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Thursday is over—Friday’s Fave Five

Friday's Fave Five at Living to Tell the StoryFor his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5

The beauty of some days is that they end.

We want pleasures to last forever; pain to end immediately. This too shall pass

Yesterday was one of those days. Nothing too awfully big happened, but enough did that I uttered throughout my day (no, begged is the more appropriate verb): “Please God! Some help here!”

And he came through.

1. “I don’t know what to do”
I said that about a million times yesterday. My mom’s nurses called me in the morning with some possibly, maybe, urgent health issues she had been developing over the past few days. What to do? What to do?

Getting to the right decision was the toughest part. But once we made it (thanks for the wisdom, God!), we just had to walk one step at a time.

2. Unfinished meals
Either the scales are wrong, or I’ve gained a pound or two this week. So it was lucky for me that both lunch and supper were constantly interrupted by phone calls yesterday. My lunch date with friends had to have been pretty miserable for them, but the ladies were great. In fact, so great that…

3. Substitute driver
…when I needed someone to take over a driving duty I had volunteered for, Kay stepped up to do it. Despite that it was way out of her way. Friends are blessings. That crisis was averted pretty easily (on my part anyway).

4. Ring, ring, ring
I received a lot of calls; I made a lot of calls. Most landed on answering machines. Some were to nonexistent numbers (user error); some were to phones with no service. Some had to be followed up with apologies (sorry, Jeff).

But all in all, without my cell phone, I can’t begin to imagine how much worse the day could have gone.

5. No electricity
So while I was waiting at the ER with my sister and mom, my daughter was at home alone in a storm. After it was over and I found out the electricity had gone out at our house, I felt bad.

But I felt worse when she told me she made it fine—because she lit candles.  Yikes—my daughter at home at night in a storm with no electricity—and fire! Thankfully, she’s a very mature 15-yr-old, and she really did make it fine.

* * *

When my head hit the pillow last night, I was drained in every way (and my mom was tucked away relatively healthy back in her own bed).

In the end, all was well. God was still in control, and I didn’t have to be. When you find what you’re searching for, you stop looking.

I re-read Helen Steiner Rice’s poem this morning, “This Too Shall Pass.” If you haven’t lately, be blessed by reading it again.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end; 
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Did you have any days this week that you were glad when they ended?
(And don’t get me started on my Monday!)

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Barbara H. said...

Wow, what a day you had. Love that sign at the top! I am glad the Lord saw you through it and met every need and that your mom is doing well.

I understand your feelings about candles in the storm -- I feel that way even when I light them, because we don't have them except when the power is out, and I am always afraid someone is going to put them too close to something flammable since we're not used to having them around.

Yes, I had a day I was very glad to have over -- we had our annual church ladies' luncheon, and I wasn't feeling at all well. It was enjoyable and God helped, but I was so glad when it got over.

elizabeth said...

I feel like much of the time we are living in some kind of parallel universe!
I'm so glad that when we quiet our mind, will, and emotions, when we are still, we know that we are standing on the solid Rock that cannot be shaken, even on our worst days.

Jerralea said...

Isn't it great that we can count on "this too shall pass"? I really like what you said: "In the end, all was well. God was still in control, and I didn’t have to be."

That's the best fave of all - realizing that He is in control and I'm not!

TXDidi said...

Sounds like you had quite a week. I hope the upcoming week is a restful one for you. My friends and I were just talking the other day about life before cellphones. We couldn't imagine how we all got by without them, just from the point of convenience.

Willow said...

My very wise mother in law used to say that her favorite Bible verses started with, "And it came to pass..." because that meant that nothing ever came to stay.

Edward Lear is the author of the IDEA for 'factivity' (we had memorized The Owl and The Pussycat) but the WORD is original to the student who wrote about his 'favorite activities' in an essay this week. You can credit 'Jeremy'. :)

Unknown said...

Wow what a week/day. When you are in the midst of the storm it seems so dark, but just as your daughter found that simple candle can bring a lot of light! Praise God for His faithfulness!
Yes God is in control! :)

Jientje said...

I'm glad all turned out well in the end and I hope your Mom continues to get better.
Your daughter did great. Well, she's fifteen, a mature young lady, not a baby!
I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Ooh you have had a crazy hectic week. It's no wonder that the scales will jump up and down a bit. It sounds like you have had a bit of stress. Your daughter sounds like a very smart thinking mature 15 year old. I'm sure she was fine.

Islandsparrow said...

Oh dear - that was a tough one. I'm so glad the Lord saw you through and all ended well. I hope you're able to get some rest this weekend. You deserve it!

Susanne said...

Sounds like a very rough week for you but I'm glad that all worked out for your Mom and that your daughter was fine. Sometimes in the midst of it we don't realize how much God carries us until it is all over. May you have a peaceful weekend and may the Lord renew your strength.


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