Friday, February 22, 2008

This is my baby...

and the two year old that has taken up residence in his body since last Friday.
but at 5:15 this am when he was crying out of his fuzzy, footy pajamas, drinking down half a cup of milk & then fitting so warmly, so perfectly with me as I sat in his rocker, praying to God that he'd go back to sleep at least until 7am, but trying to enjoy the moment because I know he won't always fit so comfortably between my shoulders, he was my baby...and now, well, in september...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

hope. grace. rest.

I'm going to go ahead & claim these scriptures for my life, most specifically for the upcoming honor of leading worship for the Women's Conference. I immediately, though pressed to get on the phone & start making things happen, was impressed to go before the Lord. Give the task at hand to Him. Get on His page, ask Him to expand my abilities where needed & to bless those He's already given to me. It's His! In turn, I heard Matt 11:20-30

"Come to me all you who are weary & burdened.
Take my yoke upon you and LEARN FROM ME, for I am gentle & humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy & my burden is light."

I believe this is what will happen through worship at the conference. The women that will fill those seats will get in their cars to come, after caring for kids & husbands, after stressful work weeks, after getting a harsh diagnosis. They'll have spent the registration fee out of plenty & out of need. They will come expecting & believing that God will meet their needs; re-fuel them for what's ahead, renew their hope, refresh their spirits.

I love what Isaiah 40:29-31 says to we women, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run & not grow weary, they will walk & not faint." AMEN!!

Heb 4 reminds us, "We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one that has been tempted in every way, just as we are. Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence..."

Hope. Grace. Rest.
I receive it! Take it...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Here comes the...maid of honor

That's her on the right. Miss Kate Adamson. That's me in the center & Ellie to my left. We're all bridesmaids at Gretty's wedding on this day. It's a blessing beyond what I realized that day for us to have met & spent 4 close years together in Bible school in a small city in the Ozarks. The East Side girls...A, Annie, Gretty, Ellie, Betsy, Kate & me. We trusted eachother, learned from one another, and laughed and laughed and laughed.
They stood beside me along with my longtime friend, Heather & new sister, Tara on my wedding day the next summer. These girls knew what it meant for me to be standing at that altar with Dan. They knew the intricacies of the man I'd dreamt of & was holding out to meet. So when he stood before me vowing to love & cherish me, they came from all across the country to witness & celebrate with me. Made my day.
Kate stands out on the video. Perhaps because she's standing nearest to me on the platform. She's at the ready to be sure my dress is in it's proper place & played the piano as I sang to Dan.  Kate stood out to me for years. She just has that certain thing about her that I intended to emmulate. Integrity. Competence. Loyalty.
Now she's coming to my new life in Texas. After years of distance, she'll be here on Thursday. Can't wait for her to meet Carter & to get to share in my tabletalk with Dan.
I've spent the past 2 days preparing for her arrival. Her sheets & blankets must be clean, her bathroom toiletries stocked, the car clean when I pick her up from the airport. That's not all. I've had my stylist freshen up my haircut, even Carter's. I had the carpets professionally cleaned this morning & I've just finished listing counters & toilets that need to be cleaned. The dog is even at the groomer! I'll sweep the patio, though it's too cold to sip lemonade. I'll have everything in the house in it's place & be sure to wear my cutest outfits. Hoodies, they may be!
WHY ON EARTH am I so concerned about her impression?! The truth is, I do this before everyone comes to visit us. Since our family & friends live states away, when they come, they stay awhile. My house becomes theirs. I love it that way. But the effort to polish & primp; am I the only one, ladies?
Once they wake up the first morning, they get to see the house littered with toys & dishes in the sink & my once finished hairstyle not so pristine. Does the first impression really matter so much? Would it make a difference if the dog weren't groomed? Well, maybe. But what if the carpet were just vacuumed & not steam cleaned? (Gosh, I've needed to do that for so long-and what a difference!)
The thing that gets me is Kate, like the other overnight guests, are the nearest & dearest to me because of our deep roots. Because they've stuck with me through the good & bad. Because she's lived with me when the most high-end furnishing I owned was from IKEA. Because they helped Dan & I clean out our old fixer-upper house in NY. For goodness sake, Kate has literally soaked up the blood that poured from my mouth after I had my wisdom teeth out!
What's so impressive about impressing?
PS: Now that I'm done with this blog entry, I'm going to empty the trash cans & work my way through the laundry! How much do you think new pillows for her bed will cost?
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