Sunday morning

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“GOD made my life complete
       when I placed all the pieces before him.”

From Psalm 18, THE MESSAGE

I began praying the Psalms in the mid-1990s, in different English translations of the Bible.  My 60th birthday is later this month, and my 40th birthday was in the hospital.

I had earned tenure as a professor in special education earlier in 1993, at NEIU in Chicago.   I also taught Sunday School year-round for 12 years.  My life greatly changed from a public to a private role as a caregiver for my mother.  I could never have predicted how blogging would bring me back to the world.

The Psalms and the Bible as a whole bring all these chapters together.   I read with my heart most of all.   The things I experienced with a chronic illness, and many passings in the family over a decade and more, brought me to a place of deeper trust in God’s plan for my life.

I still ask many questions and wonder, of course, but somehow as I read and reread the Psalms – and usually aloud, sometimes in a whisper – the Peace beyond understanding brings me peace.

My life was broken and God made it complete again, in a brand new way.  My energy level changed and I need a slow pace, but life is good here in this simple world.   I don’t want “the world” but love sharing with all of you here.

This is really how this blog was born.  Blessings for all your hopes too, Ellen

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Daily Prompt – the why of our blog titles

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Today the Daily WordPress Prompt says: “Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.”  http://dailypost.wordpress.com

I’ve been reading the Psalms aloud since the mid-1990s, and I’ve always loved this poetry.  The Psalms are honest, emotional, and convey ever-growing trust in God, which leads to deeper praise and thanksgiving.

No matter how many times I read the Psalms, new meanings are given, along with the reassurance of their ongoing rhythm in my life.  I also am grateful for the beauty in nature.

Reading the Psalms in different translations helped me grow a new life chapter again, many years ago.  This spiritual practice was healing and also helped me begin writing anew.  I wasn’t reading as a teacher or scholar, I was reading as a child of God in need.  I’ll never forget the comfort they gave me, as I read a little or a lot, looked at a bouquet of flowers, trees and birds outside the window, and watched the light through the seasons as always.  God is good and He loves us.  I always feel as if I am just beginning . . .

Psalm 23: 1 – 2 (KJV)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.

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“Your love, LORD. . .” from Psalm 36 (TNIV)

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Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.

How priceless is your unfailing love,
O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of
your wings.

For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Psalm 36: 5,7,9 (TNIV)

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