch him in his grown up life.  I’m missing him, and will go to Tennessee soon to see him, and his new home.

*Of course, I can’t mention that trip without also mentioning plans to schedule a trip to my Colorado son’s home as well – I’ve been to Colorado every summer, yet not visited him in his town – it’s definitely time for that. Lookout Kyle – I’ll see you sometime soon!

*grilled Tilapia for lunch!  (from the freezer in the grocery store) Y’all – it’s really pretty good!

*ok, now off to tackle the list for things to do inside the home – hope your Wednesday brings you your own list of delights, and joys.  my love to you.

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another day of much

We are blessed.  Indeed, a Sunday with the Word, and other Christ followers is a great day!  What to top that?  A trip to Dallas!  Now, let me tell you, I’m just as eager to watch my daughter sign up for college classes as I possibly can be.  I believe the last thing I told you was that I did not cry at graduation.  Yep, that’s right.  However, a few nights ago. Well, now, that’s another story……..

I feel stronger today, though, so am hopeful to get through these next couple of days with dry eyes, and joy in my heart.  I truly am joyful over Sara’s college life to come.  truly.  And that totally competes with my feeling of loss.  At my companion, my beloved girl, my Sara leaving home.  Leaving.  As in gone.  every day.  sigh.  See what I mean?  conflicted.

But back to today – we leave in just a bit to trek to Dallas – girls’ trip – leaving the recovering husband at home, with plenty of food in fridge, and all chores done.  I’m thankful he is recovering well, and I have really enjoyed sharing so much of life with him this last week.  And so all that settled, I’m thankful for an opportunity to spend some time in the car with my favorite girl.  I will also get to see Adam and Laura at some point too, so that makes me really happy.  So, this day is full of much – much joy, much already done, much ahead to do, and much pondering.  always pondering.  I wonder what life will be like in two months? I don’t know.  But here’s what I do know –   Above all, I want to love her well till then.  I trust God to help me.

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I’ve been waiting for the words.  Waiting patiently.  However, they still have not come in full to me, so I hesitate even writing this.  Folks, when I say I’ve had some big stuff happening this spring, I mean really big stuff. wedding.  trip to Israel.  more weddings.  party. and lastly, graduation. And not just any graduation, but my girl’s. Pretty. Big. Deal.

She was beautiful, confident, maybe even a tad bit fussy.  maybe.  But what I am sure of?  My girl, our beloved Sara, walked across the stage yesterday, and received her high school diploma.  For real. And we were so proud.  So thankful, grateful, and still wondering how in the world this happened?!!  As I look again at the baby pictures we framed for her party Saturday, I truly can remember each age, each stage, as if it were just yesterday.  Honestly, with this girl of mine, the time has flown by.  Seems trite, but oh, so true.

I found it interesting, when the actual graduation was upon us, that my eyes stayed remarkably dry.  I cry at commercials, and yet, was dry as a bone at the actual event – what is that about?!!  I have a feeling a good cry may be coming.  But at this moment, I am just delighting in my only girl.  my one and only.  What joy to this mom’s heart.  Sara Amanda Mattingly – I love you to the moon and back!  Congratulations, and may God lead and guide you in the days to come.

love,

mom

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Thursday devo

This morning, early before I ran, I received an email from a friend.  a dear friend.  Her situation is super challenging, and yet she and her family have been victorious.  They are passing the test.  I truly am amazed at the godliness with which they have responded to this situation.  amazed.  On my run I was praying for what was to come.  Then when I got home, I read this.  Truly, the Lord ministers through His Word, doesn’t He?  If we’d only look.  So, I’ll share this with you, again from my Jesus Calling – I pray it blesses you as well in your journey today with Jesus.  M.W., this is for you……

“I want to be central in your entire being.  When your focus is firmly on Me, My Peace displaces fears and worries.  They will encircle you, seeking entrance, so you must stay alert.  Let trust and thankfulness stand guard, turning back fear before it can gain a foothold.  There is no fear in My Love, which shines on you continually.  Sit quietly in My Love-Light, while I bless you with radiant Peace.  Turn your whole being to trusting and loving Me.”

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 niv

“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.” 1 John 4:18, 19   the message.

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Israel to graduation

After an awesome trip to the Holy Land, I have returned to full on gearing up for graduation!  We got in close to midnight last night, and I was much disappointed to wake early.  After being up for almost 24 hours.  I came home to find MANY wonderful surprises from my hardworking husband and daughter.  They both get the coveted most wonderful award for all they did while I was gone!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I have many special memories, and ponderings from my Israel trip, and will hopefully get to share some someday, but for now, it’s planning food, coordinating air conditioner repair (can you believe my precious family went the whole week with only one zone of ac working?!!  The part is supposed to be here today, we pray!) waiting on landscaping to go in, and lots of laundry.  oh, and all while recovering from food poisoning.  🙂  You will not waste a prayer on me today!  I have joy and profound peace, even in the tedious details of life, and I pray you do too!  Off to plan my most special daughter’s party!  love and joy to you.

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