Archive for March 22, 2009

Celebrate God All Day


Pelicans Above the Pacific

Pelicans Soar Above the Pacific

Philippians 4:4-9 as expressed in The Message, gives us good guidance in the midst of the challenges that come our way.  Today began with Dan having a slight fever which went away but startled us nonetheless.  Do we go to the Emergency Room?  Should we phone the doctor for advice?  Which Dr. do we call?  

Dan decided he was very thirsty…maybe he just needed a big glass of mineral water.  That did the trick.  An hour later, the fever was gone.  But the pain in his right hip, leg and foot lasted all day until he took a pain pill.  Fatigued and hurting, he stayed in the recliner in our bedroom with his foot elevated higher than his heart, …listened to music, listened to sermons online, read a book, wondered if he will ever feel well again, and felt very lonely on this cloudy day.  Yet, his day ended well with a delicious, almost holiday dinner with homegrown artichokes that our daughter in law prepared!  We bought a 2nd lightweight folding recliner that lets his feet be higher than his heart without a huge stack of pillows.  Like the pelicans sailing above the Pacific, we celebrate that we have all that we need today.   We’d prefer that Dan be well but we have all that we need today.


 What does Phil. 4 – 9 say? “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Phil. 4: 4-9. This is the only way we can manage.  God keeps working us “into His most excellent harmonies.” — Anne and Dan


God always clears away the fog.

God always clears away the fog.

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