I woke up and remembered the nightmare I had been dreaming. I was watching Chris and Sonese’s four children…(No, that was not the nightmare!)…and I couldn’t pick the baby up…my arms wouldn’t move.

She stepped in maple syrup…we were having pancakes at Pizza Ranch…and when she took her sock off, she threw it into the whipped cream. I didn’t want her walking around with one bare foot. The older children walked away from me and I couldn’t pick her up and go get them. Sonese walked in the door and…

…I woke up.


I expected my arms to be tired today. I arrived at church at 8:40 am and set up the keyboard. We practiced until ten and worked on a new song…

…16th notes for ten minutes.

Of course, we had to practice it twice. I played for the service and the altar call. I packed up the keyboard and put it away.

After lunch, we went to the nursing home and I played for an hour there. Then I went to the library and lugged home 8 books. I’m not complaining. It’s just what is required of a piano player. (Well, not the library books!)

Jesus said over and over that he would suffer and die. He knew it was required of him.

John 14:31, “But I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father…” NLT

God does not require much of us.

Micah 6:8, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” NLT

Dear Lord,

Nothing you require of me is a great as what you asked Jesus to do. Forgive me for grumbling when I need to take care of something that I had not planned on doing. Even if that grumbling was only heard by you!


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