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Peaceful Morning

Peaceful Morning…I have spent the morning in a quiet house, enjoying a hot cup of coffee, watching the birds dance through the branches of the oak trees.  The morning air is clean, cool and crisp.  It is a perfectly peaceful morning! 
 
I would be perfectly content to sit under the big oak with a blanket and a book and my little bird friends for the rest of the day.  But there are a few things I must do today!  If I get moving I will be able to stop and enjoy the beautiful day the Lord has Made for me wherever the day takes me. 
 

Peaceful Morning...

Pleopeltis polypodioides…Resurrection Fern is a plant that can be found in hardwood forests of  southeastern United States and southern Africa.  It is an air plant that attaches itself to the shady branches of oak trees.  The Oaks in our yard are host homes to this little gem.  When the air is moist and there has been a bit of rain they are lush and green.  During the dry spells the fern curls up and appears to be dried up and lost forever.  Some sources report that this fern can lose up to 97% of their moisture content and survive. 
 
However, the plant is not lost.  It is just protecting itself by curling up and storing what moisture it has until the next sprinkling of rain from the heavens. 
 
The fern reminds me of myself.  When I hit a dry spell creatively or spiritually, I  curl up and withdraw into myself.  I already know that this is only a temporary situation.  When times like this come calling it is not because I am sad or depressed it is just time to be still.  With a bit of quiet time and reflection I know that I will be restored.  Peaceful mornings spent quietly reflecting on days or events gone by encourage me to look forward to the next peaceful morning…spent in a quiet house, with a cup of hot coffee and my dancing bird friends.
Peaceful Morning…

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”  Lamentations 3:22-24

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the rest of the Story…

I love reading a good book!  What I really love are books with a continuing story line.  I can get caught up in a good story line imagining the details of the characters and their surroundings, I find myself immersed in the story.  I have enjoyed a couple of books so much I have read them more than once. 

 As much as I enjoy reading and watching movies that have a good story line, I never thought of myself or the people I know as being part of a story.  Until now! 

 So imagine my surprise and joy when our Pastor kicked off the year with a series called “Story”.  He began by saying, ” Every Life is a Story”.  I remember thinking WOW! my life IS a story and since that day I have begun looking at my life differently.   No longer do I just think about my current circumstances as being just that, current.  What is going on in my life is part of the Story,  the beautiful compelling story that the Author and Creator of the Universe has written just for me. 

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end.  Stories contain context, conflict, decisions and resolution.  Now that I am looking at my life through a new lens I wonder, will I make better decisions, will I worry less and trust God more?  I wonder will I be a better listener and a better friend, a better wife and a better mother.  Will I share Jesus with others, or will they see Jesus in me?  I wonder if I will laugh more often, love more deeply or will I live life to the fullest? 

 I am wondering about my life story but I am not worrying about it. My life story may not be filled with exciting world travels or death-defying feats.  It may be that God has planned for my life story to be one filled with lots of normal everyday stuff.  I know he has written into my story that I would be a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, an encourager, a prayer warrior, a servant and a Christ follower.

 I do wonder what else He has planned for my story. But I am content because I know the beginning and I know the end and I know who wrote the story line that goes in-between and I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing story.  My Story!!! 

Check back later for the rest of the Story…..………..to be continued…..

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