When Paul prays for me in the morning he usually asks the Lord to give me a joyful surprise; something to encourage me. This week the Lord has sure blessed me with encouragement. Seeing those horses running free in our field was great. Going out for a Valentine lunch in the middle of the day made me feel like a princess and today Katy and I went shopping just like we used to. She got up and said, “I feel good enough to get up, dress, and shop today!” My heart took one of those little leaps like a happy child does when they get excited. We went out to find a baby shower gift and I’m beginning to notice when we look at baby things, Katy finds something she just has to have for Annelise. It’s sweet to see her hold things up to check out the size and try to figure out if Annelise will be big enough by summer to fit into a particular little outfit. The shopping was fun. During the day I watched Katy eat with more enthusiasm, and she had less trouble afterwards. I pray this upward trend continues. Even when things are so hard to deal with, there is something that happens to give my spirit a real lift and I know that the Lord is honoring Paul’s request. I’m so thankful that Katy had a good day. If she is feeling well tomorrow she is looking forward to another afternoon outing that she will want to tell you about.
Our devotions this morning focused on learning to be content. The emphasis was on the word learning because as Spurgeon pointed out, is is something that has to be learned. We are not born to be content and pleased with our lives. How we learn to be content is up to the Teacher. He brings us through many dangers, toils, and snares, but His grace is leading us to a place of contentment and His grace will lead us home.Comments: