January 20, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Just finished watching the inauguration.  The wonderings of the press.  The politics of religion.  The changing of peaceful leadership.  What is in a red box Michelle is carrying?  What gift did she give?  Who made her dress?  Did Laura decide what she was wearing after she saw what Michelle was wearing, or were most of her things already packed?  Or did it matter? All questions and speculations of the press.

The grace of the families, helping one another transition.  Boxes being moved.  Details attended to of every sort from matching gloves to colorful scarves to wheelchairs and elderly and respect and honor and music and dignity and safety.  What an affair to watch.

This morning in my world, I was locked out of my home.  I went to tend to a bag of trash someone dropped on the road in front of my house.  A dog had torn into it overnight.  I took a huge bag and was trying to clean it up before it blew all over the place and left through the garage, which I asked The Hub to shut for me.  I ran back with the bag it was so cold and windy…to a locked up house!

My elderly neighbor invited me in while I made the calls to get The Hub to return to let me in.  I was thankful she was awake.  She assured me I could call on her at midnight, even if the blinds were closed, to please knock and not hesitate to wake her in times of need.  Isn’t that what neighbors are about?  Those kinds of people help you through life and through the day.

I have much to do today to prepare for tomorrow.  Larry needs another heart cath, is still having chest pain.  I may need to help get to Vande (they still haven’t gotten their appointment scheduled).  Mom doesn’t like driving to Nashville.  I don’t know my way to Vande well, but together, we can surely get there and back.

I am doing some reflection, goal setting, quiet time in the word today.  Needing  a re-grounding.  A week of activity and hustle and sickness in extended family and in my family…three weeks really.

I find my thoughts needing realignment in the word today, a necessity.  Realigned toward a God who is worthy to be praised, who loves us very much, and who is in charge of all things, heaven and earth.

I find myself needing freshness with him…He is present in times of need.  He is perfect.  He is holy.  He cares.  He is friend.  He is King.  He is all we need, and more.  He is the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He cares for me, he helps me raise my kids, he knows my frustrations, he carries my burdens (sometimes fighting me for them).   He is the lifter of my head, the Father of my heart, the Lover of my soul, the help of my day, the strength of my life, my joy, the calm in my storm, the ceiling to my groanings, the hearer of my pain, he hears, he speaks, he loves.

He knows.

He helps.  He comforts.  He restores.

He gives.

He is there.

He is here.


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I am married to the love of my life, as we raise three children, learning the ways of grace.


Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving




When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


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