Being Woven

Mercy and Mornings

 

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Merciful
Compassionate
Kind
Such words bring a sweet feeling deep in my soul.  God is merciful.  He cares about His children.  He loves us.  He is kind and compassionate towards us.  How blessed we are to be covered by His Love, His Grace, His pinion feathers.  He protects us as an eagle protects her young.  He holds us close.  His mercies, His kindness, His compassion are meant to bless us.
Mercy can also mean to pity, feel sorry for one, shame, reproach. 

But God loves to shower kindness and compassion upon us.  He is.

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kindness; beauty:—favor, good deed, zeal towards anyone, love, act kindly towards, to turn or incline kindness towards anyone, merciful (kindness), mercy,  benevolence, (loving-) kindness; grace, favor, mercy of God towards men;

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Lamentations 3:21-26…

21  But this I call to mind,

and therefore I have hope:

22  The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;

His mercies never come to an end;

23  they are new every morning;

great is Your faithfulness.

24  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in Him.”

25  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,

to the soul who seeks Him.

26  It is good that one should wait quietly

for the salvation of the LORD.  

 

His mercy is new every single morning.  God wants us to know how very much He loves us every day.  Upon awakening, He shows us His sunrise, His dew on the grass, His shelter over our heads, His birds singing in the Springtime trees.  He wants us to know Him in all ways, each and every day, in every moment, if at all possible.  He wants us to feel, sense, hear, and see Him all around us…all of the time.

We want that as well so we try to keep our hearts and eyes open all of the time.  Yes, I miss His beauty when I have my head down, or His words when I have my ears and mind filled with ‘stuff’ at times, but between Kenneth and myself, we find that He is close all of the time.  We remind one another too for we do not want to miss our Creator at all, if we can help it.

בֹּקֶר

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dawn (as the break of day), day, early, morning, morrow, daybreak, morning light

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My husband, Kenneth, continues to walk this earth as he lives with Lymphoma on hospice.  We are learning each day the mercies of God.  He gives Kenneth breath for each day (me too, for that matter).  He gives him eyes and ears to see and hear the beauty of God’s world outside each day.  He allows Kenneth to eat certain foods.  He gives Kenneth strength to work in the garage in order to finish unpacking from our move here last summer and to get the garage settled for me, so that I know where things are and how to use certain tools that I may or will need.  He loves getting his workshop ready for both of us now, me later.

We ponder the magnitude of our God in our quiet time.  We spend as much time as possible together throughout each day.  When I am not running errands, I want to be home with him.  Love runs between us deeply and dearly.  We feel God’s hand in our marriage, not just these two months now since the diagnosis, but for the past almost 25 years.  I spend time with Kenneth in the garage learning and helping and we are enjoying that kind of time together too.

God has given us these precious days…weeks…months to share our love, take care of one another, minister to others in whole new ways, and to be together.  We are more in love with each other than ever.  Even sweeter is that we love the LORD in whole new and precious ways too.  We are taking each day that we wake up rejoicing and thanking God…FOR TODAY!

This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

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O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You.
Be their strength every morning,
Our salvation also in the time of distress.  Isaiah 33:2

For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5

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“The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me,
‘He who rules over men righteously,
Who rules in the fear of God,

Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain.’  2 Samuel 23:3-4

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns Psalm 46:4-5

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But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.  Psalm 59:16

He who made the Pleiades and Orion
And changes deep darkness into morning
Who also darkens day into night,
Who calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the surface of the earth,
The LORD is His name.  Amos 5:8

O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.  Psalm 90:14

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The LORD is His Name…Great is Thy Faithfulness.  O Heavenly Father, Your promises are everlasting.  Your love is forever.  You walk with us in these hard and seemingly dark places.  You bring joy to us.  You rain Your mercies upon us each and every day.  Hallelujah!  The way much of the world thinks, Kenneth and I should be sorrowful, tearful, nervous, depressed, fearful, stressed while facing a Cancer diagnosis and a final outcome of death.  I often feel guilty because I feel so at peace in You, LORD, and because I am not moping around with the “Whoa is me!” syndrome.  Yet we are living in Your Peace, Father.  Your Peace brings calm and quiet to our days.  We feel more in love with one another than ever before, more joy-filled, eyes open to the gorgeous green of Springtime, ears alert to the chirping of birds with their nestlings or fledglings.  Yes, Father, we are facing death in this household, yet there is no room for moping, for feeling sad all the time.  Yes, we feel these things, but we are not living our days in them.  We desire to stay near to You.  We sense Your presence in our lives.  You fill us with Your joy, love, and peace.  Father, these are of You.  You are in our house and in our lives.  Thank You.  We want to be close to You and feel Your Presence.  How wonderful You are, LORD!  How sweet is this time!  I never could have imagined that walking this closely with You would bring such wonder to my heart, to my eyes and ears, to my mind and soul.  Thank You.  Kenneth also feels this joy, love, wonder and peace!  How blessed we are.  We are so very grateful, Father.  In the powerful Name of Jesus, Amen. 

