It’s Monday. . . again. . . a Sleepy Monday, an I’d-Rather-Stay-In-Bed Monday, a Who-Stole-My-Get-Up-and-Go Monday, a How-Can-I-Get-It-All-Done-Today Monday. . . .
I find myself surprised I feel this way – and then have to smile, share a small laugh with God. . . because He’s not surprised! My husband doesn’t make me coffee in the morning. . . His Dad made his mom coffee in the morning, but that’s not my husband’s thing. I sure could have used a cup to help me get out of bed today. Nope! No steamy cup of wake-up greeted me. . . but God did. . . . bringing me His Holy Spirit. . . for my day! He’s never surprised. . . I’ve come to rely on that!
It is not happenstance we are where we are right now, feeling just like we feel. . . right now. . .
Maybe you’re struggling,
maybe you’re in a Happy Dance moment or somewhere inbetween,
maybe you need someone to know just how you feel,
but you just can’t because you don’t have the words,
or don’t have someone who “gets” these heart-struggles,
or you just cannot. . .
but God sees where you are,
God knows the exact condition of your heart,
and He knows why even more than you do. . .
“Come to me”, He says. . .
with these burdens,
this Monday morning or every morning challenge. . .
“Come to me all who are weary”. . .
hurting, lonely, frustrated,
those who feel they’re planted in the wrong place,
the broken dreamer ,
the broken lover,
the unconfident. . .
the unbeliever. . .
“Come to me, tell me about it. . . ,” He says. . . ,
“ and I will give you rest”
. . . and living water
. . . in Me you will find confidence, companionship,
spirit to overcome,
to see yourself as I see you,
to find beauty and grace where you are
. . . and “wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And food which sustains man’s heart”
. . . even on a Monday. . . !
(Written around Matthew 11:28 and Psalm 104:15).
God’s has already layered this week, today with just what you need,
whether you’re in the down and ugly of a hard challenge and heart-break,
whether you’re just worn down and burned out,
whether you’re in the beginning of a big change and you feel unsure,
or in any level of lost,
or riding a wave of refreshing –
God has blessings for you today –
look for Him,
and you’ll find both Him and them.
Last week, He gave me joy of a cardinal fluttering his red wings in a bird bath overflowing with rain water, the comfort of home, a sweet new book and a blanket. I found Him in the hugs from sons stopping by for a quick minute, smiles from sons who still make home here, the celebration of 37 years of I Do, a rolling pin work out waking up muscles, flour on a surface for dough, grace and courage in new things, the courage to stay and fight instead of fly in the face of a fail moment, and comfort in God that I do not have to have all the answers and solutions. . . because He does. . . He is never surprised. . . .Thank you, Father, for being with me, every step of every day!
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give
Remember Me Monday: #13 & Linky
“I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings,
all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God,
his great goodness to the family of Israel—
~ Isaiah 63:7, The Message
In the Old Testament, God repeatedly, quietly and loudly, tells his children, “You have forgotten me!” (Jeremiah 3:32, Ezekiel 22:12, to name a few). It’s a heart cry from a father to a child who has forgotten all the love, all the saving, helping, little and big blessings – and it leaves me stunned when I realize our Father, the creator of the universe, who knows things I cannot begin to fathom, who authors storylines that leave me amazed, delights in all of us so much, He cries out, “Remember Me.”
While every day is a Remember God Day, I am inviting you to join me on Monday mornings to come by and remember what God has done for you, for your family. Maybe God sent a cardinal darting out in front of you, as if to tell you, “I’m here,” or broke a child’s fever after you laid it all down at His feet in a 2 a.m. bedside vigil. Maybe He stood with you in the wait of a prayer sent out, or brought someone you loved to Christ. Maybe He healed your broken heart, gave your courage, or you gave Him your dreams as a love offering only to have Him give them back in an unimaginable way. Maybe God helped you survive to bedtime after a crazy Monday, or forgive yourself for missing it with your kiddos –– Whatever it is, let’s Remember Him. . . in a “Remember Me Monday” love letter.
“My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
Of your salvation all the day long,
Though I know not its measure.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord”
~ Psalm 71:15-16.
Let us delight in Him by telling the stories of what He’s done! If you wrote a blog post remembering what He’s done for you, join the linky. If you didn’t but still want to praise Him for what He’s done – write it in the comment section. Then visit a comment before or after yours! One of the beautiful things about the blogging community is the relationships it builds!
Rules? Write long or short, a list or a story, include photos or not. Just Remember Him and what He has done, and let the gratitude of your heart guide you. Let’s make Monday so Rejoice, that the goodness of God spills into the rest of the week!
Places I’m Linking at This Week:
Inspire Me Monday, Grace & Truth, Global Blogging, Senior Salon, Hearth and Home,
Purposeful Faith, Tell His Story, InstaEncouragement,
Recharge Wednesday, Worth Beyond Rubies,
Share a Link Wednesday, Lyli Dunbar, Let’s Have Coffee, Legacy Link-Up,
Tune In Thursday / Salt and Light
Grace and Truth, Faith on Fire, Blogger Voices Network