Short Snippets of My Saturday

     One of my goals in changing our household routine was to make Saturday less of a crazy day.  I’ve not quite accomplished that goal yet, but this week was certainly not a good test run.  With Dani gone, my normal Saturday tasks were supplemented with most of Dani’s Saturday tasks.  Some things, of course, can be let go, but others cannot. 

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     However, a crazy busy day is still a blessing from the Lord.  Each day is a gift from God and I choose to rejoice and be glad in each one.  Even the crazy busy ones!  Maybe most especially in the crazy busy ones.  Rather than rushing through the day, from task to task, take the time to relish the gifts of the day.  I took some time today to run to the front porch, on two different occasions, to watch a line of grape harvesters pass down the road.  I admired the job Aaron had done washing our van.  After initially telling Will to put the frog down (why, oh why, is that always my first thought?) I asked him to show it to me again, taking the time to enjoy one of God’s creatures with him.  Yes these things slowed me down a bit, but they were the better thing for me to do at the time.  Tomorrow’s day of Sabbath rest will be all the sweeter for the necessary and preparatory work of today, and the remembrance of shared joys with my kids. 

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     I enjoyed a lovely chat on the phone with my Dani-girl this morning.  She called home in the few spare moments she had available on this, her dear friend Christina’s wedding day.  She was about ready to step into her beautiful bridesmaid gown so that she, and the other bridesmaids, would be available to perform their duties of assisting the bride prepare for the wedding ceremony.  Dani is having a wonderful time, meeting new friends and catching up with old friends; but I am more than ready for a late afternoon trip to the airport tomorrow to pick her up.

     Not long after Dani’s call, the phone rang again.  A very familiar, giggly, cheerful voice gave me her usual, “Hi!”.  “Hi”, I returned, and then I added, “Ummm….why are you calling me?”.  You see, that sweet voice was the voice of the bride!!  She laughed and told me that she’d been trying to call her sister’s cell phone and had accidentally called here instead.  It was impossible, of course, for my whole family to travel to Washington state for the wedding, so I was thrilled with the opportunity to tell Christina, “Have a WONDERFUL day, Sweetie!”.  What a blessing a wrong number can be!!!

         During one of my brief breaks today, I did some blog reading.  This post touched me, deeply.  So much of what she shared in that post is what I’ve been pondering and striving toward.  Not all of it, but a tremendous portion.  How good to read such a wonderful take on the things that have lately so occupied my thoughts. 

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     One thing that I do know, and embrace, is the necessity for us to live more in observance with the seasons that God has ordained.  Living in the midst of agricultural lands has increased my awareness of the changing seasons; but I have not made, it seems, even the tiniest of strides into running my household to reflect those seasons.  There is always something new to learn, a new skill to implement, a new philosophy to put into place.    

     My hands remained busy throughout the day, but my heart, that mama’s heart, kept busy today, too.  My heart repeatedly singing these words from a Newsboys song…..

Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
And blessed be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name 

Every blessing You pour out I’ll
Turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name
I will bless Your name

     My “mama heart” singing praises to Him from whom all blessings flow.  Singing praises to Him that giveth and taketh away.  Lifting up the cares of my heart to Him, beseeching Him and yet yielding to His will.  Now and always and in all things, blessed be the name of the Lord!

     Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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5 comments to Short Snippets of My Saturday

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I am so glad that you don’t just say “Hey, my life is great, I love Jesus, everything always works out.” I read some blogs like that and they don’t help. Yours does because you show us your journey, you talk about how God has worked in you and it so blesses me. I remember one post where you talked about Copper sleeping (napping) and you said it used to get to you (I have struggled with this) and I was so glad you shared it. It shows me that while I admire who you are, you have been on a journey too. There is hope for me! I learn so much from you. Thanks so much for blogging and sharing it means so much to me. I pray that Dani has a safe trip.

    Many Blessings 🙂

    Ace

  • I love that Newsboys song- it is one of my alltime favorites!

  • As always, your post just blesses me so much.  I love that song by the Newsboys, too.  Thank you for sharing!

    God bless you – Julie

  • One of my alltime favourite songs as well. Thank you for sharing the honesties of your days.
    Tia

  • Thank you! It was so nice to hear your voice that day as well, even if by accident!