Thanking God for…
:: a family that will let me hole up while I’m trying to work on my blog
::daughters who make dinner
::Chris’s wisdom about driving on icy roads
::the hunters being back from deer camp
::chicken pot pie for dinner
::old movies for the kids to watch
::purple lights on our mantle behind the Nativity scene
::Leo in a turtleneck onsie walking around the house
Looking out my window…
It is dark. I probably just need to remove this prompt…it’s always dark when I’m writing my CWA.
I am praying…
I am praying the St Andrew Novena for a whole list of intentions. I am praying for the smooth transition from Suscipio to Plain Grace. I am praying for so many people and things I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here for now.
I am pondering…
I am pondering why deep thinking and silence seem scary sometimes.
Love happens in the mess, close like this, in the dark. It’s not about liking or being liked. It’s not about just being ok, or faking things, or hoping things will work out well in the end. It’s about the friction and intensity of what is real, right now and about returning time and again to the work of loving that opens your heart.
In the morning, O LORD, hear my voice. In the morning I lay my needs in front of you, and I wait.
I am creating…
You just think you know what I’m going to say! Actually, I’m creating or should I say, changing things around here and I made a little vlog telling you all about it.
I’m learning to laugh at myself when Chris laughs at me.
In the kitchen…
Frito Chili Pie for sure some night this week, and Spaghetti with Meatballs and a big pot of beans for refried beans and chips and cheese.
Around the house…
Things have been off since Chris and some of the kids have been in and out hunting and camping. Some virus, in addition to Fifths Disease, has been hanging around…basically any one of us or a couple of us, have been sick since November 1st. It’s time to buckle down for school and chores, juuuusssttt in time for Christmas break.
A Maxi skirt, rust colored shirt and I just kicked off my house shoes.
Look what I found…
You can listen to Brian Flynn’s music on line. Do you know of him? He is new to me and I love his music! Hopefully after Christmas I can purchase it. Ooo, maybe we’ll see if he will offer a giveaway here at Plain Grace.
I am looking forward to…
I am, nervously, looking forward to what you all have to say about the changes here.
A favorite quote for today…
Although not a Christmas book, that made me think of Blessed Mother Mary and her Fiat.
One of my favorite things…
Our family laughing together.
Isn’t this a familiar story?.. I mean – the actual story but I also mean the idea – the idea of a humble hidden birth of one little boy who grows to be the liberator of his people. We have Moses – born lowly, raised princely and freed the Israelites. We have Jesus–born lowly, raised humbly and freed the whole human race.
“Let my people go!” booms Moses.
“Get thee behind me Satan,” commands Jesus.
16 days until the joyous event—the birth of our King! How are you feeling? Joyful or miserable, satisfied or sad, contented or condemned?
Who, or what, do you need to stand toe to toe with and boom, “Let me go!”
Is it that streak of perfectionism that runs wide and deep? The one that paralyzes you before you even begin or makes you stop the first time you step back and ‘it’ does not look like you thought ‘it’ would?
“What if I’m not a good wife, mother, friend, Catholic, woman, human being, sister, cook, cleaner, homeschooler, Bible reader, Scripture memorizer, Christmas shopper, party guest, grocery shopper, daughter in law, exerciser, organizer, budgeter, driver, singer, pray-er, blogger, thinker, neighbor…did that list about cover it all?
You need a battle cry my friend and if it worked for Moses, it’s good enough for me…“LET ME GO!”
…say it…whisper it…sing it…write it…shout it…proclaim it and believe it.
Who or what do you need to command, “Get thee behind me!”
The little green monster that appears every time you see ‘her?’ You know ‘her.’ The woman who seems to have it all…and it’s all together! Her car is clean, her hair neatly styled, her clothes match, her kids smile, her husband cleans, her parents adore her and her neighbors praise her. In her presence all you can do is hope you put on deodorant, pray you brushed your teeth and wish you could remember the last time you shaved your legs and washed your hair at the same time because lately it’s been one or the other baby!…and you envy her…but you don’t know her.
When she crawls into bed at night, is she worried or scared…drunk as a skunk or high as a kite? Does she fall asleep crying because she screamed at her kids rushing out the door or snapped at her husband for coming home late…again? For all you know, she may envy the fact that your old beater of a car is paid for, your hair is naturally curly (or straight), you rock a soccer mom tee-shirt, your kids are nice to each other, your husband wants to come home every night after work, your parents come in the front door and help with school or laundry or dinner, and you live in the country with no neighbors.
