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“All That and a Pair of Yoga Pants”

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I played hooky from school today. Never in my life have I asked off for a personal day that was free of an appointment or “reason”. The Lord planted this idea in my head to get a substitute for my class two days ago. I was perplexed because I NEVER ask off. It is like , God would have to give me a brain tumor to take time away from my classroom! I think it a “control issue” if you ask me.. Well, I was super giddy as I made MY plans to fill this day… I thought of the places I would go..the people I could meet –

As quick as I made MY plans the Lord erased them and He gave this sweet word to me -“ABIDE”- If you are like me… It is hard to sit still and abide…especially when there are things to do and places to go! Another word he gave me during the day was “ANTICIPATE”….as if to sit on the edge of my seat and await what the Lord is going to say or do next!
My day was filled with an overflowing of Himself. The sweet pleasures of the day included a leisurely cup of coffee and quiet time! It included making a hot breakfast for two high schoolers before they took off to school, clean sheets, a scrubbed out refrigerator , clean carpets, finished the last chapter of a book, crock pot full, swept off porch. This day also included the tossing of two dried out and crispy mums (yes…from autumn) and a changing of the Valentine flag out front! Hey, don’t judge! Life comes at us all fast…I was struck by the beauty of the Lord as he put a bow on the last few minutes of my alone time! I was reading from a book called “Wonderstruck” by Margret Feinberg when I came across this sentence.

“The abundant life begins here on earth as we choose to align our whole selves with God and continues as we ABIDE with God forever. The eternal abundant life we’re called to starts now and never ends.”

There was that word… ABIDE. It is a choice to align ourselves with His agenda.Personally, I loved this alignment today! So, from now on…when the Lord tells me to play hooky from school… I am all over it! Good thing only my dog witnessed the spontaneous , shadow shenanigans on the front porch! Abiding means listening …aligning and anticipating His work in our lives!
May your cup overflow in the goodness of the Lord!
All that and yoga pants,
Me

“Nothing Bundt Crumbs”

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This week , I found myself in a hurry to write the daily assignments on the board. My third graders were filing into the classroom and I had fallen behind in my preparation for the day as I had spent moments of frustration dealing with a technology glitch. (Can you relate?) I was in the middle of writing when I became aware of someone in my peripheral vision. I did not have time to turn and look…after all , I was busy. The figure didn’t move and patiently waited for me. As I turned around, I noticed a little package tied with a ribbon in one of my student’s hands. He had blessed me with a gift! It was not my birthday or anniversary or anything! It was a “just because” gift! He had a mini red velvet “Nothing Bundt Cake” that he handed to me with the kindest , sweetest smile on his face! His offering made my heart turn to mush! I gladly accepted his gift. Later that day , as I was pondering his kindness…it reminded me of a sweet truth. This is the same way Christ greets us in the morning. We all have crazy , busy days filled with glitches , frustrations and deadlines. Yet he patiently waits for our attention and seeks to bless us beyond measure! Psalm 103:5 says “He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Lamentations 3:22 says “His unfailing love never ends! His mercies begin afresh each day!” My red velvet cake may be reduced to “Nothing Bundt Crumbs” now..but, just like the young man with a “just because gift”…Christ greets us each new day with the opportunity to accept His “Nothing Bundt LOVE” gift! He is endless, sweet, refreshing, energizing, encouraging and so much more!
Enjoy your day and be encouraged!

Take time to quiet yourself and turn from your “busy” to find His grace!

Is there someone in your life that you could bless with a “just because” gift?

Hope your day is “Nothing Bundt Sweet”!

Short & Tweet

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Birds begin to sing not long after the storm. It is so refreshing to listen to a little creature belt out notes of praise as the clouds part and the sun begins to shine again. I have had this blog for several years…it has sat dormit …for many different reasons and excuses. It is time to get back up on the tree branch and sing His “notes” of praise once again. So, if by chance you bend your ear this way or stumble upon this blog, may you be refreshed in His words. The posts won’t be long… It may just be “Short & Tweet”. Whatever you are doing today…this Good Friday, be encouraged! Jesus faced the storm of His life…He was betrayed, beaten and mocked! He was spat upon and hung on a wooden cross! The day was dark and His storm was intense! He did this ALL for YOU and for ME! Be encouraged!! Sunday is coming! Death is defeated! The “Son” is coming out and His “reign” is glorious! His very eye is on the sparrow and knows when it falls from the sky! How much MORE does He care for us!

Have a song filled day!
What a “tweet” it for me that you read this to the end! Stay tuned for more melodious ramblings.

“May He be pleased by all these thoughts about Him, for He is the source of all my JOY.” Psalm 104:34