first thing



“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.   And the virgin’s name was Mary.   And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!””
~Luke 1:26-28~

Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!


O favored one

the Lord is with you!



I want to receive the gift of routine in my life.  Nothing crazy.  Nothing overwhelming.  Just some basic training.  Likewise I hope to encourage the kids to receive this gift with me, to teach them and give them the joy of stability.

We started small.  First thing when we get up in the morning–splash our faces with water.  Water blesses.  Water restores.  Water gives life.

Now I’m ready for the day.

After about a month of this I felt ready to add something.  Habits take time to establish, after all.  So once I get out of bed, I suppose that’s where it really begins, I go into the bathroom and splash my face with water.  Then I go to the kitchen and drink.

I drink a glass of water.

Now, not only has water touched me and blessed me, but now upon drinking, the water has entered me.  The waterfall of liquid life has filled me.  Now I am ready to go into all the world, to fill the earth, to bless, to give the cup of cold water to the little ones awake.

And then I read this verse again of Mary with the angel.  The first thing he says to her blows me out of the water.  It happens like that.  You read something a hundred times and never notice it.  Then you read it again and Good God Almighty like an angel there it is.

I begin again and start there.

“Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”

 Yes, my Lord.

Everyday anew.  Everyday again.

Let it be to me as You have said.

One thought on “first thing

  1. […] going surprisingly well.  Back in January, I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution, but I did write about how I wanted to embrace the gift of routine in my life.  God has given me the chance.  What started out as splashing water on my face every day upon […]

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