This is a short chapter from my book My Precious Life. It just goes to show how sometimes our wishes do come true, one way or another. Happy Saturday.
Give Me a Break
I was overwhelmed trying to balance home, family, work and extra curricular activities. I prayed night and day to get a break from it all. I needed a rest.
While shopping one evening I spied a book titled Slow Me Down Lord. I promptly bought it, enjoyed reading it and made that my daily prayer.
Not long afterwards I slipped on the lunchroom floor at work and landed flat on my back. The pain! X-rays showed a fractured tailbone. Treatment? Stay off my feet and complete rest for two weeks! Doctor’s orders…or God’s?
As I settled into recuperation, a pile of good books at hand, I chuckled to God, “I asked you to slow me down, Lord, not put me out of commission.”
Two weeks of complete rest and relaxation renewed my spirit but the pain lingered for months.
Be careful what you pray for; God is always ready to answer….His way.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest….”Matthew 11:28
When you hear the name Sandpiper, do you think of the bird or the singing trio who began their career in the mid-sixties? This morning I am thinking of the the three young men who released this song in 1970. It seems to fit this Saturday morning for me because it brings back a memory of my wedding day, May 8,1954. Even though it may be afternoon in other parts of the world it is still morning here in Canada. Happy Saturday.
Have you ever wondered how you got mired in a certain way of thinking without giving it any thought?
It came to me one morning back in the eighties, when a scripture I had read or heard somewhere popped into my mind. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind….” (Romans 12:2). I actually stopped what I was doing at the time and thought about what that might mean. And so I tried it. It meant monitoring the daily words that inhabited my mind, and choosing only the ones that could enhance my life rather than degrade it.
This is not a one-time exercise. It is an ongoing challenge, sorting thoughts, changing the words to speak, goofing up, and going back to the drawing board.
For instance, have you ever said to yourself, “I’m going to give so-and-so a piece of mind!” Well, you can bet your bottom dollar that that piece of your mind is not going to be a good piece.
In Isaiah 55:8 God said: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts…” Too bad, eh?
This morning there was an outdoor sound that imitated horse hooves on pavement. It took me back to the clip-clop days of horse and wagon deliveries of my childhood. It was always a treat to see a horse doing its job except when the tail went up and you knew that anything but a treat was about to land on the road. I always wondered how the horse knew to lift its tail out of the way. Back then there were milk wagons, bread wagons, ice cream wagons and even ice wagons. Iceboxes were still the norm for storing perishables in some homes in the forties.
I couldn’t identify the sound I heard today but enjoyed the memory it invoked. I hope your weekend includes some sounds of old. Happy Saturday.
As we enter into this Holy Saturday and look back on the week that was, we see Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to fulfill his destination.
He has had the Last Supper with his disciples and given them this commandment: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34,35
He has been tried, scourged, and nailed to a cross.
And now He is in the tomb; a tomb that is said to have belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy Jewish follower of Jesus.
And so we wait, because it is not over. The best is yet to come. Happy Saturday.
Saturday may be just another day to some of us, and maybe we have to work at making it a little different. Maybe we need a little something to make us smile, and just maybe that little something is as simple as a cartoon character. Here is my smile for the day. What will make you smile? Happy Saturday.
Strength is a powerful word; not just physical strength, but moral strength and spiritual strength as well. Sometimes we need help to keep up our strength, and sometimes that help comes in the form of words spoken by others.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley, singer/songwriter.
Strength is a matter of a made up mind. John Beecher, author.
Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. Suzanne Collins, American author and screenwriter.
Courage isn’t the strength to go on…it is going on when you don’t have the strength. Napoleon Bonaparte
“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
Since 1965 Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers has been one of my favorite songs, and my youngest son, even in his teens, was aware of this. He was born in 1967.
At his wedding in 2000 he chose this song as the mother and son dance. As you can guess, I was very touched.
I just heard the song yesterday, after a long time, and it brought tears to my eyes as I recalled one of my most precious memories, dancing with my youngest son at his wedding to his thoughtful choice of my favorite song. I hope you have the luxury of recalling some precious memories today. Happy Saturday.