Sunday Review

July 27, 2008 at 11:50 pm 2 comments

Today surprised me.

My husband and I got to worship together sans children (children’s church.)

We had such joy.

Doing projects together on the house always brings us to a greater level of fun, intimacy, and accomplishment.  Reading directions together, setting things up, doing prep work, feeding one another for the tasks, whichever one needs nourishment.  Being attentive.  I love it.

I really don’t think I could have ever married someone who was not a “project” person and didn’t enjoy learning and doing.

Anyway, worship was so energetic and fun…people around me were clapping double time…and it wasn’t me starting it.  I love to sense that people are “getting it” and today, I had that sense.  We sang the words “lift my hands and spin around, see the light that I have found” by David Crowder band, and I kid you not, a woman probably in her 80s by now lifted those sweet little frail hands into the air with strength and dignity, and with light almost beaming from her battle-stained face, with a smile, she slowly began to spin right around!  All the way!  Man!  I wanted to be doing that!  When the next time came, I thought, well, I can do that, and it looks like fun!  I felt a little like a fool, but it was a good kind of fool!  I wanted to join her dance.  The joyful celebration of a worship warrior.  What a hero. She sure deserves a victory lap or three!  I’m just humbled to get to see it.  I doubt I’ve earned it like she has just yet.  But, I can do it in celebration of her life, and the life of the same Jesus in me!

Every song was about running, the theme of our summer.  And, oh!  I want to run again.  I’ve been sitting for some time.  And I want to run.  Purposefully.  Pushing past.  Setting goals.  Quietly.  Running.

Serenity in it all.

It’s midnight and we got seven rows of flooring down!  New floor is on most of the dining and back entryway.  It is going to look “su-weet”. I’ll share some of the details for our experience shopping for tile sometime.  It really amazed me, that process.  And, I think I found exactly what I’ve been waiting for.  I hope so!  It has now passed the main test…that matchbox cars can rip across it with high-impact speed!

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  • 1. emily  |  July 28, 2008 at 7:48 am

    that little old lady you were talking about-i love to watch her worship. she is so full of Gods Spirit. i hope when i am an old woman that i have that much joy and love for Jesus. i got to hear her testimony the other night and it blessed my heart.

  • 2. ~E  |  July 28, 2008 at 8:43 am

    It sounds as if God was using women in their 80’s to bless us all yesterday. Our church hosted the Childress family in concert last night. Visiting in the congreation, was one of the original members of the Spear family. The Childress family invited her up to sing. A frail, little woman assisted by her granddaughter made her way to the front, took the microphone, and began to sing. I was expecting a soft, sweet voice, but you would not believe the vocals that came out of that little lady’s mouth!! Oh my goodness! God used her to blow my socks off! I am not a singer, but I pray that when I am in my 80’s, my love for Jesus comes through me in some way as loud and clear as it did that sweet lady.

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