Thursday, November 19, 2015

I am Loved Deeply, from the Heart

I was on an outing with this five year old cutie pie we call Super Girl on our blog.  She came with me on a fabric shopping excursion today.

I hadn't really planned on shopping for fabric...I thought I had all I needed in order to make a one-year photo quilt for Mini Maiden but when I began laying things out I decided I needed more pink...a girl can never have too much pink!  So I texted Rock Star to see if Super Girl might be available and she was!

I picked her up and we headed out.  It wasn't until we were actually on way that I decided where to go.  Super Girl hadn't had lunch yet and I thought that would be our first stop but she said she wasn't hungry yet and wanted to wait to eat.  I'm flexible so I steered the van toward Hobby Lobby because I love that store!

We found some perfect fabric choices right away and were just looking at lots of things because there are lots of things to look at there!  I thought several times I should tell Super Girl we needed to go but we were having such a good time and I don't get her to myself very often so we took our time.

As we were headed toward the front, I saw a familiar face...

This beautiful woman is a friend from years ago.  She mentored me when I was younger and still had four daughters in my nest.  We lived in the same town and attended the same church.  She loved me unconditionally and radiated the love of God.  I basked in her presence then and she has continued to love me (and I her) from a distance since we no longer live in the same town.  Some day I will see this face in heaven and get to spend more time with her.

She noted today that God brings special people into our lives.  I know what she means.  From a human perspective there is no rhyme or reason for the great love we share; yet God knit our hearts together years ago in a way that I am convinced will endure forever.

As we visited, my sweet little Super Girl was SO very patient!  She browsed the displays on either side of us being careful to always keep in my sight and never once fussed about taking so long (and I know she was getting hungry).  She even took this picture of us for me.

Some days, God smiles or winks at His children to show His great love; and today He brought me so much joy I could hardly contain it!  It was a simple miracle just for me that we were in the same place at the same time...I know without a doubt that He orchestrates our lives.  Thank You, Father!  I love You too!

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Healing Walk to the Pond

I recently did something to my right shoulder that impinged it and can say with certainty that shoulder impingement is no sends shooting pains down to the elbow and then short-circuits back to the brain!  After more than a week, I'm feeling much better...after two trips to the doctor, two trips to the chiropractor, a lot of ibuprofen, some Epsom salt soaks in the bath, and some tender, loving care from Pop.

As I type, there is still a twinge once in a while that reminds me I had better not sit too long in front of my computer screen.

Today, as summer is blowing its way to fall, I decided to take a walk to the pond.  Something about spending time in nature is soothing to body, mind, and soul.

So I put on my cowgirl boots (to avoid being bitten by any snakes enjoying the sunshine) and took off toward the pond.  Before I got past the garage, I noticed a nice crop of weeds so I stooped to pull several handfuls out and then address them fully later.  As I pulled some up, something caught my eye...feathers!  Beautiful blue feathers.  I love them!

I headed down the path toward the pond and was immediately smitten by the bright blue sky and the clouds on the horizon and the colorful "flowers" along the way.

Beauty in every direction.  Breathing in the sun-warmed air, I thanked God for His creation that brings us healing and hope in every season.  I lingered by the pond listening to the wind in the trees and just being grateful to live at Four Sisters Farm.

As I made the trek back to the house I followed an alternate path and sensed God teaching me a nature lesson.  Like in life, there is beauty to behold along the way.  Sometimes you have to focus on it to fully appreciate it.  Sometimes you have to block things out like old junk piles and yucky webs in trees with all manner of flying insects in them.

Sometimes you need to be aware of where you are walking and to pay attention lest you end up in a cactus patch or get too near some poison ivy (no picture...I know to stay away).

Sometimes, you need to make choices to stay on the straight and narrow or you might run into a barbed wire fence never thinking it could happen to you.

All along our path, there is good and bad.  In this life, we will have trouble even when we don't look for it.  But we don't have to wallow in it.  We can always look up and find our Father who is always watching over us, Who never leaves us nor forsakes us.  I've found thus far, if I just look up and say thank you, my perspective on this life is good. 

And that's all I have to say today.

Love and grace to you from Grammy.