Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Janet, gr-d Miranda, baby Alayah
Janet Chester Bly

Joy happens in bits and parts. The good and bad stuff often gets garbled together. Each day's a mixed patch of glorious wonder and sticky weeds.

For instance. . . 

Alayah Isabel Ross, 2 days old
The past few days our 1st great-grandchild was born. . .a girl, Alayah (“Allie) Isabel, a preemie, 5 weeks early at 4 lbs. 14 oz. Such a tiny doll compared to our 8 & 9 lb sons. Hubby Steve has also spent 5 days in the hospital. . .recuperating from pneumonia. On top of that, this week he’s having a splint put into his kidney and a few days after starts another regimen of a new and different chemo. Ups and downs. Sweet and sickly.  That’s our reality. However, we do see Jesus in it all.

“In this world you will have trouble and tribulation,” Jesus stated (John 16:33). No ifs. Just a when.

Which is it for you? Do you look forward to smooth sails or rough rapids today? Storms or glory holes? What do you witness outside your world’s window?

The way you think, the way you faith life, determines your P. Q., your Peace Quotient.

In the peace wars, celebrate when. . .the bathroom scales report the magic number. There’s enough hot water for every family member. The news shows have nothing better to debate than whether Texas or New Mexico chili is better. You get through to a tech support live person on a first try and they speak legible English. Johnny comes marching home again harm’s way and there’s an intact family to greet him.

In the peace wars, also accept the truth of God’s presence, purpose and power when. . .wrinkles are here to stay. A blizzard’s blowing and the power’s off. They’re rioting in Africa. There’s a virus in your body and your computer. Someone close just can’t seem to get you.

Meanwhile, rejoice with those who hit some sort of joy lottery today. Cheer with them best you can. Also, embrace your own moments of grace. Pause for sincere, deep thanks to the Author of all good things. Then, tackle your share of the tumble of troubles poured out on this sin-sick, war-torn planet.

You should know by now, this truly isn’t the Garden anymore. We’re way, way east of Eden.

I pray for you. . .that God who gives you hope will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. I pray that God will help you overflow with hope in him through the Holy Spirit’s power within you. (Romans 15:13 TLB) 


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