A Guest!

Good morning, sweet soul! I hope you slept soundly and peacefully and awoke to lift you eyes to the early sunlight, thanking our Lord for this day.

IMG_2953We were blessed to have a dear friend with us for an overnight stay. The day she was to arrive–yesterday–I scurried around like a busy squirrel with a lot of nuts to put away. I hung pictures in the guest room that had been propped against the wall for months. I dusted and vacuumed everything–even the window sills. I put fresh sheets on the two twin beds and plumped the comforters. I cleaned the bathroom and put out fresh towels and some soap with the smell of a sweet springtime. I even added a little bowl of those small foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and a daily devotional to the bedside table. I was so thrilled she was coming!

Do you have friends you feel that way about? Like it’s a balm to your soul and a blessing to your spirit to be with them? I hope so!

IMG_2957After a little breakfast (the wonderful scone mix and delicious toppings she brought me!) and some final conversation this morning, I saw her off on the next leg of her trip. It was a comfort to know she’ll be stopping by on her return trip next week. So, now her departure is tempered with something wonderful to anticipate!

And even as I wait, my mind is racing; there are things to do for her before she returns! IMG_2952She loved the Earl Gray tea blend I use (and rightly so!), so I’ll pick up a tin of that for her to take home. She also loved my neighbor’s honey, which she added to her tea, so I’ll get a jar from them she can take home as well. Isn’t anticipation full of joy?

As we anticipate this coming Easter and ultimately the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, I want to have that kind of anticipation, that kind of joy–and even more so. Don’t you? Why would we want less? Let’s embrace it.

Let’s commit ourselves anew to Christ and allow the Lord to renew our spirits and give us clean hearts as requested in Psalm 51:10 in order to deeply celebrate His resurrection this coming Sunday.

Let’s keep our eyes on Christ and eagerly await His return and our reunion with Him. (Hebrews 12:2)

Let’s notice the good works that God has prepared for us to do–and do them with joy to His glory. (Ephesians 2:20,  Matthew 5:16,  Colossians 3:23-24)

Let’s anticipate heaven while yet on earth! “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20)

And with this message, I sincerely wish you a most joyous Easter!

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