Luke 5:26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
“I’ve had a remarkable day, Larry,” I told my brother that Sunday afternoon. I’d been trying to reach him for several hours but he’d been out of cell reception. When I finally heard his familiar voice on the other end of the line, I was momentarily at a loss for what to say. Without being cognizant of forming the words, I heard myself say … “I’ve had a remarkable day, Larry” and as the words tumbled over my tongue, I knew it to be true.
Shaken, alarmed really, for what had taken place over the course of one day that had started like any other day. Still in disbelief in many regards. But able to know in my very core that it had been a remarkable day. Not the worst day – not one of violence or anger or unmet needs or a desperate unsettledness from unresolved issues. Surely not the best day in terms of what “best” is in our culture. Yet it was certainly the most remarkable day of my life thus far.
The day the Lord brought me to my knees to praise Him with thanksgiving for the thoughtful care we were receiving. The day the Lord brought me to my knees with heartfelt anguish filtered through a true awareness that God was very present. His Spirit was palpable, really, in and amongst my church family, in the building where we had gathered for worship and teaching and instead found ourselves, through prayer and praise and worship and pleading, ushering my husband toward his eternal life with Christ. Surely Ron’s best day!
I have lived any number of remarkable moments since then. Seeing God’s work in every aspect of my family and our lives. We’ve undergone many remarkable changes –my son’s school and even our neighborhood. Yet the constant has been more vital than the changes. The constant has been God’s care of us through His people, through our church family. We have been loved and encouraged, counseled and convicted when necessary. We have been shuttled and moved. We have indeed been “spurred” toward love and good deeds by being the recipients of those very kindnesses from others.
It is from this cocoon of love and hope-building that I launch a Women’s Ministries blog longing to offer encouragement to others. I invite you to come along for a journey looking for the remarkable in the ordinary stuff of life from the God who sustains and shapes our days by His grace and mercy and love.
I will do my best to share what's coming for God's daughters ... studies, events, opportunities to serve. Hope you'll join me for the journey.
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