Sunday, March 25, 2012

Simply Sunday: Journal Jottings



Aren't those tiny wax flowers lovely? Just a wee bunch stuck unceremoniously into a plastic bucket at the grocery store but, oh,aren't the blossoms with their waxy petals and green tummies exotic looking? Surely that's what we call a glimpse of heaven in an unexpected place -- sweet!
 
The backyard is already busy as morning breaks and the birds jostle for a turn at the buffet.  Such a singing and a chortling going on. The shifts come and go. Don't you just love that God made our feathered friends and we get to enjoy them as they go about their important bird business every day?

I woke early this morning and took some time to journal and read a little from several of my current pile of books on my bedside table (my pink and lime-green covered Bible, In the Company of Others by Jan Karon, Delighting God by Victoria Books).




.... So then I got up to e-mail a friend who's been finding her journey tough at present. She was on my mind.  And I could relate... different circumstances, same recognition of a heart in turmoil.  Haven't we all been there?

That is, until we get our eyes off of our circumstances.... and come back to that instruction to commit our way to the Lord, trust also in Him, because the promise IS that He shall bring it to pass....

He being the operative word here.  Not me.  He.

In my stewing about how to get things done, how they're going to work out, trying to figure it all out, too often I carry on as if I'm the one with the brains here, instead of going to the One who knows the end from the beginning and all the bends in the road that are between.

Oh yes, and He knows the short cuts through the mazes.  He comes along with His good friends, Mercy and Grace, not to mention His own Spirit to coach and comfort us too.

He motions with his head, Hey, over here, I know a better way to get that done.  I know a short cut. I know the way through this mess without you getting beat up in the process.  I know how testy this all can make you, not to mention frustrated to the point that you just want to roll down the window and yell till your eyes bug out.  Come with me, don't lag behind or try to get in front. Stay near so  my light-giving presence will shine on your path and make it plain.   

Sigh..... Oh my goodness... how often to do I need that reminder to get my eyes back on Jesus, who started this race of faith for me, and He duly promised that He'd also ensure that we'd cross the finish line with flying colours.  Except, sometimes I forget.  I forget to consult the Coach.

Thankfully, there's Grace, not to mention, Mercy, holding out the olive branch. I reach out and receive it. With it comes... Relief.  Joy.  Peace.


Wishing you grace for your journey and light for your path!
Happy Sunday,
Brenda
xox




PS.  Remember...

find the beauty, clear the air, laugh out loud,

rest enough, create something, 

hang out with the Father.








Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Skywatch: Take Joy


"The gloom of the world is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. Take joy!"
 Fra Giovanni (1513 A.D.)


Take joy... yes, that is exactly what we need to do. We must reach out for it -- because in the same way we catch a glimpse of a stunning sunset peeking out from behind darkened clouds and trees, the joy we long for -- and need -- is right there too.

I took this photo at sunset one summer evening as storm clouds gathered. The combo of light and dark, black against fiery reds, was breath-taking.


 Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places,
Brenda
xox


Linking with Friday Skywatch



 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Study in White

"After The Rain"


"Intimacy - Into Me See"



"Cascade over the garden gate"



"Come in ~ we've been waiting for you!"



My beautiful Mock Orange shrub loves to show off her pretty blossoms each summer. She's a delight in our garden. Her fragrance is sweet and her presence welcomes visitors as they come through the side gate.

This week Vee hosts her Notecard Party. The gentle rule is to select a theme, choose four photos we've posted in the past, and create a 'set' of notecards. Thanks, Vee, for the wonderful party -- I'm pleased to share this Study in White.

For some wonderful glimpses of extraordinary themes and photography, visit the Notecard Party -- I pretty certain you'll be glad you did.

Wishing you a beautiful day,
Brenda
xox









Monday, March 19, 2012

Carefree


 
Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles.
It empties today of its strength. ~ Unknown


Dare to live today as if you didn't have a care in the world.

It will do us both a world of good. Not to mention lift the burden
that we were never meant to carry in the first place!

  Go and be free of your cares today...

Hugs,
Brenda
xox




Sunday, March 18, 2012

Simply Sunday: Until We're Set Free

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"In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it."  ~Michelangelo

Someone once asked the great Italian sculptor how he knew what to carve away from the block of stone on which he was working. He replied, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

Michelangelo provides a lovely example of what God the Great Sculptor is doing in my own life. It's a work in progress, this sculpting and hewing. Sometimes it's a secret work. Sometimes it's a hard work. Sometimes it's a painful work.

But yet, I dare to rest in the truth that He does see the finished product, the true me, even when I can't. What He sees is good...lovely...perfect.

When I remember the ancient words in Paul's letter to the Romans that God can make all things work together for my good, that work also includes the careful 'hewing away' of all that is not beautiful... all that yet imprisons me in stony walls of darkness.

As yet we are like a secret work in progress, and until all the rough walls are hewed away, not every eye will see us as He sees us. But one day, we will be freed to be our true selves -- sons and daughters sculpted into the beautiful image and likeness of Jesus our Lord. We will be revealed, even as He was.

That is a most hopeful thought.  He says of me, I saw her in the marble and carved until I set her free.  He says that of you.

I've caught a glimpse this morning... something that brings renewed hope and strength for my journey. Now I wish you a glimpse of grace and renewed courage for yours.


Hugs,
Brenda
xox






Saturday, March 17, 2012

What Are You Up To This Saturday?



I'd love to have a peek into what your Saturday looks like today. We can talk about the weather. We can chat about what's for breakfast. What you're doing, wearing, reading; what you're saying, feeling, thinking. In just a few short sentences (or longer ones, if you have lots to say). Using the letters that make up the word 'Saturday'. I'll go first...
 
S - Soft gray skies

A - Appreciating my hubby as he does the errands this morning

T - Trying to stay quiet of body and mind after a busy week

U - Underlining a few ponderable quotes (see below)

R
- Reading Jan Karon's In This Mountain and vintage March issues of Victoria

D
- Delighting in a pottering, snoozing, simple kind of day

A - Admiring the gift of Mozart's music as its cheery notes waft through the house

Y - Yummy plans to make a quick apple strudel





Wishing you a beautiful day,
Brenda
xox





Monday, March 12, 2012

More From Silly Old Bear




"What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.

Yes, we're with Pooh on this one -- none of that blue Monday stuff for us. Wishing you a day with some of your favourites. Click here for a few of mine.

Hugs,
Brenda
xox


Friday, March 09, 2012

Thoughts From An Old Bear






" It is more fun to talk with someone
who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like, "What about lunch?”

~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh



 A friend is picking me up for an outing and lunch today.
How about you... what are you up to this Friday?

Happy Weekend!
Brenda








Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Five Beauty Tips For Your Home

  



One
Not motivated?  Start with one minute.
Clean one drawer, one shelf, one file folder,
one cupboard, one tiny task.



Two
Keep only what you believe to be Beautiful or Useful.
Think as if you were moving to a home
half the size of your current place.  Do you really need that?



Three
Don't spend dollar time on penny jobs.
For me, I never spend quality time on windows ~
dust settles as do raindrops
even before I finish the last squeaky swipe.



Four
A place for everything,
and everything in its place. 



Five
 Remember the old Minute Rice commercials?
It's amazing how much we can accomplish in just 5 minutes.



Bonus TIP
Visit Rachel at Simple Notebook., who says
you don't need to buy more storage containers to get organized.
Now I like that idea. Check her site for lots of wonderful ideas
on how to simplify your home.



 Here's to beauty in every corner...
Brenda




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