Day 348

Wednesday, my niece Courtney sent me this text message:  “I am so thankful that your leaf never withered under the flame!”

The flame she was referring to was when I had to deliver my son still born last July.  I thought about how to reply, I knew I couldn’t take the credit.  I knew I couldn’t text back “thank you!” because it wasn’t something I did on my own.  I didn’t keep my leaf from withering, the grace of God did.  So I texted back, “And I am thankful for God’s grace!  Couldn’t have done it without Him!  Love You!!”

Psalm 84:5-7 (NLT) What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs.  The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.  They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

The strength I had to stand up and recover from such a devestating blow came from the Lord.  I knew there was no getting through my valley of weeping without Him, so I set my eyes on His eyes and my heart on His heart, and before I knew it that valley of weeping was transformed into a place of refreshing springs.  A place where my leaf not only avoided withering, but was watered and grew bigger and healthier than ever before.

In 2011 Disney came out with a new Winnie The Pooh movie, that was an absolute treat from start to finish; even the short, “The Ballad Of Nessie” that played before the actual movie started was superb!  Nessie was a sweet monster who lived in a small pond that was just the right size for her and her little rubber ducky.  One day their pond was taken over and turned into a miniature golf course.  Nessie was left homeless.  She searched everywhere for a new place to live, but all of the other ponds were already occupied.  She felt hopeless.  She sat down and began to cry.  She cried and cried and cried, until she had no more tears to cry.  When she opened her eyes she saw her rubber ducky bobbing up in down in water.  Her tears had filled the land around her and a great loch had formed.  Nessie’s weeping had turned into a place of refreshing springs, a new home for her and ducky.  The lesson she learned that day was “Don’t ever be afraid to cry.  It really is okay.  Sometimes it’s through our tears, we find a better way.”

When you walk through the Valley of Weeping, set your eyes and heart on the Lord and he will turn your valley into a refreshing spring.  He will give you the strength you need to get up and get through and cause you to grow stronger along the way.  He’ll do what only He can do, turn something heartbreaking into something that revitalizes you.

When God is in you and before you, your leaf will not wither.  His grace is more than enough.

  1. God turned my valley of weeping into a place of refreshing springs.
  2. My leaf did not wither, but grew stronger and healthier.
  3. God’s more than enough grace.
  4. We go from strength to strength.
  5. Sweet Courtney!
  6. Psalm 1:1-3
  7. “The Ballad of Nessie” what a sweet little short.  One that I’ll never watch again without thinking about how God turned my tears into something refreshing.
  8. Winnie The Pooh.  I have always loved that silly old bear.
  9. Got to sleep in this morning.
  10. My wake up call was two little Jedi’s coming in to show me their light saber moves.
  11. My eye doctor appointment was only $10!  I thought it was going to be more like $100!
  12. I left for my appointment without my glasses but wasn’t very far from the house before realizing it.  I’m so glad I went back to get them or  I would have been waiting in the waiting room for 45 minutes without being able to see, since they had me take my contacts out right when I got there.
  13. My appointment took way longer than I thought, but when I got home Josh was already fixing the kids lunch and taking care of business!
  14. Free trial contacts.
  15. While Beau was napping me and Gussy played some Donkey Kong Country together.  I had so much fun hanging out with my little buddy and doing one of his favorite things with him.
  16. Josh got the lawn mowed.
  17. Got a whole tub of Gus’ baby clothes 6-18 months sorted through.  Some to keep, some to sell, some to give away.
  18. Gus was one blessed little guy.  He had so much cute stuff to wear when he was little and I can remember how he looked in almost all of it.
  19. A storm rolled in right when we were on the way to the pool, the kids weren’t happy about it, but a trip to the McDonald’s play place made it better.
  20. Friday family dinner at Kenny’s Burger Joint.
  21. The amount of joy a little cup of ice cream for dessert brings to the kids.
  22. Beautiful weather tonight at the park.
  23. “Being Elmo:  A Puppeteers Journey.”  What a captivating movie.  Josh and I both loved it.
  24. God will put desires in peoples hearts for what they are supposed to do with their lives at such early ages.
  25. The movie reminded me how important it is for parents to be supportive of their kid’s interests.
  26. My parents were always supportive of whatever I was interested it.
  27. Being able to rent movies without having to go to Blockbuster, which is not easy with a two year old who likes to take every movie off of the shelf.

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