When It's Easier NOT To...

Yesterday afternoon we walked at a nearby nature preserve.
The weather was perfect...the sun found us even in the middle of the woods.
Not a lot of color was to be found,
but all was peaceful and quiet.
Hickory nuts and acorns peppered the path.
Interesting sights staggered here and there
begged our notice.

 I'm thankful to have made the effort to fit in even a little time outdoors
and for the one who shared the walk with me.
Sometimes it's easier not to...
D'ya know what I mean?
Now to remember the reward for such little effort 
the NEXT time I'm tempted "not to"!

An Ode to an Amish Maiden



An October Ode to an Amish Maiden
10/20/2017 - rlg
We watched her hold the reins
with confidence,
methodically and skillfully
guiding the harnessed strength
of four work horses
plodding steadily,
unaware of her who persistently
requested of her father this post
until he acquiesced.
Proudly now he watched her
successfully navigating the task.
“She’s my little farm girl,”
he explained simply. 

It was an almost holy moment for me yesterday as we stopped the car to watch the harvesting of a cornfield outside of our little town.  So holy was it that I respected the experience by resisting the temptation to sneak a photo.  So today, I paint with words

The Amish farmer/father arrived in the field with a horse drawn wagon to load the corn.  As he watched his daughter and nephew who were navigating some of the last rows in the field, he slipped through the fence and came over to the car to meet us with the explanation that inspired the above writing.

In reflecting on the beautiful, soul-stirring experience, I realize a longing deep within.  I recognize myself in that  Amish maiden--eager for a  challenging post.  Maybe even an unconventional post. And more than a longing to try out the reins (yes, even at THIS age), more than the untried, unconventional post, I long for my Lord's approval.

Yes.  I guess deep inside I'm my Father's "little farm girl"...



I'm Concerned

Did I just read a facebook ad 
for a popular Bible app saying something about 
"the Bible to fit your mood"?  
(Pretty sure I did.)
What's up with that?!?

And this from our local newspaper:
I admit it. 
I'm concerned.
If it's "difficult in today's world to manage",
how will we survive REAL difficulties
which are sure to come?

One Fine Autumn Evening


Smiling faces were in abundance Saturday night
at the 9th annual cookout for our Sunday School class.
 Last year was our first with them.

Angus beef hot dogs were served with all the fixings...
and dessert was genuine kettle corn -- hot from the kettle.

This is all tradition.
The broken garage door was NOT, 
but it DID serve as entertainment for all the handy men in attendance!

Lots of conversation and laughter echoed in this large building
where we retreated due to high winds and a storm that was obviously coming.
A fine autumn evening it was with great company to match!

Anticipation

The past couple of days have been highlighted by noon lunches
with friends and a view of the beautiful harvest/hunter moon last night.
The weather has been rainy and cool today.
 A trip to the library an hour or so agao netted me these two books.
 After supper (crockpot sausage, cabbage and potatoes)
 and after game hour with my husband and father
 (dominoes and a card game we call "Baptist Rook"),
 I plan to open Karon's latest and dive in.
 Since it's an "express" loaner, it must be finished in a week.
 The other is one I'd placed a hold on after reading someone's review about another book
 (unavailable in our library system) by the same author.
 It's been awhile since I'ver read good fiction.
 I'm looking forward to it!

Hours Well Spent

 Only the number of signs and maturity of trees and plantings
 gave away the fact that we hadn't visited the Quiet Corners Tea and Coffee Room
 in quite awhile.
 After a simply fine lunch including variously pumpkin curry soup,
 ham and spinach quiche, crab coleslaw and ham salad sandwich in fresh homemade bread,
 the three of us strolled the leaf-lined paths.

The slow, scenic ride home was filled with soft ballads (a CD)
 composed & sung by one of the owners--all of which 
were gentle and clear invitations to choose the peace that comes
from knowing Jesus as one's Lord and Savior.
 Truly hours well spent......

This is my Quest

A facebook friend posted this today.
I made 3 copies to place in strategic places around my home.
This is my quest.  This is my intention.

It's OK

IT’S OK (at least I tell myself)…
that I don’t discard a toothpaste tube until I’ve squeezed the very last bit out of it*
that we don’t go out to eat as often as we used to
that I still wear clothes I’ve owned for over 20 years
that few people comment on my blog posts
that I find crowds stressful
that I’ve only colored my hair once in my life
that I’ve never had a pedicure
if I never write another book
that I find loud music disturbing
that housekeeping isn’t my forte
that I’ve never read Tolkien
that I have more questions about the Bible than answers
that I’ve not replaced a few teeth that have fallen out
that I’m not currently attending a women’s Bible study
that (though I enjoy a partially full mug) I don’t depend on a cup of coffee to face the day

*Actually, it's kind of amazing!  Same thing with shampoo and deodorant. I got thinking about this as I brushed my teeth this morning.  A new tube of toothpaste is in the drawer, ready for use.  But it seems I never run out!  I feel a little like the widow in 2 Kings 4 except that my situation is not nearly so dire as hers was.  In fact, I want to clarify that we are not as hard-pressed for finances as some of the above lines would indicate.  There is a story behind each one and not a one of them has to do with necessity... 

Somedays

Somedays my list looks like this!
It was composed at a table at Barnes and Noble yesterday afternoon.
If you're interested, you can see more HERE.
I've already accomplished #1, 2 and 4 this morning!

16 [a]making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him.
Ephesians 5, Amplified Bible 

...the Spice of Life

 While driving back roads last night, I saw a field FULL of young deer.
Their anxious parents could be seen in woods behind the field.
We backed up and stopped to look closer,
disturbing their leisurely activity.
From my perch in the back seat, I took this photo
of this quartet as they crossed the road!
 The sedum bloom furiously in our flower beds.
 Their colors deepen almost hourly...
This automobile - a vintage Cadillac, I believe -
was parked along the route of the house walk we enjoyed last weekend.
Over 38,000 pennies cover its entire surface.

Indeed, "Variety is the spice of life"!
So it is with God's faithfulness.
New every morning!

Refreshed



...a lovely yard I pass on my walk to the post office most days...
REFRESHED
By quiet settings
By honest presentation
By patient problem-solving
By thoughtful viewpoints
By faithful friendships
By stimulating conversations
By intentional living
By sensitive input
By truthful publicity
By enriching pleasures
By high standards
By nourishing meals
By reputable sales
By Holy Spirit
rlg 9/14/2017 

Though sometimes weary (see my prior post),
thankfully there are things that refresh me!
These are just a few of them that stand in contrast
to those that weary me.

Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)