June 23, 2016

Another June Tune

FOR TODAY...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Outside my window...

Grey and wet.
Last night it rained heavily. Today has been a constant mist.

I am thankful...

For the same old things.
Is that OK?
Boring?

Are your children alive and well? Is your home a safe and comfortable place?
A happy place? Do you have food to eat and nice clothes to wear? How about electricity and running water? Yes? Then, you are like me! Very Rich!

But what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul?

I am thankful that if all of this was gone, It is well with my soul.

I am wearing...

A black skirt with an aqua colored tank and black cardigan.

Ladies, will you join me in putting away the hoodies and jeans?
When you wear a modest dress you make our environment lovely.

A dress seems to say, "Today is important." And it is isn't it? It's the only one we have.

From the kitchen..

Maybe you should tell me what's in YOUR kitchen. It would be more interesting.
I seem to be in a meal rut.

It's either fish tacos or eggs on toast with avocado.

In our home school...

We are discussing two things: Personality and Creation

Number 1:

What does it mean "He who loses his life shall save it and he who saves his life shall lose it?"
Does the Christian own his personality?

Number 2:

God gave us His creation in order to create.
God created words, math, science, nature, color, music.
We are created to create, so, what are we creating?

I am creating...

That is the question!

I don't know the answer. I limit my thoughts to something artistic, which would be NOTHING.
But, then, I think of the environment of my home,
the training of my children,
the investment into my relationships.

Perhaps daily living is creating, creating a life for myself and those around me.

WOW. If I go there, where living is creating, I become accountable for so much more than surviving.

I am enjoying...

A summer off.

No bus driving until September.

I am going... 

for a misty walk with the kids.

I am remembering...

I need to clean all the vents in my house. They should be removed and washed with soap and water.

I am reading...

Parables of Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty.

I enjoy children's books, do you?

Around the house...

Pens, ink pots, paper.

Monday is, sadly, our last calligraphy/lettering class.

I am hearing...

The kids discuss their joint money.

Foot ferry and ice cream cones? Save up for a kayak? Bowling?

Now I am hearing, "MmmOOOOOOmmm!"

Uh oh. I don't want to get involved.

A quote to share...

"Rejoice in the Lord, always, and again, I say, Rejoice!"

We rejoice in the Lord, not our circumstances.
We rejoice always, not when it is convenient.

Some of my favorite things...

Ocean breezes,
Red poppies,
Children,
Tea and cookies.

A few plans for the month:

Nothing, Nada, Zip, Zilch.

Yesterday, I had many plans, but things have changed.
Again, I find myself living in the moment, this day only, wondering, waiting,
yet living still, doing the next thing.

I plan on cleaning my vents. Come over and help me...I won't splash you, maybe.

Some picture thoughts to share:


The city of Westport.






Looking up to see...

This! Inside the lighthouse at Westport, WA

June 11, 2016

Say you, say me

Another driver was in need, this time a broken down bus. I could hear the concern in the dispatcher's voice as she tried to come up with a solution. Quickly one, two, three drivers piped in on the radio offering help to transport kids or to bring a new bus.

I smiled. My heart was warmed at the quick and kind responses. Don't you love to see people reach out to help? Even better, don't you love it when you are the helper or helped? Helping is such a reflection of LOVE, I thought, "Surely, there is help in heaven." But, how could it be? Helping assumes there is a need. Could there be need in heaven? We know there will be no pain, no tears, but I'm thinking there will always be need. It is part of God's great design. Everywhere we look in creation one thing needs another for its survival, even for its pleasure.

Look, especially, at how He created our bodies with so many parts, or members as they used to be called, making up one body.

The eye is not sad; it does not suffer because it cannot hear. Nor, does the ear cry or complain because it cannot see. What about the heart or the liver? We rarely think about them, in fact we don't even see them, yet the body is dead without them.

Oh, if only we saw our need for each other! If only we LIVED our need for each other! After all, that is what God says we are.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Cor 12:12

It won't be lived out without humility. We are too prideful. I am too prideful, but I don't want to be. It takes effort to walk humbly, pride is such a close and deceitful "friend."

Humility requires us to recognize our limitations. "What limitations?" We immediately cry out that there is nothing we can't do. We quote scripture about it, we make lists, we pat each other on the back and encourage one another to "Go for it!" Pride also manifests in hiding. We hide our need.

Imagine if the eye was determined to hear. Imagine him snubbing the ear as unnecessary pushing himself to hear as well as to see. How foolish! Yet, isn't that how we live? We deny ourselves pleasure and capability in our effort to do or be more than was intended.

We reject one another, missing out on relationships, adamant that we don't need each other. Sure, we survive for a while. We enjoy our independence. A blind man can get along fine, so does a deaf man. But what of the most necessary members? The unsightly ones? The difficult ones? You know, the one who is always telling the truth, filtering lies as if they were toxins, like some lumpy, ugly, hidden...liver.

Eventually, the body dies without its necessary members. Who decides necessity? God does. It is obedience to His will, His plan for the body that moves us to accept and help one another.

I need you. You need me.