Sleepy Morning

Yes, I am sleepy–after 9am. Because I’ve been awake for about 4 hours now.

(Also carbs, probably!)

Today is a special day because I get to see a special friend I haven’t seen in a long time.

It is also special because the LORD has seen fit to bless my husband and me with four new friends staying here for a conference of Latin American church-planters!

We have been enjoying lots of table conversation with folks from Santiago, Chile, from Chula Vista, CA (and Tijiuana, Mexico), from Santa Ana, CA (and Bogota, Columbia) and Oklahoma (Tahlequah), and the Pacific Northwest USA (Idaho and Washington state and SF, CA and Dallas!).

Fortunately, everyone speaks English, even one who has just learned in the last year!

Ages range up to 71 even for these world travellers!!

Time zones span about 5-6 hours also!

So, we are having quite the party in our townhome this week–but they are soon gone and oh-so-familiar solitude returns, but even moreso for the stark contrast after all the socializing!

Perhaps some of you fellow empty-nesters out there can relate to that?

But, as I said last week, no matter how solo, we never truly walk alone, in the LORD.

May His peace be with you today!

Lois, near Chicago

 

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Create!

No Matter How I May Starve or Kill It…

Creativity never dies of its own accord. If it is squelched, pushed away, suffocated even, it will find a way to resurrect. It is like God. He creates and He makes us makers too.

That spark in us that dreams, doodles, plays, crafts, designs, sings, dances, paints, constructs, arranges–loves–it’s essence is expressive creativity, energy, life.

That is undeniably from God and often is God.

It is us too. We are in what we express. We see God in His Creation. (Which includes us and all we have to give out again.)

It has all first been a gift from the ultimate Artist of all time. We are His poema, His craftsmanship, His beloved ones.

Live. Love. Create!

by Lois Freeman Easley

11 July 2012

West Chicago, Illinois USA