Appetizers

It is truly a wondrous thing to know that The Lord of the universe quiets us with his love and sings over us with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17.) It is something that I’ve come to depend on, to count on. Even more wondrous to me is that this same God knows exactly which song I need to hear!

Holy Spirit you are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by your presence Lord

As I hear these beautiful words from Francesca Battistelli singing through my mind, I have just learned that my dear friend went home to be with the Lord. After fighting for all he was worth for years, he is finally and forever at peace and without pain. And while I sing of the Holy Spirit and my desire for more of God’s presence, my friend is IN God’s presence. While our hearts long for the glory of God, my friend is basking in His glory from now until the end of time.

I am so thankful our God gives us little moments of joy in our lives that give us a glimpse of His glory here and now. An appetizer for the heavenly banquet to come. For me, nothing compares to watching my grandchildren dance, or hearing my 7-month-old grandson laugh out loud just because. The sheer joy of sitting in my porch swing listening to the birds and smelling the sweet fragrance of the lilacs blooming, watching God paint another stunning sunset. Flowers! Reading my son’s poetry and listening to his passion for writing… Hearing another son sing and the privilege of accompanying him. Those times when all my kids are home and hearing them laugh together. Just being in the presence of my children!

Is that how God feels about us? Joyful just to be in our presence?? Holy Spirit, you are welcome here!

There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord

Click here to listen to Holy Spirit from Francesca Battistelli.

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Heart full

Early in the morning, before anyone else is awake, I can hear my clock tick. Every sound is amplified in the quiet stillness of the house. My head is still full from our thanksgiving celebration last night. Yes, my belly is too… somewhat. But my mind and my heart are still stuffed with thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It seems a little lame to say it was so “good” to see everyone, but it WAS good.

The pictures we took didn’t turn out so well, but my memories are bright and clear. For a few short hours, all my children and grandchildren were home at the same time. This is a priceless treasure to me. It’s a gift that only a mother could want and love so very much… Time with her children, all together. Sharing the same space, breathing the same air, hearing the same sounds, all the kids laughing and playing. Sometimes there aren’t enough words. Blessed beyond measure. Overwhelmed by God’s goodness and mercy toward us.

My house is a disaster. I’ll deal with it later. Tomorrow is a marathon day for me, followed by a week of dress rehearsals and performances, doctor appointments, painting classes to teach, and so much more. But for these few minutes, I’m sitting in the quiet of my studio watching the sun rise on a gray morning, listening to the clock tick and the music in my head, remembering last night and marveling at how blessed I am to be the mother and grandmother of these beautiful people I call my family.

It was so good to see everyone. God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.

Good problems. Good God.

I had trouble sleeping last night. Correction. I had trouble going to sleep last night. Once again, I was rendered sleepless by the goodness of God!

It all started with a Skype call with my daughter in Denmark. Her baby is due next week!! Everything’s going well, and I can’t wait to meet my newest grandchild. Lots of discussion about what to bring and how to pack. How am I going to get all the baby stuff AND our stuff packed?? Will I finish his/her (they want to be surprised) quilt on time?? Good problems to have, but they kept me tossing and turning.

One of my sons and his family are praying and hoping to foster/adopt a little girl. God is moving in that situation, and I can’t wait to meet my new granddaughter soon (I hope!!) I lay in my bed last night praying for her, for that whole situation, and thinking that she’s going to need a quilt just like all my other grandkids!

I get to go and spend a couple of days with my grandchildren! What am I going to take with me? Will we have time to draw? Cook? I haven’t seen them in several weeks, and I miss them. They’re growing up too fast!!!!

My art is taking off!!! I came home from a brainstorming meeting for our local arts center with my mind spinning. They want four of my paintings! So I lay there thinking about how I can tweak this one, and what will I do on that one. Where can I find a good model or picture for another. I want to drop everything and PAINT!!!!!

Noisy in my head last night. And noisy this morning, too! I woke up with Love & the Outcome singing, “Jesus, you are, YOU ARE, the King of my heart!”

You are
Bigger than any battle I’m facing
You are
Better than anything I’ve been chasing
Savior and Royalty
The only hope for me

All the goodness in my life comes straight from the good heart of God. My job, as I see it, is to know this is true and thank Him for it!!!

Attitude of gratitude = happy heart = hopeful spirit.

Click here to listen to King of My Heart by Love & the Outcome

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