Sounds like the start of an old Irish ballad, doesn't it? But, this fair maiden is my sweet daughter whose birthday we celebrated just a, ....ahem, a few weeks ago. Time is slipping past me very quickly and two more fair ladies have celebrated birthdays in the meantime.
My school room is spilling into the dining room as I clean up and clear out and try to figure out what to keep and what to store. Intead of feeling the excitement of nearing the end of a school year, we will have to keep going a bit longer with a shorter break this year. To me, it feels like October...and I'm still unsure of what I'm doing.
One week ago, we had 4-6 inches of snow. Homeschool co-op was cancelled, public and private schools were cancelled or delayed, and we were hunkered down inside a "kinda warm" house. It was so very cold outside and the wind was blowing the snow into drifts. Then on Saturday, the kids had a blast playing in the snow.
I've been watching the news, along with many of you,and have seen the destruction from the earthquake in Haiti. There is such devastation. Such anguish. Such misery.
Immediately, I thought of my brother-in-law and his family who, with their church, have gone to Haiti many times to minister to the people there. They have at least one mission there....and they have friends there.
I was thankful when he called this evening to say that he had heard from his friends and they are okay....the mission is okay......in one of the areas. There are other areas that they have not heard from yet.
Tonight there are thousands of people who are not accounted for....whose families and friends are waiting to hear if they are safe....Some of them are Americans......Some are native Haitians.....Some vacationers.....
Some met the Lord ......some met Eternity without Him......
It will be many days before help can get to these people. Some will die waiting.
Please join with me and pray for the people of Haiti. Pray that the Lord will be with those who are suffering and those who are waiting. Pray for the people who are bringing help to those who are helpless....for their safety and strength.
Pray for the orphan.
Pray for the widow.
Pray, knowing that above all else, God is El Elyon. The Most High God who rules and reigns over heaven and earth. He is in control.
He hears the cries of the afflicted.
He is there............If you want to be His hands and feet, prayerfully consider giving here.
22. the Holy Spirit who gives guidance, wisdom and comfort
25. leftover lunch creations
26. physical therapists
27. little girl laughter
28. kids who clean kitchens to surprise me
29. music classes for my kids
30. homeschool support groups
and will say so here....
31. a car to drive
35. a warm house
36. hot soup
37. medicine to help the pain
38. laundry rooms - even small ones
39. new ideas for Christmas gifts
40. crock pots
and offer the challenge to you...
41. house decked out for christmas
42. musical inspirations
43. snow boots for everyone
44. baby noises
45. young families loving God and homeschooling their children
46. homeschool mom groups that support each other
47. hah friends who pray
48. everyone together for Christmas
49. mess to clean up after everyone leaves
50. reminders that family is important
51. long-distance calls from friends
52. husbands who sacrifice comfort and time to provide
And focusing not on Past nor Future, but on Him who doeth all things well, will chase the grayness away and give a purpose for my life which is built on many small things sanctified by the One who gives them....and feeds the multitudes.