Notes from Jan

Woes and Wonders

January 25, 2018

Kids are so for real.

Last Sunday as we drove from church, Kate, age seven, recounted her challenging week,  the result of her parents in bed with the flu.   She and Maggie’d been making their own breakfasts and lunches and more.  That’s good.   R for Resilient, which, according to recent research, is the personality gift that keeps on giving, unlike the more stressed out type A.

One day, their Daddy couldn’t meet them at the bus stop so they had to ride the entire loop until the bus came around to their side of the road.  Kate said, “It was  boring, Momo, until I looked out the window.  The view was amazing!”  The long route took them out on Ipswich Neck where water views astonish and “amaze.”

Kate’s tale reminds me to lift up my head, expect to be amazed.

Harold Myra’s  The One Year Book of Encouragement caused me to reflect on his quote from a prayer by Soren Kierkegaard, “And now Lord, with your help I shall become myself.”


A call to pray to become as intended by God.

To be real like a child.


Heads down living limits not just the view out there, but inside.

Woes are part of life, but so are wonders.

Instead of lamenting the condition of my bus, help me, Lord,  to lift my head, risk a long look inside and out.

“And now Lord, with your help I shall become myself.”

Scary thought.

Sacred trust.











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  • Reply wendy lane January 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    “Lift up my head, expect to be amazed” – hard for my practical self to do sometimes. My husband is much better – and helps me to notice … the moon, the stars, the sunset, the flowers, the … you name it! He just notices. I need to be reminded. Thanks for the reminder Jan – so good! PS Kate sounds like a gem. <3

  • Reply Dale Lefever January 25, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Yes, and all of this time you thought you were there for them! He not only meets our expectations; sometimes He reverses them.

    Enjoy the love.


  • Reply Katherine Bagley January 26, 2018 at 1:42 am

    “and now Lord, with your help i shall become myself”. Wow, I like that. It brought to mind a line in a song from Chris Rice that says:
    “Then the morning comes and the mirror’s the other place
    Where we wrestle face to face with the image of Deity
    The image of Deity”

    Help us Lord to reflect your face as that is who we are meant to be, the image of deity

  • Reply Dan Russ January 26, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Thanks to Kate for being the Lord’s vessel to “help me become myself”!

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