I am having a bit of a stay home day.
It’s so wet outside, it’s a good idea.
Besides, I am not feeling that great either.
To improve my mood, here’s my high five’s for the week:
1. Our Family Tea Bar
Our family has become big tea drinkers.
The problem was that a couple of members liked to leave the kettle on the stove for hours.
Living with Carl aka Mr. Safety, this was not a great situation.
Enter our new chubby red electric tea kettle. She heats up quickly, stays hot for quite a while and the all-important kicker…
she shuts off on her own…without being told.
We have a pretty teeny kitchen and so I set up a wooden tray in a neglected corner of what used to be our breakfast nook and we
we were all set to dispense tea in all its loveliness.
I have said it before, but I am really enjoying using one of YouVersion’s Bible reading plans.
I missed a couple of days this week, and I was able to click the “catch me up” button and instantly,
it changed today’s reading to Wednesday’s reading and changed my finish date by two days.
It was a bit of a relief. My goal is the be diligently in the Word but not to beat myself up
when life gets crazy.
I also saw that there is even an option to listen to your readings as well.
If you haven’t checked it yet, there are over 130 different plans and devotionals. Whatever you goal,
there’s a plan for you.
You can customize any plan to fit your day-to-day life.
This ends the endorsement part of this post.
3. The weak and the strong
I don’t know about you but there are times that I am strong and there are many times when I am weak.
There are areas in my life that God has fortified however there are piles of areas that need a lot of intervention.
I read these verses in Romans several weeks ago.
I can’t get them off my mind.
In fact, I really feel like they have started a mini-revolution in me.
Perhaps I mean revelation. Actually it feels like both.
I am both people in these verses and perhaps so are you.
These verses exhale grace…grace…nothing but grace to me…to others.
In light of reading these verses, I have consciously paused to reflect on myself and others.
When I see weakness and I feel strong…I choose to support…to love deeply in the midst of weakness…
to pray out of mutual neediness.
When I am weak…I choose to go to the One who is the strongest first but then I also want to surround
myself with those that are stronger than me.
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter,
and not just do what is most convenient for us.
Strength is for service, not status.
Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves,
“How can I help?”
That’s exactly what Jesus did.
He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out.
“I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.
Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us.
God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling
and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us,
keeping us alert for whatever he will do next.
May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you
so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all.
Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!
Romans 15: 1-6 (MSG)
4. A warm covering
Carl and I received a sweet unexpected gift this week from a precious friend.
This is mine:
Isn’t it groovy?
I love it!
All five of us now have a warm fun blanket from our dear Florence.
When I woke up Thursday morning…I felt covered with warmth.
You know that is a good feeling.
It made me reflect on the fact that God is my covering.
He’s got me covered…on every side.
I glance back at the past and I know that He was there.
At times, I knew it…I felt it…other times I hadn’t a clue until later I realized
all that He did.
I sit here today in my chair and He is right beside me, telling me to trust…believe…
hope…rest…breath in peace.
He is squarely in my future and He has me wrapped up tight in the warmth of His embrace
and His supreme goodness.
I hope you feel covered today as well.
If you have forgotten, I am here to remind you.
He’s got you firmly and completely covered.
5. David and a good dog
This is the scene on Tuesday when I have Bible study.
She barely lets her in the door without a festival of wagging and in Hazel’s unique way she talks to
Kim. If it has been a couple of weeks since we have met, she reprimands Kim.
It’s never my fault…it’s always Kim’s 🙂
Once Kim is able to sit (which is no easy task) in one of the chairs, Hazel sits at her feet…
sometimes on her feet (she has personal space issues)
and she just looks at Kim. If Kim leans forward,
she will lay her paws on top of Kim’s arms as if to let her know that she isn’t
It is hysterical.
Usually she will lay by one of our feet until the space heater is turned on.
Then she turns fickle and will scoot closer to her favorite source of warmth.
One more Hazel story.
Back to our small kitchen.
There are three doors that lead to the kitchen…it must be true that
the heart of the home is the kitchen.
All doors lead to yum.
For us, one door leads from the dining room, one from the hallway, and one
leads downstairs to the back door and to the basement.
Hazel eats her meals by the back door at the bottom of one set of stairs.
Some mornings all the doors exiting the kitchen are open and Hazel will find her way
to the hall and wait for either Carl or me to appear.
But sometimes, all the doors will be closed. She will finish her food and is trapped.
The door that leads to the hallway has a gap at the bottom.
Hazel gets as close to the door as she can and lays down.
So close that usually her paw is sticking out from under the door.
One morning this week, this was the case.
Her big paw was under the door. I got on my hands and knees
and crawled slowly and quietly towards the door.
I touched her paw…she jumped.
I opened the door and found my faithful pooch
standing and twirling that tail wildly because she was about to be
released and able to get closer to the objects of her loyalty and affections.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this study on the life of David.
There is such a sharp contrast of when David walked with God
and when he chose to walk in his own strength and decisions.
I wonder in my life how often I close all the doors of my life.
I don’t give God the access that He longs to have.
His hand is reaching out for me and I don’t see it or I won’t grab it.
When all it would take is for me to reach out my hand as well,
open the door and see Him delight in the object of His affection.
He wants to be released in my life.
May this weekend find you filled and warm, be it from…
a hot cup of tea,
time in the Word,
extending or receiving strength,
the warmth of His covering
basking in the knowledge that you are the object of
His deep and abiding affection.