Thursday, March 23, 2017

that I have a cup at all

Sitting here at my desk listening to my sweetlings playing outside under my window. Somehow, they always seem to migrate to a place nearby. And that brings to mind a gorgeous piece that precious Ann wrote years and years and years ago. She wrote that many times when we view a situation, our lives, a cup, we consider the question, "Half empty or half full?" When perhaps we should be focusing on the fact that the Father has given a cup at all.

And so, from that place today, sheltered in His right hand, listing...

• a Savior
• a life
• a home
• a family
• friends
• food
• shelter
• clean water
• clothing
• rest
• love
• peace
• joy much. Just so much.

And then the much more overflowing from just the few hours in this one day...

• this gorgeous, perfect spring day
• the Carolina blue sky
• the wonderful, cool temperatures
• a lovely, productive and fun school day
• dreaming & decorating for spring with Ila
• folding clean clothes
• peppermint, lemon, and lavender in the diffuser
• the re-emerging of healthy blooms on the crab apple tree
• sidewalk art - allll the way around to Poppy's house
• Jamie coming in looking happy and rested
• sweet memories in sparkling vases
• time
• the joy and privilege of praying with/for friends old & new
• music that not only sounds but speaks
• understanding (if only a little)
• hugs
• wonderful stories to share
• ex-po-titions (even just out into the back yard and under a bush)
• realizing that I am all-there in the moments of this day
• so many reasons to say, "thanks"

Happy Thursday afternoon, Friends! With so much love ♥

quote :"that I have a cup at all" via a blog post from long, long ago written by Ann V

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

stayed hearts

Working, working, working today! Jamie is off with the sweetlings for a Dad-night and to celebrate the loss of three teeth for Samuel (it's a sensational reason to go out for ice cream, btw).

Listening while I work to Chris Rice playing one of my very favorites on the piano and thought the words might bless you, too ♥

Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace,
Over all victorious in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day;
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry --touch the Spirit there.

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Son of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest--
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

"Like a River Glorious" text FR Havergal

Saturday, March 18, 2017

littlest farmer

Cutest moment of the day so far...

When you look out into the pasture and your littlest sweetling has an old coffee tub in one hand and is leading one of the sheep on a piece of rope with the other hand.

Ila has decided to be a "friend of the sheep" and is currently working on a project with them to be "led and taught things." As I understand it, she and "Annabeth" made a lovely beginning today, and Ila has plans for all six sheep!

There's lotsa love to go 'round when you're living it farm-style ♥

Thursday, March 16, 2017

walk now & hope

From waking, it has been a tough day. Here, among the much more and the life abundant, I am struggling. And it makes me sad, and it makes me angry. God has done so much! Why can't I just glorify, praise, see?

So, I am teary as I grin full-face at my sweetlings when they buzz around me joyfully like three little honeybees. They dance the much more, and I can see that (and am so thankful) - but the burden remains.

Until I realize. The Father has been reminding me all day that He knows, and that the burden -with Him- is light. Light!

Like this...

First thing this morning with Uncle Oswald... "walk now in the light of the holiest you know."

And then through precious friends...

"He will quiet you with His love."

"This One Thing: Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in Him I put my hope."

"A window into any part of your day is a wonderful thought."

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day."

So for you and for me today, right now...He knows, so walk now & hope ♥

quote 1 - Oswald Chambers
quote 2 - from Zephaniah 3 via Rachel ♥
quote 3 - from Lamentations 3 via Brietta ♥
quote 4 - Paige ♥
quote 5 - H. Nouwen via Marie ♥

Sunday, March 5, 2017

maybe, baby

Those moments when...

...your 8 year old is listening to her pastor teaching on John 17:1-5. For the first time in her memory she learns that when Jesus called God, "Abba," He was calling Him, "Daddy."  She then leans over and whispers in your ear, "Maybe that's why a baby's first word is 'Da-Da!'"

And you really just want to jump right out of the pew and shout a little...

...and when your 11 year old (also listening to the teaching above) is writing words that describe Jesus for every letter in the word, "righteous." At letter e, he writes, "enough."

And then you really just want to dance...

... and when a prayer that you have been praying for your precious husband is being answered right before your eyes, in such a way that it could be nothing but God saying, "See, sweet? In my time, everything is just so beautiful."

And all you can do is grin and cry and try to sing... realize that this morning is the morning you have been waiting for all week --to be there watching and listening when these moments arrive ♥

Friday, March 3, 2017

parties, plans, & the im-possibilities

Favorite moments of the day so far...

• Jumping out of bed as soon as I was sure Jamie was in the shower to call the sweetlings downstairs (they had set their clocks for 6am and were awake and ready as planned), so we could make a surprise birthday breakfast.

• Beginning the day all together

• Celebrating Jamie

• The sweetlings singing "Found a Peanut" at the most atrocious hour (LOL! Thanks so much, Michelle ;)

• Listening to Meredith play the piano as the sun rises

• Planning, planning, planning for more celebrating later today

• And this from Uncle Oswald, "It is impossible to weary God's love, and it is impossible to weary that love in me if it springs from Him."

Happy Birthday, Jamie ♥
Happy Friday, friends ♥

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

overwhelms & overjoys

Ending a truly beautiful day here with a tiny portion of a prayer a precious friend prayed this morning...

(Father), " overwhelms me and over-joys me to know how much You love me..."

Thank You ♥

quote from AJ who would not want me to point to her at all, but to the Father who made her and saved her and loves her so
and who is giving this heart and mind a bit of perspective, gorgeous, glorious, so very reach-able and much needed - a brand new view ♥