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Hang On Little Tomato!

Day 155  June 4  2014

NEW BEGINNINGS

In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not yet the end. -Fernando Sabino

Hang On to the Vine!

Hang On to the Vine!

Just want to say how nice it feels to be finally home!  The last few months have been quite a roller coaster of ups and downs.  I have been grateful for the many uplifting and encouraging songs but one, in particular, got us through lots of doubtful, confusing, and even painful days.  “Hang On Little Tomato” is a song about just listening to His advice and hanging in there when “change is hard and not so nice”.

Now we have our very own little tomatoes  growing on the back porch and their yellow blossoms continue to give me hope and encouragement as we move forward to create a sanctuary of peace in our new home!

“Hang On Little Tomato” -by Pink Martini
The sun has left and forgotten me
It’s dark, I cannot see
Why does this rain pour down
I’m gonna drown
In a sea
Of deep confusion
Somebody told me, I don’t know who
Whenever you are sad and blue
And you’re feelin’ all alone and left behind
Just take a look inside and you will find
You gotta hold on, hold on through the night
Hang on, things will be all right
Even when it’s dark
And not a bit of sparkling
Sing-song sunshine from above
Spreading rays of sunny love
Just hang on, hang on to the vine
Stay on, soon you’ll be divine
If you start to cry, look up to the sky
Something’s coming up ahead
To turn your tears to dew instead
And so I hold on to his advice
When change is hard and not so nice
You listen to your heart the whole night through
Your sunny someday will come one day soon to you
(“Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Describing itself as a “little orchestra,” its music crosses genres such as classical, latin, jazz and classic pop.”  Wikipedia   My life was culturally and joyfully enriched seeing them in concert at Wolftrap last summer with my good friend.  Thanks for introducing me, Kathryn!)

You can find some Pink Martini music, including Hang On Little Tomato HERE


God’s First Temples

Day 153 June 2, 2014
New Beginnings

The groves were God’s first temples. -William Cullen Bryant

Baby Anjou Pear Ripening

Baby Anjou Pear Ripening

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life…When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult… Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. …Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. …Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”  ― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. -Welsh Proverb

The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands

 


Into The Future With Hope

Day 152    June 1 2014
New Beginnings

“In a spirit of hope and new beginnings, we linked arms like a couple of kids. Pushing aside sad thoughts, we strode off into our future.”  ―A.B. Shepherd

Home Sweet Home at last

Home Sweet Home
at last

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”  ― L. Frank Baum

What a journey the last few months have been.  My “Five Year Plan” to prepare for moving into a smaller house somewhere in the country after my husband’s retirement suddenly became God’s “Eight Week Plan” to move into a new, but familiar, community 100 miles away!  So after a whirlwind of preparing and selling our old home in Northern Virginia, and buying and moving into our “new” home (though it’s almost 100 years old) across the state Max and I finally have re-entered the atmosphere of technology once again.  

Max spent the day unpacking and matching up equipment with cords and plugs and devices, until he finally emerged with a grin and  announced “You have internet”!  After his hard work I find myself surprised at my own reaction to his annunciation.  In one way I felt sheer joy at the thought of being connected to the cyber community once again.  I can blog and “google” and “Facebook” and shop Amazon again!  Hooray!  And yet the moment was bittersweet as I realized deep in my soul the sanctity of the time I have spent away from my daily rituals connected with the computer.  The past few weeks of not connecting electronically have pushed me into other ways of connecting with people face to face.  Relationships have been deepened.  Adventures have been taken into places I ordinarily would not go.  Being “unhooked” from the virtual cyberspace has allowed for deeper, authentic, “soul” conversations with others, myself, and God.  I am grateful for this time.

So now, still getting settled in and making this house a home, I’m back to putting some thoughts “out there” to you.  We are heading into the future with hope and anticipation!

“Home is the nicest word there is.”― Laura Ingalls Wilder

 


Peace, Perfect Peace

Day 123 May 3, 2014
PEACE

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you… -Isaiah 55:12

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“Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?; The voice of Jesus whispers peace within.” -Edward H. Bickersteth

“Dear God, Please send to me the spirit of Your peace. Then send, dear Lord, the spirit of peace from me to all the world. Amen.”  -Marianne Williamson

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14:27


Blessed Spirit of Peace

Day 121 May 1, 2014
PEACE

“The dove and the very blessed spirit of peace.” -Shakespeare

peace-feathers

“ The dove of peace flies to palace as to humble house, to young as to old, to rich and poor.” ―John Yoshio Naka

“True peace required the presence of justice, not just the absence of conflict.” ― N.K. Jemisin

Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.


Joy in the Air

Day 116 April 26, 2014
JOY

“Something in the air this morning made me feel like flying. . . ” ― Eileen Granfors

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Rainbow spotted on I 81 today made me smile with joy!

“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”  ― Frederick William Faber

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”  ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”― Emily Dickinson

You [God] will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy”  Psalm 16:11


Celebrate EVERY Moment!

Day 115 April 25, 2014
JOY

“Life is celebration, for those who knows how to celebrate every moment.― Bharat Zanvar

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“Today is Your Day to Dance Lightly with Life. It Really Is.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“We could all do with a bit more joy in our lives couldn’t we? The wonderful thing is that when we start spreading joy, we begin to actually experience more joy in our lives too!”― Steve Goodier

“If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.” ― Steve Brown


Joy Blooms

Day 114 April 24, 2014
JOY

“Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”  ― Iris Murdoch

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”  ― Susan Polis Schutz

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”  ― Shauna Niequist

 


Unconfined Joy

Day 113 April 23, 2014
JOY

“…let joy be unconfined…” ― George Gordon Byron

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“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”  ― John Calvin

“Children take joy in their work and sometimes as adults we forget that’s something we should continue doing.”― Ashley Ormon, God in Your Morning

“So there was great joy in that city.”  -Acts 8:8


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