Blessed First Year

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. – (Psalm 34:8, NIV)
Give the Lord a chance to show you how good He is. Great blessings belong to those who depend on Him! – (Psalm 34:8, ERV)
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see – how good God is. Blessed are you who run to Him. – (Psalm 34:8, MSG)

Yesterday was the first day in nearly a year, that I simply took a day to just be. I slept in (for me), then Mark and I spent our anniversary enjoying the day together to the fullest. First, we hopped in the car to drive out to Red Rock Canyon to do a bit of exploring before the temperatures climbed to unbearable levels. After driving to the perfect spot, we pulled off, parked and decided to hike around. To my surprise, my Viking was determined to traverse the terrain to reach a spot down in the rocks that required some rock climbing and trail blazing. I happily followed his lead, and wandered along the path and scaled the red rocks along the trail. We found a great spot with a cutout in the rock that I could actually climb into and perch. After a few photos of our surroundings and the sweet spot in the rock, we were on our way to escape the increasing heat. After a nice breakfast a bit of a rest, we met up with Mark’s brother and beautiful girl, as well as Mark and my besties, and wandered around downtown and enjoyed a light lunch together. After we all parted ways, we returned to our room to rest a bit before preparing for a fantastic evening of a show and a late meet up dinner to follow with our friends. Cirque du Soleil did not disappoint, and we were mesmerized by the aeronautical acts and the sheer strength and athleticism displayed by the incredible talent who performed in the show, Mystère. Dinner was not as much of the taste and see blessing, yet the company, was as always, the gift that God has given. This morning, I was amazed, as I woke and realized that for the first time since March 31st, I got a full eight hours of sleep. Yes, you read that correctly, eight full hours. Amazing!
As for mom, yesterday was a good day for her too. She and Meg enjoyed a visit with mom’s best friend, June, and ended up going out to lunch together. They had a wonderful time, and it was great for all of them to get out and be together. Mom is continuing to make excellent progress, be it slow and steady. The biggest challenge right now, however, is that she seems to be struggling with sleep again. Meg let me know that she has woken at least four times each night, which is detrimental for her and her healing, and not so great for my sister either, as she is attempting to keep up with her workload and mom, simultaneously. God is good and He is faithful, so we are trusting in Him as we press forward, seeking to see and know the His goodness and faithfulness in all things – rest included.

As we choose depend,


On God’s loving grace;
We see His blessings,
Granted each new day.
For as we choose look,
Open eyes to see;
The goodness of God,
His love is unleashed.
In tangible ways,
His love is made known;
As we taste and see,
All grace God has shown.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace that is tangible. Thank You for allowing us to taste and see how truly good You are. Thank You for loving us where and how we are, and showing us, individually, that we are known and loved. Forgive us for our frustration when life is hard. Teach us to seek and trust in You. Show us how to love those around us in ways that make Your love tangible. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we taste and see how incredibly good You are. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 -present

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