Our Daily Bread…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂


Inspiration this week comes from the Lord’s Prayer which can be found in the KJV of Matthew 6: 9-13

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”


Winter has blasted the central plains states since Phil the groundhog came to visit. It’s cold in Nebraska. Sunday night (after a week of having lows below zero), we topped out at -29 degrees. Many of our ranchers are calving, and our feed yard crews continue to care for cattle outside in the cold weather. I remember those days well.

Despite having a heater, my horse water tank froze early Monday morning and that’s not unique with these types of temperatures. I think it’s hard whenever it gets this cold. But, this time is particularly difficult because we have already had a couple of months of winter and almost a year of the pandemic to wear us down. It is also unusual for us to have roughly 10 days in a row where our low temperatures are below zero.

Karyn laughed as she showed me this meme last weekend…

The weather is a heavy influencer on my attitude. I don’t know if it stems from growing up without winter on the sunny Florida beaches, or if I struggle with a mild form of seasonal depression; but I have to be very intentional about looking for the rainbow as the cold, snowy days prevail. There are a variety of things that help me to find joy amidst the arctic 😉 It struck me the other day that these things are all provided to me by my heavenly Father as my daily bread. 


Sometime this summer I began ending my daily morning prayers by reciting the Our Father. I grew up in both the Episcopal and Catholic churches, so reciting the prayer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. But, studying it as I study the Bible is relatively new to me. When I recently thought of the phrase “give us this day our daily bread”, it occurred to me that asking for the gift does not ensure the receipt of it. God may give it, but I still have the intentional choice of whether or not to open my heart to receive it.

Getting *stuck* in a downward spiral, whether it is fueled by sadness, self-pity, anger, frustration or some other usurping emotion is very real. When I find myself in this place, it often is easier to cling to that negative emotion rather than to work to change it. In those moments, God provides me with daily bread but I don’t accept the gift. I’m not sure that it is even always a conscience decision to refuse the gift. It is more like a poor habit that I move through without thinking. Over the past several years, I’ve committed to intentionally work to ground myself in the One that allows me to rise up and accept the bread. I’m slowly developing a new habit.

I still have days that I struggle. But, I can feel Jesus filling me with light and it makes a difference in my heart. It doesn’t make the cold go away, but it does help me to better rejoice and be glad in the day 🙂

 

 

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6 responses to “Our Daily Bread…

  1. Roger Hunt

    As you know, I grew up in the Catholic faith. As a young person the only thing I knew a bout prayer was those we memorized like the Lord’s Prayer…until I met Marianne. Her background in pray er was more conversational. I really latched on to that style and is the way I pray now. Except for sometimes when I don’t and I fall back to the Lord’s prayer and others. This time, however, I think more about the words and it feels good. Plus it gives more of a depth to my faith life and I feel grateful for it all.

    Right now I’m praying for an end to this trying winter and this pandemic. We too have had a very cold and snowy winter. Although we haven’t had as low of temperatures as you, snow is piled up everywhere.

    Try to stay warm and healthy! Think of you guys often. Love to all!! ❤

    • I’m praying for you and Marianne, Roger! I know that this is so very hard. Keep hope ❤️ and stay warm 🌞. Jesus will lead us through it. Spring will come.

      Hoping that we can visit via phone soon.
      Take care,
      Anne

  2. WHIT MCCALL

    thanks for all your encouragement each Wednesday !

  3. Rex M Peterson

    Dear Anne,
    Although it is mostly cloudy and cold this morning, I pray this day brings joy for you.
    As I read this, I thought I should share this meditation that I just wrote for Forward Day by Day.
    May 28, 2022 The Seventh Sunday after Easter
    Acts 16:17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.”
    Our relationship with Christ is complex and mysterious, but it is certainly not slave. It really botherer Paul and Silas, and they exorcised the demon. On the cross, Jesus paid the price of our transgressions, but it was not a slave market action. It was the guarantee of our salvation, but it did not realize it. We must each embrace it in our own time and way.
    We are near the end of calving season and the calves have been marked as property of our ranch. But all they know is the comfort and nurture of their mom’s and the joy of running and bucking in the sun.
    At Baptism, we are marked as Christ’s own forever, but it has a completely different meaning.
    Going Forward: Consider and pray about your relationship with Christ.

    • Hi Rex,

      It is good to hear from you! Thank you for your thoughts and advice. I think my walk with Jesus is a daily ongoing prayer, as well as a “work in progress” 😊 Through it all, I am thankful that I am “marked as Christ’s own forever” and have an Abba that calls me His beloved.

      I hope that all is well for you and your family.
      Take care,
      Anne

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