Things that go bump in the night…

There was no carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns this year.

No baking Great Pumpkin cookies for little bellies to consume.

Instead I cut the bright orange member of Cucurbita genus into chunks and roasted them for a delectable pumpkin soup to enjoy this October 31.

And the seeds became salty, roasted snacks which Dearest Husband devoured almost as quickly as three young men once did so long ago.

As I worked, I remembered those days with little ones, and the fun we had with holidays, snow days and summer vacations as they were growing big.

So I held the memories dear to my heart, thanking God for all the laughter and good times in this house backed by woods where He became — in a more real sense than earlier — the head of our home.

He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.
Isaiah 40:11

How He lovingly lead a young, trembling single mom as she tended her little flock along life’s sometimes dark and scary way.

Leading me as I lead them through good and bad and everything in between.

And when the moon was full and the coyotes went howling in the back woods, and ghosts in the night and skeletons in the closets came rattling my nerves in the wee hours, I called out His name as I pulled the covers close.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.    
Psalm 56:3-4

Sometimes it was my own demons that needed to be dealt with in order to find the blessing of peace.

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.

All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and …

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
Deuteronomy 28:1-7

It was the dark times early on when I learned to lift high the name of the Lord Jesus, hoping and praying that small ones were being drawn, Him carrying me as they grew up. {And still, always. Him carrying us.}

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
John 12:32

Proving once again that He is Lord.

Lord of all the days and all the nights.  And I have nothing to fear, ever, for He has given me power, love and a sound mind.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

And He is with me always…

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

And through all the storms of life, and things that go bump in the night, His hand upheld and still holds, helping my heart to ever trust and not fear…





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