Because no matter how hard we try to be upright, blameless, spotless, wrinkle-free, there will always be days when we fail, we err, and we become blemished and creased. Days when in the place of giving of thanks, kids choose to engage in a brawl, and feelings of frustrations mount. Days when instructions are not followed, mistakes are committed, patience runs low, and arguments take center stage. Days when “I love you” becomes just that – a group of three one-syllable words – and not the powerful words that heal and cover all mistakes and shortcomings and all ugliness.
These are the very reasons why the world needs a savior. Why I need a savior. The Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, He specializes in turning the ugly into true beauty.
…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Is. 61:3)
Yes, I think of the beauty of the Lord Jesus, and I know this is not supposed to be the way to live in Him. So I crawl back to be nearer to Him, to be under the brilliance of His light. Walk in the light as He is in the light. For nothing stays the same under His light. Spots, blemishes, wrinkles, shadows – they are all cleansed and smoothed out. Wounds heal under the warmth of His light.
So the soul, though heavy and weeping, has always this hope: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalm 30:5). And so it rests, sings praises still, deeper than it ever was (Isn’t that always the case? We sing more deeply when the heart is hurting?), and prays as always and as fervently for there is no giving up of this.
In the morning, fresh inspiration floods the heart. For His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness (Lam. 3:22-23)! And so, with a heart that sings and lips curved in a smile, I make these sweet, scrumptious snacks that I know would gather love together around the table, bringing in fresh joy and a cacophony of stories of how everyone’s day went. And we are all restored.
So on a dreary day, when shadows try to hide the joy, strain to see the light and keep looking for beauty underneath the clouds. Keep turning the stones until we see the goodly pearl gleaming under the light and we lay hold on it. Lay hold on eternal life.
Continuing with the giving of thanks:
Hannah’s costume for their Cosplay in school included a pair of boots that Maricris our housekeeper bought in a thrift shop almost three years ago. (Well, this costume was basically my idea which Hannah graciously yielded to). When she arrived from school after their Cosplay, I was excited to hear how it went, but I was greeted with the biggest pout. Then she showed me her boots (what was left of them) – the skin was nearly gone as it peeled off in her every move, the sole of one was missing, and the other was desperately clinging on some remaining glue. It was the most miserable pair of boots I’ve ever seen! She told me it happened at recess, and from then on, her movements were measured and awkward.
I hugged her tight and told her how sorry I was that happened to her. As she related to me the details and demonstrated how she walked with one boot with a missing sole and the other one gaping wide, her usual cheeriness came back and I burst into laughter and couldn’t stop! It was the heartiest laugh I’ve had for the longest time. Beauty in an apparently ugly situation! (Her Dad’s comment: “It’s just suited for the occasion – Halloween!”). Hannah wrote this in her online journal and if you want to have a few laughs, go ahead and visit it.
- My mother surprising us with a visit (she had to travel 7 hours by bus to do so) and bringing ipon tamales (dulong in Tagalog – millions of minute fish – approx. 10mm in length – wrapped in banana leaf and cooked with cane vinegar, ginger, salt and black pepper in boiling water). One of my favorites.
- New laptop for my writing given to me by my husband on my blog’s 1st anniversary. My first MacBook Pro and I’m so excited to use it :-)!
- Strength, inspiration and joy in cooking, writing, praising and Bible reading.
- Storytelling with my little Tim.
- Skyping with my sister in San Diego, CA. Her, showing us their new apartment.
- That scrumptious dessert (top photo) which I made. Thanks to sweet Ann for sharing the recipe. (Tip: Since coconut is so common in the Philippines, it’s hard to find desiccated kind, so I used freshly grated which added a distinct flavor and texture to the dessert).
- New testimony posted at Minister of Mercy: Sister Jodie Mancera had four major surgeries within six months. She was suffering from colon cancer and had only four months to live according to her doctor. Read full testimony.
May we all have a blessed week, my dear friends.
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This post is also linked to Time-warp Wife, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, We are That Family, Raising Homemakers, Women in the Word Wednesday, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays