“Ask and you shall receive.”  These are the words that come to my mind as I ponder what God has given me today.  I asked Him to lead, so from His willing heart to mine flow the words and images that I’m about to share.

I didn’t want to focus on the struggle. I didn’t want to write about it anymore either. I felt as if I were a broken record. I really wanted to shift gears, but I was having such a difficult time doing so.

I do have mornings where I wake in good spirits, but Andrew has his challenges too, so sometimes even on a good day it can come crashing in from another angle. However, all of it teaches me something valuable, and I’m determined that I’m going to learn that lesson.  I’m also determined that I’m going to be glad in it.

I did find some things to be glad about.  When Andrew was stressed, I was calm.  I was able to talk Him through his troubles. Then when I was losing my marbles Andrew was there for me as well. Actually we both voiced a lot about how we’ve been feeling, and when He started going south again I pulled him back up.  In doing so I gained a better perspective once again myself. We even laughed a bit at our insanity. Laughter is good, and having someone to pick you up when you’re down is even better.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Hope Rises

I wanted something hopeful, bright, and peaceful to ponder and write about.  The sunset came to my mind.  I meditated on this image: What’s better? A sunrise or a sunset? I couldn’t decide.  Both are hopeful.  The sun sets even on a bad day, and the sun rises bringing with it promise of a new day.  So I decided that both are equally as wonderful.

Next came to mind the song that played from my mom’s jewelry box when I was a child: Sunrise Sunset.  It’s a song from Fiddler on the Roof, and though I’ve seen the movie I couldn’t remember the words. When I looked them up I was pleasantly surprised.

With the seasons come both good and bad, but this is life, and it’s still beautiful. The sun still sets with promise and hope for all who put there hope in Jesus.   I’m still blessed, though I’m a mess, because my God’s still sorting me out.

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” –Ecclesiastes 4:12 


Sunset image credit : my goof friend Tom @


Sunrise Sunset (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?
I don’t remember growing older,
When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?
Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset,
Swiftly flow the days,
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as they gaze…

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset!
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laden with happiness and tears…

One season following another,
Laden with happiness and tears…

Songwriters: Lewis Bock Jerrold / Sheldon Harnick
Sunrise Sunset lyrics © Bock Ip LLC, Imagem Music Inc

4 thoughts on “Sunrise Sunset

  1. Very sweet, you and Andrew are too cute! I love how encouraging you are with one another! Thank you for sharing!

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