Scatter Joy!

Day 112 April 22, 2014
JOY

“Scatter joy!” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“…when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy…” -Job 38:7

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success… The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  -John 15:11


Easter People of Joy

Day 111 April 21, 2014
JOY

 “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”  ― John Paul II

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“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”  ― Seán O’Casey

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  ― E.E. Cummings

 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. -Matthew 28:8

 


Alleluia…He is Risen!

Day 110 April 20, 2014
EASTER – HE IS RISEN – CELEBRATE!

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  -Matthew 28:6  NIV

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Hallelujah, He is Risen!  Perhaps you might think this is a strange picture to illustrate such an important event as Easter.  Usually the day is symbolized by a rock rolled away to reveal a glowing empty tomb, disciples peering in, or even an empty cross.  So why would I choose to meditate on this picture today?  Because it tells the story of my Lenten- Easter journey this year, of course.
This is a photo of my bedroom as it is this morning.  Mostly empty, white, clean and pure with windows uncovered to reveal the community in which I live.  Early in the day on Ash Wednesday  I stood on my front porch watching the movers remove most of my household belongings.  I chuckled to myself at the notion of  giving my “things” up for Lent this year.  
My husband and I have been preparing our home for sale, thinking it would take some time to make some needed repairs, to sell it, find a new place to live.  God’s timing is perfect, though and we find ourselves forty days (plus a few) ready for a new adventure.  The scripture from Philippians 4, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is one we have lived by throughout the Lenten season.  
This past month has led me through quite a transformation inside and out.  We have sorted and tossed and donated and recycled much of what we owned.  The house has been repaired and cleaned, painted and revived.  Strangers have walked through considering how it would be for them to live here and after several offers the house is now under contract to be sold.  And my husband and I are preparing to move the few belongings left in our house to our new home in the hills of Virginia to begin a new adventure as we follow the call of God in our lives to leave the old and move forward to where He leads.  

Closet Praying

Day 87 March 28, 2014
SOLITUDE

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. -Matthew 6:6

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“Solitude begins with a time and a place for God, and God alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that God is actively present in our lives– healing, teaching and guiding– we need to set aside a time and space to give God our undivided attention.”―Henri J.M. Nouwen

God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity… -Psalm 68:6

“The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.” -John Lubbock

 


Be Still

Day 86 March 28, 2014
SOLITUDE

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

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“It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” -K.T. Jong

“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.” ― George MacDonald

“But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.” ― Thomas Merton


Diamond Solitude

Day 85 March 26, 2014
SOLITUDE

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. -Mark 1:35

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“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude.” -Author Unknown

“We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless.” ― Mother Teresa


He Was There Alone

Day 84 March 25, 2014
SOLITUDE

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.  -Matthew 14:23

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“Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up.” -Pearl Buck

“Isolation is aloneness that feels forced upon you, like a punishment. Solitude is aloneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart.”  -Jeanne Marie Laskas


The Glory of Being Alone

Day 83 March 24, 2014
SOLITUDE

“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” -Paul Johannes Tillich

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“The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit.” -Marya Mannes

“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” -Habakkuk 2:20


Quiet Waters of Peace

Day 82 March 23, 2014
SOLITUDE

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” -Psalm 23:1-3

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” -John Muir

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” -William Penn

“When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude”
― William Wordsworth


Tear Prayers

Day 81 March 22, 2014
PRAYER

“Tears are prayers too. They travel to God when we can’t speak.”- Unknown 

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“Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”   -Hebrews 5:7

“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book” -Psalm 56:8

“What is the weight of a tear? The single tear falls when the buckets have stopped, when dry eyes and a slightly raised chin sometimes let it slip, like a prayer. It carries the weight of a lifetime.” ―Wendy Murray

 


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