“As holy joy is the heart and soul of thankful praise,
so thankful praise is the lip and language of holy joy.”
Matthew Henry’s commentary of Philippians 1.
Susan posted the above Matthew Henry comment on Facebook today and it is just so appropriate for my gratitude list that I lifted it right from Facebook. Thank you, Susan…and Matthew Henry!
My husband, the Preacher, and I had a disagreement over the weekend. He wanted to ask our church people to help me with travel expenses to take the Parish Nursing course next month. I did not want him to do that since I am his wife and he is the minister. He is in an authority position over the people and I did not think it right that he should ask them for money for me. He did not ask them, but he was not happy about my decision.
Last evening I scrubbed my kitchen floor. I usually do that Monday mornings but because I had to drive Russ to a monthly meeting of all the ministers in our region, I mopped ahead of time. Since I was going to drive DH to the meeting of ministers, I took all my Parish Nursing materials to distribute at the meeting so that the pastors would know that I would soon be trained to coordinate Parish Nursing in their churches if they were interested in such a ministry. They gave me a few moments of meeting time to tell them about my “vision”. Right before I was given the time to speak, however, one of the ministers announced that a pastor in our region had just been voted out of his church and he wanted us to know it had happened. They then all turned to me.
I began my presentation by telling them I had been terminated from my position as a nurse at the local hospital in January and I knew how that minister must be feeling. I told them how losing my job made me lose my personhood, my sense of self. Being a nurse is so much of who I am and being a minister must certainly be so much of who their colleague in ministry is. I don’t think I would have shared all that had that announcement not been given, but God was in charge and I believe everyone listened with keen interest to what I was saying because what I was saying transcended Parish Nursing. I was talking to them out of my loss and they could see the strength of the Lord–not me. Praise His name! At one point I said, “The church conference is paying my registration to take the course, all I have to pay is $45.00 x 4 days for room and board. At next month’s meeting I will be able to share with you the nuts and bolts of the program.” After the meeting one of the ministers handed me a piece of paper.
It says, “I’ll send you a check for $180.00 to cover your night stays. DK” he quickly multiplied $45.oo x 4 and committed to send me $180.00. My husband told me he was the financial officer for the conference! Oh, my heart! Oh, my Jesus! Yes, His eye is on the sparrow!
I am thankful today for
#607 being His sparrow.
#608 just doing the next thing.
#609 my friends who tell me they think I am in the right place.
#612 sisters who cheer me on.
#613 nurses in parish ministry who share their “secrets of success”.
#614 a parish nurse who opened the doors of her parish when we’re ready to begin monthly parish nurse networking meetings.
#615 daily miracles.
#617 praying friends and family.
#618 funny friends, practical jokers and silly children who keep Miss Intensity balanced.
Thank you, Multitudes on Monday for this precious space to sync the lips with the language of holy joy,
* Friends who know me know I really don’t like talking on the phone. Now, I have to be careful I don’t use up all my cell phone minutes because I don’t want to miss a holy connection! Can you believe it?????