Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Words and Thoughts

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer."
Psalm 19:14

In my Psalms reading this morning, this particular verse stood out. What a tall order--for my words and the meditation of my heart (my thoughts) to be acceptable in God's sight.  Lately my thoughts are anxious, so my words are sometimes less than acceptable in God's sight. I am working on this. The second part of the verse gives the solution...."O Lord my strength and my redeemer". On my own, I will fail every time. With God's help and with my willingness to submit my selfish desires to Him, I can hope to succeed in making my words and thoughts acceptable to Him. 

What's been going on:
  • Julie and Big Sam are married! The wedding was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way. As soon as the photographer gets the pictures to me, I will share some. He texted me a few.....here is one of them.
  • The kids and I attended Rustic Youth Camp last week. My team of teachers (of the 3rd and 4th grade class) graciously allowed me to just be a helper for the week of camp since I am in the middle of two weddings! It was such a blessing to not have to spend hours preparing lessons and crafts and then packing and taking the whole house to camp! Thank you so much Beverly, Desiree', Chrystal, and Heather!
  • I am still washing tablecloths from Julie's wedding!  They must be washed and dried one at a time in order to get the wrinkles out. The wash cycle is 35 minutes, and the drying time is 20 minutes. I have to get them out of the dryer the second the dryer cuts off. Then I hurriedly lay the tablecloth on my bed and fold it carefully before hanging it on a hanger. I think I have washed, dried, folded, and hung 23 so far. We used about 40 at Julie's wedding, so I still have many left. I also have some additional tablecloths that are new that we will also need for Olivia's wedding. They must be washed and dried before using them because they have hard wrinkles in them from the packaging. I think I have about 50 tablecloths to prepare in all for Olivia's rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.
  • I'm slowing increasing my running miles. I have really let myself get out of shape with the traveling and wedding planning. I also starting rowing yesterday. I plan to row 3 days a week to hopefully strengthen my shoulder (that I injured doing CrossFit). I hope to go back to CrossFit class in July. 
Today Olivia and I have a long to-do list for her wedding.


  1. What Sheila said!
    Thank you for giving all of us an entire week out of your precious summer. We were all blessed by the time with you.

  2. It was great to work with you again. I missed having Sam in my class again. He's getting too big! I hope the next wedding is flawless so you can focus on the event more than the details. :)

  3. I'm sure I'm not the only reader who gleefully opened this, anticipating wedding photos! :) I just love Julie's dress! It's beautiful and simple and just right. They look happy. I'm glad to hear that it went well, and I hope the tablecloth-washing goes well. I got tired just reading that section!

    I wish we had a "Rustic Youth Camp" around here. It sounds so fun! My best friend was here yesterday (she lives in another state) and we hatched a plan to do "camp" here! In August! For her son and my two children. She'll be in charge of crafts, we'll also do archery and BB gun here on the farm, we'll get my father-in-law (a naturalist and expert on birds, butterflies, etc) to take the kids on a nature walk, we'll go to the pool and the creek, have devotions every morning and night, S'mores.....I can't wait!

  4. 2 weddings! at the same time!!! Oh my!
    Ed tells our girls that all three are getting married on the same day...the older two have to wait for the youngest...the youngest is 13 now. LOL! So many journeys I would have never made it through without the Psalms. There were many days where I would just read or even chant the same line over and over. I keep some of them close for those times I'm away from my Bible but find myself needing a reminder that He is always with me.
    I've got to pick back up my running miles by the end of July. I'm signed up for the St. Jude Marathon again this year and determined to finish it this time!
    Hang in there!

  5. Oh my - she is absolutely beautiful. Sunshine