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“Dew on the Grass” photo by Wallpaper.com @  http://wallpoper.com/wallpaper/dew-on-grass-447065; Scripture added @ https://ipiccy.com by me.

Lavendar Field at Dawn @ http://eskipaper.com/nature-dawn-wallpaper.html

Daisies (Psalm 118:24) @ https://twitter.com/kayarthur/status/740532666160828416

Joy Comes in the Morning @ https://sensiblefaith.com/2013/10/07/your-joy-comes-in-the-morning-psalm-305/

Sunrise in Yosemite National Park with Merced River in foreground @  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/282530576598864422/

“Sun Rays Psalms 90:14” @ @}ARosePhotos~~

25 Comments

  1. Sending you love from afar today. Re-reading your (and God’s) beautiful words today and again marveling at God’s strength, peace, joy and hope exuding from you through such hard. Linda, you are both truly spreading the fragrance of our LORD. May our LORD teach me to walk with Him like this. Lifting you up in prayer right now to the One who works all things together for good from glory to glory.

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  2. So glad I stopped by today, Linda. This is so powerful. How sweet and thoughtful. What a wonderful marriage. It makes me sad I get so worked up over little things my husband does. This makes me reflect and grateful for the time we have together. Thank you so much for sharing part of your journey. Praying for both of you. What a beautiful example you lead for my generation.

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  3. Linda, this post holds so much light and faith. I think it’s my first time visiting you, and I’m so glad. I am praying for you and Kenneth as you walk this hard road. The verses and photos you share are truly uplifting. May you continue to walk in our Father’s peace during this time. Thank you for the reminder to seek God every morning.

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    • Jeanne, your words have blessed me this night. Thanks, ~ linda

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  4. My prayers continue to be with you and Kenneth. Such a sweet love you share. I can’t imagine all that you are feeling. I am grateful for this truth: “God loves to shower kindness and compassion upon us.” I pray he will continue to shower it upon you each and every day that you and Kenneth have together. Blessings to you, sweet Linda!

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  5. I am so grateful for His mercies that are new every morning! Just the other day, I sensed the Lord calling me into quiet- and so sitting outside on my porch on a warm spring day, I put down my notebook and just began to take in all that my eyes and ears could sense. It was truly a holy moment!
    Continuing to pray for you and your sweetie. ❤

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  6. Linda, Your words moved and inspired me. Oh what a living testimony you have shared of God’s mercy in action through you and Kenneth during this season.

    I loved all the Scripture verses you shared. So uplifting and encouraging.

    Praying that the God of Peace and Comfort blesses you both abundantly.

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  7. Thank you for these beautiful words. Lamentations is a perfect reminder for each new day, isn’t it? I am praying for Kenneth and you as you walk together into this diagnosis and share your love with each other daily. Blessings and hugs!

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  8. Emily Saxe | To Unearth

    That passage in Lamentations is one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing your heart here and for your beautiful, encouraging words! Visiting from #TeaAndWord. 🙂

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  9. This is beautiful and love the graphics you have threaded throughout!

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  10. You bless, strengthen, and encourage all of us who read your words. I’m asking God to continue to pour over and into you both countless beautiful blessings to hold close to your hearts!

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  11. His kindness is relentless to us each new day, as you are already experiencing…
    As you know I too went through this with my late husband. I am still so grateful we had those last 12 weeks together from diagnosis to his graduation into glory…
    They are the most precious of my memories…
    Sending love & blessings to you both,
    Jennifer

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    • Precious … yes! This time with Kenneth is just that. You remind me that these weeks, months are just that…precious. Thank you for your sweet words, Jennifer.

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  12. Linda, your words and pictures bring such inspiration and comfort. Being reminded of “how sweet is this time, bringing wonder to your heart, and Kenneth feeling joy, love, wonder, and peace from the Lord” encourages me. You are a special blessing to me and your readers. Your quiet strength and strong faith that you share here, get me through some tough days. I continue to hold you and Kenneth in my prayers. Sending a hug and much love to you my sweet, friend. ❤

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    • Thank you, sweet Kathleen. I continually hold you in prayer as you travel and provide Skype talks and all to guide others to understand and appreciate what your mother and so many others endured, went through in Japan. Thank you. The love of your mother stands tall.

