Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday's Gift: Walking with Him to the Well "How I Eat This Book"

"Give us this day Our Daily Bread"Sometimes when we reach for something to eat, what our body really needs is water.
---I'll pick up snack---
...a mini-devotional here, a psalm or proverb there, turn the calendar page to a new inspirational...

When my children were younger,
my most cherished devotional time came early in the morning .
Somehow, with little sleep, but body younger, I rose early to pray, read...ponder...
watch sunrises with God.
My eyes tear as I write this, I miss those days deeply.
* * *
I teach middle school.
Children stretching and growing in every way possible.
About seven years ago, I went from a part time to a full time teaching day.
...leaving the house at 7:00 am ... not back until 4 or 5:00... leaves little personal time.

Over time, I have decided to use my planning period (luckily first in the day) to prepare my lessons ~ heart and soul first ~ then subject area.
A table pulled close to my desk...Set with cozy comforts of home...

Coffee cup, a simple wooden angel, photos of loved ones... perpetual calendar with scripture... a copy of "Our Daily Bread" a pocket size New Testament.
(I bring these home for the summer :o)
I take what I can from this gift of scheduled time.
I wish for no interruptions, but sometimes they come...

I need this heart & soul-prep time at school.
It is a sip from the well. A little snack.

I thirst for more...Hunger for more.
...a long drink from the well for this parched soul...
who misses awakening with Him at dawn.

Perhaps He is now calling me at sunset.

~To Dine with An Old Friend~
~Filled with coffee stains, notes and prayers to read~
~Special cards & very old letters of the special people in my life~
some passed on
a sister ~ close then / best friend now~Old songs from a church that closed, but I still "sing" them~
Gift from God ... gifted to me by my husband over 30 yrs. ago.
~All is Gift ...... All is Blessing
Ann Voskamp ~ What a Blessing!


  1. Thanks for dropping by and your encouraging words!

  2. Beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Catherine :)

  3. Mmmmmm... Maria.
    Your heart to make first things first finds creative, slowing places to do just that.
    Time with the Lover of your soul... that you may live all the little souls you bless everyday.

    Keep shining Him, Maria...
    I so appreciate you....

    All's grace,

  4. Glad to "see" you again, Maria.
    Thank you for showing how such a good thing is life giving.

  5. So wonderful to know He meets us where we are. Always. Everywhere. Forever.

    Thank you!

  6. Thanks for sharing your beautiful post.
    Blessings Maria.

  7. So nice, Maria. I found you through Ann at Holy Experience. Loved this: "To Dine With an Old Friend ..."

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog !

    I've been looking around at the photos here, they are wonderful !

    Have a nice day !

  9. Teaching middle school means you play an integral part in the lives of many children - some of whom will never forget how you open their minds.