Evening Encouragement, Peace

Good evening friends. Sometimes in life we find ourselves in a predicament, and a lot of times it is self-made. And when we fret over the complications we have made, we lose our peace of mind and our step with Christ. Then we are in a real mess. The way to fix that is to turn and go back the way we know we should go. I have been reading a little book called “Keep it Simple” by Ellyn Sanna. It’s a wonderful little short book of quotes and scripture to help us Find Peace in a Hectic World.  So tonight I am posting a few of her thoughts and quotes.

Take One Day at a Time

When we learn to take one day at a time, one step at a time, we begin to see the beauty in the stillness around us. This beauty was created by God to give us the peace we would need knowing this life would indeed be hectic.

Teach me the art of creating islands of stillness, in which I can absorb the beauty of everyday things: clouds, trees, a snatch of music…Marion Stroud

I believe that in each little thing created by God there is more than what is understood, even if it is just a little ant. Teresa of Avila

Now that we are surrounded by this virus and being secluded in the safety of our homes, we have a tendency to worry about tomorrow and what we need to do to fix things…that we can’t fix. It kind of puts us in a chair in front of the window to wait, watch and trust that Jesus will take care of it all…and He will.

True serenity comes when we give ourselves to God. Ellyn Sanna

So I challenge you to put a small table by your chair at the window. As you watch and wait, enjoy a cold beverage or hot cup of coffee and trust in the Lord to make things right. Enjoy the beauty you see and absorb His peace.

If in the US, I send you prayers for a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you are having to be alone this year due to isolation, bring an extra glass to the table for God. I promise He will be with you as well. If not in the US and still in isolation, still bring that extra glass to the table when you eat so God can surround you with His peace.

And as always, I remind all of us the value of kindness in all we do. It may make the difference in one life that is needed.

Enormous Thank You

We all feel this is a year that we would like a reboot or rewind on. Even as careful as we tried to be at our church, Covid still got in. It is the world we now live in and we all need to make adjustments and sacrifices to not only protect ourselves but all those around us. We need to be better than careful.

As many of you who read my blog know that I have been smothered since October with crafts for Christmas and I can now say…I AM FINISHED!!! YEA! Dreams were way too big this year but it all got done and it is all up…on trees(there are 4), on walls, on shelves and yes, on my fence. Tonight I will start showing what I did as some of you have seen preliminaries. But since this is Thanksgiving week, being thankful is first and foremost.

I made a sign for my fence that is 4 feet long and about 2 feet high honoring all of you who have been so important to everyone for the last 8 months. It has 3 Christmas trees that I painted ornaments on it to represent those people and professions that have kept us going and safe. It is not a great work of art but it is a great work of heart and I sincerely thank all of you for being the willing essential workers to keep this world going during these horrific times. I sincerely hope all of you know how much you are appreciated. Enjoy my fun, feel the heart of my thanks and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

And always remember, being kind is a gift to be shared even when it may be small. No gift id kindness is ever wasted.

Covid Halloween

This Halloween is really different this year with a heightened sense of awareness and skin crawling possibilities. A day Hollywood loves to capitalize on by finding ways to scare us which, for some unknown reason, we seem to love…some of us anyway. I have a large aversion to Halloween, mostly because of some experiences I had when I was a young adult but am willing to do the Trunk or Treat at the church giving children an alternative with safety.

American Halloween started as a way to celebrate the harvest but as more immigrants  came, they brought their customs and the pagan traditions like Samhain from Ireland and Scotland which honored the harvest and the dead, with people dressing up like dead people demanding sweet treats. This year Halloween also has an extra factor to make your skin crawl a bit as it’s a Blue Moon. All that really means is that it is the rare phenomenon of a second full moon in one month. First one for this month was on October 1st. 

This picture from the internet even looks creepy with the tree silhouette against a blue colored moon.  But with the year we have had, a blue moon and in America we add in a time change, making for a night of things that seem fearful. So tomorrow we are having a fun drive thru instead of the normal walk thru for the kids to give them a different version of Halloween, and of course there is lots of candy. Due to Covid concerns, we were told to display a purple pumpkin to show that we were Covid compliant and that we are as safe as possible…so I give you the purple family with all their best smiles.

But I want to remind you as well of beauty we can also have in not having to be fearful.

With all the craziness of Covid right now, all over the world, we can lean on Christ and let him relieve us of our fears letting him drive the car for awhile. There is an old story I love that reminds of how Jesus rides in our cars; we can zoom by him leaving him standing on the side of the road, not getting any advantage of his wisdom or we can stop and pick him up, put him in the back seat and listen to the wisdom we want to listen to ignoring the rest OR… we can drive up, slide over into the passenger seat and let him drive. Although that is the hardest way…I think it is probably the preferred way.

But in all things that you do remember to always do them with Kindness as kindness is a true reflection of Love, and Love is a true reflection of God.

Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

Sometimes when you get in a position where you see the fragility of the world, you realize just how fleeting life is. Nancy Merrill has challenged us to use a photo with the idea of Fleeting. So I give you my ideas on fleeting and hope you enjoy.

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Me when I was 6 or 7

You really don’t realize how fast life goes until all of a sudden you are knocking on 70’s door. And then watching your babies have babies…they don’t stay babies long with the oldest headed to college this fall.

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But we also are challenged with a new life as we know it which is not only fleeting but a bit scary…

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It will pass, not my picture but thought it needed posting

And we cant leave out the beauty of nature and even scripture reminds us the fragility and fleeting of it stating the grass will fade and the flowers will wither. But for now lets enjoy the beauty of spring.

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And since life is fleeting, all the more reason to be kind. Kindness is a true reflection of our soul.

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Kindness of Humanity

As a world population, we have a tendency to do our own thing according to how we see it works best for us. Wow – have we gotten a wake up call. The majority of the world is in some sort of lock down. The United States because of its size and the freedoms we believe in having, seems to be hit the worst because it took us longer to give up those freedoms and we are suffering for it. Currently 502,876 total cases according to one source. But that is not the purpose for this post.

The purpose is to honor the heroes. Yes, the big heroes are in the medical professionals, the police and fire fighters and our military who are doing everything they can to keep us safe and survive this nightmare.

But the next level down and less in the minds eye but no less important are the truck drivers and the grocery store personnel keeping us supplied in a mass of fear and panic hoarding people.

But I am still talking more about those who are less out of the minds eye, who are also going out of their way and possible personal safety to help others who are in even worse shape. In my mind, there is one major human feature that some other animals on the earth don’t seem to have or use often as humans do and that feature is kindness towards those less fortunate and stepping in to help when needed.

The hero stories like the paperboy who knew his customers were elderly that left a note in the papers he delivered that he would help them shop or do anything he could to help them. He now buys groceries for over 50 homes. They leave him money and a list and he shops for them leaving the groceries on the porch for them to pick up.

Or how about the couple who pasted hearts with notes on the windows of the nursing homes. Then the one that made the news of the lady that rented a scissors lift to wish her friend in a nursing a happy birthday then allowed other family members in that nursing home to use the lift to visit their family members.

The heroes of human kindness. These times are indeed rough for all of us. And its these stories that build us up in the hope of human kindness. My hope is that when this is done that we never never lose this much needed love and kindness for fellow man. Life is so much more than the busyness and ladder climbing we have made it to be. May this time help us to rediscover the truly important aspects on love and kindness.

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