Although not sunny, the cool air smelled and tasted fresh after this morning’s rain storm, so I will count the beauty of this day as a blessing! Right now it is quite in my home and I am able to quiet my spirit and rest. This morning it was bustling with people and noise. My parents came back from a visit with my sister, stayed last night and drove home this morning. I love it when they visit and miss them when they go. An oh boy, does Cooper cry when they leave! He loves my mom because she takes him to do something that I’m not able to do, long fast-paced walks. So, he whimpered, wined, jumped up and down and moved around anxiously as they put their jackets on and took their luggage to the car. He is sleeping like a baby on his bed now.
My parents… Oh, I love them dearly and so enjoy when they are in my house! I’ve told them many times that they are welcome to move in with me. Seriously, I would love that! My mom, Barb Kabza, is the most amazing woman I know and I aspire to love others like she does. Psalm 33:14 says, “He (God) creates the hearts of all people. He is aware of everything they do.” God did a spectacular, fireworks in the sky, job creating my mom’s heart. She knows God and His Word, is so encouraging I could clap, is a leader among women in her church, has a passion for serving locally and globally, she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body and I don’t believe anyone could say anything bad about her! She is the most loving, kind Mom anyone could ask for and I’m blessed that she is mine! Besides being absolutely awesome, she knows exactly how to care for me and my broken body with gentleness and empathy. She feels my pain even though her body doesn’t hurt. Through daily exercise and eating healthy, she is slim, trim, strong and has a body that looks like it is thirty! I’m certain I am embarrassing her because she is humble as well.
My sweet Dad, Lewis, who told me over Christmas break, “Your mom is the love of my life” is a treasure. My Dad is handsome, has the best grey hair (just like his dad did), talented at wood working work, projects around the house, computers, is generous and serves at their church too. He is in a ‘Community Life Group’ with my mom and, being a talkative guy, enjoys the time relating to his friends. Since moving to Grand Haven, he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He studies, has hands on training , attends meetings and looks great in his official uniform! My Dad loves the Lord and has the most life transforming testimony that I know up front and personal, because I was living at home when it happened. I relate well to my Dad and we have many similar personality/DNA traits. We haven’t actually had our DNA tested, but I’m sure we have some of the same mutated genes. When I was a teenager and we were in a disagreement my mom would say, “It’s because you are so alike.” At those moments she wasn’t referring to our positive characteristics, but areas of conflict and stubbornness. The most significant struggle we have in common is that we both live with depression and anxiety. We support each other, because we understand what it means for our lives.
About a month ago, we learned that my Dad has Parkinson’s. It’s hard, difficult and scary for me to comprehend, but we are glad to have a diagnosis that explains why he slowed down so much over the past two years, at such a young age. The exciting part is that his doctor put him on Dopamine and he is back to his regular self, dance moves and all! It was such an encouragement having him back to his talkative self interacting, joking and laughing with us! I had to add this picture of my Dad when he was little:
God’s blessed our family with my Mom and Dad. They have been married 43 and 1/2 years! All four of their grandchildren love having Grammy and Papa around and since we don’t live close, their visits are always too short for all of us in Schaumburg and San Francisco no matter how long they really are.
God puts people in our lives, puts His favor and blessing upon us, sprinkles us with love, puts a cherry on top and tells us to love them. I’m hungry and thinking about a hot fudge sundae. I know there are people who have strained or non existent relationships with their parents or have lost them. Friends, for those situations, I am sorry. I pray that this blessing will be an encouragement, wherever your real, honest self is today.
Our blessing for today, Eastertide Day 11, is Psalm 33:
1 You who are godly, sing with joy to the Lord. It is right for honest people to praise him. 2 Praise the LORD with the harp. Make music to him on the lyre that has ten strings. 3 Sing a new song to him. Play with skill, and shout with joy. 4 What the LORD says is right and true. He is faithful in everything he does. 5 The LORD loves what is right and fair. The earth is full of his faithful love.
6 The heavens were made when the LORD commanded it to happen. All of the stars were created by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together. He puts the oceans in their places. 8 Let the whole earth have respect for the Lord. Let all of the people in the world honor him. 9 He spoke, and the world came into being. He commanded, and it stood firm. 10 The LORD blocks the sinful plans of the nations. He keeps them from doing what they want to do. 11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever. What he wants to do will last for all time.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Blessed are the people he chose to be his own. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees everyone. 14 From his throne he watches all those who live on the earth. 15 He creates the hearts of all people. He is aware of everything they do. 16 A king isn’t saved just because his army is big. A soldier doesn’t escape just because he is very strong. 17 People can’t trust a horse to save them either. Though it is very strong, it can’t save them.
18 But the LORD looks with favor on those who respect him. He watches over those who put their hope in his faithful love. 19 He watches over them to save them from death. He wants to keep them alive when there is no food in the land. 20 We wait in hope for the Lord. He helps us. He is like a shield that keeps us safe. 21 Our hearts are full of joy because of him. We trust in him, because he is holy.
22 Lord, may your faithful love rest on us. We put our hope in you.
Beauty & Blessings!