Monday Meditations: What I Need

Starting today I'm adding a weekly post called 'Monday Meditations'. They are updated versions of the weekly inspirational newspaper column called 'The Wonderfully Made Woman' which I wrote for three years during the nineties when I lived  in Tulsa OK .  Just a little something to start off your week. I hope you enjoy them


I have a little wall plaque titled "What I Need" which I bought from a Christian Bookstore over thirty years. It hangs by my bedroom mirror where I can see it every morning. It is a picture of a young woman walking barefoot on a lonely stretch of beach with the following sentiment superimposed over it. It's a sweet little prayer and it never fails to bless me when I read it. I hope it does the same for you.

I need a Strength 
to keep me true
and straight 
in whatever I do.

I need a Power
to keep me strong
when I am tempted 
to do wrong.

I need a Grace 
to keep me pure
when passion 
tries it's deadly lure.

I need a Love
to keep me sweet
when hardness
and mistrust I meet.

I need an Arm 
to be my stay
when dark with trouble
grows the day.

Nothing on earth
can all this afford
but all is found in You
Jesus Christ, My Lord.
                                                     - Author Unknown


We're Going Visiting!

Friday and Saturday are the days I go visiting my online neighbors. A number of ladies in the blogosphere hold open houses or 'Link Parties' where every one comes together, shares their latest posts and then go off to visit the others at the party. It's a great way to meet new friends and to catch up with current ones. It's like dropping on for a cup of tea.There are three parties I visit on a weekly basis and I want to share them with you today.

You've heard me speak of Company Girls Coffee hosted by the wonderfully talented Rachel @ Home Sanctuary before. She was the first link party I ever joined and it's been fun. Rachel blogs about how er can do  'A Simple Thing' each day to help us organize our homes and our lives. Her partner in this is Flash her  pet donkey (yes donkey) who provides us with lots of laughs and life lessons.

The second party I attend is Caffeinated Randomness hosted by Michelle @ Lost in the Prairies. I knew Michelle and I were kindred spirits because of our love of Starbuck's and her bright humor. Today she posted about being "A Hot Mess'.  It was very real and very touching. She really got me on that one.

The third party I attend is a new one called 'A Favorite Thing' hosted by  Claudia @ Mockingbird Hill Cottage. Claudia caught my eye because she collects McCoy pottery which I have inherited a lot of from my grandmother. She started her party a few weeks ago - restarted actually- and it's been a great success with everyone able to highlight one favorite thing each Saturday.  It's the first thing I turn to on Saturday Morning usually in bed with a cup of tea. Great way to start the weekend.

Won't you join me on my visits this weekend? Stop in and say hello to Rachel, Claudia and Michelle.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do.

See you there!


Home Again, Home Again.

‘To market to market to buy a fat pig.
Home Again, Home Again
My mom always repeated this little verse whenever we had been out and arrived back home.  I found myself repeating it quietly as the plane landed at DFW airport this last Tuesday. I had made it safely home from my month long vacation in Atlanta and although I didn’t buy a fat pig, I did bring home six extra pounds that I did not start out with. Do I care? Not one bit. My D.I.L. is a fantastic country cook and believe you me, I ate everything she cooked, sometimes multiple times. I wish I was at her table right now.

I’m always telling peopleGod knows what you need and it was very true in my case with this vacation. As I said before it was like a retreat but it very much embodied the principle of “Work and Pray” that I learned long ago.  D.I.L. runs a child care from the first floor of their home and on any weekday there were between 6 to 12 pre-school children in the house. I was firmly told that I was not expected to work in the daycare (she has 2 full time and 1 part time employees) and that I was there to rest. I appreciated that but after a few days, I offered to help with lunch time where extra pair of hands are always welcomed and that was all she wrote. I was hooked. I was in love with each and every one of the kiddies and there was no going back for me.  Yes, God knew what I needed and it was to be a mom again.

How can I explain of the peace and joy that settle over me with wiping runny noses, changing dirty bottoms, supervising playground activities and getting four bottle babies down for naps at the same time (yay me!).  Walking into a room full of toddlers and hearing a chorus of little voices yelling, “Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!” and having to give out hugs all around to settle the room back down soothed my empty nester soul beyond words. Being able to hold a fussy 10 month old in my arms and rock him to sleep healed my weary heart in ways I can’t begin to tell you.  God knew what I needed and what I needed was this wonderful retreat of ‘Work and Prayer” where He filled my empty arms with children and soothed my aching heart.

God also knew that it was going to be hard for me to say goodbye to all of the babies and He arranged a special surprise for me in those last moments. As I was giving kisses all round one of the ladies who worked there called out, “Antonio is walking!” Antonio was a precious 10 month old who was always laughing, always bouncing and good natured. All the while I was there he would walk along holding onto things not yet ready to let go and take steps on his own. I could hardly believe it! She brought him into the room where I was, I kneeled down and held out my arms. After a balancing moment and a big smile, Antonio let go of her hands and walked quickly across the room into my outstretched arms. I was ecstatic! Oh, I was so proud.  There was much laughing and clapping and he was clapping himself at him for doing this fantastic thing that everyone was so excited about.  I can still feel how it felt to hold him, smell the baby powder and feel the satin softness of his sweet little cheek against mine. I closed my eyes, held him tight, nuzzled his neck and with many laughing kisses, I let him go. 

God knew that I needed to leave with laughter and joy. Antonio’s baby steps were what I needed to be able to come home again, home again with a full heart. I thank God for the sweet babies and wriggling toddlers. I thank Him for the endless green Georgia pines and the cool restful temps. I thank Him for D.I.L’s welcoming warmth and great cooking and I thank him for Middle Son's quiet humor, generosity and strength. God knew what I needed, He gave it to me in abundance and I will forever Bless His Name for it.

Please share with us something God knew that you needed and gave it to you. 
Please also share what you are thanking God for today so we can rejoice with you.