Seven years of blogging completed. A simple flowery giveaway to mark the date and thank my readers:
Here's what you'll find in this year's offering:
*a joy journal with places to write and encouraging joy verses
*three flower seed packets
*a Yankee pineapple cilantro candle
*a Cape Shore Lily of the Valley scented soap
*a colored tall insulated cup for cold drinks on hot garden days
*some chocolate bunnies (not shown) since they visit gardens
To enter the giveaway, please leave a "happy spring" comment and a way to contact you if you win.
I'll draw a winner on Monday, April 28th
Until then, enjoy the coming of spring!
Monday, April 21
"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.'" ~ Matthew 28:5
Having spent last week walking through the steps to the cross that are found in the Bible, there's always a sense of joy when Sunday arrives with the news of an empty cross and an empty tomb. HE IS RISEN! JUST AS HE SAID!
It's a time of celebration as we acknowledge that Jesus is ALIVE!
Then we turn the calendar page to the Monday after Easter and life returns to normal. Right?
Wait a minute!
How about if we live the other 364 days of the year with the same joy and celebration that comes with Easter because JESUS IS ALIVE all of those days, too.
We love and serve a RISEN SAVIOR all year long! Start living like it!
Friday, April 18
A rather somber feeling Friday. Time to write for five minutes on one word. No editing. Post it. Link it up at 5 Minute Friday where you'll find a community of writers who are writing on the same word. At the minimum, visit the link before yours and leave a word of encouragement behind. The word for today is GLUE. Ready! Set! Go!
We live in a very broken world in the midst of a glue shortage.
Oh, there are plenty of quick adhesives out there to help in a pinch, but the results are often fleeting which leaves people wondering what to do with the pieces that are still falling to the ground.
The answer, of course, has been with us for over 2,000 years. Jesus. The reason for the current season is a display of how He was broken for a broken world because of His great love for each person. But He didn't stay broken. The cross and the tomb weren't the end. It was the beginning as He rose from the dead and is ALIVE! His great consuming abundant healing love is the free gift of glue for each person as it sticks us firmly to Him for eternity.
But no one in this broken world is going to know about it without someone living it out before them. Hearts joined together in Christian love who share fellowship - hopes, fears, prayers, woes, burdens, compassion, comfort, care, worship - need to be willing to step outside that safe place to sacrificially and lovingly share His healing glue with broken people around them. That kind of glue is unceasing and ever flowing. Works better than all the words and money the world will use for mending. Use with reckless abandon trusting Him for the finished masterpiece.
Thursday, April 17
Life is interesting, isn't it?
A little over two years ago, we had a big snowstorm early in March that dumped over a foot and a half of snow.
It happened on the same day that one of my daughters and I were scheduled to fly to warmer places. Instead of driving down and leaving our car at the airport a little over an hour away as we had planned, my husband had to drive us to the airport with his four-wheel drive pickup truck since the roads were so bad.
My daughter and I were kind of sad to be leaving all the deep snow behind as we'd miss playing in it, but it was so nice to get on the plane without a flight delay despite the snowy weather.
By evening the two of us were barefooted walking the beaches of Tybee Island, Georgia, with a son and his fiance and enjoyed eating supper at the Crab Shack while sharing bits and pieces with the cats that wandered through the open air restaurant.
Fast forward to now. All of our family are here, there, and traveling everywhere at the moment. Only my daughter and I were home last night when we went to bed with snow falling while knowing we were in a winter storm warning area and looking forward to what morning might bring.
By the time the snow had stopped late this morning, a total of sixteen inches of wet heavy snow had fallen. It was extremely hard to shovel because of the weight of the snow due to the moisture content.
What was cool was walking down to the garage where the snow had been plowed and seeing the most beautiful aqua color in the cracks of the chunks of plowed snow. It looked like ocean water! (I tried my best to photograph it, but obviously didn't do it justice....trust me, it was the most beautiful color!)
Instead of walking on a beach, my daughter and I strapped on snowshoes and took a hike down our driveway to the lake. It was fun to walk all over it in our snowshoes while the poor dog's steps took him straight down to the slush. Although I've lived in snow country all my life, this was the first time I had ever snowshoed!
To me, it was just interesting that my daughter and I had missed the last big snowstorm because we were off traveling together. Today everyone else was off traveling leaving just the two of us to play in the snow together. Isn't it cool how God puts random things together to delight us? God has a way of making us smile by arranging details in ways that we could never imagine.
Soooo, even though a snowstorm in mid-April wouldn't be my choice as it prolongs an already too long winter, I would have missed this "first" had it been spring already. Life is too short to miss any opportunity to try something for the first time, don't you agree?
