Ps 71:16 - I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
I like the fact that we need to make mention of God’s righteousness. As a Mennonite I grew up with the “don’t brag; pride is wrong” philosophy. Mom had a saying, “Are you happy proud, or bad proud?” God gives us talents, and would be wrong not to use them, but remembering to give Him the credit for what I do is what the end of this verse says to me.
As for the first line – it’s a needed verse in my life – to go in God’s strength. I think the Lord knows I need constant reminders that I’m not in control, He is. I’m a person that is 110% or nothing. So I tend to charge ahead at full speed. There are two problems with that. First, I don’t take time to check with God about anything. I think I can do it, so let’s get it done. (Patience is not my virtue!) Secondly, when you do it in your strength, you get burned out. I am definitely a “Martha” and not a “Mary”. So this week, I will strive to take time to be silent, to wait on God, instead of rushing madly into things, then saying, “Boy, Lord, I’m sure tired!” Life can be busy; doing things in God’s strength will keep it from overwhelming us.
Scripture for the week!
My resolution for this year is to use a weekly Scripture from 52 different friends and see what/how it will be for the week.
This week is Job 5:9 (Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number) - and what a wondrous beauty God has given us this week. Normally hoarfrost lasts a day, we've had it most of the week. The verse totally fits! Have a great 2023!
Well, I've got a new header on my website to go with the new look of the third book!
For all local Portagers, I would love to see you at the library this Friday between 4:30-6:30. Come stick your name in for a draw, and there will also be my other two books available in case you need to do a bit of Christmas shopping for the readers in your lives! :0)
Once upon a time, a not-so-young teacher was making her weary way home after an intense day at school. Pulling up to a four-way stop sign, she waited a brief second as the man on her right went, then she pulled straight ahead. Immediately thereafter, her heart nearly jumped through her skin as an ear-splitting siren started right behind her. Red and blue lights flashed in her rearview mirror.
Her left hand (already injured) smacked against the driver’s side window in shock and after a slight levitation of the body, the right foot accidentally hit the gas. She jerked to the right, nearly nailing the Youth For Christ building at the edge of the road.
“Oh my goodness! I didn’t know a police car was right behind me. What did I do? I stopped!”
Before she had time to think farther, a dark blue sedan immediately in front of her, suddenly started both shrieking sirens and flashing lights. The shock made the teacher hit both the brake and gas at the same time, while further nailing the sidewalk along the YFC building.
“I’m boxed in by the police,” the teacher thought in dismay, “Boy! Never pick your nose in public!”
JOKE! I was NOT picking my nose at the time. However the rest of the story is true. In despair I stayed pulled over, as I waited for the police to get out, while frantically trying to think what I could have done. Thankfully, they both made turns right around me, and sped off, leaving me sitting thinking – “Oh, guess it wasn’t me after all – but I’ll still never pick my nose in public!”
I’m too high strung to handle loud noises around me unexpectedly without adverse reactions. As I shakily pulled home a few minutes later, I got out still quivering with shock, and promptly tripped on my front step. So the left hand and foot that was just starting to heal, slid backwards several paces in the ‘feel good’ department! Welcome to my world! (minus the plug in - already tried that before. Shocking experience, too.)
I never get tired of watching the Manitoba sky. It constantly changes, has many moods, but is always there.
My thoughts can be like those clouds. Sometimes bright, sometimes cloudy - but if I wait long enough, the sun comes out and the entire effect changes.
As my third book gets close to the publishing printshop, I vacillate between anxiety and the thrill that it will be good. I had to share some dark moments - but who hasn't had those in their life? But like my MB clouds, God has the sunshine still there behind it all.
February 26, 2021
What a week! As a teacher on a Hutterite colony for grade 5-12, life is non-stop from 9:00-3:30. This coming Friday is the end of quarter, so report cards will be due. So that always makes one extra busy.
But I had 2 highlights in this week.
The first: I came home and stumbled over something on my step. When I picked it up and entered, I found out I was holding MY copy of my book! I felt like a mother receiving her first child. The awe and wonder of holding something I'd created and labored over for - yes, about nine months- well, that is quite the feeling.
The second: Last night the doorbell rang. I answered and a man stood there with a floral arrangement. I was sure he'd come to the wrong house, but he had the right name. Imagine my amazement when I saw that friends from the States had arranged these lovely roses to be delivered to celebrate this milestone in my life. In today's Covid restrictions, such a thoughtful, kind gesture means SO much! I never get flowers, so I'm still just smiling over it.