Monday, August 8, 2011

How to Respond when Deep Calls Unto Deep

You know how some mornings are just frazzled from the first sound of the alarm?  Your hair won’t obey, you can’t seem to find anything to wear out of your hundreds of options, the baby is cranky, the coffee is burned, and you stub your toe on the bed?

Well, today wasn’t that day – thank you, Lord!  And although I will commiserate with you for a moment  if your morning WAS like that…isn’t it so nice when things just seem to work?  Even if it is just for an hour in the morning? 

That has been my morning…my sweet Selah and I have been sitting outside – she so very diligently plucked the dying flowers from our trumpet vine and ever so precisely placed each deceased flower in the grave of her bucket.  All while I sipped some tea (I realized tea is for leisurely mornings while coffee is my go-to when I MUST be productive), read blogs, and recounted a few gifts.

This morning I read my daily devotional of Jesus Calling, and I couldn’t help but smile as Young writes today, “Deep calls unto deep.  You are blessed to hear Me so directly.  Never take this privilege for granted. The best response is a heart overflowing with gratitude.  I am training you to cultivate a thankful mind-set.”  And with those few words off the paper my heart said, “Yes, please train me Lord.”

 When everything around screams for me to be frustrated or consumed with worry and busy…I want instead to be present in the moment – to be thankful for the moments You’ve given…and so this morning I am thankful for those little hands working so diligently.  I am thankful for my tea in my favorite cup.  I am thankful for the freedom to write…the freedom to pray…the freedom to hear Your voice…the freedom to proclaim what I believe and feel.  I am thankful for the opportunity to give thanks.

Here are a few more things I’ve been thankful for over the last month.  I’m counting my gifts – perhaps you should join in!

170.  My favorite table at Sugar Brown’s open and waiting for me.
171.  The sound of my feet, my breath, and my heart as I go out for a run.
172.  Yellow leaves blanketing the porch.
173.  Watching pregnant bellies grow (Hi Jessica, Tara, and Sarah)
174.  Laughing with my sister at how uncoordinated we are (this is you Kelsey during our work-out routine)
175.  My girl’s giant smile when she sees me coming her way.
176.  Her running with arms held high abandoned with delight.


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