Monday, March 28, 2016

spaces

to breathe

to think

for different days

for quiet time

to rest

to dream

for planning

for play

to wonder

to sit still

for projects

for family time

to watch

to make some art

 Counting by "to"s and "for"s in the gentle spaces of this sweet, gorgeous spring break day. Thankful, so thankful: no plans, testing completed, eight weeks more. Time with them most of all ♥

Thursday, March 24, 2016

how could He?

"He could because He slept in the calm assurance that His Father was in control.

His was a quiet heart.

We see Him move through all the events of His life - when He was reviled, He did not revile in return. When He knew that He would suffer many things and be killed in Jerusalem, He never deviated from His course.

He had set His face like a flint.

He sat at supper with one who would deny Him and another who would betray Him, yet He was able to eat with them, willing even to wash their feet.

Jesus in the unbroken intimacy of His Father's love, kept a quiet heart."

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Oh, to have a determination like flint. To follow and trust and rest and love with a heart like His. Oh, keep a quiet heart. Know that the Father's will -will be. No matter what ♥

quote from EElliot

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

the secret

From my reading today...

"God came down and lived in this world as a man. He showed us how to live in this world, subject to its vicissitudes and necessities, that we might be changed -- not into an angel or a storybook princess, not wafted into another world, but changed into saints in this world. The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances."

More from EE on keeping a quiet heart ♥

Monday, March 21, 2016

questions...

Did I choose to love?

Did I point to You enough?

A child of mercy and grace who blesses
Your Name un-apologetically?

What marks my moments, my days?

Obedience? Faithfulness?

Kindness, gentleness, peace?
Love?

Thinking beyond the end of my nose today, asking ♥

Ty to NNordeman for the train!

Friday, March 18, 2016

what would I say?

I have spent the last few days watching my sweetlings (joy!) In a different place with gentle, fun daily days, I have the opportunity to see them anew. If I am careful and watchful, they are telling me their hearts all the time. There are no words to express what it means to me to be able to bear witness to their moments and days.

So, in this moment, right now, what would I say in reply?

The words of an old SCC song come to mind, and they are just perfect...

Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by God's hand
And perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what He's been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living breathing priceless work of art and
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you...

All in wonder here ♥

Thursday, March 17, 2016

listing, listing

Everywhere I look this week there is a story! What a joy to see with fresh wide eyes. What a privilege. And I am scribbling away like mad as the ideas tumble and swell with the breeze and the water, the creatures, the sweetlings, the view and the sounds.

The heavens declare, and it makes me want to dance ♥
ref Psalm 19

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

the string of my kite

A fun little project with the sweetlings and our dear Mr Milne...

No one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

It's flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn't keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes...
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.

Hanging on and keeping watch as we do this adventure day ♥

"Wind on the Hill" by AA MIlne

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

sing - ho!

It's an adventure week for the sweetlings and me
Dipping our toes in the sand and the sea
Schooling away by the palmetto trees
Sing-ho! with the sweetlings and me.

So thankful ♥

Monday, March 14, 2016

the children know

Tipping our Monday hats to Mr Silverstein with a wink and a wave...

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind...

...yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Have a happy bare toes and away we go day ♥

Thursday, March 10, 2016

sweet springtime ?!?

Imagine with me if you will... a perfectly "normal" morning.

And then your 7 year old sweetling, while working hard on her tasks for school, steps out the front door to check the weather for the calendar she keeps.

Upon exiting said door, she begins to scream in that glass-shattering falsetto that only little girls can manage.

Quickly re-entering the house, eyes popping, holding her nose, she belts out, "Why in dee WOLD does dee WHOLE WOLD smell like chickid heinies???"

Immediate chaos. The youngest, standing and stomping, furious and offended. The elder two nearly passed out from lack of oxygen while in complete hysterics, which makes the poor littlest one even more upset. The mom doing everything humanly possible to keep a straight face while racing to the door to close it... so sorry for the little one, trying not to roar with laughter with the older sweetlings, eyes burning from said aromatic atrocity, thinking this may be spot on commentary to the primary elections...

Life in the country is the real deal, man!
And fashion week just cannot hold a candle to fertilizer week.

Waiting for the wind to turn, o yezzz ♥

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

not a day

"God loves us with an everlasting love. He is unutterably merciful and kind, and sees to it that not a day passes without the opportunity for new applications of the old truth of becoming a child of God."

What an encouragement this is! Though it does challenge me to consider just how many opportunities I have missed. As a result of attitude? selfishness? pride? simply not seeing Him?

How grateful I am that "not a day passes" and that He is faithful, so faithful, always ♥

quote from EE

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

teach us

"It is reasonable to believe that the One who made the world and us who live in it is willing to teach us how to live. He became flesh in order to show us, day by day as He walked the lanes of Galilee and the streets of Jerusalem, how to live in company with God.

Lord, give to me a quiet heart
That does not ask to understand,
But confident steps forward in
The darkness guided by Thy hand."

I find that I, too, would call myself a slow learner (as the author refers to herself in the text following the above quote). I pray that as the years seem to be advancing at an ever increasing pace, the Father will turn my yearning to become in ever more earnest to His own heart ♥

quote from EE

Monday, March 7, 2016

here for

Nothing else comes close to being as important in life as learning to know God. It's what we're here for. We are created to glorify Him as long as we live on this planet and to enjoy Him for the rest of eternity.

Our task is simply to trust and obey.

This is what it means to love and worship Him ♥

from my EE today

Friday, March 4, 2016

in light

Over these past weeks and months and in light of what we have seen so far in the Presidential race, I have found myself worrying and wondering, desperate for peace and an answer.

The Father placed Daniel's prayer in my path again last fall in answer to my heart's cry.

And yesterday morning? This...

Seek the
Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.   Isaiah 55:6 – 11

And then this morning...

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”   Joshua 1:9

His word. His power. His promises. His timing. His world.

His grace. His faithfulness. His love.
Our peace ♥

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

and keep a quiet heart

I think I find most help in trying to look on all the interruptions and hindrances to work that I have planned out for myself as discipline, challenges sent or allowed by the Father to help against getting selfish over my work. Then I can see that my true work consists in doing something that has been thrown into my day.

It is not a waste of time, as I am tempted to think, it is the most important part of the work of the day -- the part I can best offer to God.

After such a "hindrance,"  do not rush after the planned work; trust that the time to finish it will be given sometime, and keep a quiet heart about it.

Challenge ♥
paraphrased from a quote by Annie Keary
via Elisabeth Elliot