Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Today was a little snow, big snow day
It sifted down for hours, starting way before sunup and I guess we got six to eight inches. It made the world clean and fresh. If only it were as easy to make me the same. And I guess the message is I can do it. Little by little, sifting the bad tendencies out, embracing the good ones. Refusing to be brought down--that is the hard part--rejoicing in life and trusting that all will be well.

Embracing the joy. I think God wants us to have joy. He says so in the scriptures. If I believe Him, and I do, I should have joy. All the time? I'm beginning to think that may be possible. Even in trials and sorrows? I think if we remember who we are and where our destiny lies then I think so. Can I do this? There isn't a font large enough to say "no" with as much emphasis as I feel it needs. But can I, really is it possible? I think so. Today? No, today was not a joyful day. It was a fearful day, but should it have been? Probably not. I must learn to trust more and have more faith.

And I must re-read and then re-read again Carol Tuttle's book Remembering Wholeness. Phil read the first seven chapters to me today and then I felt better. There is so much good information coming out into the world at this time. It is a good time to live.

One of the reasons it is a good time to live is because there are some great people out there. Two friends I talked to tonight. Two friends who reassured me and offered help and an email from a family member too. (Bless you, Sharee and may your children always be obedient.) My husband, who is my rock. He helps me every day in one way or another. He is patient and not always understanding but he's getting better at it. How can you understand an irrational woman, anyway? So, mostly he's understanding even though I'm not mostly rational.
My world is full of people who are so willing to help. Some of you, who comment on my blog are those people too. Thank you, one and all for your goodness, your humor, for your own beautiful/funny/insightful/tender, etc. blogs where I spend far too much time every day.

The Morning Songs.

This morning, actually for a lot of the mornings for as long as two or three weeks, I have had the same song going through my head when I wake up. The third verse of a hymn. At first I thought it was for me but it came so often and was so persistently there that maybe it is for someone who might read this blog, too.

"Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand."

I couldn't remember what hymn it was for a couple of weeks. It's How Firm a Foundation. It has brought me a lot of comfort. I hope it will help someone else.

Nothing funny to report today. Some days are like that. Other days are hysterical. Come to think of it, this day will probably be hysterical in a year. I'll re-write it then and you will laugh and so will I.

Won't we?


Pam's Place said...

Lynne, here are a few more verses:

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through firey trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee, I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

This is one of my favorite hymns. Maybe you put the words here for me.

On a more humorous note, my morning song this morning was "Maniac". I remembered how you said they always mean something. I hope not, in this instance :-)

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

I like your picture of the snow. It was probably so beautiful coming down! I so enjoy reading your posts, Lynne, you are so insightful. I feel pretty scatter-brained most of the time! I try to find joy too! Singing hymns & counting my blessings helps me if I'm feeling grouchy... chocolate helps too!! :D

Lee W. said...

Wish we had some snow, it's actually warm here. Anyway, I think one of the hardest lessons to learn is to LISTEN to God when we are scared or angry- and that's when he speaks to us the loudest! Good job for listening! Slowly, I am learning too. ;-)

dcrmom said...

I am dying for some snow. We've had NONE so far this year.

Jo said...

I think you sound very rational. And I think God wants us to be happy but I think sometimes it is something inside us that makes us feel as though we are not worthy of happiness. We are. One quote on happiness that I love and think is so true comes from Goldie Hawn who said you have to find the happiness you had as a child and that will connect you to its infinite source (I am paraphrasing).

Cindy said...

I'm sending you a big hug!! {{{{{}}}}}!! I know it's not as good as a real one, but it is still heart felt.

Just remember Lynne, we have opposition in all things. Without the sad days we would not enjoy the happy days so much!!

I am wishing you happier days!!

Teresa said...

I love the snow picture! Can you send some to Virginia please?!!! :o)

We've been talking about "Joy" in our Adult Bible Fellowship class the last couple of weeks. In Nehemiah 8:10 (at the end) it says "for the joy of the Lord is your strength." I don't think we'll always be "happy," but I do believe we can have a deep joy in our Lord that will help us through the rough times. Joy is not so much an emotion (like happiness or sadness), but more of a state of being. I hope whatever difficult time you are going through will end soon and that you can find joy in whatever circumstance you are in!

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