Little Ears, Little Voices, A Little Bit of Blessing
“My praise shall be continually of Thee” ~ Psalm 71:6
“Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, from whom all good thoughts proceed, grant us the presence of the Holy Spirit, that we may walk humbly before Thee this day. Thou are the fountain of our light and the source of our strength. We render thanks to Thee for this home with all its comforts and blessings. We thank Thee for all the tokens of Thy loving kindness and They mercies which we have experienced.” ~ W.D. Powell, D.D., Louisville, Kentucky, October 9th, God’s Minute: A book of 365 Daily Prayers, Sixty Seconds long for Home Worship, 1930.
Thank you, Father, for the strength, energy, the determination to make calzones for those who sit at the kitchen counter this week. Thank you, Father, for little ears that listen and little voices that join as you bow to pray over green beans, maple syrup carrots and pulled chicken
. . . for little ears that listen and little voices that join in reading favorite books like Be Brave, Little Tiger, Wait Till the Moon is Full – and your Muddy’s new book, I Didn’t Cause that Frown.
. . . for little ears that hear you call to come look at the big red truck dumping red Tennessee Clay – and little voices that answer in delight.
. . . for even little voices that coo to smile as you smile and talk a language only the two of you understand.
Thank you, Father, for the little voices.
“Be with us this day, O God! May each member of our household be conscious of Thy presence. My Christ Jesus be exalted in all that we shall say and do. We thank Thee for salvation; we ask Thee to make us ready for service. May each one of us surrender absolutely to Jesus, Thy son. May we give ourselves, our time, our money and our influence unreservedly to Him. May we care for the lowly and neglected; may we visit the sick and those in distress; may we encourage the tempted and the discouraged, and not forget to be fishers of men.” ~ W.D. Powell, D.D., Louisville, Kentucky, October 9th, God’s Minute: A book of 365 Daily Prayers, Sixty Seconds long for Home Worship, 1930.
Thank you, Father, for the determination to create intentional time to slow down and savor – the moments by myself, the moments with my Forever Man, the moments with those God gives me in the daily, the moments not-so-daily but oh-so-savor-sweet! Thank you for propelling me to grab those moments before they slip by, leaving regret.
Thank you for a repentant heart that knows how to admit when I miss it. . .
Thank you for the brief Kentucky Autumn against my cheeks and in my heart, the crunch of its leaves under my feet, and sweaters given a chance to earn their keep, a Fall evening smelling of burnt logs and the bluegrass gloaming time that comes an hour earlier than my on my little Tennessee mountain. Sometimes the heart needs to steep and savor the five-sensory detail of what used to be home.
Thank you, Dad, for loving me so much better than I deserve this week! ~ Love, your daughter!
“Make us wise, Blessed Master, with Thy wisdom and strong in Thy Strength. May we be loyal to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, Give us vitality of body and make us able to endure. Grant us the spirit of prevailing prayer, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.” ~ W.D. Powell, D.D., Louisville, Kentucky, October 9th, God’s Minute: A book of 365 Daily Prayers, Sixty Seconds long for Home Worship, 1930.
Remember Me Monday: #22 & 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,
Purposeful Faith, Tell His Story,
https://welcomeheart.com/blog, Worth Beyond Rubies,
Share a Link Wednesday, Let’s Have Coffee,
Grace and Truth, Faith on Fire,
There is so much to be thankful for, every day! Thanks for letting us in on recounting your blessings.
I am so glad you join in with your blessings, too!!! Shalom, Barbara! ~ Maryleigh
What a beautiful prayer!
I love the daily prayer’s in the God’s Minute daily prayer book. It’s first publication date was in 1916 – right in the middle of World War I – thinking about the challenges families faced in that time gives these prayers a deeper layer to know what they’ve sprung from!
Autumn just has a way of bringing out so much to see and hear and smell 🙂 Those calzones look delicious!
Autumn is my favorite season – it soothes my spirit in a way no other does. My boys so enjoyed those calzone/pizza rolls! The chicken-artichoke heart ones were so very good, too!
What a beautiful prayer of gratitude Maryleigh. Thank you for sharing your blessings with us today.
Jennifer, Remembering what He has done for me during the week. For the last couple of years, that has been what His word seems to have said over and over – You have forgotten me is written so many times in the old testament; He wants us to remember – the big and the little things, the “history” and the now! The gratitude prayer is from God’s Minute printed first in 1916 – what moms and dads, sons and daughters were going through at that time produced these prayers that mean so much to me in 2020.
I love being able to choose gratitude in the midst of craziness.
Even more than I love those calzones!
Yes! I’m in a crazy cycle right now – so much going on – but the stopping for gratitude is a sweet, slow spot in my week! So thankful for the motivation and energy He gave me to make those calzones – my boys may not realize it, but without God helping me, there wouldn’t have been any calzones.