This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Prayer of St. Francis

by Sebastian Temple

1. Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injustice, your pardon, Lord,
And where there's doubt, true faith in you.

2. Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness only light,
And where there's sadness ever joy.

3. O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love, with all my soul.

4. Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we're born to eternal life

Friday, January 19, 2007

When Even the Hot Flashes Don't Keep You Warm

There is nothing that shuts off my “mommy instincts” faster than the flu. My usual overprotective meddling self jumps ship and the me I remember BC (that would be before children) kicks in and all my body wants to do is hibernate in a dark room with covers over my head.

About halfway through Boo’s schoolwork yesterday it hit me and it hit hard.

Thankfully I have two great boys who are learning some degree of self-sufficiency, so I can compromise on my ugly pink recliner under a pile of blankets and they can check in and update me with the latest Jedi conquest, Transformer mutations and Bionicle mumbo-jumbo. Roo, after accomplishing much of his school work independently, spread out a role playing LOTR game on the floor and kept track of the alarm I set so I don’t really find my way to total la la land.

Amazingly it passed through quickly and I was functional again in the afternoon. Kind of achey and tired, but functional…

Just in time for Darling Cave Geek to alert me that he is unemployed…

Well that came out of the blue.

Strangely, there is a calm in my heart at the moment. I have felt we were in for some changes and Darling always tells me I am "weird" about my “feelings” so I am trying to wait and see what God has prepared for us…

As I started my Bible reading today I almost gasped to find this was part of it:

Psalm 23

The LORD, the Psalmist's Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Because you say it LORD, I will believe it.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

We Don't Do Princess Stories Often

Obviously this house has more testosterone than estrogen…Roo was working out homophones the other day for school and the sentence said something about a princess going to a _____.

After much scratching of head and begging for some insight, because the princess could have gone to the bank or the play also…he asked if I would accept either of those. Well…I suggested he walk through the possible word list one more time. Outloud. Finally he caught the word, but I have to wonder if he really, truly understands the concept of a ball from a party and dancing aspect. I would hazard a guess that he doesn’t. But that is okay, he is a little too young to be worried about being Prince Charming…yet.

I rarely enjoy all those forwarded e-mails, but I liked this one:

This is very timeless and poignant...

1. Life isn't fair, but God is still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile!
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14 If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
17. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
18. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
19. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
20. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
21. What other people think of you is none of your business.
22. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
23. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
24. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
25. Believe in miracles.
26. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
27. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
28. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
29. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
30. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
31. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
32. If you don't ask, you don't get.
33. Yield.
34. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Monday, January 15, 2007

On Thick Ice

Dear Ms. Hummer Driver,

I don’t care that you think you own the road. It matters not to me that you are assured you can climb a mountain in that vehicle. The back of my car belongs to me and I did not invite you to sit in the backseat. For future reference, I do not drive 70mph in a zone posted for 35mph. Never. Ever. Especially when it is icy. Yes, yes, I remember you have a Hummer. I don’t. I don’t care that you do. You cannot make me go faster by nudging me along.

And by the way—the Hawaiian good luck sign doesn’t make me go faster or feel worse.

Have a lovely day.


P.S. I say prayers that people like you don’t hurt people. Yes, I know you are safe because you have a Hummer. I was praying for the other people out there.

For thought: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7