"Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."
In the Keeping I find His Grace manifested in myriad of ways throughout the course of a single day.
In the Keeping I partake of bread for this journey I live at any hour and moment I choose to eat.
In the Keeping I recognize the closest thing to heart and mind and soul is His Loving Presence.
In the Keeping I release the worries and cares that willfully overtake His peace that surpasses.
In the Keeping I receive truth even if it is hard, knowing that His kindness leads to repentance.
In the Keeping I laugh at the days to come and find all of life glistening with a lightness that comes from eyes set on Eternity.
In the Keeping I brave cold windy days and breath in sharp air that I am unaccustomed to so that I may know Him in my steps.
In the Keeping I embrace the gift of presence and relish what makes a 19 hours over two days car trip exceedingly beyond the sacrifice.
In the Keeping I pursue the thread of clarity that is a journey we uniquely walk and look it squarely in the face.
In the Keeping I count blessings in a deliberate way although I am out of routine and far away from counting's normal space.
In the Keeping I continue to sew the fabric of my life with strings of words that have served well that reflective centering I desire.
In the Keeping I AM KEPT in manifold ways that can only mean HE IS IN THIS PLACE AND HE IS MINE AND I AM HIS!
Thank You Lord: (#426-455)
-for safety in 1000 miles over two days that took 19 hours
-for precious family that is a true JOY!
-for this here blog that calls to me wherever I go.
-for the things that home does to you that nowhere else does.
-for the grace to still love it when so much has changed.
-for family on all sides for both of us that love and fear you, LORD.
-for the chance to be fed from Your shepherd who has been a golden thread in our journey.
-for so many more to yet be face-to-face with...ahh...Christmas!
-for perspective that absorbs minutia
-for growth to let go of the pulling...
-for your patience as I have much further to go!
-for Your Promise to provide all that we need in all things
-for THE EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR ENGAGEMENT TODAY!
-for his parents' 41st ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR ENGAGEMENT TODAY TOO!
-for his brothers FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF ENGAGEMENT TWO DAYS AGO...
-for a mother-in-law to give us herself and especially our kids
-for her HUGE GIFT of loving our kids well so we could have the luxury of a midday date!
-for a restaurant we loved to go when first married!
-for grace one to the other
-for a quiet megachurch that keeps doors open on Monday for time with Him
-for the precious sharing of that time with beloved husband
-for the words of the book of Malachi that we are feasting on...last before the silence and then HIM!
-for a fun time in a grocery store...just because it was the two of us!
-for kids who 'troop' through long trips
-for kids who sleep so well away from home!
-for dearest of praying friends and family who have prayed us thousands of miles over trips home whether up the coast or over the ocean...multitude right here alone!
-for their rejoicing with us when we arrive safe
-for a Christmas Change that is making this year so special
-for all of the togetherness yet to be enjoyed
-for all of the HOPE OF HEAVEN that anchors me when I can see so few here and love so many!