Beginnings and Changes

Do You See?

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God's Miracle

God’s Miracle

“See, I am doing a new thing!
 Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19

After waiting ten minutes in the Starbucks drive through line and hearing those dreaded words, “peppermint lattes are no longer in season” the sinking feeling in my stomach only rivaled the one I had experienced the day before as I ate my last piece of fudge…It’s over, it’s done.

No more Christmas lights, no more Fa la la la la on the radio. I even changed my Jingle Bell ring tone back to my boring marimba.

It’s a new year. After a four week moratorium on the gym the realization sunk in as I rolled over, opened one eye and hit the alarm clock off button. Once again I saw the evidence looming before me that there really is a 5:30 AM. As I staggered out of bed toward my work out clothes and felt my thighs slapping against one another I knew it was time to begin again.

Well here is February and I have been to the gym but in many ways I am still beginning again. My quiet time has morphed into end-of-year projects and the birth of an adorable, delightful, gorgeous grand daughter. But it was in the early morning light as we shared our morning snuggles that my days began anew. As she lay in my arms we had our first prayer together for a sick little girl she had yet to meet who would grow to be someone dear in her life.

We began anew as I shared stories of the lives of the generations of women that came before that will always be watching her from above. There’s nothing like a birth to make you realize what beginning anew truly means. When Isaiah said “See I am doing a new thing”, I’m not sure he had in mind snuggling with a new baby, going to the gym, or changing a ringtone. But he was looking forward to the miracles that lay ahead of the Israelites, just as I was looking forward to the miracles that were yet to come in the life of precious Mae Frances and the miracles that preceded her in the generations before.

It may be February, but it still isn’t too late to begin anew and open my eyes to the wonders that are yet to come. Won’t you join me?

Pray with me:

Holy One, open my eyes that I may truly see the miracles that surround me each day of my life so I may feel Your presence as I live for You.

Points to Ponder:

1. Have you done anything to begin anew this year?

2. How do you see the miracles of God as you walk your days?

3. How do you feel the miracles of God as you walk your days?

Three Little Words – He Has Risen

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“…He has risen!” Luke 24:6

Walking 10,000 Steps? Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!Once again three little words changed my life,  “Ten Thousand Steps.” It was the absolute deception of an occasional hot flash that persuaded me to register for a women’s wellness seminar. They duped me even further by serving plate lickin’ cinnamon rolls and those Pioneer Woman lattes to raise my guilt meter. But to my surprise my next two inspirational hours got my twinkle toes moving and my heart listening. Imagine that!  I couldn’t believe myself cheering along with the crowd in response to the size two fitness guru on stage. I was ready to high tail it to the store and snatch up one of those snappy arms bands she touted to register the thousands of steps ahead of me.

The euphoria wore off while waiting for my car to be retrieved by the valet, so instead of the mall, I found my way home and to the couch. As I lay there with Charlie and Lucy, my puppies, the changes I envisioned ahead in my life spun around my brain. For example, exactly how early was I going to have to rise and shine to improve my step count and how long does it take to walk 10,000 steps? It really began to sound as if once again a lifestyle change was headed my way. Trying to fit 10,000 steps, Jesus time, and housekeeping into the day is almost more than a body can do.  If I leave off housekeeping, there’s a lot more time to step out. (I know wise guys, that I can get steps while vacuuming.) Perhaps I could pray while walking to yoga and maybe even park far away from the grocery store and listen to our Precious One as I push my cart around the store.

So if you come looking for me, I’m no longer snoozing on the couch with Charlie and Lucy. I’ve risen and am out walking those ten thousand steps talking to my Jesus.  After all, He rose for me and thanking Him for His glorious gift of life is the least I can do.  Now even when I spend my day doing  yard work, or heaven forbid cleaning out the garage, often I don’t remember my little speedy toes touching the ground. It’s amazing how easy I move through life talking with the Giver of Life. You’ll have to be quick, but catch me if you can.

Points to Ponder:

1. Where is your favorite place to pray? Why?

2. Do you truly know “He has risen?”  What makes you know this?

3.  What has changed your life? Was it God inspired?

Pray with Me:

Dear Walking Partner,

I start my day with You, You fill every minute of it, and are there when I close my eyes at night.  Guide me to see You in every step I take.

Your praying partner