The morning was crisp and the air wet. Steam was rising off the pool water. The sun hadn’t peaked over the ridge yet, but the birds were singing from all directions. I could still hear some lingering locusts in the woods. I grabbed my favorite “pool quilt” and a cup of hot coffee in my favorite mug. My bible opened to Psalms.
My days always go better when I start them this way. It’s one reason I love summer so much!
Everything about the day-the challenges, the frustrations, even the joys and opportunities-gets put into perspective when I consider the majesty and power of God and the unbelievable sacrifice of Christ on my behalf.
My “pool quilt” is one I made from a fat quarter collection on a background of fabric from JoAnn’s that looks like the bottom of the pool when I’m swimming laps on a sunny day. I saw that fabric and just had to have it (I think some of you might understand that)! My intention was to actually finish the quilt in the shape of our pool which is a curvy, figure-eight shape. That was too difficult and would have wasted too much fabric, so it’s just a rectangle and I love it. It’s not show worthy, but it’s soft and yummy.
I have a bible app on my phone that gives me a new scripture each day. I chuckled when I read that there is “a time to sew” – I actually thought it was a misspelling at first, thinking it should be “sow”.
Then I realized it was from a later verse in the chapter and my version usually used the word “mend”. Of course, I’m thinking, “how appropriate”. Then I read the rest of the verse…hmmm…yeah, that’s probably the message I needed to hear:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (7) A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; Ecclesiastes 3:1,7 KJV
A time to keep silence.
What’s your favorite way to start your day?
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