I cannot relate to August 1st this year as it is a Wednesday. For me that awe full day will always be a Saturday, the day Mike should of been up and at work, the day I was off work, the day after a great Friday night video and snacks. So I go into this period not really knowing which day I want to “set aside” and then I don’t know if I want to do that anyway.
So this week could of been a real sad one but in fact its been fantastic. Kathy said something very kind and encouraging yesterday as I came off a 6 hour bike ride, twice round Keilder Water Forest. “I’m very proud of you, you could be sat at home in a drunk stupor, instead you are out there on your bike”.
As I “sit in the chair” this morning I am very grateful to Father God for the reality of His presence. In His presence is Joy; The Joy of the LORD is our strength. I have failed Father God often in these past months and I have not always been excited to greet Him in the morning in the chair. But the fact that I can enjoy a bike ride around the lake is because of Him, nothing to do with me. Even though I fail, He does not and His love to me, His gift of grace and mercy, to take my pain and give me Joy, is AWESOME!
The week started with the safe return of Laura from the USA. She has been gone a month and spending time with her “guy friend”, who after 5 years is now officially her “boy friend”! Wow as the world seems to be more liberal than ever, my little girl is more conservative than I ever was! What Joy to have her around and listen to all her stories, see her lying in bed with no need to revise for exams, go to school or have any other pressures in life. Its so nice to watch her and Akila interact and see Akila spoiling her rotten. I observe the impact of loosing Mike and their purposeful approach to their relationship.
And then I have been visiting the City Council, County Council, Library, Tourist Inform
ation and shops to try and get posters up for Mysterious? The bottom line is there are not so many places to display posters. Officials have been very kind and taken posters to display on public notice boards in the town and very little but helps. I was bold over to see a huge poster of Mysterious? had been made by some creative individual and placed in the window of Mike’s Church. It was a former cinema and has a great frontage on the main street where all the clubs, bars and restaurants are situated. Many will walk past that daily. I smiled and thought how Mike would love to have seen his silhouette there for all to see!
So in the words of King David who said to the people who were gathered, “Praise the LORD your God”