Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Joyful Songs

Before we ever began the moving process I determined I wouldn't let my walking and work-out routines slide. I think the appropriate quote here would be, "The best laid plans of mice and men go awry." (Robert Burns) I haven't worked out in three weeks, and we've only managed a couple of walks.

I am determined to repent of this slothful behavior! We went for a walk this morning, and my legs have registered their protest. It is a very different walk from the one we took at our old house. Instead of a little country road, we follow sidewalks through a well-manicured area of rehab facilities, retirement apartments and nursing homes.

There is a little man-made lake with lovely fountains spouting plumes of water into the air. We pass other walkers, some with their dogs bounding along beside them. There is a distinct lack of hills, but I enjoyed the walk.

I took along my index cards with my memory verses printed out - another sadly neglected part of my usual routine. I struggled to remember the words as the wind wound circles around us and the water fountains caused the water to dance.

One of my verses (Zephaniah 3:17) has a line that says: "He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." I had just recited the words as we walked through the gates of our apartment complex. The clear, beautiful notes of a little unseen bird filled the air, and I thought - "Yes, He rejoices over me with joyful songs." It was a beautiful melody and oh how it brightened the morning.



  1. So nice to hear from you! I want to get out and walk; however, I'm afraid to go on the road because of some isolated places and the path in the pasture is so rocky it takes the pleasure out of it. Get on the exercise bike? Forget it!! Too boring! Little bird songs are just like gifts from heaven aren't they?

  2. I'm glad you are enjoying your return to walking - I always rather envied you the country path. But there is beauty everywhere, and you have landed in a nicely done spot!

    But then I think that moving is a work-out of its own. Glad you're getting back into the swing of things.

    I posted about the 50s this week - fun memories, and some not so fun.

  3. I love your idea of taking memory verse cards on your walk and memorizing them.