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Philippians 4:11 (NIV)

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Being surrounded by the noise of daily life can at times remove the ability to just be content.  There are often such pressing needs to have, obtain and move  that we can forget about the simple pleasure of being content.

This past weekend I found delight and contentment in being surrounded by precious and rarefied laughter of family visiting for the first time.   There was joy in seeing beloved faces lit with pure joy and fellowship,  and enjoyed some of the most incredible wings I have ever eaten (thanks Honey!)

Sitting and reflecting upon the weekend I am moved by the words in Philippians 4.  There have been days and seemingly at times months of lack, yet by God’s grace there was peace and contentment.

Thank you Lord that I can rejoice no matter what the situation, no matter what comes my way for you truly are worthy of all my praise and the reason for my contentment.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Luke 15:4 (ESV)

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

 

The behavior was tantamount to stalking!  Honest, what innocently began as my routine daily call to my Mommy morphed into slow building frantic behavior when I did not reach her.  Every few minutes for hours, I dialed, then dialed again and again, oh and again!

With each unanswered call my anxiety and blood pressure  levels climbed.  Call after call, my overly creative imagination formulated a plethora of  “what if’s”, I was a wreck.  Then I called in the big guns, my daughter, who just so happened to be walking through the door of the house and was able to witness the picture of  mom sitting quietly and innocentlyon the couch.  Blissfully, safe, sound, relaxed and unaware that I was a basket case.  Confession, I broke down and cried like a child lost in the mall surrounded by well-meaning adults, none of whom were my beloved and I just wanted my mommy.

Occupying a much calmer place in my mind while meditating,  I felt the tap of the Shepherd’s staff on my brain!  Hey, that is how God loves us!  Granted,  He is infinitely more patient and definitely calmer yet He continually and consistently seeks to have a relationship with us.   He knocks.  He sends the Holy Spirit to whisper, entreating us to come, to feel His Love and trust in Him.  This morning I am grateful for the Love of my Savior who hunts those who are lost, offering not only unconditional love but the promises of eternal life and a heavenly home!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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2 Corinthians 4:8 (ESV)

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;

I own several black and white umbrellas, not that those are my favorite colors but those colors speak to me tangibly about life.  Where truly there are no gray lines but the pristine beauty of black and white.

Several weeks ago, rain was predicted, so I grabbed one of the umbrellas or as I learned later, I grabbed both.  In my haste to get in the car I dropped my favorite and took off. Returning home it was related to me that I had driven the Jeep over my umbrella.

There it was dangling crookedly and twisted from the closet doorknob.  I was a touch heart-broken, that was my favorite, transported from Texas and from the looks of it, the days of shielding me from rain were clearly over.  The next day I grabbed the other umbrella, definitely inferior in heft and protection, and trudged out to meet the day.  As fate would have it, upon opening that umbrella had two  broken spokes and I ended up getting wet.  It was retired to the trash can immediately.

Yesterday, rain was again forecasted and here I was without functioning umbrella.  I grabbed my busted favorite and off I went.  Instinct kicked in when the first drop was felt and I  pushed the button and up she popped, a little slower, definitely bent but still on the job.

Thank you Lord for another crystal clear message!  There are times in our lives when we have been rolled over by the jeep called life, our backs and spirits bent to almost breaking but in the hand of Jesus we are still able to open up, spread our arms and be of service to others!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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