I love things in groups of five – acorns, sons, birds. It’s like God affirming All is Well. . . even if things don’t look or feel well. Five ibis’s were a sweet God message that He knows what my heart struggles with, reminding me to just let him keep holding what I’ve given him – “All is Well. Hands off and Hands up Daughter,” he reminded this week. “Trust me.”
A little guy, freshly-minted three-year-old overcoming fear to wear the face of bravery born. At the beginning the beginning of the week, my grandson was terrified of the water. Fear is a joy-stealer. But with gentle shepherding, he slew that monster fear to have The Best Time in the water! Thank you Father for sending people to help us overcome challenges!
Fruit Pizza Party on a Holiday Beach, Silly songs about Hop-Hop-Hopping in the Sea, Sea, Sea, and Norah Nuzzling Narwhals Noses Near Nome, sea shell hunting, oysters on the bay, and waiting with expectation to see the blessings God sent into each part of the daily.
One day I wanted to photograph pelicans. I waited but the pelicans were no-shows. God turned my focus to see other things, other than my pre-conceived notions. I had to let the idea of pelicans go, or I would have missed the blessings He did send.
He sent five-year-old giggles, an eight-year-old wanting to be a fisher-girl, two little boys being brave, teenagers playing volleyball, a beach-side newborn sleeping in the shade, children grown into parents doing what we did for so many years – and time for those silly songs and big giggles.
“A sunset like this bespeaks the road home lit with happiness,” my husband said the last night on our holiday with all our family but one as we watched the sun go down.
Thank you God for your gracious dealings, your generous bounties, the goodness for my family, the extravagant love in the seemingly simple things – and thank you for the blessings I’ll vintage as I look back at last week and remember, savoring all these sweet memories you’ve given me! You are a good! Good Father!
Remember Me Monday: #12 & 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