Feel the Rain

Feel the Rain

I am so thankful that the Lord has not given up on me over the years.  He keeps refining me and taking me through situations I would never have asked for or wanted to experience…oh, but the Lord has plans for good!

One day in the middle of a lengthy wet spell, we were all getting a little stir crazy, some more than others in our home.  So when the rain let up a bit and someone asked to go outside, I said, “Yes!”

I figured a little wetness would not hurt…it could be a prelude to a real shower upon re-entrance to our dry abode!

When I looked outside, this is what I saw:

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I watched.   Stunned.  What was this child of mine doing?  Dressed in a pink and blue beret, a cute skirt, the smelliest sparkly Toms any child has ever worn and a beautiful wool coat with faux fur collar, just three sizes too small.

I just watched…wondering if I should make her come inside, but she was enjoying her time outdoors so much.  And honestly, I could tell she needed this freedom from our own four walls.

I snuck outside to get a picture of her in the rain, walking around with her hands held out, just happy as a clam.  So I joined her in the great (wet) outdoors, took her picture (unbeknownst to her) and asked her, “Lee, what are you doing?”

“I am feeling the rain.”

And such is life with her – she feels the rain in every situation.  When life is sad, her eyes fill with tears. When life is funny, she rolls with laughter.  When she sees an injustice, she burns with anger.  When she sees a need, she does her best to meet it.  When someone is sad, she gives them warm hugs.  She is not afraid to feel every emotion and to love every person she meets.

Before the Lord gave me Lee, I would steer clear of all these emotions and feelings…

God gave me Lee because He knew I needed her.  I needed to learn to feel the rain.  To live my life to the fullest and to enjoy every minute of it…whether rain or shine.

And I have learned to thank the Lord for both.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24

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I’ve Been Doing Some Reading

I’ve Been Doing Some Reading

 

I have not always been a reader.  I know, “Readers are Leaders,” but as a young Daphne, I wondered who had time to read?  I was too busy doing, doing, doing…I read what was necessary (unless it was British literature…that was so painful ), but by and large, reading was not something I did for fun.

But in full disclosure, I don’t think I did anything special for fun…I was too busy doing, doing, doing to even know what I liked to do.

But that is another discussion for another day.

So this Christmas, my sister-in-love, Molly, wanted a book by a lady I had heard of before, Sally Clarkson.  Since I had drawn Molly’s name for Christmas, I decided to get Sally’s book and read part of it before I wrapped it for Molly for Christmas.  (Doesn’t everyone do that?)

The book she wanted was called “The Life-Giving Home.”  Its first twenty pages were wonderful…so I borrowed it from the library and searched for all of Sally’s books in our library system.

“The Life-Giving Home” is wonderful and I found two other books of Sally’s that have been so encouraging to me:   “Desperate: Hope for the Mom who Needs to Breathe” and “Own Your Life.”

And since my word for this year is “live,”  I have been so encouraged by Sally’s writings.  Sally’s encouragement throughout all of these books has been to live the life God has given to you and to live it to your fullest among many other encouragements.

I have been doing some other reading lately by two other authors that I highly esteem…I will share about them soon…but I need to do more reading first!

So what have you been reading lately?  I would love great reading suggestions!

 

The Eagle – Part Two

The Eagle – Part Two

I told you about the “Eagle Cam” earlier and while it is a really neat thing, it has also been hard for me to watch.

When we started watching right before Christmas, there were two eggs in the nest.  Mama and Daddy Eagle would take turns sitting on the nest and every once in a a while we would get a glance at the two eggs.  Someone at my house always thought they saw a crack in one of the eggs and were so eager to see a little eaglet (yes, that is a word) pop it’s head out.

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And we got to see the first eaglet, but days kept passing the second egg never hatched.

Now, please do not going to tell my high school biology teacher this, but I did not realize that there were sometimes eggs that did not hatch.

A few days ago, the other egg in this eagle’s nest was deemed, “Not Viable with Life.”

I did not like the sound of this at all. Read more

The Eagle Baby, Waiting on the Lord and My Word of the Year

The Eagle Baby, Waiting on the Lord and My Word of the Year

A few weeks ago, my husbband sent me an e-mail.

Romantic, huh?!?

We do that sometimes because it is easier than trying to cover all our bases when he is home and EVERYONE is vying for his attention.

This particular e-mail was an enthusiastic encouragement to show the girls the eagles who are sitting on their nest waiting for new babies to be born.

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I passed this e-mail by until later when he was home for the holidays and he asked our oldest if I had shown them the eagles.

Oops…MOM FAIL.  I had skimmed the e-mail, deemed no immediate action necessary and gone on to the next action item.

So he got the computer and pulled up the eagle-cam of the eagle sitting on the nest with two eggs beneath her beautiful feathers.  It was quite amazing to sit and watch.

I know this because as a family, we set the computer up in a prominent spot so that we could watch.  And this is what I heard throughout that day:

“She moved!”   “I see the eggs.”   “I think I see a crack!”  “This must be the daddy bird!”

At first I was fixated on the screen.  What was so amazing about this?  Yes, this is our national bird and at one time it was considered extinct.  But this momma and daddy bird are just doing their jobs.  They are doing what comes naturally…so why the big fuss?

But every morning after the initial eagle introduction from daddy, my oldest daughter would check to see if a baby had hatched yet.  And finally, one little cotton ball was hatched and we have enjoyed seeing its cute little being when mama moves from the nest.

It has been like the ordinary has become extraordinary.  Like doing what comes naturally is all of a sudden supernatural.

Then today I read a familiar passage from Isaiah:  “They who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  (40:30-31)

After I read this verse, I recollected the eagle I had watched.  They are beautiful birds and they are so powerful.  Truly amazing creatures.

So I re-read the Isaiah verses and was encouraged that at the strength of eagles doesn’t come from doing everything perfectly or from running yourself ragged…quite the opposite…it comes from waiting on the Lord.

Doing what God called you to do, and wait for the Lord to lead you each step of the way.

These sweet eagles and a few books that I have been reading lately (which I will share soon) have encouraged me as I chose my word for this year.

So without further ado, my word for this year is:  LIVE.

LIVE – as in live each day to the fullest; as in live and do not be afraid; as in for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.  Live while I am waiting and live while I am soaring because life is for the living.

Not for the contemplating, overthinking, fearing and/or watching.  (All of which I have done in the past).  It is for the living.

Living means choosing to be in the present.  Living means choosing to enjoy the waiting, knowing that God has something in store for you…you must be faithful each step of the way.

Live.

Live each day to its fullest potential.

Not for my glory, but for God’s glory.

Because it is all about Him…for His glory and His grace.

What about you?  Do you have a word this year?  A verse?  I would love to hear others’ word/verse/thought!  It is always encouraging to hear what others are doing as well!!!

“Encourage one another and build one another up…”  1 Thessalonians 5:11