I slept in today--almost unheard of! It was a glorious thing to realize that I'd just slept more than an hour past my regular automatic wake-up time, but I felt so unorganized and rushed getting ready for church that I think I'm glad it's not a regular thing. Boring creature of habit that I am, I think it's best to stick with my habit of going to bed early. Sleep is good AND I like lingering over my coffee. Sleeping in=mixed blessing.
Some people like to quote, "Don't forsake the gathering of yourselves together..." as though God is sitting in heaven taking a tally of everyone who doesn't go to church. I hate that. They leave off the best part of the quote, "...but encourage one another."* That's why I go. To be encouraged. I was so encouraged today. Besides hugs and laughter with wonderful people, we dedicated our Christmas shoeboxes and saw a video from Operation Christmas Child in which a story was recounted of a girl in Bosnia receiving a shoebox. I admit that I bawled like a baby. God doesn't just know your name, He knows your shoe size. You can live in the middle of a war zone and He'll let you know that He loves you.
Also at church, my daughter sang with her dad accompanying on the guitar. He hit a few wrong chords. Ouch. Lucky for him he didn't see the glare she gave him...though she kept on singing like an angel. Wish I had a video! I thought it was hilarious.
My son was put to bed an hour ago and he just called out, "What does eradicate mean?" Seriously. That's not a question you should ask your mother when she's already told you to be quiet three times! The definitions I could give...though I'm secretly amused.
Oldest daughter and hubby are chatting and working on a puzzle while I write. It's good.
Sunday isn't the end of my weekend, it's the launch of my week. I'm soaking up all these blessings...gathering strength to face the tasks of the rest of the week.
I will answer them before they even call to me.
While they are still talking about their needs,
I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
A God who knows the shoe size of a little girl in Bosnia can handle the needs of my week.
May you be blessed with courage and strength as your face yours!