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The ups and the downs

Day 31 of 31 Days of October – Roses Among The Thorns

Life is prone to vicissitude.

It is rainy and chilly on this last day of October here in the bluegrass land.  It’s necessary and right. The ground needs the rain.  All our days cannot be sunny, else the trees and flowers would dry up and wither from lack of moisture.

I have my sunny days and my rainy days.  So do you.

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Shining mornings when the world looks bright and lovely, I long to go outside, take a walk, pick some flowers, invite someone over, do a happy dance.

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Thunder and lightening can send me running to batten down the hatches, secure what may blow away, escape indoors because a storm is coming.  Safe inside, I can settle in with a good book and a cup of hot coffee.  Or I can watch the fury outside and fret that we are all going to blow away.

My emotions can run up and down like the weather.  Some days I am faith-filled and can believe to see the goodness of God.  Then there are days of dog-tiredness, bone-weariness when I wonder how I’m going to get through this putting one foot in front of another, and does God even know I am down here?

The weather and the week have changed my plans completely today.  What was to be a fun excursion has turned into a day at home trying to catch up.  It’s been quite a week.  I will miss time anticipated with a friend, good conversation, and the wandering of antique and thrift stores as we had planned.  My friend and I, we talk a bit this morning about what to do.  She reads a devotion to me.  Tears threaten to fall like the rain.  I am encouraged to trust.

And I want to put good use to this day turned upside down.

I will place today in the hands of the One who fashioned my days before time began, He who knows my thoughts and the words that are about to come out of my mouth.  I will trust Him for the present moment, for it is a present, and pray that my spirit will attune to His Spirit for what He is working out in me.

I want to honor this day as a gift, the Lord’s day.  And I want to rejoice and be glad in it.

This ends the October journey, my friends.  I am thankful you have joined me and encouraged me along the way.  While I won’t be posting every day, I am committed to continue sharing my words with you, and I pray that in some way we will be strengthened by grace from the Word who was made flesh.

For a list of the days of October, go here please.

If you are weary

Day 7 of 31 Days of October – Roses Among The Thorns

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I love sitting on the deck watching and listening as the rain comes in.

It takes me back 30 some yeas ago when I sat on the porch of my parents’ home and looked toward the hills where we could actually see the rain move toward us in grey-like shadows.  There is something restful about it.  Today it brings a pause in my activity.

I had planned some yard work and maybe cleaning out the garage.  But now, my plans change because of the rain.  So I rest from my labors of an already busy morning, and I sit and think.

An introvert by nature, I need quiet spaces in my life.   Some people thrive on sound and music and talking.  And I do enjoy those things also, but I long for a place of stillness sometime in my day, or at least somewhere in the week.

My Scripture this morning was in Matthew 11, with my focus especially on verses 28 through 30.

 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  –J. B. Phillips translation

Perhaps Jesus was speaking about the burdensome list of laws and regulations that had been laid upon the Jewish people.  They must have been quite weary of trying to keep them all.  Jesus came to remove that weight in exchange for the lighter yoke of grace that He would provide through His own shed blood.  His yoke would draw a believer to walk side by side with Him, to follow His lead and go where He went.

I admit I am a bit weary today and it’s only a little past noon.  Some days are like that.  Days can stretch long and tiresome, not just for me but for so many people.  We can work from dawn to dusk at home or away.  We can weary our bodies and our minds.  We can burn both ends of the candle until there is nothing left of us.

My place of service for this season is going to be physically tiresome. I want to do it joyfully even when I am bone weary.  For certain I can rejoice in my labors knowing my load of guilt and sin have been lifted.  I can walk in the ease of Christ’s grace and redemption.

Just as summer has given way to fall It and fall will lead us to winter, the seasons of my life will change.  I can pray for strength, my daily bread for today.  I can expect new mercies each morning.  I can be assured of a shared yoke with my Savior.

And if I get a chance to pause, to sit and to think, I will grab hold of it and relish the moments.  Moments when God will refresh my heart and my soul for the rest of the day.

Will you join me on my October journey as I challenge myself to write for 31 days?  I’d love to have you come along.

For a list of the days of October, go here please.