Today I am GRATEFUL for:

Praise Gratitude and Joy

Peacemakers. Not that I am one, but I’m trying to be better at it. Conflict, chaos, disharmony, distress and hatred; turn on the TV or radio, or hop on Facebook, and it’s all around us. Not just the global stuff that is so overwhelming to even think about, but look around at the bullying, the murders and abuse; awful things right here in our town, our schools, on our streets, even for some, in our homes. Any way you look at it, this world is so in need of some mighty peacemakers.

I could use some help learning to be a peacemaker. Please share how you try to be a peacemaker in your life in the comments below. Let’s get a conversation started.

Singing. When I was not quite eight years old they put a box on the floor behind the pulpit so I could stand on it to reach the mike. This is the song I sang the first time I lifted my voice to sing to Him all by myself. What a day. I still remember how it felt. My voice was a wonderful gift I was given and unfortunately eventually threw away. Still working through this one. Trying to understand why. I do know that by the time I became a teenager my singing was no longer about praising Him. It was about the recognition and attention it brought me. Today was the first time I actually realized that fact. Thank you for this revelation. This may be the start of a healing process in this area. Oh what I would give to really be able to sing for Him like I used to.

THY WORD IS LIKE A GARDEN, LORD

Thy Word is like a garden, Lord, with flowers bright and fair;
And every one who seeks may pluck a lovely cluster there.
Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine; and jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in its mighty depths for every searcher there.

Thy Word is like a starry host: a thousand rays of light
Are seen to guide the traveler and make his pathway bright.
Thy Word is like an armory, where soldiers may repair;
And find, for life’s long battle day, all needful weapons there.

O may I love Thy precious Word, may I explore the mine,
May I its fragrant flowers glean, may light upon me shine!
O may I find my armor there! Thy Word my trusty sword,
I’ll learn to fight with every foe the battle of the Lord.

Words: Edwin Hodder, The New Sunday School Hymn Book, 1863.

Music: Bethlehem, Gottfried W. Fink, 1842

File boxes. Ok maybe you think I am stretching it here, but before I went to Staples and bought cardboard file boxes, the paperwork jungle here was eating me alive. It just kept getting bigger and bigger, giant piles on the floor, under the desk, beside the desk, on the desk – it was suffocating. Now, even though everything is not filed down to a detail level, and there may be duplicates and things I can still throw away, the task of sorting out at the major levels of criticality have been accomplished. Everything that has to do with each piece of property is in it’s own box: medical issues and insurance also. Legal paperwork regarding my disability, Daddy’s estate and Mom’s insurance, which thankfully are all closed issues, are in boxes with the lids on marked and ready to seal up and put into storage somewhere – somewhere out of my sight!

Two years ago I made a decision to tackle these things one at a time because looking at a list of critical things that needed to be handled was just that – a list. It was too overwhelming to even know where to begin. I am so thankful that God showed me that it didn’t have to all be done at once. Now I can breathe.

Prayer

Thank you dear Lord for growth and revelations today. I am so grateful that as I seek You and Your plan for the rest of my life you continually show me exactly what I need to learn. “Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On”. Stormie Omartain. Thank you for Stormie’s writings and her music. Thank you for helping me to understand that order and structure in my home are critical to my peace.

Please Father God, bring forth a mighty peacemaker on the global scale to help end what is happening now in our world. Find them for our country, our state, our city, our neighborhoods, our schools and our homes. We need some peace around here.

Bless my family and friends – we will talk about each of their needs more after I post this.

I’ll love You forever. Amen.

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