Saturday, January 15, 2011
Sitting on My Porch
Sitting on my porch is cold, but I still sit and ponder and
watch the sun either come up or watch the sun set. I am thankful
that when I was young and I got married and we lived in an apartment
and I just thought I would die because I couldn't see the sun rise
or the sun set, even then God had a plan and someone close by
our apartment had a rooster and every morning I was thankful
for the sound of that rooster. It took 25 years to get back to
where I am now and I still am amazed each day to see the sun
rise and the sun set.
The mountain you see in the distance in called Bear Mountain.
I love how in the winter the sun rises over it but even now
the sun is beginning to move away from it.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.
The God of our salvation!
I took this just before this tree lost all of its leaves.
I have a old book that I read time to time. This book is called
Joy for the Journey. This selection is called
Finding Holiness in the Ordinary:
"Henri Nouwen, in his book Out of Solitude, tells of an old Notre
Dame professor who had always complained that his work was
constantly being interrupted. Like so many of us,
he longed for the freedom to concentrate fully on what he considered
important. Late in his life however, the professor came to realize what he
wished he had known all along that the interruptions were his work."
"The interruptions are the work. The pieces are the whole.
We cannot wait for a total, personal revelation of all that God has for us to be
handed down in one lump sum. God reveals Himself to us bit by spiritual bit. Even our
broadest visions and our highest goals, once we know them, must be broken down and lived
in the small particulars of our every day lives if they are to have meaning."
(Claire Cloninger, When God shines Through)
When I read this I was a new young mother. I read it and I still repeat it to myself,
when I am interrupted from what I thought was so important or my schedule changes.
I hope that I never get so busy that I forget to make a life for those around me.
I read one time about someone who retired from a job and I am sorry that I can't remember
who he was or what it was he did, but someone asked why he stopped doing what
he was famous for and he said, he knew it was time when he started believing his
own press release. God said it best. " Humble yourselves under the might hand of God that He
may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.