My son has taken to clapping.

I don’t know what this means, but it is definitely something that makes our house more joyous. He often watches TV when I blog, and I can hear him randomly clapping and murmuring things to himself as he watches.

I woke up today in a foul way. The dog has thrown up twice since, and I was late in doing my normal routine. I decided though it wasn’t going to keep me from blogging.

I am still reading Joyce Meyer’s “Starting Your Day Right” devotional and for today the scripture reads: “And they who know Your name {who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy} will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You Lord have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You {on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity}.”

This reminds me that God has given me the tools to help me through each new day. But it is up to me to take advantage of that. My foul mood this morning was then transformed into thanksgiving when I started to count my blessings.

My dog threw up on my rug. Something that made me hit a level ten. But then later when spending time with the Lord, I was instead, grateful I still had a rug. I cleaned up the mess and now it is just as it was before. Clean. It all reminded me how trivial things on this earth can be and if we let them get to us, it can really ruin our day. I would hate to blame this on the devil, but it does seem to be part of his work—to unbalance our already balanced lives with God.

My five-year-old is SO excited because today they have their Easter party at school. He is taking a chocolate bunny for each child in his class, and it is (for a five-year-old) a very big deal. But shouldn’t it be for all of us? To get excited with our children and watch and remember as they are so amazed with the world? That is one of my very favorite things as a parent and something that allows me to refresh each and every day—to see my son experience the world in new ways. I then get the blessing of re-experiencing it with him and Amen to that! Thank you, Jesus, for starting us fresh each and every day. If we can just remember that we can refresh with God’s mercy every day, then every day should be a good one.

Today I want to close with a quote from someone named, Renee Swope, who I don’t know but loved what she said about womanhood. She states: “I want to be a woman who overcomes obstacles by tackling them with faith instead of tiptoeing around them in fear.” I too want to be a woman like that. What about you? There is never a time when new ways can’t be challenged. Take a leap. Try something new. And have a great day.

New Ways.

 

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