Sunday, March 29, 2009

How will I respond today?

In "Eternal Echoes", a beautiful poem leaves a haunting question "won't you please respond?"

You can read the poem here.

I can hear Jesus' words: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. . ."

My response today............ "come into my heart Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for Thee".

What a moment of grace!

Friday, March 27, 2009

A time of letting go....... continued

Well, it's been a whole month since my post about Lent being "a time of letting go".

So far, it has indeed been a time of "letting go" for me. Here's a list so far:

  • My adult son has moved out of my house, and become financially independent of me! So, I've let go of the need to "mother" him. Now, he has actually had me over to his house that he shares with 2 other guys, and they MADE DINNER FOR ME! What a joy!

  • I have a lifelong "survival skill" that has become quite a liability for me. That skill is turning my anger inward. Last week I realized that holding onto that coping mechanism is causing me WAY too much pain. I wrote a "thank you and good-bye" letter to that way of handling anger. So, I've let it go, and now I'm taking baby steps toward finding a healthier way that works for me. It's time!

  • After almost 3 years of working a 12-step program to help me stop eating compulsively, I've finally admitted that, yes, foods made with white flour are like poison to me. So, I'm letting go of those foods, with God's help......... I know I can't do it with willpower alone..... one day at a time.

All of this letting go is making room for a sense of joy in living, and I am so grateful today!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Tale of Two Kittens

Well, first there were 4 kittens born on December 30. What bundles of joy they are!

About 2 weeks ago, one kitten found a home with the friend of a friend. This dear lady had suffered the loss of her husband and 2 cats within 3 months. I'm so grateful that our little kitten is able to bring some joy and companionship to her home! Her resident cat didn't even mind. :~)

I've been telling everyone (I thought) about these sweet kittens that needed a home, to no avail. Last night I bought a digital camera. I, the technologically-challenged one, was planning to spend the afternoon learning how to upload pictures to post on Craig's list.

I'm happy to say that God had other plans! I arrived at choir practice, and a fellow choir member asks "does anyone know someone that has kittens?"! She must have been absent from choir when I asked there if anyone wanted a kitten.

The story gets more amazing! Another choir member just happened to have a car full of cat supplies (litter box, litter, toys, etc.) that she was planning to donate to the humane society this afternoon.

So, this afternoon, two little boys are thrilled to have two new kittens at their house, and no need to go out and buy all of the kitten supplies! Praise be to God!

Yes, I'm sad that my dear little "Winky", the tuxedo cat with only one eye, has left me. I'm so grateful that she has a loving home! I still have one fluffy kitten, and I think I'll keep him.

Whew, I'm SAVED from having to learn how to upload pictures this afternoon!

Who knows, maybe one day I'll learn how to do it, and will be able to post a picture or two now and then.