“Get thee behind me Satan…life is not a competition!”
Look up girls—follow the light to the King of Kings. Do not let an earthly ruler, the nagging of Satan and the deathly trap of competition keep you from adoring the baby King.
Remember how we read about God placing Adam and Eve in paradise–well…He also placed Joseph in a pit.
And if Joseph had not been placed in an empty pit–with no water in it even – he would not have eventually been set over the King’s affairs.
And if he were not over the King’s affairs, he would not have been able to store up the provisions to save his father and brothers.
And if Adam and Eve would not have sinned we would not have needed Jesus our Savior.
And if we did not need Jesus our Savior, we would have no need of Mary – His Mother.
This is starting to sound like a mouse with a cookie or a moose with a muffin…
See how awesome God is. All things work together for good!†Romans 8:28
Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception honoring Blessed Mother Mary’s ever sinless life- from the moment of her conception. Why? Because…
The pride of sin demanded the beauty of humility.
And sometimes humility is as simple as accepting our present circumstance because we know, ‘God’s got this.’ Notice, I did not say, “as easy as” because sometimes the simplest things may be the hardest. «Click Here to Tweet This»
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. †Hebrews 11:1
And we might be in an empty pit, without even any water–tossed in there by those closest to us, but our God will pull us out. And He will not sell us off for a bounty–-that price has already been paid by a King Who shed His own blood.
Now Joseph of the Old Testament had some pretty hard knocks: from favored son to slave, from slave to prisoner, from befriending fellow prisoners to being forgotten by those fellow prisoners…but he accepted it all as his present circumstances.
Feel like you’re in a pit right now? God’s got this…God’s got you.
Just been sold out by those closest to you? God’s got this…God’s got you.
Forgotten, abandoned, lonely and trapped in a prison? God’s got this…God’s got you.
It’s really late and the rest of the family is finally all down for the night…except for Leo who keeps waking up, needing me for about five minutes and then falling back asleep…until he needs me again.
I have some changes to Suscipio I want to tell you all about, but it will have to wait for sometime tomorrow. I can explain better in person–vlog, than I can typing it all out. I planned on making these changes after the first of the year, but Bluehost is so efficient. I called them to ask some questions and BOOM! Five minutes later all my questions were answered and the changes already made. Awesome possum as my children would say. But now I’m scrambling trying to make sure things are smooth on ya’lls end.
Until tomorrow…Don’t be alarmed when you see the new name, “Plain Grace”. Although there will be some changes, I’m still here…you all are still here…we’re still together.
Unfortunately for you all though, I try to figure out how to do all this computer stuff on my own–it saves me money and it challenges my mushy brain to use other areas. All that to say, I will try to make all these changes as smooth as possible, but there may be a hiccup along the way. Just stick with me ok. Aaannnd, I do have some incentive coming your way.
Allrighty, I have some work to do before Mr Leo decides he needs momma again.
God met Jacob when he was on the run. His head resting on a stone—not a soft flannel sheet and stars for his blanket, not a plush down comforter. Jacob and God met in a dream that night—maybe that was the only time God could get through to Jacob. And when he wakes up, Jacob proclaims, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it..”
I wonder how often God and I are in the same place…and I miss Him. ‘If He were a snake He would’ve bit me’ miss Him.
How about in the check out line 20 deep – 3 registers open?
How about listening to your extended family’s quaint quirks over a meal?
How about watching your children fight over the last candy cane, last Christmas tree ornament to be hung, last sugar cookie, last red cup, last white plate…
What about your husband on the roof trying to put up decorations or your neighbor’s Christmas light display that you fear may attract small planes.
What about your chaotic, frantic, and just plain worn out self.
If God can meet Jacob with his head on a rock – He can meet you with yours against a brick wall.
All those situations above – God is right there. Right smack dab in the middle because you are there and God lives in you and greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. †1 John 4:4
I need to practice seeing God where I am and who I’m with. Practice makes perfect right? And if I start practicing; if I make the choice to see God…to find God, in every situation, in every place, in every one..I bet the more I do it, the easier it will become.