2018: Page 71

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • Every time we set our clocks forward or back, I wonder where all of this daylight we’re supposed to be saving goes and how I can withdraw some on a cloudy day.
  • As I try to adjust to the time change, I set my alarm to split the difference of the lost hour that my body thinks is missing if I wake up at the same time on the clock today as last week.
  • With daylight arriving an hour later, at least by the clock, I suppose it was fitting that my morning worship song as I went about the cleaning and building prep tasks included the lines, “When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say, ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord!  Blessed be His name!'”
  • It was still quite dark when I took the trash out but I could make out the silhouettes of several deer standing at the top of the hill near the dumpster.  Once my eyes got used to the darkness it was easier to see them so I stopped and chatted with them for a little while.
  • As I finished getting the building ready for the day and shifted my attention to the prayer guide writing process, I could tell the darkness wasn’t just outside but was also a battle in my mind.
  • It seemed that God and I wrestled for quite some time before coming up with the next prayer guide topic.  Sometimes there are topics that I want to write about and God’s Spirit convinces me that the result would be from me and not from Him.
  • I finally settled with the topic of faithful and then worked on the daily topics of some areas in which God calls us to faithfulness.
  •  As I prayed and wrote, I was reminded of numerous scriptures where God calls us to be faithful — not just for a period of time, but for all time.
  • When I think of being faithful, there is no greater encouragement to me than the message of Matthew 25 where the servants are welcomed by the Master with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
  • With the struggle of getting started, it was after noon when I finally had the prayer guide written and mid-afternoon until it was formatted and scheduled to be published on Sunday.
  • After unloading the prayer ministry display materials from my truck, it was time for a late lunch with my family followed by a trip through Menard’s with my daughter — she likes Menard’s because “they sing the money song”.
  • They’re calling for more snow overnight, so I’m writing today’s page early so I can try to get to sleep early enough to be better rested by the time I need to wake up tomorrow.
  • It snowed off and on throughout the morning as I was writing.  At one point I had a cardinal walk past my office window with a look that seemed to ask what all the white stuff was doing on the ground again.  Today’s photo is one I took of that cardinal. 🙂


2 thoughts on “2018: Page 71

  1. Faith and trust seem to go hand in hand for me. It is hard to have faith if you don’t trust… I sometimes wonder if I’m alone in that struggle.
    I felt like the cardinal – I wanted to know why we were going backwards instead of forward into spring!! Didn’t we “spring forward”?

    • Yes, faith and trust do seem to be rather inseparable to me. As one increases, the other grows; and when one is lacking, the other shrinks.

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