My days have been extraordinarily-ordinary.  There’s a gift in having some rhythm and order to daily living.  Miss Ellie and I have been having a great time spending our days together.  The little things in life easily please and satisfy her.  Once Tiffany comes home for school we venture out into the big world of Brookings.

Yesterday we drove down to the Port and purchased our dinner which had been caught only a few hours before. Seriously.  After dinner we headed out for our evening walk.  We were able to watch the sun dip into the sea.  A daily miracle in this part of the world.

I’ve learned to enjoy these kind of days, to savor the smallest of details, to develop a new perspective, and to take the time to be more aware of the presence of God.  The thing is . . . life can change suddenly . . .  and without warning the unexpected and unwanted happens.   Things that had seemed so important a moment before, clearly don’t matter.

What matters is having the perspective that

  • God is present.
  • God is the Light in the darkness.
  • God will not fail.
  • God will move the mountain.
  • God will transform an ending into a beginning.
  • God is the God of more.

Years ago, a friend sent me the words from Isaiah 40:28 when I was walking through an unexpected and unwanted time of life.  It helped me understand that my life is not defined by the circumstance but by the presence of God:

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:28, NRS)

The with-God life changes the way its all perceived and ultimately managed in the extraordinarily-ordinary days as well as in the unexpected and unwanted times.

It matters–Kerrie


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Ellie helps get ready for her morning.

Ellie 3

Ellie 1

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The Port

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end of day
The End of the Road
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(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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