Archive for August, 2008

August 28, 2008

House of Dove

second set of dove siblings

A week ago I found yet another little dove mommy on the very same nest out on my balcony. There’s no way for me to tell if she is the same dove from last month, but I suspected she had come to bring more new life into the world. Today I saw evidence of that truth. What an awesome experience I’ve been given this summer! God continues to astound me with all that He reveals, much of which exists all the time around me but to which my eyes do not pay attention. I’m quite happy to let my balcony remain the Dove Sanctuary. It’s a rare gift for this city girl.

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August 27, 2008

heavy heart… but always with hope

I’m catching up a little tonight, checking the blogs of those people who populate my world, and my heart is heavy from the challenges that are facing so many friends. One is filled simultaneously with the joy of a newborn son and heartache from the loss of a father. Another aches from his wife’s recent cancer diagnosis while continuing to shepherd a flock of believers. In my own extended family there have been many weeks of living with cancer, as well, and trying to grasp just what God has purposed in all of this. For each of these people, and so many more, I am overwhelmed with concern and filled with emotions that expand in my throat. But I am also lifted in spirit by their words. There is no resentment, no bitterness, no crushing anger. Instead, there is hope. Great, encompassing hope. I praise God for it. He is the source of such freedom. We certainly can’t reach such a place through human power. Jesus gave us example after example of how to live — and I mean live — in the midst of crushing opposition, and God sends us His Spirit to carry us through those dark and difficult days. Without Him, there would be no hope. And without hope, there would be … nothing.

I am encouraged today by the words of my friends. In the midst of such potential anguish, each and every one has hope. Each and every one is finding joy in these challenges. We don’t have to understand. We may never get to that point. But we can find unspeakable joy in the center of despair, and I am so thankful for these living examples of Christ’s heart. God gets the glory.

August 22, 2008

chill

Borders bookstoreTonight I nixed my standard summer routine of Friday night movie to simply browse the shelves at the new Borders bookstore in my area. Three hours of heaven! And so very unusual! I’m a movie hound (no doubt!) and usually that is my choice of relaxation and escape after a particularly long and stressful day. But today was different. As the hours ticked by I found myself increasingly restless, working very hard to complete the day’s tasks by 5:00 so I could finally shake it all off and go someplace else. As the final moments approached, however, I realized that I wasn’t looking to escape visually but rather mentally. I wanted to wander, to walk and chill. I could think of no better place than a bookstore — and a shiny new one, at that! I simply wandered the stacks, pen and paper in hand to jot down interesting titles for later investigation. After a couple of hours I picked up a fruity frozen drink and created a pile of home decorating books two feet high, then found a comfy chair and let myself be inspired. This, for me, is pure bliss. A perfect evening of solitude (in the midst of dozens of like-minded shoppers), and a much-needed break from my own thoughts. Plus, after all that browsing, I only spent ten bucks in the store, picking up a book for my niece and EW for me. A perfect, perfect end to this very full week.

August 1, 2008

home alone

Well, it looks like Dove Mommy has left the nest. First thing this morning the babies were all alone, and at nightfall, the poor things had moved to the balcony floor and were sitting at the edge of the railing watching for Mom to return. Hours and hours they stayed in the same spot, waiting hopefully to see her sweet face. She hasn’t returned yet.

Home alone

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