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Revisit, Remember, Rejoice

I heard something yesterday that I loved. Our Pastor did a message at church on things we can do to keep our relationship with the Lord fresh. One piece of advice was to make some alters in our life-to have things in our life that remind us of who God is and what He has done. I loved the examples he used to explain this to us. I am paraphrasing here:

I wonder if Peter ever took his boat back out to the spot where he walked on water with Jesus?

I wonder if Moses ever went back to visit that burning bush?

I wonder if Paul ever revisited that portion of road on his way to Damascus where God changed his life?

I love remembering how God has changed my life and I think writing is one way I revisit the alter. Remembering, reminds me to be grateful. It reminds me of how small I am and how big He is. I love hearing how God has worked in other peoples lives too- people today and people in Scripture. I love reading the Psalms. David did a lot of remembering. He was constantly revisiting his alters.

Revisit, Remember, Rejoice

Take a good look at God’s wonders— they’ll take your breath away. (Psalm 66:5 MSG)

Running With Roosters

A rooster moved into my neighborhood a couple months ago.

I hear him when I go running. Every time I hear it, I can’t help but think of the trip I took last November to the Dominican Republic (DR). I had the opportunity to go on a mission’s trip with a group of people from my church. Our church helps to sponsor a school in the DR. And, for the past few years we have gone down there to help serve the school and the Dominican people. Last year was my first time going. The guesthouse where I stayed during the trip is where I heard the roosters. I was for warned to bring earplugs because apparently DR roosters don’t know the difference between 1:00am and 6:00am…or any of the hours in between. It was a pretty amazing trip and I even came to appreciate the sound of the roosters.

I went running this morning and as I left my driveway, I decided to start a mental gratitude list. Ever done one of those? Sometimes, I just like to start thanking God for things- stream of conscience, no edit gratitude. It doesn’t matter how small or how big, I just thank Him.

Thank you God for the legs to run with, eyes to see, the smell of honeysuckle, the rooster crowing, the nose to smell, my brain to think these thoughts, my new running clothes, the somewhat still cool morning, the rooster crowing, the blue skies, the birds flying over head, the names of the streets I get to run on Sunset Circle, Tranquility Lane and Holiday Island (what great names!), the rooster crowing….

A rooster moved into my neighborhood a couple months ago.

Sometimes, I like to think that God placed him here especially for me. I hear it and it puts a smile on my face. I also like to think God was being very thoughtful when he placed him just far enough away so that I don’t get the pleasure of waking up to the sound, only the pleasure of running to the sound. God must already know I am thankful enough for the geese that tend to wake me up in the mornings!

Daewoo Days

This morning I am very thankful for honest people. My husband and I just picked up our 2000 Daewoo Leganza from the repair shop. It’s been in the shop for weeks. I have nicknamed this car the DaWHAAT? because most people have never even heard of it. Daewoo was a Korean car company and unfortunately just about the time I was buying the car back in 2001, the company was in the process of going bankrupt. GM ended up taking over the company, but since the bankruptcy, it can sometimes be difficult to find parts for the car.

The car has absolutely no trade-in value (last time I checked a couple years ago the Blue Book value was $400.00) At this point, I think a dealer would be asking us to give them money to take it. The car probably has 160,000 miles on it now. Roger and I have just decided to keep it, because it is totally paid for. We figure the best thing to do is drive it until the wheels fall off…which based on what happened a few weeks ago, that might not be too far off. Roger was driving home from work one evening and as he rounded a corner about 5 miles from home, a rather large chunk of the car fell off into the street. For fear the car might not start again if he stopped to retrieve the part, he continued on home. Apparently, whatever it was that fell out of our car had something to do with power steering because the car was difficult to steer.

Roger drove our other car down and retrieved the part out of the road. Fortunately, he was still able to drive the car down to our mechanic. My husband handed him the part…

“This is what is wrong with our car.”

“Well, okay”

After searching the internet, Roger was able to find the part we needed and get it to our mechanic. Last night we found out the DaWHAAT? was ready to be picked up. Our mechanic was not at his desk when Roger spoke to him so he didn’t have a price to give us, but said we could pick up our car in the morning. As we drove down to the repair shop this morning, I was preparing my mind for whatever price he was going to tell us. Maybe $300. Maybe $400. We walk in the shop and he tells us what we owe him.




“118! Really??

“What…you want me to tack a 3 or 4 on the front of that?”

“NO, that’s great!”

I’m really thankful for honest people. I plan on taking my DaWHAAT? to this nice man until the wheels fall off!