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  13. Thanks, Linda, for these precious truths forged in the reality of your own lives as you lean into His mercy and grace each day. Thank you for trusting us with this personal journey and modeling courage and love in the trenches of this diagnosis and what it means for both you and your sweet man. How blessed I was to read this today! Your words are a poignant reminder that all of our days are numbered and none of us know the exact number He has determined. It is important even without such a diagnosis to keep that frame of truth around each of our days and the most precious of our relationships.

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    • YES..yes, Pam. Each day, hour, moment come with God’s grace. Thank you for such a thoughtful response.

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  14. Fresh mercy every morning. Thank you for sharing with us how He is meeting you during this hardest season.

    Praying for God to strengthen you both, and for His peace to shelter you.

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  15. LInda there is no death in Christ, ever. This is so hard here; where we are, but this world is deceptive it is not of the Kingdom of God. We are children of the Kingdom. We don’t belong here and God’s sovereign will calls us home when He is ready for us. It is the hardest lesson there is, to let Him have His will with this circumstance. May God bless you and your husband continuing to give you peace through this journey where all of God’s children are transitioning to go back home to the Kingdom of God.

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  16. Liz Giertz

    What blessed encouragment to read of your steadfast faith in the midst of such trials. May God be close and comfort you both and give you His peace and strength for every day to come. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words.

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  17. Dear Linda, Thank you for sharing such beautiful words of hope from within the middle of the trial. Again, you have brought tears to my eyes, to see how very close Jesus is holding you. What a blessing that the Lord is surrounding you and your husband with HIs Loving Kindness, “checed.” And I join you in your beautiful prayer thanking God for the ways that He covers us with mercy every day. I continue to pray for you and ask the Lord to carry you through your days. Much Love and Hugs dear friend.

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  18. Jacqueline Dee

    Linda and Ken,

    May God bless you both—for your clarity of vision, generosity, love for one another, and for your great faith in this time of Ken’s illness. Linda, it means a lot to those of us who read your posts that in such a giving and generous-hearted way you are communicating your experiences at this time—so helpful to others—including friends of our own here in Cold Spring who are working through a similar situation—they are most grateful for your sharing accounts of your daily life with Ken and your thoughts about prayer and faith. Our friends are spiritual people, people of prayer, and they value your posts because you speak so eloquently of your faith.

    I confess that although I love words and language, they fail me utterly in times like this and I tend to retreat into silence—hence my pronounced feeling of gratitude for your words, Linda, and Ken for your strength of mind and will and care for Linda. You both are giving comfort to me in my feelings of distress about Ken’s illness rather than the other way around.

    Ken, I feel keenly the loss of communication with you about writing and story-telling and word-smithing. I had thought to take a break in writing to you—about all kinds of things having to do with writing—until you and Linda were settled into your new situation and you were less busy. And I had looked forward to reading more of your writing which is so full of great story-telling and memorable characters and full of grace and ease and insight and humor and beautiful descriptions of nature. In any event, I’m very grateful the family reunion paved the way for me to discover a companion writer in my very own family as well as a friend and cousin with common childhood memories. I value your clarity of thought and expression and the way you value writing. As for your descriptions of how you and Linda often read to one another—what great joy that must be for each of you. The thought of you two valuing books and authors and writing benefits me in a secondary way—because you take such pleasure in reading, it makes me feel that I have “company” as I’m reading alone in my little library room.

    Ken I also salute your courage and conviction in your choices about medical care. Though initially I was hoping you might seek life-extending treatment, I realize those wishes were partially for my own benefit, based on hopes to communicate further, selfish thoughts really. Now all I can say is that your courage and strength and clear-sightedness are an inspiration—breath-taking really. Your thinking, your steadfastness, and your decisions so aptly express your deep character, values, and faith.

    With prayers for you both and with love, Jackie

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    • Jackie, this letter to Ken and me is so beautiful and touches us both deeply. We had prayed that God would give us a ministry in our new town, especially now. Not knowing just how God could use us right now as we know hardly anyone yet, we are given moment after moment of ministry right from our home…hospice workers, people who read this blog, your friends, neighbors, people we do not even know but reach through an hospice worker, etc. God is so faithful. We are blessed. Thank you for sharing this with us, Jackie. Ken hopes to write you soon as he has been thinking about it for a while. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  19. Karen

    Bless you Linda and your journey with your husband. We don’t usually think about God’s mercies in situations that are dire, but that’s exactly when His daily grace shows up. May God continue to strengthen you in the days ahead.

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