|My daughter received these peonies to celebrate the birth of her first-born. |
No, you're not cross-eyed. They are out of focus.
I played Bible roulette again this morning with my Women's Devotional Bible. I pick it up from the side table and read whatever page it opens to. Do you ever do that?
Today I happened upon this poem by Anne Ortland, a Christian musician and author.
"The Lord is in His holy house"-
Oh, grace beyond describing,
That Christ in me should please to dwell-
"My soul doth magnify the Lord,"
I sing with lowly Mary,
That God should choose to enter in
I read it through a couple of times, marveling at her word pictures and the truths of which she spoke. Her inspiration came from Luke 1, the story of the angel's announcement to Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Luke 1:35 & 37 jumped out at me:
The angel answered...
"... no thing (word change and emphasis mine) is impossible with God."
A favorite daydream came to mind immediately. For several years my Dear Husband and I have been mulling around the idea of moving closer to our children. We want to experience life with them on a WAY more regular basis. We want our visits to be unhurried, not sandwiched between two 3-hour drives.
This dream is my impossible thing for these reasons:
We'd need to sell our home.
In this market?
I would have to quit the job I love.
Not work with my students?
How could we afford to replace the health insurance benefits it provides?
DH would need to continue being self-employed.
In this economy?
We would need to forge new lives for ourselves, individually and as a couple.
This means a new support system of church and community friends-can't expect the kids to fill all of our time
This dream and the accompanying thoughts are never far from my conscious mind. They often surface causing my heart and tummy to ache. But this morning, as I read Anne's poem and the Truth from God's Word, I laid those cares at His throne of grace. Because Jesus, the One that Mary bore, in Whom I "live and move and have" my being,* lives in me and with Him no thing is impossible.
What is your impossible thing?
May God give you grace to trust that He is living and moving in your life
with the knowledge that His plans for you are wonderful.
*Paul is quoting the Cretan poet Epimenides in Acts 17:28. I didn't know that. Did you?
P.S. I WILL BE ON VACATION FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO AND DON'T EXPECT TO HAVE INTERNET ACCESS. I HAVE SCHEDULED ANOTHER POST FOR WEDNESDAY, SO Y'ALL COME BACK AND VISIT, 'KAY? WHEN YOU VISIT AND, PRETTY PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT, KNOW THAT I WILL VISIT YOU TOO WHEN I
GET IT TOGETHER RETURN.
Playing along with
Beverly for Pink Saturday
Charlotte & Ginger for Spiritual Sundays