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Hello to all who gather for the weekly Glad Game, a reference to the book and character, “Pollyanna”—who learned gratitude early and always found something to be “glad” about, even in circumstances that were unpleasant, trying or cloaked in grief.
I confess that I’m wobbly this week, so you’re free to grab some refreshments and sneak out the door—I won’t be offended, I promise♥
a) I’m grateful the weather remains mostly sunny, with cool temps for good sleeping at night.
b) Thankful I still have plenty of food, so I can avoid the grocery store another week.
c) I’m grateful for this blog, the meeting place where I come to greet and exchange thoughts with folks who are so talented, lovely—you are all treasures. I appreciate God’s generosity in giving me the gift of poetry…it’s cathartic, fun. Some days I imagine writing as a loaf of freshly baked “something” I can share with you (or soup, lasagna, cake, brownies, fudge…whatever you’re hungry for)😊
d) Thankful for my wind chimes (playing as I type)…their music has eternal quality which engages my spirit. The melody’s never exactly the same, but always offers message of faith and hope that God has more for us than whatever lack or loss we may be wading through at a given moment.
e) This week, again, I gratefully received the gift of true friendship…and realized what my definition of such friendship is. A genuine, and stalwart friend offers a ‘new mirror’—or flips the one we have to the other, better side. Often when I peer into mine, self-loathing eyes see only wretchedness; depression creates an unreliable perspective.
My friend, via email, held up the mirror God shines daily: gleaming glass displaying my favorable traits, and the loving transformation God is actively working in me to reflect His glorious character.
f) I’m ever glad for God’s grace and Presence—so near, when we’re running low on strength to ‘keep keeping on’.
g) For those who celebrate it, Sunday is Pentecost*…a meaningful reminder of God’s Holy Spirit. This Person of the Trinity is alive and available to anyone who requests His indwelling. Just as He breathed on the early disciples and changed everything for them, today He longs to breathe a fresh, reviving breeze that brings power, peace and unity to our lives.
May you experience God’s love and abundant blessings as we persevere together♥Rhen
*“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Acts 2:1-4, New Living Translation
Photos are Rhen’s home: above, west window with mirror & live plant; below, silk “peony” flower ~