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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The War of Words

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You've all heard this before - that our words are like the dandelions puff blown, scattered to the wind and that they're not returnable.  And, oh how we wish they were.  Especially, if we've messed up!!

It's true.
You can't reclaim your words.  Once they're out there, they're out there!!  It feels like a war sometimes of what words can do.  I can remember some specific times in my growing up years, even into my late teens or now as an older woman, even... times when words really embedded themselves deep into my soul.  They became a part of me - good and bad.

It might not have even been the words but rather the way they were said (just the tone of voice) that made that impact.  Again, that is good or bad...

See?  The war of words... it's a real thing.

This has been heavy on my heart and mind here of late.  I keep thinking of my words and how they impact.  In fact, these song lyrics (by Hawk Nelson) keep rolling around in my heart and head.. I've been humming...

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

If this can just encourage you today - let it be!!
I simply ask for prayers - whispered heavenward... to be that infectious soul of LIFE-GIVING words of blessing and hope and encouragement... whenever and wherever I can.
As a wife.  As a mother. As a sister, daughter and friend.

I found this as something to ponder:
Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds; 
You can't do that when you are flying words.
"Careful with fire" is good advice, we know;
"Careful with words" is ten times doubly so.
Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back dead;
But God himself can't kill them when they're said.  
~ Will Carleton
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Here is Hawk Nelson's song in full... for you to enjoy, as well!



May you have a blessed week!!!  Speak Life...

Monday, June 20, 2016

a life-changing statement

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Be who you want them to be.

Oh this statement captures me.
It encapsulates so much.  And, demands attention.
It's life-changing...in some aspects.

I KNOW I need this daily reminder.  As an in-my-face classic sort of way.  

Let me tell you... it has stopped me in my tracks more than a couple of times.

This goes beyond Mothering - for sure!

More than toward my children
it's a call for and toward society.
It's also for my team.
My friendships.
My neighbors.
And beyond.

Inspire. Encourage. Influence.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.  The words of Jesus, from Luke 6:13

Have a fabulous week!!
Enjoy this first day of Summer!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Changes. Ready or Not... here they come!

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Ready or not... Changes are on the rise.

If you follow me on Facebook, at all, you've seen a lot of photos lately.  :)

You know our kids have celebrated their last day of the school year, this past Monday.
With that... I've done quite a bit of sewing for each of the teachers and bus driver... making Pocket Pouch and Tea Wallet gifts!!

I celebrated my 43rd birthday - with my family - as we enjoyed a family vacation to Niagara Falls, via bus, with my daughter's Frontier Girl Troop....
In the past... 43 was an age I was not willing to embrace.  Surprisingly... I think I've overcome that one.  When you feel really good (healthwise) - it's amazing how your thoughts and feelings feel pretty good, too!

You may have figured out that I am aunt all over again.  My brother and his wife had their first baby.
 A little girl!  By photos, she is so sweet, yet I'm anxious to meet her in person. :)


We have "new" neighbors (for not sure how long)... and "old", original neighbors who are moving on, to other housing arrangements.  In time, it will be our turn.  We keep hearing random rumors about the demise of this property - that has been our home for seven/eight wonderful years.  It makes for something rather bittersweet.

It's been strange seeing more wildlife critters in and out of the fence - rather than the cows!!
Definitely, taller grasses and TONS more wildflowers...

Yet, life goes on. 
There is still laundry to be done and "gardening" to tend too.

I'm so, so thankful for the gorgeous weather that has been part of this week, so far.  WOW!!!

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Psalm 116:7
Be at rest once more, O my soul, 
For the LORD has been good to you.

A beautiful handwritten scripture on the inside of one of many birthday cards.  
Perfect timing in it's reminder.

I truly am so blessed!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Voice

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Do you hear that?

Let me guess.  You think the voice of this blog has dropped to a mere whisper.  
And, you're probably right.

Should I speak up?  Or, do you like the quiet...and every now and then a voice loud and true?

I know this has been unintentional. 
 I'll tell you what has been happening, though.
I'm so thoroughly enjoying this new business that I'm currently journeying and honestly...it's own voice is calling pretty strong! :)

I'm so blessed!!


I love these photos of my little one and her stylin' style... of play. :)



Have a great rest of the week!
Until next time... and maybe I'll hear from you, too!

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