:: noticing God’s glory
Right now there is sweet silence. Miss Courtney is curled up on her mat sound asleep. I truly do love nap time.
So I took a look at everything in my life, what commitments I had made, the state of my home, my ministries at church, my marriage and my relationship with my eldest child as well as all the needs Miss Courtney has on a daily basis and I will admit here and now I wallowed in some serious self pity these last few weeks. SERIOUS self-pity! Oy Vey have I been a whiney cranky-pants. I mean I really have struggled with a few of these transitions and I had begun to wonder if I would ever feel happy or peaceful about how things were going.
Then this past weekend, my hubby and I slipped off to Mass by ourselves, just the two of us. Think of it as a spiritual date. We went to confession, then made a holy hour together and finally shared in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. It was wonderful from start to finish. It was also very enlightening for me. You see this past weekend Gospel message was a simple but quite veracious lesson.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to [a]torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
As I was praying after communion I very distinctly heard God speak to my heart and it wasn’t particularly lovey dovey. “Hey Mary, stop being such a whiney-pants and get with the program…I have given you a tough job but certainly NOT impossible…So you have to give some things up. So you have to actually STAY home and care for someone besides yourself…Yes, I know you have dreams, I gave them to you…Yes, I know you can’t work outside the home anymore…you need to trust me with this one girlfriend…There will be enough to do what I need you to do…Yes, I know you’re an extrovert who enjoys being around people…remember that I made you that way… Yes, I know that this is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do…to deny yourself and serve another…everyday…all day. Yes, Mary…I know your scared of losing friends and being forgotten…I know that this will challenge every part of you, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually…but for now, this is where I need you to be. This is your cross to bear…always remember my grace is sufficient…lean on me and I will carry you through. Courtney can’t do what I need her to do without you…so put on your big girl pants and lets get to it…shall we…
Yeah, I know. God always sound a bit sarcastic when I have been pushing him away. Testy isn’t He?
Oh wait…that’s me that’s being testy…sheesh…humiliation thy name is Mary…
Anyway, I am finally coming to accept the imperfectness of my day and have been blessed by the Lord in the last two days to actually see the joy in what I am being asked to do. Yes, it’s physically challenging and emotionally draining but it’s not everyday you serve a saint, even one that can be a bit temperamental from time to time.
My friends, I am weak and worried and tired and trying to smile and find my laugh once more, but one thing I do have is HOPE that wherever the road takes us…HIS grace will be sufficient…and there will be enough caffeine to sustain me along the way.
(even though it’s so NOT!)
*smiles and more smiles and the bluest eyes that crinkle when she smiles
*tangerine orange – a color that makes me happy
*homemade take-out that makes my boys gleeful
*roasted red peppers
*a clean kitchen floor
*new books from the library
*praise music blaring while I do housework
*a garden filled with delicious healthy veggies
*sunflowers spilling sunshine all over my kitchen table
*Blondies freshly baked from the oven filling the air with a delightful aroma
*a family game of Clue
*Sunday night fun with dear friends with lots of singing and “dancing”
*games of “Stratego” between the generations
*the arrival of new quilting fabric
*dishes cleaned and draining in the dish rack
*a full menu plan for the next two weeks
*a full freezer filled with healthy things
*prayer time shared with the one who holds my heart
*mail that isn’t a bill
*a sunrise watched from my front porch while holding on to God’s word
*homemade iced green tea with mint
*a box from Amazon
*working air conditioner
*power throughout the house
*an afternoon without seizures for my girl
*a clean bathroom ready for company
*kisses from my sweetheart
*bed sheets fresh from the line
*warm towels waiting to wrap you after a cool bath
*my son whose heart is as big as his appetite
“Sometimes in the course of our lives we too have caught glimpses of generous aims, aims of sincerity, of perseverance…, and yet, it seems as though we have, in the very depths of our soul, a sort of radical infirmity, a lack of strength, an obscure impotence…, and this sometimes makes us feel sad and we say “I can’t”. We can see what Our Lord wants of us in that situation but perhaps we feel weakened and exhausted by the trials and difficulties facing us. Your intelligence – enlightened by faith – shows you the way clearly. It can also point out the difference between following that way heroically or stupidly. Above all, it places before you the divine greatness and beauty of the undertakings the Trinity leaves in our hands.”
from “In Conversation with God” by Francis Fernandez
Since the cherry tomatoes are taking over the garden right now we will be making Angel Hair Pasta w/ Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp. It has quickly become a family favorite.
So here is a question dear readers…what’s your favorite book on Our Lady? I would love to read something celebrating her over the next month so send along your recommendations. Thanks!!
God is good in His provision for us…so very good…
*be patient with myself as I work my way back into a daily exercise routine. Oy…the progress is slow but sure. I need to be physically strong to care for my girl.
*take time for quiet…actual quiet without any distractions. I think I could learn to love it.
*I really want to learn how to use Photoshop Elements. So far I am more confused that educated but I know that I will get it in time…lots of time…
Where my family is together and playing board games, or watching episodes of our favorite show “Castle” or cooking together in the kitchen. I appreciate that our son will not be living with us forever so I want to take every opportunity to enjoy our family time together. This is not to say that time apart isn’t just as edifying but while we are together…peace shall reign.
The other thing we are struggling with is sleep. As in she isn’t sleeping well. So after a few weeks of keeping notes on our daily activities I realized that she wasn’t moving as much as she did while in school. So back to the drawing board with the daily schedule we go, adding in more activity for my girl. Hopefully this will help…prayers are always appreciated.
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