I love love love this quote.
Not only does it sound beautiful when uttered aloud, but it is a truth I often forget.
How can I face the uncertainty of each day without first enquiring of God?
He knows all and sees all. I do not.
And that is oh so comforting.
I thought this was a fun idea that other bloggers have done in the past.
So I'm giving it a try.
Here's what I carry with me on a daily basis:
Top Right to Left:Anthro planner, Moleskine journal (keeps my mind clear of fretting about forgotten things), 1940s gloves, Italian leather purse, digital camera, lotion, tissues (who knew the winter brings a runny nose?), my special pens (both gifts), all three keys to my flat, Alba lip balm & Bath & Body Works gloss, Anthro change purse, Czech Crowns (currency), my Czech cell phone, mini i-pod shuffle, Flagler College tin advil case, silver engraved compact mirror (bridesmaid gift), vintage-style watch, Barnes & Noble olde-world-map passport holder & passport, and, of course, a novel.
Every Christmas my mom and I go to see the ballet, The Nutcracker. I remember first seeing it when I was just a young girl in a quaint little theater by the sea. It has had a lasting impression on me. So much so, that I love anything that has to do with The Nutcracker. The story itself is enchanting and the little toy soldier is much more dashing than Prince Charming. I mean, he fights off evil mice in front of a giagantic Christmas tree with Father Time watching from above. Then he dances with Clara.
This year we'll be in Prague watching the ballet at Narodni Divadlo, or the National Theatre for those English readers. I am so excited for a fun evening out with my mommy! Hopefully it will snow and we can wear pretty dresses and have dessert across the street at Cafe Slavia, a famous old-world coffeehouse. It's just along the Vltava with a spectacular view of Prague Castle.
"He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." ~Job 8:21
This verse was sent to me by a good friend. And it reminded me to laugh more and show more of my inner joy. The Czech Republic can be a very dark place. Over 70% of its population are Atheists. In many ways the older generations still have Communist tendencies. Laughter is rarely heard, unless it's from a group of drunk teenagers late at night on the trams. And joy, I think, is a foreign concept. How can they know joy if they do not believe in the source of all joy? Especially with winter fast approaching, I think it will be important to keep this verse in my near thoughts.
"There is a legend which tells of two angels who come from Heaven every morning and go on their rounds all the day long. One is the Angel of Requests. The other is the Angel of Thanksgiving. Each carries a basket. The one belonging to the Angel of Requests is soon filled to overflowing, for everyone pours into it great handfuls of requests; but when the day is ended, the Angel of Thanksgiving has in his basket only two or three small contributions of gratitude." ~Mrs. Charles E. Cowman from Streams in the Desert
I read this today in the wonderful daily devotion of Streams in the Desert and felt convicted. How often do I pray for numerous things that I want, but never give thanks for what I already have? This Thanksgiving I was away from family, but I was granted a wonderful group of people to share the holiday with. I may not get to see the sun everyday, but I get to sleep in a cozy, warm apartment and watch the snow fall outside. I may not speak Czech and always understand what's going on around me; but I do speak the lingua franca of the world, which is a hot commodity in Prague. God has always provided for my needs, my mouth should always be filled with more thanksgiving than requests.