Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Practicing Eucharisteo

The habit taught and lived out by Ann Voskamp....working on in my life. Today's additions:
#138...A belly laugh with my oldest
#139...Two little ones' joy over making pillows
#140...A great visit with wonderful girl my son is courting
#141...Misty clouds over a full moon
#142...G sharing the pink bottomed clouds at sunset
#143...Reading "The Magician's Nephew" aloud, again

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Days of Our Lives

Graduation time again. This year six young people we have known finished their course. Four of them completely home educated. Yesterday as we sat through the ceremony for two of them, I watched the slide show of their lives and I marveled. It was all those memories lived out day by day. The chocolate faces, hugging puppies, competing in fiddle contests and horseback shooting events, archery, snowmen, canoeing, traveling, making Lego models and so much more. Mothers were feeding little boys, doing wash, and planning lessons and activities. And then there they were handing out diplomas. The emotional moments hit home. My life is the same as theirs. Every day we wake up to mounds of dishes and laundry and someone needing help with math and another child trying to do their writing and another wanting me to listen to their 4H demonstration and I forget. I forget to drink it all in. To cherish and treasure every day that we are living in what seems mundane, but in the end it is wonderful, beautiful, glorious. The finite life we have passes quickly. My little girl is now a grown woman. My son is courting and headed into a career as a firefighter. For me there are still several years, Lord willing, to take up the daily labor of love of shaping and teaching the arrows of our quiver of school age. But the vapor is fading and I want to condense it into something I can hold on to more clearly in my heart and mind. And giving thanks becomes ever more precious as the days add up.

" Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said, "Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?" " (2 Samuel 7:18)

----posted by Queen Lucy

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Firefighter

He is tall and strong and handsome. He worked diligently and finished second at the Academy. He is determined, steady, sure of his calling. He is intelligent, creative, committed. He loves God and from a young age wanted to serve Him with his whole life. He is calm under stress, unafraid of the unknown, and dependable. He is naturally a leader. And one day he might be the one to show up when you need it most. He is our Firefighter that God has blessed. Congrats JD! We are so thankful for all your accomplishments and gifts being used by God in this vocation.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Christ's Strength

Christ knows his betrayer. Yet he spent time eating with him, serving him, instructing him, laying his life down for Judas. Jesus kept silence while all the false witnesses came forward to accuse him, never seeking to defend himself. Instead of condemning Peter for the denial, Christ restores Peter to His service and purpose with a loving question and command.

I have been contemplating Christ's strength lately. I have known betrayal after much time serving, giving, laying down my life. The hurt I felt after the fact was so great. Yet Christ did it knowing ahead of time the grief he would receive from that person. I don't think I could have done the kindness knowing the end result.

I have had my own flesh and blood bear false witness, all the while wanting to defend myself and make people see that the testimony given about me was not true. Christ kept silent. And to his dear disciple Peter, Christ looked past the weakness and sin, and forgave and renewed Peter. This is strength, strength that is amazing. I need to learn from Him whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light because that yoke and burden sometime seem too great to take up and carry. It is His strength, not mine, that will accomplish it. And if I fail I have the assurance of forgiveness and love from the resurrected LORD who asked Peter, "Do you love me?" He already knows my answer. Grace, Lord, grace. More grace please to do your will and let Christ be the aroma of my life.

----posted by Queen Lucy