I looked at her, looked at the clock, and you know it -- jumped up and moved into hyper-mode to get this day started. I nuked last night's coffee, packed lunches while it warmed, and then turned the curling iron in hopes of turning the late-awake self to human form in time for school. My daughter smiled and laughed as it is very atypical for me to sleep in, and even more so to be the one still sleeping at 6:30 a.m.
We enjoyed our short time together before the bus arrived as we went about our routines. Hers, typical. Mine, ugh. I am not a "rush" in the morning person, I like to ease into the day with coffee , reading, laundry, dishes, and basic puttering around the house. In spite of this shock to my morning and routine, it was a peaceful and fun morning. I love both of these, especially when they happen on a school morning. lol
Fast forward to my lunch break. I brought my bag with work to do but decided to enjoy time with my colleagues instead of working. The only thing I did, work (author/speaking) related was check my email. The smile on my face as I read an email from the editor of Believer Life: Believers Encouraging Believers' magazine.
I looked to my friend and said, "Do you know how good God is? I know you do, and so do I, but He still takes my breath away and amazes me." There is nothing I've done or said to bring this blessing, yet God chose to bless me anyway.
What is the news you ask? Believer Life Magazine will include Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey in their April issue. Wow! Thankful for the way God works in our lives. Only He knew how a book give-away would open this door. Thank you Marion, Hope, and Ramsey.
As if the day couldn't get any better, God blessed me with a book review this Monday. Author, J.A. Zilske (for a link to her books, click on her photo above), shared her review of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey with her readers. Thank you Jody! There is a direct link to Jody's review on the "Book Reviews" page too.
If Gram's saying, "So goes Monday, so goes the week." is true - I better hold on to my hat and keep my eyes focused on Him. I read a verse from second Peter this morning that left me in awe -- I am humbled, thankful, and blessed -- never expecting the way God would "show" this verse to me today. Glad my eyes, ears, and heart are open.
"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 1:3 - 15