#1 – Friday, September 21, 2018, 3:18 pm
I woke up this morning, on my birthday, feeling prompted to make my first blog entry, ever; besides, the few words I put on here, when I created this site back in November. How did my actual birthday start this year? Well, to begin with, I was on actual telephone call, I know in this day and age of texting, emailing, hangouts, chatting, etc., it is just easier to click away on a keyboard, than it is to actually pick up a phone and make a real call. Don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite sayings, in this present age, which I obtained from an anonymous source, is, “Before you make that call, ask yourself this question. Is this textable?” When I first read it, online, I laughed out loud and could instantly relate.
Now, back to the call, that started on the day before my birthday, and ended on my birthday. It was with my girlfriend, Lorraine. We have been making these birthday calls, amongst over things, for nearly 40 years, now! We now call ourselves “forever friends” (She coined the phrase, because b.f.f. did not quite cut it). This year, for both of us, has brought about some great times of sorrow, yet we continue to weather those storms and press on. I know in my heart that without the LORD, that would certainly not be possible. My utter dependency has to remain on the finished work of Calvary.
I, being a bona-fide night owl can generally hang with the best of them. We ended the call around 12:30 am and I stayed up a bit longer using a new leg/foot massager, I bought a week ago, as I watched a movie about cars. When I could no longer beat away the sleep from overtaking me, I surrendered to my bed. I, then, attempted to read a novel on an electronic reader, only to “wake-up”, to a blank screen, which meant I had actually been out for at least 15 minutes. That’s when I totally cashed in my chips and went to sleep. My eyes popped open around 7:30. I didn’t feel sleepy, so I took the opportunity to do my morning devotional. I have been studying the book of Isaiah for the last several weeks and was now on chapter 55. While reading that chapter, I paused frequently to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to my heart, while meditating on the goodness of the LORD, and how far He has brought me. It has truly been a mighty long way. Who would have ever thought that a life that seemed destined to crash and burn, would not only still be in existence, but now in a position to burn brightly for His Kingdom. My life was almost forfeited, at another’s hands, nearly fifty years ago; yet, I am still miraculously here! To God most definitely belongs, all the praise, glory and honor!
After that time of devotion, I attempted to read a little of that e-book, again, as I made my plans for the day. The next thing I knew, I was in a dream where I was screaming at some guy I knew, to get out of my house. In the midst of that, some loud noise was going on that brought me back to consciousness, with a bit of a sluggish start. When I realized what it was, I wished the sprayer on the water bottle I keep on my nightstand, could actually go around corners (LOL, now. Not so much, then.). For you see, that rather annoying noise was coming from my boy kitty, Buttons, who was scratching rather aggressively on a plastic mat in the guest bathroom, to get me to wake-up, since the “timer in his tummy” had gone off, to signal his over-riding need for breakfast. Once that need was met for both him and his littermate, Coco, my girl kitty, I then checked my cell phone, and the day began with responding to numerous birthday texts from family and friends, alike; plus, engaging in a few more “Happy Birthday” phone calls from fellow sisters in Christ. Now, I have a few more birthday celebrations on my calendar for next week. Hey, not too shabby, huh? In the process of doing that, I started putting additional editing touches on this site and here I am now, writing this blog entry. I also made a “catch-up” appointment for later this evening, so it goes… Of course, as I write this, both kitties, now 10 years old, are napping away.
In closing, I would have to say that I truly thank You, LORD for keeping me alive this long. When I was a child, I thought 25 was old. Now, most of us know, that was but the tip of a very deep, if God ordains it to be so, ice burg. Have a wonderful day, fellow daughters!
Isaiah 55: 8, 9 & 11
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. …So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.