Thankful Hearts

15024_1407055617109_1803013_nIt’s pretty easy to take New Year’s Resolutions too far.

Most of the time that’s not my problem. I don’t take them far enough. But sometimes the reason behind most New Year’s Resolutions is that we’re not satisfied. There’s something we need (or want) to change and we make a resolution to do it. Why do we wait until Jan 1? It looks cooler, I guess.

Inspired by my youngest daughter,  I keep a lifelong resolution every year. It’s not something I can keep on my own. I have to have help.

Here’s the gist:

Every day, at some point in the day, my youngest daughter used to say this phrase “I love this day”.

Every day. For almost an entire year.

The memory of this sweet response reminds my heart of a ‘deeper’ call. …This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.

So many times we allow everything else expect the Lord to rule our hearts and direct our emotions. Instead of having a thankful heart, we find so many ways to be discontent.

This year, with the Lord’s help, I want to take on the attitude of my daughter and ‘love the day’. This day. I’ve started it off by posting a ‘thankful memory’ from 2014 every day in January – as a reminder.

It doesn’t mean trials, pain, and difficulties will not come. Those are a given in this world. But it does mean that my attitude should reflect the hope of Christ. My vision should be from heaven-shaded glasses. My choices should reflect someone who rejoices in the Lord.

And when I fail to ‘love the day’ (as most of us fail at our resolutions at one point or other), I can rejoice in the knowledge that I cannot ‘rejoice in the day’ without God’s help (and his constant reminder).

There is so much to find hope and joy in when you are loved with so GREAT a love as God’s love.

So – to quote the historically great thinker Junior Asparagus from the acclaimed movie Madame Blueberry 😉 :

A thankful heart is a happy heart

I’m glad for what I have – that’s an easy place to start

For my home on the ground for God’s love that’s all around

That’s why I say thanks every day.

I love this day.

Blessings,

Hurry Up and Wait

071Ever feel like that phrase describes your life?

It seems like it might describe a lot of people’s lives during this time period. Everyone’s in a hurry, but most things are ‘fast food’. Life is filled with rush, rush, rush – and then….waiting.

And we certainly don’t like the waiting.

But there’s something to be said for the waiting. It’s usually through ‘waiting’ that amazing things happen.

There are LOADS of verses in the Bible that talk about ‘waiting for the Lord’. Here are a few:

Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before you and wait expectantly.”

Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord.”

Psalm 37:7:  “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him;”

Psalm 38:15: “Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.”

Isaiah 26:8: “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws,   we wait for you; your name and renown  are the desire of our hearts.”

blue-ridge-183037_1280pixabyIsaiah 30:18: “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;  therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for him!”

Have I made my point yet? 🙂

We may not like waiting, but it serves a very distinct purpose or God wouldn’t have put it in His Word so many times.

Waiting not only refines us. It not only builds anticipation, but it also gives us more opportunity to give up our control and trust God for the outcome.

It’s usually not easy.

Waiting 9 months for a baby.

Waiting for the diagnosis from a doctor

Waiting for the right person God has planned for you to marry

Waiting for publication

Waiting to purchase a new house (I REALLY understand this one right now)

Waiting for Christmas morning, or the end of the school day, or the chocolate bar stashed away in your desk drawer 😉

But God uses all of our waiting to prepare us for the ultimate waiting…

His return.

So, for what are you waiting?

Barns and Memories

IMG_2285I’m a big fan of lovely barns, especially red ones. There are some well maintained (and often used) ones scattered all throughout the Blue Ridge. Now usually they don’t look this picturesque, but IF they do – I love taking a pic.

When I was a little girl my grandpa had an old, falling-in, gray barn in his backyard. In the bottom (for some reason I never really figured out), he kept a pile of old bicycles, but if I crawled up the slanting, wooden steps to the loft, there was an opening. Just outside the opening, on a beam nailed to the eave of the barn, hung a long rope.

I was one of the oldest grandkids on this side of the family. It was me and my cousin, Jason – we were the same age. He was older by four months, but dared me to jump from the top. Well, I wasn’t one to pass up a good adventure, so off I jumped, grabbed the rope on the way down, and landed in a heap on the ground below. It was probably a twelve to fifteen foot drop or so.

1374178_10202167246923344_772163999_nI looked and dared him to do it – without telling him I had rope burns on my palms and a pair of aching knees. Needless to say, it wasn’t the last time I jumped from that loft. It’s funny how I didn’t even worry about rats and snakes, which I’m sure were in that old barn. Now, thinking back, I almost cringe at the thought of what ‘could’ have happened in that barn with broken boards, bees nests, and loose nails – not to mention breaking a bone or two.

It’s funny that as a kid, I never paid much attention to the worries when there was fun to be had. What about you?

Do you have any fun memories about barns or childhood adventures? Things that you look back on now and think …. what was I thinking, but are still glad you have those memories?