Yesterday my heart was blessed so deeply by children and grandchildren…and friends! One of my daughters lives out of state and is here visiting for a week. Her daughter and granddaughter drove in from a bordering state to visit for the day. Oh, the blessings of seeing and holding my one year old great granddaughter! God created us to be mothers and when our children grow and become parents the blessing continues!
My oldest daughter called and asked if she could stop by for a brief visit. What a joy to see her and also my beautiful granddaughter who is grown and working as a nurse. My youngest daughter and her husband stopped by after they had left. I counted my blessings as I silently thanked God for His many blessings.
The doorbell rang and I opened the door to find a sweet and dear friend had stopped by to bless me with some coneflowers to plant in my garden! What a surprise. My heart was overflowing with joy to see her and with the sweet heart gift she had brought. I’m hoping we will get a chance to really visit soon.
Today my youngest and second youngest daughters are stopping by and we are having a taco Mother’s Day lunch after church! I’m so overjoyed at times with how good God has been to me by filling my life with children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and beautiful heart friends! I was raised as an only child though I had a brother and sister in other states. I always longed for a real family and He has given me one!
Lifting my cup of tea and wishing each of you who care for children, whether from your own womb or not, a very Happy Mother’s Day. This is a day to give thanks for the love you share, for the arms that hold and protect, for shoulders to cry on, for hands that wipe tears, for a heart that never stops loving. God bless you!
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33 NLT)
I recently spent time reading the book of Ecclesiastes which recounts words from Solomon about chasing things we believe will bring us pleasure, but learn the chase ends in failure. In my lifetime, I have chased after things that really didn’t matter, that didn’t bring the pleasure I’d sought. Eventually it brought only heartache, shame, or guilt. This is life. We have decisions to make, which God allows us to do freely.
Through my almost 80 years of living, I’ve come to learn “things” don’t matter. People do. God does. Sharing His goodness does. Being kind does. Loving does. Not the obsessive loving some people will give, but the kind of love that comes with no conditions. God loves each of us deeply. Every single one of us. He wants to have a relationship with us and He wants us to be with Him in Heaven one day. He gave His only Son to die for our sins, yes every one of our sins, so that we could be forgiven and become an heir of the Kingdom.
That’s the good news of Jesus Christ. So what do I chase after today? Deepening my relationship with the Everlasting Father. Sharing kindness and love without expecting a return or reward. It makes me so happy. It gives me peace and an overflowing joy in each new morning. Lifting my cup of tea with a prayer that you will find fulfillment in God’s daily bread, rather than in chasing the wind.
My daughter and I went to the grocery store yesterday to pick up items for a few specific meals. It was her first time visit to this store, so she was excited to look around. We found almost every item we needed except for an eggplant and a couple others. No problem because a big box store was across the street. Before we checked out, we recited the three things we still needed.
I parked in the lot near the doors and she looked at me and started to repeat the three items we needed. No matter how hard we tried, neither of us could think of the third item. I mean we had just repeated the items not two minutes ago! And then it struck me funny. I said between giggling, “Two old ladies sitting in the car laughing about forgetting something they knew just two minutes ago.” That triggered even harder laughter. You know…the kind that fuels the other and you just can’t stop!
As I sit here giggling to myself about the incident, I’m thinking of how easily some things can slip our minds when we are trying to process a multitude of outside stimuluses and conversation. On a recent visit to my doctor, I was given a wellness check. One thing the nurse did was give me three easy words and then told me to remember them because she was going to ask me to repeat them. After which she launched into a number of other questions. I did remember those three words because I kept concentrating and repeating them in my mind.
That is the kind of concentration we should have when we read our Bibles. I concentrate on reading slowly and thinking about what God is telling me. To understand how this applies to my life. It may not always be easy to accept the revelations, but they are worth remembering! Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could spread the hope and love of God in an infectious way like we do laughter? Lifting my cup of tea and wishing you a day of love, laughter, and gratitude.
Ever had a dreaded spillover in your oven? Last night I cooked barbeque Hawaiian chicken with rice for dinner. My daughter arrived for a week’s visit at dinnertime, so it was a perfect meal since I did all the prep work earlier in the day. However, I didn’t anticipate such a horrible spillover from the baking sheet onto the bottom of the oven. Oh, the nasty huge pile of liquid that foamed up like some kind of living organism, growing and blackening. Sigh.
Sometimes we let anger brew inside us until it bursts out into a nasty spillover that spreads and covers others to whom we should be sharing love. Instead the mess bubbles and infects the hearts of our children, our spouses, our parents, and our brothers and sisters. Just like that nasty blackened mess in the bottom of my oven, it isn’t always easy to clean and renew.
The messes always require attention. Just like I will need to work hard and diligently to repair and clean my oven, we need to do the same for those who were in the way when our spillover happened. I’m so grateful to have a self-cleaning oven and a forgiving and loving Father. Lifting my cup of tea and wishing you a blessed day in the Lord.
A couple of days ago, I opened a box filled with bottles of spices. I liked the way they all looked so pretty as I arranged them in the spice rack that came with them. But now I’m sitting at the breakfast bar and realize the rack is slightly defective. The top rack is tilted a bit. Spinning it in different ways makes no difference whatsoever.
The filled spice rack is similar to other things around me. A vehicle with some small dents and scrapes. A dining table that can sit only in one position or it is off balance. The kitchen floor which has a cut in the cushioned vinyl from moving furniture in and out. I could go on, but you get the idea. I’m not concerned about any of these imperfect things. In fact, I embrace them, just as Jesus embraces me with all my imperfections.
