This morning it is overflowing with a peaceful spirit and a joy filled heart. I spent the weekend visiting and chatting with so many different friends, both young and old. I was able to get away form the house and leave Jerry to keep everything moving smoothly with Courtney. I really needed that time to get away and recharge. I had forgotten how lovely it is to go into a quilt shop and just look, spending hours being inspired by all that beauty. I love color and pattern so this was such a tremendous treat.
It was followed by lunch with my oldest friend Marjanna and our mutual friend Yvonne and her almost four year old granddaughter. I had forgotten how entertaining little people are. The questions, the stories, the need to “cheer” and tap each other glasses with every sip of milk. So.much.fun. Age 2-6 are my favorite years of littledom. I do miss it.
When I got home late Saturday night after finishing the day having dinner with my mother, I realized that even though things are extremely challenging right now with o many aspects of my life, my story is still unfolding. God is still writing on my heart and He needs me to be ready to do as He wills it to be done. He asks that I surrender my will and meet Him, just as I am, so he can propel me forward as His plans unfold.
My goal this week is to hold onto that. His plans always yield such fruit. Mine usually turn into an internal war, leaving me exhausted and weary. Not to say that His plan will not require an extreme soul makeover, but it’s better than the alternative of misery and depression.
My story is gloriously unfolding and I can’t wait to read the next chapter…
Listening to the sounds of::
The good news is she had her weigh in yesterday and she has gained THREE pounds!! I am so incredibly relieved! She had gotten down to 87 pounds which is just so dangerously low. It seems the every two hour feedings are paying off. So not matter how challenging that can be, we will keep doing it. I need this kid back up in the 100 pound range before I will feel a little more peace about her weight.
So we have a ways to go, but at least she is able to gain. Thank you Lord!
I am advocate and chief nurse. I am housekeeper and chief cook. I am PT, PT and feeding specialist. I am tired and worried that I am not doing ALL I need to do to make this work.
The financial burden is increasing as insurance changes and inflation continues to rise.I know I am not alone in this by any way shape or form, but it’s still worrisome for me. SO each day it’s a battle with my heart and mind to let go and let God in to win. Life is full of surprises and Miss Courtney is one of them. An amazing example of Our Lords faithfulness. That is where I wish to keep my mind today and always.
++ Elizabeth is on a new chemo plan. I pray for comfort, good pain management, and that she has time with her kids to make memories to sustain them.
++ for my husbands job and all government contractors. It’s a tough world these days and it looks like it’s going to get even more dicey. God is in control.
++ in thanksgiving for Courtney’s weight gain and also to pray for her future good health. I know it’s possible but I would love the support.
++ for wisdom and guidance as we work with our marriage mentor couple this evening That the Holy Spirit’s presence is felt keenly by all of us.
++ for the church triumphant and God’s grace and mercy upon it’s members.
++ for several several special intentions given to me by you sweet readers. I know that God’s got this. Do Not Be Afraid!
++ that we are able to raise enough money to pay for Miss Courtney’s adaptive equipment. Jesus I Trust In YOU!
** a smile from Miss Courtney to greet the day
** an open door to my home and company for dinner
** a visit with a dear friend while sipping cold iced tea on a hot summer afternoon
** celebrating someone else’s hard earned achievements
** lifting up and encouraging my reader with word and prayer
** homemade jam bars in the oven
** barbecue chicken and ribs, so juicy they require extra napkins
** music playing in the background as I clean, scrub and sing along.
** letters in the mail filled with smiley faces, crayon colored pages and beautiful greetings.
** beautiful stationary to write a return letter
** a challenging homily from the Deacon that makes me stop and ponder in prayer “what kind of soil am I? rocky or fruitful?”
** a cool shower after a hard workout
** cotton spandex that breathes
** wearing a pretty summer dress that makes my guy smile at me across the room
** blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches…summer bounty so sweet.
** a table set to greet company to share a meal
** the beautiful power of NFP and the continuing witness of St. John Paul II through his Theology of the Body
** quilting needle in hand, pulling thread in and out. So soothing
** nights spent watching yet another John Wayne movie with my beloved.
** singing in the rain – live and in person – not the movie 🙂
** a home that is well worn and welcoming. No room for perfectionism.
** new pillow covers made with the hands of a talented sewist.
** tracing my daughter sweet fingers as they curl around mine.
** a family that works together to provide for each others needs.
** for my husband and sons employment. May God continue to protect it.
Happy Monday Y’all,
What’s in your cup?