Still. I like this time of day, early morning. A fan of sleep, I never thought I would say this. All is still in the house with the hub, my two girls, and our dog sleeping. I am awake because our dog needed to go outside, but she returns to slumber with hardly any effort on her part. Instead of going back to sleep, this is my time to write, read, and reflect on recent events. The only sound I can hear is the light hum of the heater in the background and the mild snoring of my black Labrador.
I wonder . . . is God here with me now? Some days I can feel His presence while other days it feels as if He has left me here to fend for myself. If I am still, truly still, I know He is here through the laughter of my children, the embrace of my husband, the encouragement of my friends, the fullness of my heart. Other times, reading about Internet trolls harassing others, the slaughter of innocent children, the unkind words of one human being to another, I question His apparent absence.
So, I need this time carved into the early morning hours to be truly still.
Turn. When I think of this week’s writing prompt, I think of the lyrics from the song “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season),” where the lyrics are based on the Book of Ecclesiastes, specifically chapter 3:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.
16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
17 I said to myself,
“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.”
A good book of the Bible to review this Friday and every day . . . Turn.
I am thankful for . . .
my oldest daughter caught reading the next book for her Book Club Babes.
a new use for cucumbers (dessert!!!) from our garden.
the Hub’s grandpa given the green light for chemo.
completing two ups and downs without any cardiac failure.
din din with the in-laws.
some quality time with my family.
the laughter of my girls while playing with the neighbor.
For what are you thankful?
Sunday Thanks. I am thankful for . . .
a week away with my family spent exploring.
the hub working extra hard to make this trip possible for us.
a loving text from a friend right when I was thinking of her.
the birthday of an amazing woman blessing whom I have known for 20+ years.
the laughter from not being able to find a hotel with a vacancy.
my youngest daughter’s growth of an inch.
homemade coconut milk ice cream with chopped pecans and maple syrup. Yummo!
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Even with all of life’s ups and downs, I like to take time out each week and reflect on what all I have to be thankful for . . .
VBS Double-Fisting . . . the girls participating in a morning and evening VBS and finding evidence of their learning around the house . . .
Picnicking in the park on a beautiful day.
A heart-to-heart with my pastor . . .
An annual adventure with my squirts. . .
A positive medical report . . .
Much laughter with my buddy at a failed technical attempt . . .
Happy tears at the thought of my family’s summer . . .
My youngest daughter’s excitement over her new haircut . . .
A surprise squeeze from a former volleyball camper . . .
The anticipation of a family adventure . . .
For what are YOU thankful? Share in the comments section.