Friday, April 11
Spring is springing and Friday is writing! Time for the weekly challenge of writing for five minutes on one word. No editing. Post it. Link up at 5 Minute Friday. Then take some time to read the link before yours and don't forget to leave an encouraging word behind! The word for today is.....PAINT. Ready! Set! Go!
As I think back to the paintbox of old, I didn't like using the dark colors when I painted. I liked the bright colors that would disappear quickly from the paintbox. Let me paint a lot of bright yellow and orange sunshine was my urgent call to action. And if I were painting today with the choices available, there'd probably be a lot of pastels or neons included.
I'm still not a fan of dark colors. Intense colors. The colors always left untouched in my paintbox. And yet over the past several years, those paint colors have showed up a lot in the scenes of my life. Difficult things to walk through in the black valley. Dark clouds. Multiple shades of gray.
The only thing that has kept me going has been looking through all the dark to find that bit of bright yellow and orange. SONshine. Jesus. The bright light that will never leave me nor forsake me as it peeks through the darkness. That glimpse of SONshine through the dark cloudy days that continues to give me courage and strength and peace. The beam of His love as He shines it right into my heart.
Just paint me Jesus!
Monday, April 7
For April 7
Outside my window.....it's completely dark! I don't think I've ever done a daybook entry at night.
I am thinking.....about how happy the arrival of spring - FINALLY! - makes me feel inside.
I am thankful.....for warmer temperatures, sunshine, and melting snow.
I am wearing....black running pants with a long sleeved coral colored top.
I am hearing.....the dog snoring down the hallway.
I am wondering.....what I should do with a bunch of tulip bulbs that I forgot that I had until I did some cleaning in our mudroom closet today. I was going to put them into pots this winter and try forcing them into a spring bloom. Whoops!
I am creating.....a list of indoor cleaning projects to do before all the snow is gone.
I am going.....to get back on track with my walking/running now that the backroads are almost clear of snow and ice.
I am reading....."The Storm Inside" by Sheila Walsh
I am praying.....for my son and daughter-in-law as tonight is their first night home with their brand new beautiful baby boy.
I am remembering.....how muddy everything gets in the spring, especially dog paws.
I am hoping.....to soon be able to open up windows and let the fresh air inside.
On my mind.....is a friend who is going through a difficult time with her health and no definite diagnosis yet.
From the learning rooms.....we are getting fewer and fewer pages that need to be done in our books. Yippeeeeee!
I am learning....how to use my Kindle app on my iPad (go ahead and laugh!)
Noticing that.....the birds are really singing in the morning now. I don't really notice them until I open the door to let the dog out.
I am looking forward to.....waking up earlier in the morning as I shake off this winter hibernation mode.
Pondering these words....."Until we have seen someone's darkness we don't really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone's darkness, we don't really know what love is." ~ Marianne Williamson
From the kitchen.....is an almost empty container that was filled with pieces of fresh pineapple. That yummy stuff disappears in an instant around here.
Around the house....are a variety of coats, sweaters, and sweatshirts scattered around. We never know what we'll need as each day the weather is so different.
One of my favorite things.....are when my older ones come home for a visit.
A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a few days of work, spring cleaning as I'm able to squeeze it in, school corrections, figuring out tax returns for the kids, and a board meeting at the end of the week.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
Here's a view of some of our front yard and the driveway. Still quite a bit of snow to melt, but at least it's warming up enough to actually melt. It makes for a dull colorless view except for that bright orange sled that was left on a driveway snowbank.
Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating in the April daybook or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook
Friday, April 4
The weeks come and go. Back to Friday again and the weekly writing challenge. Write for five minutes on one word. No editing. Post it. Link it at 5 Minute Friday Be sure to read the post before yours and leave a word of encouragement. In fact, visit several posts and leave words of encouragement. The word for today is: WRITER Ready! Set! Go:
Writer - one of the hardest jobs you'll ever love
The words can flow and flow and flow from your heart, but often the words will make only sense to you who is experiencing them. So you often condense them into neat little packages to put online often taking away most of the meaning of what you felt when writing them. Because honestly, in this instant world, no one takes a lot of time to read things online. Readers bounce from here to there to the other place. And because honestly, the older you get the more you realize there is nothing new under the sun.
Yet, as I stumble around in my mid-50's, I'm finding that there are a lot of things that haven't been written about or shared. How do I know that? Because I can't find others who have written about it to glean some encouragement along the way. It feels like that awkward adolescent age all over again.
The task stands before me. The challenge of putting words that flow and flow and flow into bite size pieces that others will not only read but say.......she gets it.
We'll see where this road takes us.....