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A Day of Grace

I am a morning person, it is my favorite time of day. My mind is clear, my senses are alert, my spirit is hopeful for the day to come. One of John's daughters has a morning habit that I really like - now and then she sends a text message with a greeting and her love. Receiving one of her texts begins the day with a nice warm feeling and I've started passing that on, letting a few folks know I'm thinking about them as my day begins.

I enjoy my twenty-minute morning drive to work, it's a quiet, peaceful time for a few moments of reflection and a time to offer up prayers for the people I love. This morning I was thinking about how many people I care about are going thru some really hard times right now, with worries piling up and no simple solutions in sight. I know that at the times when my life has been the darkest and most difficult what I longed for was just one day when I wasn't struggling, didn't have something major to worry about or deal with... for one day when I didn't feel so overwhelmed.

When you are going thru hard times it seems to snowball, and in actuality if often does, since negative energy attract more of the same. You reach a point where you don't think you can endure one more moment, and each day the feeling of of desperation and hopelessness grows until you fear that you will suffocate under the weight of just trying to survive. It is so hard, if not impossible, to believe at those times that things will turn around and life will once again be good.

What I wish, what I pray for today, is that God would give each person who finds themselves overwhelmed with life, just one day of grace. One day now and then when all the weight is lifted or at least temporarily suspended - a day to walk by the lake, play in the park, or curl up with a good book. A day to rest and relax and rediscover a few things in life that are good and beautiful.

Supposedly the original plan was for us all to have a day of rest once a week, but it doesn't often work out that way in today's world. For working people, Sunday or any day off becomes a day to catch up on chores, errands, and obligations or catch some much needed sleep. So we end up going on an on in an endless cycle, rarely pausing to enjoy the things that can revitalize and sustain us, and even more rarely setting aside time to just BE.

When was the last time you recall having a day all for yourself where you were able to totally free your mind from the worries and what ifs and have to's and should be's and spend a day in child-like innocence and fun?

Today Lord, I pray that you give each person who is struggling just one day of grace so that they can feel your love and know that they are not abandoned.

14 comments:

  1. You are so kind Josie...and yeah it seems like a wicked cycle...negatives do attract negatives and it is hard to get out of that circle. I can say "amen" to this post. I agree with it wholeheartedly!

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  2. Thank you Jyankee! Nothing is harder for me than watching those I love stuggle and being unable to truly help. Then I pray, and I continue to believe in miracles because the happen - they have happened to me!

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  3. Since my Hubby and I retired we are together most all the time. I do miss the time in the car alone without interruptions just to pray and get my thoughts together. Often when I can't sleep I get up and come into my den just to be alone, read and pray.

    I just learned that our bodies were created to rest every 7th day, our heart beat slows down and that is why we just want to sleep on Sunday afternoons. Our body is crying out for rest.

    It does hurt when you see people you love going through so much.

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  4. I am in a bit of a negative cycle at the moment so I take your blessing with a great deal of gratitude. How kind you are. Thanks, Josie. XXX

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  5. What a truly beautiful post. You are so completely right. And yes, even though recently it is MY turn to be in the midst of the battles with life, I DO take time to stop and thank God for what I have that's good, for every little thing that makes me happy. No one ever said it was going to be easy, and whoever DIDN'T say it sure was right. However, I believe it's what we do with the rough times, how we handle them, that prepares us for the future. When I was young, it was impossible for me to see that no matter what was happening in my life, that the sun would come up tomorrow, and that this world would continue on. Now that I am pushing yet another decade, I know I can count on things getting better, and that makes it so much easier to take. Thanks for the reminders, Jos. Hugs. :)

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  6. Before I met my husband, Tee, I had a lot of free time - too much - but now we enjoy being together as much as possible so there is not a lot of alone time for writing and reflecting. Driving time in the morning has always been a special time for me. I make the most of it! That's the first I've heard of bodies being on 7 day cycles, but it sure wouldn't surprise me since everything created is on a cycle of some kind. It's how things work! Our bodies and spirits are definitely in need of more rest. That's why so often we get sick - our bodies making us slow down!

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  7. You have been facing a lot of challenges at the moment Selma and I definitely extend this blessing to you! It always seems that we are hit with a whole bunch at once, then things start working out piece by piece. I know this will happen for you too. Keep faith!

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  8. You always have and continue to amaze me Liza Jamie! :-) Even in the midst of so much pain and so many issues to address, you remember to count your blessings and you get out of bed each day even when it would be so much easier not to. I've always known that's our ultimate choice - to crawl into the corner and stay there or to face life boldly and hope for the best. I agree, that what we are experiencing is preparation for what comes next and the more we can learn about how to cope, the more ready we will be. We can't do much about what happens to us, we can do something about how we handle it. We can also show others that we can survive against all odds - and one day thrive again! And you will!!!

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  9. As is quick becoming tradition, you've inspired me.

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  10. Frank has written an excellent response post to this one - head over to LastStand and check it out!

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  11. My one moment is each morning that my sons seek me out for that first hug of the day :o) Your heart is big and bright, woman. Thank you for posting this.

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  12. I don't pray, but I hope that others find that one day of grace too.

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  13. Girl, There is nothing that can lift our spirits more than the love of our children. A phone call from my son or daughter changes the entire mood of my day!

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  14. Maria,there are many forms of prayer and many ways to define it. I'm not really sure what it is or how it works, but I know it does. Focusing positive energy and thoughts on another person can most definitely affect how things are going for them. I too wish a day of grace for everyone. Too bad we can't just schedule those on the calendar! :-)

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