I really need this today...
Just as I was preparing to sit down at my computer tonight to "transcribe" my notes from this afternoon's journal writing in the Secret Garden, the power went off! We weren't having any kind of storm, so it must have been some kind of accident or a transformer blowing somewhere. Anyway, we enjoyed about an hour of candlelight and peace and quiet with no television or other noise. We actually sat in the softly lit living room and started telling stories and having real conversation instead of talking back to the TV. (Does anyone else do that?) I was almost sorry to see the lights come back on, except for the fact that it is rather chilly here, going down in the 30's tonight, so I am thankful that we will have heat and lights and our pump can pump our water again! And, I can now sit here and write to you!
Now, back to The Secret Garden Chronicles, written this afternoon...
As I sit down in the garden today, I feel a deep sense of relief.
|Here's my hubby with his mother, taken last week when we visited|
while she was playing BINGO!
and then also meeting some of my husband's relatives for lunch prior to their going to visit at the nursing home as well.
It was very refreshing to spend time with them...strong Christians with very similar interests and feelings as we have on many topics concerning the current political climate in our country...and the constant barrage of negative news on the air waves. It is so comforting to be with people who are like-minded and Spirit led.
Thank You, Lord, for putting Your people together at the right time and place!
Here's my mother in law on the bottom right, with her cousin on the left, and her nephew and lovely wife on the back row. She was very pleasantly surprised to see them!
By the way, my mother in law told us today that she loves this place and doesn't want to leave! That was a great bit of news...and a real comfort to us to know that she is adjusting so well to her "new home". She is making new friends and loves all the activities, as much as she is able to do. God has truly answered our prayers.
Now, back to the Secret Garden...again...
As I come before Your throne, O Lord, quiet my heart, mind, and spirit so that I can focus my thoughts toward You.
It's so easy to become distracted by the things of the world, even here inside this beautiful place, which is set apart expressly for communion with God. If I don't leave my worries and frustrations at the gate when I enter, it will be difficult to open my heart and mind to what God is wanting to say to me.
Today I was directed to read Psalm 45:1-7