Sometimes I feel like I might be the only one who can't really decide "what" to post about. Should I stick to my day to day life with the pleasures of my hubby and kids and the wonder of my grandbabies? Or, maybe it should be about the places I've gone recently, or hope to go, or maybe even about the wonderful recipes I've discovered or my latest crafting attempt, or even the latest re-arrangement of the furniture in my home? All worthy subjects with plenty of writing possibilities. Or should I venture into the truths I feel the Lord has taught me, and how He blesses me, and how much I long to share all this with you? Maybe it is just that my life is a combination of all of these things so this blog should be as well. Whatever the case, this post is just that ~ a combination of a few things.
How I enjoy my times during the day when I sit down and pour myself a cup of tea and visit all of you. And I just keep finding more and more of you to visit, and have definitely found I just can't bear to miss a single post of anyone's as well; and the soo many different and interesting things you all find to write about. Some of you have truly profound things to say. And MANY of you write 4 or 5 times a week with never a dull word or a repeated thought, haha... I feel lucky if I come up with a couple of posts a week that aren't really the same thoughts said in a different way. But I decided AGAIN to not stress about things like that and just sit here and write from my heart. That was supposed to be the purpose of this in the first place. To journal my rambling thoughts, not to be concerned if it is interesting to read, or blesses anyone one way or another. I am always happy if it does of course, but it may have become too much of a focus.
Recently, I have been having a quiet time with the Lord both in the morning and at the very end of my day. Let me start by saying this has been WONDERFUL for me, but is not something I have always done or even done for very long. I am just in a position in my life right now where time is something I seem to have plenty of. I've always led such a busy life. Raising 4 kids and all that goes with that, plus the running of our home kept me busy for years and years, and then the caring for several of my grandkids followed just as my daughter stepped out of the door. Time was something I could just never seem to find enough of. But in this last several months since I am no longer watching those babies a few days a week, and have added on the burden of my knees, I have been forced to "just sit" several times during the week. Unfortunately for me it took me a while to realize that I could spend a lot more of that time in pursuit of knowing Him. I have found myself discovering that I truly have just begun to scratch the surface of all He really has for all of us. Occasionally I find a treasure from Him that I then find myself wanting to share so that others might also be blessed by it. Here is one of my latest finds....I have been reading proverbs in the evening....and trying not to just you know read along, but trying to really dwell and ponder what the Lord might be trying to say to me with each particular one. Last night I read...
Proverbs 15:31...The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise.
And as I sat and pondered and prayed MANY thoughts sprang to my mind about the truth in that one single statement. How many times in my life did I rush by moaning and whining about a particular set of circumstances or trials? Too many to count that is for sure. It has only been as I have matured, and forced myself to consider everything, that I truly did find it to be true that the times in my life where God has had to rebuke me have been the times I have learned the most. When my children were growing up it was soo much easier sometimes to just let things go. Not fight or rebuke, or punish and correct all the things that I knew needed to be addressed. Not only because I was weary, but because I too couldn't bear them to have to be punished. Now most of the time I did what had to be done, but there were numerous occasions where I just "let it slide" or looked the other way, or pretended not to notice. How glad I am that the Lord doesn't do that with me. In His gentle way He has led and rebuked and yes at times had to FORCE me to learn. But all so I could abide among the wise. SOMEDAY... because I am still waiting for that to happen, haha. I have found myself saying to my now grown children..."LISTEN to me, LEARN from my mistakes, I have already been down soo many different paths that have proven to be the wrong way." And I am saddened when they don't listen and chose to learn something themselves in a much more difficult way. But I am sure that my Lord is saddened for me at all the times it has taken me to learn a particular truth as well. My new prayer will be..."Lord, please give me ears to REALLY hear, that I might learn (quickly) what you want me to learn."
On a completely different note, I spent a long and good day with my mom yesterday. She continues to improve and how grateful I am. And last evening we went to my youngest sister's house to help celebrate her daughter Katie's 11th birthday. What a sweetie she is. And watching her open her gifts my mind wondered back to my kids when they were young and the excitement they felt on their birthdays. How I miss those times and days. Time goes fast so don't blink. HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet Miss Katie Lynn and may the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you now and always!
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