My sugar bowl is filling back up. I went to church yesterday and it seemed like everything about the service was directed right at me. Three of my four favorite aunties were there. I missed Barbo. They all had hugs and smiles for me. They knew that my heart was hurting. I had been listening to my iPod with all my Radio Singers music. I really love all the songs, but some of them just speak to me a little louder than others. Yesterday, coincidentally? -- I think not -- the Radio Singers sang all my old favorites. Ones that give me encouragement and make me feel good. Then when Tommy gave the sermon, I was encouraged even more. My sugar bowl got heaping spoonfuls from church on Sunday.
An encouraging call from Nan and being with my family last night put another spoonful in. Being with the kids can't help but make me smile. Eli, with all of his energy. Alayna, with her graceful spunk. Reid, with his quiet observing ways. Ethan, with a smile to melt your heart. Joseph wasn't there, and I missed him. Yes, indeed, it was a big spoonful of sugar!
This morning as I sat down to blog, my eyes caught a verse of scripture that I keep beside my computer. It's Psalms 121:2. My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. More sugar.
Before I blogged, I wanted to catch up on some of my daily reads first. What a huge blessing that turned out to be. I started out with Kelly at Kelly's Korner. Her entire last post was about how the scripture is speaking to her in real life. It was a really good post and I enjoyed it very much. Kimba over at A Soft Place to Land had this scripture from Matthew 11:28-30. And Leah at Bloggeritaville encouraged me by reminding me to "Be still and listen." From Leah's, I then went and visited one of the blogs she follows, Teresa at Grammy Girlfriend. She had scripture from John 14:27. Joyce, a/k/a Mam at Mam's House, always has scripture posted. As I read today what she had posted yesterday from 1 Peter 5:7, I knew that I must cast all my cares upon the Lord. Thanks for the reminder, Joyce. And thanks to my blogger friends, my sugar bowl is nearly full again. I should be able to make lemonade from the lemons life's been throwing my way lately. Thank you all for your hugs! I didn't let myself feel them too much Saturday, but I'm feeling them big time now!
Because of family and friends, my sugar bowl is running over!
On to other things. The Parks kids started school today. Eli in kindergarten. Alayna in 5th and Reid's first day in middle school. Gulp. I've talked to Suz and she was tearful, but I think she's gonna be fine. This is the first time in 11 years her house has been empty during the day. She's always had a little one at home with her. It'll take her a few days to get used to her new found freedom, but she's a lot like me, and I know she's gonna love it!
I need to ask y'all to pray for a friend of Cam's who was in an accident over the weekend and was Life Flighted to Grady badly burned on his face and arms. The only details I can get are that rubbing alcohol was involved. Jeff went to high school with his dad and his grandmother is Ms. Clark, the school secretary at Fairview Elementary forever. I'm sure Crystal and Suz know exactly who I'm talking about.
My Blackberry is on the fritz. I've got to go to Verizon and stand in line with all of the other 438,000 Verizon customers. They've got people, you know. After that I'm taking Cam's truck to the body shop to see what they think it's going to cost to be fixed. And I'm going to stop by Shane's Ribshack and the grocery store to get stuff to make enchiladas for supper. If it's a recipe worth keeping, I'll share. I'm trying to pamper myself a little today and not take on too many things that will stress me out. Although, after reviewing what I've just posted, I'm not doing so good. Verizon store. Ugh. Body shop. Ugh. Grocery store. Ugh. Cooking. Ugh. I guess I'm seeing through rose-colored glasses today. And that works for me!