(Photo by Janna)
Recovering is never easy.
Often it depends on the grace of those around you.
Empathy or judgement.
(pretty girl in Kenya)
if only the whole world would smile like this..."happy is the one who trusts in the Lord"
This is Benji (aka: Ben, Benny, Ben Ben, Benjamin, Benny Boy).
He's the one constant love of my life.
A rescue from the Seattle Humane Society.
I think actually he rescued me.
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I have no words for." Georgia O'Keefe
In the Morning
in the morning you shall be filled with Living Bread
and you will know that I am the Lord your God.
In the morning come and gather
all I give with open hand,
treasures from Heaven,
treasures to help you stand.
In the morning
come out and see
it is all laid out before you...
as you sit and wait on Me.
As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. (Psalm 16)
Have you ever been somewhere or with someone where you knew you were just being, "tolerated" ? Do you have someone in your life who "celebrates" you? I hope so. If not, know that your Dear Father in Heaven does celebrate you...you are, after all, the "apple of His eye".
"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11)
The path is straighter and easier to bear yoked with Jesus. His right hand guides Him (Psalm 45) and His right hand guides us (Psalm 139). Only He could do that. A perfect team going somewhere.
"Yet on your fathers did the Lord set
His affection to love them..."
"Chasaq". Hebrew for affection. It means 'to be attached to, to love, to have pleasure in, to delight in, joining together, cleaving, bond to its object.' That is a love that will not let go. He has set (super glued) His affection to love you.
He doesn't love you more today than yesterday or less than tomorrow.
So, relax. He's not going anywhere.
He's too, to put it plainly, forever stuck on you.
"And it happened after a while, that the brook dried up, because
there was not rain in the land."( 1 Kings 17)
God told Elijah to go to a certain place. He would give him food and water there.
It was the brook, Cherith. Kind of like a quiet retreat. Sounds nice, huh?
Then, so Elijah wouldn't forget He was on a mission, the brook dried up.
"Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 'Arise, go...'"
We have seasons of rest and we have seasons of arising.
Learning to embrace them both for all they are worth is the challenge.
another one of those "other wonders"
a thought - i don't think our hearts grow old....how can something eternal age?
...stay happy, little, immortal heart...
too much blogging, not enough creating...anyone else have that dilemma ?
maybe once i get through my Typepad for Dummies i'll be a bit speedier...
ah, Monday night football. and baseball. i'm just happy to be having my "Monday Night Tea" Cinnamon Spice, a sure winner. Think i'll try it again tomorrow night. "Tuesday Night Tea" Catchy, huh? Glad I can have my cup 'o tea any time, anywhere. (no recliner or remote required)
(Photo: Woman doing her laundry by a river in Kenya)
i need to be more thankful this week. i'll start by being thankful
for a second chance. i'm off to do my laundry. have a beautiful thankful day.
Every time i rode my bike by this place i wanted to stop my bike and walk in...i was sure i would be instantly covered with everlasting peace. Actually, peace isn't about a place, it's about a person. His name is Jesus. The Prince of Peace.
(Mary in Kenya, proudly showing us her garden)
I read this in a book on depression.
I thought it was good then and even more now.
Words are like that you know.
The soil of our heart needs to be ready to receive it.
"What threads can she weave into her life to build
resistance to depression/anxiety?"
weaving, threads...touch words for me as an artist
...to take it further, to me, it means to create a life for myself that is depression/anxiety resistant. Choices.
(photo-butterfly sipping sweet nectar-AZ)
butterflies....so delicate, fragile, short-lived, yet making the world an incredibly more beautiful place to be in. Have you noticed one lately?
on my daily walk to work
this red beauty captured my eye
it was a foggy wet morning
did you know that as God was 'designing" the
robes of the priests He said to, well, here it is from Exodus 28:
"And you shall make on its hem pomegranates...and scarlet material, all around on its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, all around on the hem of the robe."
i guess He thought they were beautiful too
Look like some place you'd like to be right now?
me too. one of those "other wonders"
a bit more than he can chew in his new large friend
i do that too...not with friends, but other stuff in life
too many art projects
too complicated of an art project
trying to 'be there' for too many
a recipe with 20 ingredients
Rowdy escaped unscathed
still courageous to try new things
i take on matters too big for me
but, i think i would rather do that
than never have the joy of accomplishing
something "bigger than myself"
having a good cry
from my side walked up her very young son
he handed me his (obviously precious) Pooh Bear
no words spoken
there was just a mutual unspoken understanding
of the capabilities of this act to bring comfort
and it did
have you shared your "pooh" with someone recently?
clad in t-shirts and shorts
it WAS spring
after a 60 second conversation we made an abrupt left turn into
the Mt. Bachelor Ski Lift parking lot.
Climbing into the chair (my first ski lift ride) my heart raced. i was snapping pictures and screaming (yes, out loud) all the way up
to say it was breathtaking is not enough. If heaven had a thesaurus i would find a better word.
it was windy and cold and exhilarating beyond belief
to look down on other mountains was strange and powerful
they didn't seem so daunting
another view another perspective
i think i'll revisit that thought today
beautiful, isn't it?
then, i think i will embrace the changes in my life
as something beautiful, something good
(One of the lovelies at Butchart Gardens in Victoria)
For since the creation of the world
His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen, being understood
through what has been made,
so that they are without excuse.