Lifting my cup of tea with a smile and a grateful heart for the gift of a slanted spice rack!
Good morning! I am anticipating a visit this week with my daughter who is driving from another state to spend a little time with me over Mother’s Day. Anticipation is a time of building up joy or it is in my case. Some have done something they regret and are anticipating the worst to happen.
At this stage of life my anticipation is for joy in the future. Currently for seeing my daughter again. And for future, the joy of seeing Jesus face to face. The joy of living in heaven for eternity. Others who are at my stage of life might have a different anticipation for the end of life. They might be fearful of death. Of no longer being part of this world. But God says we are not to love the world. If we love the world, we don’t really know Him so we can’t really love Him. How easy it is to change this. God made life eternal easy for us by sending Jesus, His Son, to die on the cross for all of our sins. All of our sins. Everyone’s sins. Period. How do we accept this?
By accepting the gift. By believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior. By telling Jesus how grateful you are for giving you salvation. By asking Him to forgive you for your past sins. It’s easy as that. Your heart will be changed. You will no longer want to live for the world, but to live to please God. Your name will be written in the Book of Life. It will transform your life. Learn who Jesus is and let Him work a miracle in your life. Anticipate with joy the reality of living in heaven eternally and seeing Jesus face to face.
Lifting my cup of tea with a heart filled with joy and a prayer for at least one person to believe and accept the gift freely given with love.
Good Sunday morning! My view is so beautiful this morning! God’s hand swept across the landscape and created a perfect blue sky above the green fullness of the trees surrounding the pond area. A perfect day to go to church to worship and spill out my heart filled with gratitude for the past week. As this new week begins, I’m anticipating a visit from my daughter who lives in another state. What a beautiful mother’s day present she is giving me with the joy of her presence after a year and a half of absence.
Lifting my cup of tea and sending up a prayer that all who read this will be truly blessed this day and that each will recognize the blessings.
May…how did you sneak up on me so quickly? I see the year passing like a leaf in the wind. The furnace is running bringing heat to my chilled bones on this morning boasting 30 something temperature. Yet, flowers are blooming, grass is growing, trees are filling their branches with lovely shades of green. Hope is what I see when I gaze through my window. Hope for a warmer day soon, for sunshine and small children running and playing, laughing and enjoying life. Hope for a beautiful tomorrow.
Lifting my cup of tea as I leave you with these words from C. S. Lewis.
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
And from 1 John 2:16 NLT: “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”
This morning I cleaned the fan blades on the unit mounted on my cathedral ceiling. It was a challenge. I stood on my two-step kitchen ladder and held a tool my daughter gifted me to clean under stoves, refrigerators, and such. It gave me the extra height I needed. But every time I touched one of the blades, they would move out of reach. I grabbed a yardstick which worked great to stabilize each blade as I stretched as high as my arms could reach to clean the top of the blades.
So why am I telling you this boring story? It made me think of how I chased different dreams throughout my lifetime. Some of them alluded me, just like the fan blades. I chased after them, yet they remained just out of reach, taunting me. I believe this starts for us when we are children. I remember standing on a little wooden bridge over a creek in my grandparents’ backyard singing at the top of my lungs in my imagination as I imagined I was a star. That dream never materialized and in fact faded as I grew older. I chased dreams of being a lawyer (one my mother had for me), a teacher, an author (which came to fruition later in life).
Looking back, I realize these were things I wanted, but I didn’t factor God into any of them. What did He want for me? During my writing career, I heard him speak loud and clear to me to change my direction and write books that shared a Christian walk. And I followed His direction. But now in my last season of life, I have retired from writing books. Now God has placed me here to share words from my heart. Was this a dream I sought after? Perhaps it is an extension of my dream of being an author. I know I write for God and it brings me joy.
So what dreams have you chased after? Have you listened to God or prayed for His guidance? Have you identified the gifts He has given you? God is the stabilizing force. Just as the yardstick was a stabilizing force for me this morning. Lifting my cup of tea and wishing you all a day of love and kindness.
Rainy spring morning here! I love how the rain turns everything such a luscious shade of green. I can almost feel the color. It hugs me when I stand on the porch surrounded by green and the scent of wet earth. A new day. Life is beautiful.
Yesterday I was reminded of how blessed I am to be living in the place God has planted me for this season of my life. My smoke and carbon monoxide alarm started giving off intermittent loud chirps. I knew that meant the battery needed changing. I have three such alarms in my condo. I thought it was the one in the kitchen. I climbed on my two step kitchen ladder (the only one I own) and I could reach it. As I started to twist it open, the chirp sounded again, but it wasn’t from this unit. It was from the one in the living room on the cathedral ceiling. No way could I reach it.
I walked to my next door neighbor’s door to seek help. He had one of those ladders that fold down and brought it over. He didn’t even hesitate. When I said I needed his help, he stood and asked, “What can I do?” Isn’t this what we all should do? He didn’t stop to think about anything I might be interrupting…how inconvenient helping me would be. I want to be more like him…more like Jesus. When we found out the alarm required a 9-volt battery, I didn’t have one. He said, “I think I have one. Let me check.” And off he went. He didn’t have one either, but that isn’t the point, is it? He was willing to give me what he had that would help me. That’s loving your neighbor. He told me to let him know when I got the battery and he would come and put it up for me.
How can I not shed tears of joy every time I think about the day I walked into this condo and felt God’s arms wrap around me. This is where He wanted me to be. Where I am spending the last season of my earthly life. And I am blessed. Lifting my cup of tea and praying each of you who read this will find the true joy of feeling God’s love in your surroundings, wherever you may be.