I get to sleep in and wake up, usually to birds singing, the tree outside my window swaying and sunshine pouring through my window. The coffee is ready, thanks to my faithful husband, and I pour it in to one of my favorite cups (I love cups). I carry a steaming cup upstairs, to nestle back in bed with coffee, lap top, journal and books surrounding me.
And it is good.
I love to think about the week before...all that has transpired and I give thanks. For those who have come across my path, for the good words I have heard, for the opportunities to keep silent when it was wise to do so and when I responded appropriately and for the failures when I didn't, because they remind me that I am but dust and haven't quite arrived.
That, too, is good.
For the sweet children I held and spoke to and heard from. For a call from a friend just to catch up and share with, for the families I helped while at work and the note of thanks from one of them, reminding me that mine is not a mere job, but a high calling. For those who are sick and who I get to lift in prayer and encourage in small ways. For reminders that we are in this together.
Yes. It's good.
For friendships forged, for friendships maintained and for friendships still growing. For so many beautiful women in my life...quirky ones, thoughtful ones, deep thinkers, big laughers, generous hearts and kindness personified...I love them all so much. Putting faces with names, names with faces and brand new faces and names. We are a garden blooming together.
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For secrets shared and fears exposed and trust given. For feeling at home in a home that is mine but that was given by Him. For ministry that happens when the doors are flung open and people walk in. That we can walk out changed, because even in the midst of the laughter and the conversation and good food and beautiful flowers and, yes, a little bit of chaos- somehow, He comes and dwells among us.
Oh. It is good.
For sorrows and set backs and trials and infirmity, for they remind me to cast all my cares upon Him and to trust in the Everlasting Arms. Sometimes this is very hard, but, you guessed it-
Not always easy, not always sweet. Not always pleasant.
But always good.
Because He is.