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.

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Eyes on the Prize

The sun shining through my studio window belies the sadness I feel. I can’t explain why I feel sad today… I don’t really have a reason. Maybe melancholy is a better word, but it’s there nonetheless.

I woke up with Love & The Outcome singing in my head. The song is King of My Heart, and it, too, is falsely cheerful in my head. The line I’m hearing is

You are
Bigger than any battle I’m facing
You are
Better than anything I’ve been chasing

While I know that this is indisputably true, and I will always believe that God can and will do more than I ever could think or ask, I somehow have gotten to mid-afternoon and I’m still “blue.”

I miss my kids. I know that’s part of it. They’ve been heavy on my mind today, and I’ve been praying for them all. I’ve been working on the quilt for my newest grandchild who should be making an appearance sometime in the next 3 or 4 weeks. They live around the world in another country and it’s been hard for this momma to NOT be with her daughter through all this. She’s doing great, and everything’s going according to schedule. But I miss her anyway.

God IS bigger than anything I’m facing. He IS better than anything I’m chasing after in this world. I think he placed this song in my head so he could remind me of these things, and keep it in the front of my mind. It’s as if The Lord is saying, “Keep your eyes up here!” Eyes on the prize!

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

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