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Life’s lessons

I hadn’t expected it.

But when my husband asked me to go with him to the store, I was looking forward to getting out of the house.

As we drove along, I thought about how much daily living has changed.

The world has been forever altered by the virus.

Our lives have been touched more by my health, than the virus.

We have moved.

Our home is now in a suburban area when we used to be rural.

We live in a rental twice the size of the house we sold.

Pets are no longer an option.

We used to have two dogs and two cats.

I used to be very active, involved in many things, and our children were active as well.

Now, we stay home, enjoy a much slower pace.

Neither lifestyle is better than the other.

It is simply the way our lives have changed.

There are blessings in life, no matter where one calls home.

With the new requirements, I’ve found going out more difficult.

To receive my allergy shots, I have to wear a mask.

I understand why.

But my asthma makes wearing the mask feel like smothering.

I have to concentrate on my breathing.

I have to work at deep even breaths.

When my time is up, I’m so thankful to reach the car and pull that restriction off.

That’s why I went into the store without my mask.

With just a couple of things, we figured we could stay away from others and do fine.

What neither of us had thought about was the cleaners.

Everything is disinfected constantly.

Those chemicals put off odors and my asthma doesn’t appreciate it.

After working hard to not rush around so I could “get out” I realized what I needed to do.

“Honey, I need the keys. I can’t stay in here anymore.”

He understood.

“I’m sorry sweetheart,” crossed his lips as he handed me the keys.

By the time I reached the truck my head was pounding, my chest hurt, and my eyes were stinging.

I worked at not listening to the question which popped into my head.

“Will it always be this way?”

God came to my rescue.

Worship Me.

I started singing a praise song in my head.

Everything got better, slowly.

When my husband reached the truck I was able to articulate my emotions.

And to speak the truth.

I’m glad we have a home I enjoy, and at some point things will be better.

As an added bonus, my husband stopped at the donut shack.

Freshly made donuts smell amazing!

I enjoyed mine with a cup of tea.

I thanked God for my husband.

For the blessings of our day.

For the opportunities we have.

For the hope I have in tomorrow.

And I thanked Him for chocolate frosting with sprinkles.

Sprinkles on chocolate frosting

If you read my blog titled Sprinkles, you already know why this is special.

My sweet husband had to go to the store for parts last Saturday and asked if I wanted anything while he was there.

“I don’t know where you would get one, but it’s time I had a donut.”

His eyes twinkling, “With chocolate frosting and sprinkles.”

“Right!”

Bless him, he found a little trailer which happens to sell fresh donuts.

As I enjoyed every bit of that sweet with my tea, I praised God.

Because the donut is more than a rare dessert.

For me, it’s an opportunity to remember all the incredible ways God is good.

Especially, in my own life.

How He has loved me, provided for me, carried me, and is so faithful to me and my family.

Yes, I certainly can and do praise God regularly, not just when eating a donut.

But on that day, I wanted to do something special.

It was the end of a really trying week.

The previous one hadn’t been easy either.

And I knew the following weeks held a great deal of uncertainty.

So, in a way, I was building a monument.

In the midst of struggle and uncertainty is the most important time to remember Who God is and what He has done.

This remembering is a choice to love and trust God, because He is worthy.

And that truth is sweeter than any man made thing, including a donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 NKJV — I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.

Sprinkles

Psalm 24:1 “The Earth is the LORD’s and all it’s fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.”

I love this verse.

“…and those who dwell therein.”

Every person belongs to God.

I belong to God.

Last night I had a special reminder of how much He loves each and every one who dwell therein.

It was a dream.

Most of it, I can’t remember.

I do recall standing and talking with the Lord.

There were all kinds of food on a table.

I was trying to ask Him what I should eat.

He said, Sprinkles, you like the ones with sprinkles.

I looked at the bagels, many different flavors and types.

Without looking at the Lord I replied, “I don’t like bagels with sprinkles.”

Not bagels, donuts.

I woke up.

Suddenly the memory came back.

When I was a small child donuts were one of the few sweets we had often.

My favorite were chocolate with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

But sometimes I couldn’t get a chocolate donut, so I’d choose one with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Sometimes, I couldn’t get chocolate frosting, but I always wanted sprinkles.

My favorite were the multi-colored ones.

They reminded me of rainbows and crayons and art.

What wonderful pictures could be made with all those colors!

Colors in general were exciting, and colors combined with sugar!

Somehow, multi-colored sprinkles were so fun!

With these recollections came a deep sense of awe and love.

Awe of God’s incredible detail.

He has never forgotten the little girl who loved sprinkles on her donuts.

Even though, I had.

If He loves me so much as to remind me of a tiny detail, how can I ever doubt His love in my day, my life, my family, or my future?

How fitting the verses I read this morning.

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4 NKJV

I can’t remember the last donut I’ve eaten.

I know it would have been purchased by my sweet husband.

(Who buys them now and then ever since I told him how much I like them.)

I can say, the next one I eat will taste sweeter than any before it.

It will be a precious reminder of my Lord and Savior.

A beautiful picture of God’s incredible love for me.

It will also have multi-colored sprinkles.