The sunrise was magnificent this morning, brushing the sky with pink and orange and red. There were clouds thick above the farms and ranches and the glowing ball only had a few minutes when it was not obstructed by earth or storms. I snapped this picture and stood back to stare.
I could feel God's peace surrounding me, in me. The girls were still asleep. The birds were trying out their voices. The day was beginning.
Oh, God, I prayed, I just want to stay here. I wish I could pause indefinitely.
Then I felt a stirring, an answer. And I could almost hear His voice.
I think that if I had listened more carefully I would have heard Him say,
"Daughter, I have made this day for you. It is perfect.
Little girls will wake hungry, impatient, and you will be taught to think of others.
The air will be chilly at first and it will remind you to be thankful for warmth and shelter.
Your oldest daughter will have one of those days where she whines and it will teach you patience.
Your youngest daughter will need more hugs today and it will make your heart grow just a little bigger.
There will be phone calls to make so that you can be kind to strangers.
There will be a point, right before naptime, where you are sure you will lose your mind, and that is when you will remember to come back to Me.
And when the day is done, and the girls giggle in their beds, you will sip a cup a tea and see that I am Lord of all.
I made this day for you. And I made yesterday and tomorrow. You have nothing to be afraid of.
This is your day, my daughter. This is your day."
"For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
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"...and God was already there with me."