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The tumulus Tinghøjen near road A16 between the towns Hammershøj and Kvorning, Denmark. Kim Hansen

Good morning, beloved,

Back to reality, right? My hubby returns to work. Many kids around us go back to school today. We are not starting up just yet. We are still on break. Although, my kids would not call it such, what with the purging and cleaning we’ve accomplished these last days. It feels good to let go, give away, release. My brain has a hard time letting go of stuff. I want to keep it all to remember and what ends up happening is stress from all the useless stuff.

It feels good to open a cabinet and find it useable. It feels right to not have so many clothes, to be rid of games where the kids have lost most of the pieces, be rid of towels with bunches of holes…to start a new year with hope of continuing routines and structures that I have long let go because of pain and dizziness, it feels good.

I heard Chuck Swindoll last night. I couldn’t catch all of it, but he spoke of finding joy in this day. Finding each day precious as he finds himself older and older. Remembering what is most important.

Psalm 90:

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.

13 Turn, O Lord [from Your fierce anger]! How long—? Revoke Your sentence and be compassionate and at ease toward Your servants.

14 O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning [now, before we are older], that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad in proportion to the days in which You have afflicted us and to the years in which we have suffered evil.

16 Let Your work [the signs of Your power] be revealed to Your servants, and Your [glorious] majesty to their children.

17 And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

Teach us to number our days…

Teach (yada): to perceive and see, find out and discern

Number (manah ): to count, reckon, number, assign, tell, appoint, prepare

Days (yowm): days, lifetime

that we may get us (present) a heart ofwisdom…

Present(bow’): to bring in, cause to come in, gather, cause to come, bring near, bring against, bring upon

Wisdom (chokmah): wisdom, prudence (in religious affairs)

What a prayer to begin this day! Lord, please teach me, help me perceive, help me discern all You have for me in this day. Help me remember how precious this day truly is to You, to me. Lord, may I through this day be filled with Your wisdom. That I may gain Your heart, see life through Your eyes, delight in Your that I may bring You a heart filled with wisdom, prudence:

Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; careful of the consequences of enterprises, measures or actions; cautious not to act when the end is of doubtful utility, or probably impracticable (1828 Webster dictionary definition)

Lord, fill us with Your Spirit that we may be cautious, careful and think through our words, our thoughts.

And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

The tumulus Tinghøjen near road A16 between the towns Hammershøj and Kvorning, Denmark. Kim Hansen

My thankfuls (how about you? 😉 )

85. I’m thankful for my boys having a youth group that they enjoy and anticipate.

86. I’m thankful for warm floors that keep my feet toasty on these cold days.

87. I’m thankful for another day, may I, at the end of the day, look back and see the Spirit’s movements in my day.

Pray on. Pray on.

4 thoughts on “Present…

    kimberlee said:
    January 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    When I was out today I heard Jason Gray’s Good to Be Alive. I’m sure you’ve heard it on the radio. I always tear up at the part: I won’t take it for granted
    I won’t waste another second
    All I want is to give you
    A life well lived, to say “thank you”
    The first time I read those lines I was so convicted. I never thought of my life as a way of saying “thank you” to Him. Tbucket is finding some gratitude at the bottom of the well finally. Gratitude that I knew before lulu, I am feeling it again. I miss it so. It reminds me a little of what I use to feel like. Do I even make sense???


    sixbrownbears responded:
    January 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    What a beautiful thought..a life well lived to say thank you. I think for us performance driven types, ahem, it would be very helpful to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine…His Spirit, our submission, humility…when life just hurts to wake up, to open our eyes, that His Spirit is there too. I think, for me, it is way too easy to forget His presence. His breath. Breath of Heaven, light in my darkness, pour over me Your holiness…You make a whole lotta sense, dear friend. I love you.


    kimberlee said:
    January 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Look what I just came across. 🙂


    sixbrownbears responded:
    January 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    love it!


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