"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ---John 14:6
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Where She Celebrates A Birthday In A Different-Feeling World
" ... and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”' ... Hebrews 13:5
So good ol' Debra awoke yesterday on her birthday in a darkish mood. She's not corona-fearful at all, but gosh, she's been annoyed.
Er hem. There, I said it.
I mean, some of my friends are being all saintly-preachy about these shut-down-Life changes, but I'm noticing they're--mostly-- the barely-stay-home types (or stay-at-homes with no out-and-about ministries). Yep, they're all staycation-tipsy-anticipatory about their new lifestyle.
Well Honey, my job has always been to stay home. I've not even stepped into a supermarket in 19 months and guess who, over months, binge-watched hundreds of The Daily Woo episodes, then told Tom, "I'm ready to get out more! Let's visit vintage roadside attractions! Let's travel!"
And my dearly-loved coffee shop I'm always writing about? We're not allowed to sit there until further notice. They're just doing take-out. Oooo..... guess who had to calm herself down after hearing that? (And yes, yes, for the saintly-preachy; I'm grateful for take-out. I went there this morning. Got my coffee and a muffin. Stop nagging.) ツ
Anyway! Back to my birthday yesterday.
I can't believe how perfect my mid-morning felt. I did my birthday ritual of walking to 7-11 to pick up breakfast ice cream (chocolate turtle cheesecake. Oh. My. Goodness.) and wishing the clerk a happy birthday. Yes, her special day is also the 16th.
Got home, clicked on Disney Plus (Tom's friend gave us his fam's password, yeswe'reblessed. No, that's not the password!) and had this odd thought, "Why not watch something you've never seen before?" (Such a novel idea!) That's when I found the newly-released Stargirl. I began the movie, opened my pint of ice cream and wow. My head swirled at how good is God.
Perfect ice cream.
Perfect birthday movie.
And dozens of friends wished me happy birthday at Facebook.
The sun burst through the clouds.
The day was nearly warm enough to rake a few leaves--so I did.
I received 2 Amazon gift cards.
A gorgeous paper birthday card arrived from my dear friend, Wilma.
I heard from Naomi. And my sister. Heard from lots of folks all day.
And all my frustrations with coronavirus changes flew out the window, especially as I chose to meditate more upon the freedoms we still have, rather than the ones we've lost.
How awesome of our great God to hand me such a wonderful time even while at home, even alone. And even when I'd been a bad, bad girl lately, you know, letting the annoyances get to me.
How wonderful is His mercy to me. To you. To us all.
This awoke me last night: Some folks are concerned that all these shut-downs bug me. But you know? I'd be way worried about myself if I, without even a whimper, watched the government snatch away my personal rights, then just hid away inside my house in an unquestioning, sleepy-apathetic silence.
And ha! Had to smile when I read this today--
"Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment." ...Proverbs 18:1
Preach it. Preach it. シ
(Let's all keep our sense of humor during these days, ok?)
Here's something lovely to watch------and I never even liked this song until I heard Angelina sing it!
"Frustration means trying to do something you can't do anything about." ... Joyce Meyer
Funny how we can think we're super spiritual, but then throw a change at us, one that hits us in our soft spot? Oh dear. That's when we discover how spiritual we truly are (and feel a little horrified).
A very special thanks to all of you who wished me happy birthday at Facebook! As mentioned, it helped make my day a glorious one.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15