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Last Saturday

Sometimes, something expected turns into a surprising blessing.

Saturday we’d already planned on going to a nursery and buying an apple tree to replace one of the cedars, per our agreement with our landlord.

I’d done my research online.

Found a nursery which carried apple trees and had them in stock.

As the nursery has a restriction on numbers, no more than two people to a group, it was just my husband and I who went.

The nursery was beautiful.

Its green houses, shop, and grounds were a pleasure to explore.

While inside one of the greenhouses, my husband saw the primroses.

He’d already told me to plan on buying some.

They are pretty, not expensive, and the ones I planted last year have hardly stopped blooming all year long.

It was fun picking out plants.

We eventually found the trees and picked out a Gala.

As these were bare-root, my hubby went in search of someone to help us with the tree, he gave me permission to wander.

I enjoyed it.

But I didn’t know I was about to be blessed.

To fully explain it I have to tell a bit of personal history.

Both while we were living in the UK and whenever we visited, our whole family found such joy in a particular bush, sometimes they were so large I wondered if they were a dwarf tree.

These bushes bore the prettiest white flowers that gave off a gentle but lovely scent.

I could never find anyone who knew the name of them.

It seemed so strange to me, because they were common.

When we purchased the house in the Valley, the previous owners were walking me around the yard and almost as if it were an after thought randomly pointed to a large bundle of upright twigs.

“If you can keep the deer off that it’s beautiful.”

Bell’s dog made sure the deer didn’t come near it and to our surprise and delight it bloomed.

It was exactly the same bush we all enjoyed in the UK.

The bush is called a Mock Orange.

As I turned a corner behind the green houses there was a pot which caught my eye.

It was labeled Mock Orange.

So, our trip to the nursery turned out even better than we expected.

Primroses, a Gala apple tree, and a Mock Orange all now live in the back yard.

It’s not a big thing, but it means a lot to me.

I know God cares about the big things and the tiny little ones.

Matthew 10:30 KJV — But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for all Your wonderous works. I’m often astonished at the way You do things. Lord, thank You for the daily miracles which I often take for granted. Thank You for the creation all around me that constantly points me back to You. Lord Jesus, how blessed we are. Jesus, there is nothing which compares to the joy of knowing You and following after You. Thank You! I love You, Lord. Amen.

Surprise!

Yesterday was a bit crazy.

But it was a really good day!

Before I got school going my daughter called.

She was requesting our Anne to come help for the day as pregnancy had kept her up most of the night.

Our granddaughter is a busy one-year-old, so we completely understood the desire for extra help.

All of us piled into the car a short time later.

Originally, I was just going to drop Anne off.

When I went in to give my love to Sis, I realized things had changed.

She was having contractions.

We stayed to see if they’d leave.

They didn’t.

Thankfully, our son-in-law was only a little over an hour away, so he headed home.

We are staying at their house so it’s more comfortable for our granddaughter.

Our school day had major changes, but valuable lessons in it all.

It was obvious that our sweet little girl was trying to figure out why her parents had not returned.

But good news was on the way!

There’s nothing like that moment when you see a text from your son-in-law after hours of waiting.

Our precious grandson was born yesterday evening and we are so thankful!

What a wonderful surprise!

He wasn’t due until the 26th of this month, but God’s timing is perfect.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 40:5 KJV — Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for our grandson. Please continue to heal and strengthen our daughter. Please keep Your hand upon this precious baby. Lord, from the moment we heard another baby was on the way I have lifted them up to You. Please bring this child up in Your ways and give his parents the understanding of how to raise him to love and honor You. Lord, place Your hand upon him and guide his steps that he might be a godly man, a mighty man of valor. Lord Jesus, thank You so much for this precious new gift! We are humbled by Your blessings. Thank You. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth. Amen.

Sunday’s surprise

It was early, but not too early.

I had been awake for awhile when my phone began ringing.

To my surprise and delight it was Bell.

Where they currently are they have to find a cafe to use WIFI so I’d not expected to hear from them.

Yet there they sat, in a cafe, video chatting.

Then I received several beautiful pictures.

A number of which brought tears to my eyes because I recognized the areas.

It was such a pleasure to hear from our daughter and to see where they were.

Later the same morning I thought it would be nice to video chat our other daughter.

Since I had heard she was alone due to my husband being called into work.

To my surprise and joy she answered and behind her stood my husband.

He had already returned from work and they were both able to chat.

As the morning wore on I got ready for church and made sure Jase was ready.

We all piled into the car and arrived at church.

We walked in and took up a short row.

The pastor began announcements and I was surprised.

My chest had tightened and was giving me all the wrong signals.

I got up and went to the Ladies’ Room in hopes of getting some relief.

After taking my rescue inhaler twice I impatiently waited for relief.

It didn’t come.

The sound of women’s heal clicks alerted me to the presence of some one else, which frankly caused me some stress.

I’ve learned the average person has no idea what an asthma attack looks like nor what to do.

Instead they get worried or embarrassed.

To my relief it was our oldest daughter checking on me.

It didn’t take long to decide she should drive me back to the house.

Jase came too, as he was concerned.

Sis dropped us off to return to church with Tim and their sweet baby.

As we went inside I patted Jase.

“Don’t worry, we will have church at home with Jesus.”

He got a snack and I found a sermon on YouTube and we listened to Alister Begg.

It was titled Anxiety.

I thought it was extremely fitting.

When the sermon closed my heart was surprised again at the warmth of comfort and the growth of peace.

My day had been full of surprise, some good and others less than appealing.

Yet through each I could clearly see the Lord’s care and guidance.

None of these things surprised Him.

And although I have no idea what is next, I can walk forward free from anxiety.

Sunday’s surprises taught me that.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your constant and continued love for me and all of mankind. I am astonished by how You work everything together for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. Thank You for the reminder to shun stress and live without anxiety. How great are Your ways. How much higher and better than anything I am able to truly comprehend.

Surprise!

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Bunnies!

My wonderful father-in-law called me last week.

“Hopie, I’m bringing you two baby bunnies.”

He was a bit nervous, knowing my hubby was still away on a business trip and I don’t know the first thing about rabbits.

“No problem!  I’ll get a hold of my friend. See you soon!”

My dear friend dropped everything and brought over a cage and a water bottle she wasn’t using for her rabbits.

My mom graciously let us have some hay.

My hubby told me over the phone where and how to set up a heat lamp.

(It is snowing so I figured they needed some extra warmth.)

With that we found ourselves the owners of two tiny bunnies.

I was surprised.

God knew exactly what, how, and when.

God provided all the needs.

God even cares about something as simple as helping me care for the unexpected.

So I’m trying to build a memory here.

Because I’m not good at handling life’s surprises with calm decisions and wise reactions.

I wish I was!

However, God has again provided.

He is my strength, my stability, and my substance.

“Lord, thank You for helping me handle this surprise so completely. Please guard my heart from pride or selfish ambition which would hinder me from seeing You in every surprise. Please help me to look at life through faith and not fear. Thank You for Your faithfulness. I know I can trust You no matter what surprises await me.”