There was a time in my life when I would secretly wait for the other shoe to drop. (now you know).
I had always been a 'glass-half-full' kind of girl so this seemed out of place for me. I asked my Father God what this was about and how was I to deal with it. I was perplexed. I didn't hear Him. It nagged.
I sought counsel as I confessed to my dearest earthly ally. She spoke the truth in love, she prayed for and with me.
I laid it at His feet.
I laid it at His feet.
I laid it at His feet and it was no more.
until three years later...
the secret waiting of the proverbial shoe dropping returned.
Again, at His feet. Waiting, wondering.
Talking with an eternal Sister, women sharing their lives- and there it was. It seemed so simple, kind of.
We seemed to think (we being me, myself, and I) that He was most glorified when in His mercy I received His strength to trust and glorify Him in the midst of what I thought of as greater challenges.
I could not deny it. I had decided that it was more important to trust Him in the middle of chaos and crisis than to trust Him in the daily... as I lived the daily I waited for something bigger, something to really bring Him glory. Ouch.
It took time, renewing of the mind often does.
Today there is no waiting for shoes to fall.
Yes, sometimes I see the mud and mire in the distance; immediately I run to my Father and again he sets my feet on a rock.
He is glorified when in His mercy I find His strength to trust, enjoy, thank, and praise Him in the midst of every single second of now. It does not matter if I perceive the now as crisis, chaos, or calmness; trust in every second, all to His glory.
He gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.
~ Psalm 13
Giving thanks 246-288
last weekend's trip to Georgia and it's treasures
blonde and red headed cousins and their babies (sadly no picture)
a visit to Centennial Olympic Park
tasting Coca-Cola from around the world
visiting American Girl
a meal at Marietta Diner (thanks for the recommendation Guy Fieri :)
anticipation of things to come
patience while trusting for His timing
my friend gifting me with her limited internet minutes
a friend lending her waterproof camera
a friend delivering a thank you gift of cookies, jam, and cider
a friend sharing the news that the Lord has said 'this year everyone will homeschool'
my husband friend holding my hand in the car
an eternal friend praying for me
our girl's first piano lesson after summer break
the compliments of her instructor for time well spent at the piano over break
the new edition of a furry family member for our dearest in Lake Oswego
imagining shapes in white billowy clouds with my family
a mid-week-mini-vaca at the beach
searching for His treasures
treasures found, large and small