Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Keep the Old, Old Story - New!!

. .. .... .. .. .. ... . .... ..... ... .. ... ... .. .. . . . .  .
Tell me the old, old story...

The other evening my four year old was telling us the Easter Story - the best she could recount.  :) Well, we figured out, eventually, that that was what she was trying to share.  It was sort of humorous...
We sighed and laughed a bit as parts of the story were purely exaggerated or misconstrued...we couldn't tell for sure at first what for new story she was sharing.

Ahhh... the Easter Story!


I kept thinking.

Yes!

This is an old, old story.  But - may it ever and always be "new".  Alive and True.

Especially in my kids hearts and minds.
Not that the most wonderful story of Old ever would get or become "old"... but that each time they would hear it they would feel/hear it to be "new" and would captivate each of their hearts.

All of ours.
Mine too!

Please enjoy this old hymn... as we reflect on this Good Friday and Easter Sunday!!

***

Sunday, March 20, 2016

the simple life

. .. .. .. ... ... .. .... ... ... .. .. .... .. . .. ... . . . ... . .

To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
~ John Burroughs

***

Nothing like a cherry bouquet of daffodils - to brighten the home on the first day of Spring!!

Ahhh!  It's the simple things in life...


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The word is wait!

.. .. . .. .. . . . . .. ... . .. .... . .. .  .... . .. .  .. . 
What happens when the word is "wait".  Just wait!   And you've already been holding that load for a long enough time?  I think I'd want to change the word to - weight!  Amen?

This isn't easy.  This is heavy stuff.

Weight bears hard on one's soul - especially on one who has literally waited far too long, as it is!

I was just talking with a neighbor friend - the other day.
Her WAIT is weighing her down.
Big time!
She is overwhelmed with being overwhelmed.

Can anyone relate to this?

What do you say in a moment like that?


Oh - we could say all the cliche stuff... but what if that doesn't hold any longer?

The only thing I supposed I could do - really - was to offer a listening ear, sit a little longer than anticipated, and offer her a hug and a prayer - as she went out the door.

I think...I hope...
Her load was a little lighter... even though she still has to wait.

I tried to encourage....

The darker the night.  The brighter the LIGHT shines.
The waiting room may be really dark right now (and you're not sitting there alone - I'm here too) - but soon enough the door will open. Light will come streaming through - as in - it's your turn!!
****

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Crossroad

. . .. .... .. ... .. .. . . ... .. .... . ... . .. .. .. . .. . . . . .
There is a new four-way stop in our local area - that unfortunately I keep blowing through.  I'm not proud of this.  Because, one of these days I'll be paying the consequences (quite seriously!) if I soon don't get a grip on this "crossroad" and stop, look and listen.   The thing is... I know it's there but out of habit and due to the fact that it used to only be a caution light - this particular direction that I travel now means I actually have to STOP!

Ever find yourself at a crossroad?  I mean the kind that life routinely throws your way and you're faced with blindly bailing through or perhaps you're not sure which path to take?

Recently, while involved in a Ladies Bible Study group - we hit on this subject quite a bit.  Talking about the life of David.  You talk about someone who routinely found himself facing major crossroads.  Yikes!
David didn't always follow the rules, either.

A verse which resonated very strongly, with me, from our discussion(s) is found in Jeremiah 6:16 - which states...

This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.

The Crossroad in my case is and has to do with my parenting and homemaking.

How faithful am I to the call?  How patient am I when I'm pulled in a million different directions - at once?  How resilient am I when the way is hard?  How brave am I to keep going forward?
How attentive am I to watch the comings and goings of my home?

How teachable am I?
How humble am I, when I am clearly in the wrong?

Do I respond or react?

You know - it's easier to see the crossroads in my spouse or my kids lives... and wish and will for them to stay on the right path... yet, this is a hard calling and not for the faint of heart.

To stand at the crossroads... and ask!

But when I am faint and, I fail...
I'm so grateful for the grace of God that carries me.
That gently leads me along.
That even pushes me from behind - at times.
And for God's Word that truly does guide along - acting as a light to my path.

You see, I have a choice.
I can go through this crossroad of motherhood habitually, blindly, even absentmindedly or I can stop, look and listen and ask for direction - at every front.


In doing this Scripture promises and I really do want to have rest for my soul!

****

** Linking with Finding the Grace Within | tuesday @ ten :: choice


Surprise to me!  I was awarded the Highlighted Writer of the month of February, for Tuesday @ Ten.

I was told to display it and be proud. :)

I just feel humbly blessed.

That is all.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I am....

.. .... .. . .. .... .. .. .. ... ... . ... .. .. . . .. . ..  . .. 

Today, my four year old found herself in a very puzzling situation.  Ironically, she put herself there.

We can chuckle at that.  But sometimes the puzzles of life are not the least bit funny! Are they?
Sometimes they just happen.  Sometimes it's our own doing - but most times not.

I am in one of those puzzling situations right now.  Nothing major - just full of questions.
Like how in the world will this be ironed out?

But I've decided, I'm not going to let it define me.  I am not going to let the pieces that don't make sense or that can't even be found... take away from what I know the whole picture will be in the outcome!

The truth is.  God's got this mess!


It took my daughter and I mere minutes (relatively speaking) to straighten this mess out; putting pieces with right pieces and to bag them back up appropriately.  This had to be around 15 puzzles all dumped together... 

I know with our life stories... it takes way longer than mere minutes.  
Sometimes, it takes what seems like FOREVER!!!!!  To see any semblance, at all, of any picture unfolding....feels impossible.

May I say it again.

Let the great I AM fix it!  He's got this mess...
I take great comfort in these verses from Scripture that remind...

The end of the matter is better than its beginning and patience is better than pride. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:8

Our story may look kind of futile right about now.  Hard to see the outcome. Piled up and jumbled.  But...if we can slow and wait to see (trusting in whose hand the pieces lie) then with humility we will one day know our story was worth waiting for - in being revealed.

Ultimately it's not of our doing anyway.

***

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...