My Window Sill

Working in the kitchen is sometimes enjoyable to me and at other times it’s not.  One day I might relish creating a tasty gourmet meal and at other times (maybe more accurately “most” times) I just try to come up with something to cook that’s a little more creative than peanut butter and jelly.  I’ve now returned from my kitchen sink, having cleaned up after preparing a meal.  After turning off the water I noticed that my window sill collection needed some cleaning, so I took my paper towel and Windex and shined things up a bit. The messages under my window having been on this ledge for years. Some days I don’t fully notice them; yet I always know they are there.  Their day to day presence has allowed me to “write them on my heart” so that I stay aware of their messages.   The first frame contains a scripture from Isaiah 50:4-
The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue,
        to know the word that sustains the weary.
    He wakens me morning by morning,
        wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.

Next to this frame is a small placard from my dad’s office.  It is one of the few material possessions, besides his books and a couple of University of Florida shirts, that I took home with me after his death.  It simply but profoundly states, “Let’s think of a few reasons why IT CAN BE DONE.”  I loved that spirit demonstrated in my dad because it showed faith and courage. I want to hold this same attitude.

The next frame is a scripture from Matthew 17:20 –
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

It’s always an upward call to me to try to implement these words from Jesus!  Lastly, on my window sill is a sparkly little place card holder and scripture that was a souvenier from a women’s event that the older women (at least a little older than me) in church put together years ago. (The dried flowers atop this holder are from my mom’s and dad’s funeral.) This scripture states-
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

There is really no further expounding needed for these short scriptures.  They sure inspired me as I left my kitchen.  As you read them I hope they will encourage you as well.

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About Jeanie Shaw

After retiring from forty-five years in full-time ministry, Jeanie Shaw went back to school to earn her master’s and doctorate in spiritual formation and discipleship. She also serves as a certified Christian life coach who loves helping people discover the joy, peace, and purpose that come from finding and following God’s plan for their lives. She has taught classes and workshops all over the world and has written numerous books. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and a golden retriever who thinks he is human. When she is not reading, writing, coaching, teaching, or enjoying her family she might be found walking along rivers, learning new lessons about life.

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