Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rebecca's Journey - 122


The holidays are passed! We had a lovely time with our son, Stephen and his new wife Sarah as well as Annie, and Alezah. It was a delightful household full of loved ones to brighten our festivities. And now we are into February. After the Christmas tree was down and the ornaments put away, I found myself quite weary and spent. I have rested and feel substantially restored now. In physical therapy the last few days, we've been able to do full exercise again and sit up on the side of the bed. It's quite a sight. I've attached a photo. We're back, working hard, and will see what changes the New Year will bring!

We've had quite a bit of snow and a lot of rain over the holidays. It's cold today and very, very gray. I always like the afternoons on cold and rainy days. I light some little candles and they remind me of the joy and light within.

At the beginning of each year I always ask the Lord, "What are You saying to me in this New Year?" He usually gives me a perspective or goal, something clear, as a nugget to carry with me through the year. (For me this is much better than a New Year's resolutions, which I never can keep :)).

This afternoon I turned to Psalm 40. It's marked and written on, circled and squared. Because of this, I always can tell which Psalm has been meaningful to me in many seasons.

From Psalm 40:
I waited patiently for the Lord,
and He inclined to me...
Many oh Lord are Your wonderful works
which You have done, and Your thoughts toward me
cannot be recounted to You in order;
if I would declare and speak of them
they are more than can be numbered.
In the last verse it says, "I am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinks upon me." What an awesome perspective for the New Year. The Lord is thinking about me. His thoughts! His thoughts are ever-toward me. Now maybe that's obvious to you, and in one way, it is. But there's something marvelous when I consider, in a world shaken by earthquakes and storms, my Father is thinking about me! And where His thoughts go, His heart goes. May we all begin this New Year with this resting place for our souls. Whatever is happening, whatever comes, One who loves us is ever-thinking toward us. Ask Him for the perspective He has for you for the coming year.

My love to you all,


P.S. We have an unusual short-term need for a caregiver for me from April 1st through May 14th. Please let me know if you would be interested and available.