Yesterday's therapy took place at home with our grandsons, whose fevers have broken. Thank You Jesus! Play dough, finger painting, legos and trains were the tools of choice. Later in the afternoon we loaded up the runny noses and coughing heads and went for a ride to a beautiful estate in Nashville called Cheekwood. While the boys remained in the car, I boldly set foot alone onto the grounds carrying my camera for my first brief photo shoot. The air was a glorious 84 degrees! There amongst the butterflies and mums was this sculpture, which I found to be quite exemplary of what a stroke victim feels like! I wish I had a bus and could go gather up all my stroke buddies and we could roll our wheel chairs and walkers out onto the lawn and sit in the sun with this fellow.
This morning I awakened very early and sought the Lord in the quiet darkness before sunrise. Opening my phone app for Jesus Calling, I headed the lesson within and once again was amazed at how personal God is, often knowing what's brewing within our hearts before we even do.
"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."
"Do everything without complaining or arguing,
so that you may become blameless and pure,
children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,
in which you shine like stars in the universe."
Check out what Sarah Young writes in the voice of Jesus...
"You have been on a long, uphill journey, and your energy is almost spent. Though you have faltered at times, you have not let go of My hand. I am pleased with your desire to stay close to Me. There is one thing, however, that displeases Me: your tendency to complain. You may talk to Me as much as you like about the difficulty of the path we are following. I understand better than anyone else the stresses and strains that have afflicted you. You can ventilate safely to Me, because talking with Me tempers your thoughts and helps you see things from My perspective.
Complaining to others is another matter altogether. It opens the door to deadly sins such as self-pity and rage. Whenever you are tempted to grumble, come to Me and talk it out. As you open up to Me, I will put My thoughts in your mind and My song in your heart."
Lord, I don't know what today holds, but I know You hold every detail of today and You also have hold of me! May everything I do, everything I say and everything thing I think be pleasing in Your sight. I love you Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen