Day 154 June 3 2014
“Home isn’t a place, its a feeling” ―Cecelia Ahern
The Entry Hallway
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ― Maya Angelou
“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.”―Gladys Hunt, Honey for a Child’s Heart
Then they all went home. -John 7:53b The Message
Day 153 June 2, 2014
The groves were God’s first temples. -William Cullen Bryant
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
Day 152 June 1 2014
“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
“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
Day 123 May 3, 2014
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
“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
Day 122 May 2, 2014
“Find the peace, and then light will find you!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.” ― C.S. Lewis
Seek peace and pursue it. -Psalm 34:14”
“In this world, whenever there is light, there are also shadows.” ― Masashi Kishimoto
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Day 121 May 1, 2014
“The dove and the very blessed spirit of peace.” -Shakespeare
“ 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.
Day 118 April 28, 2014
“Often times, the greatest peace comes of surrender.” ― Richard Paul Evans
“Thou has made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in Thee.” ― Augustine of Hippo
“When I have come to you, at last (as I have always done), I have come to peace and happiness. I come home, now, like a tired traveller, and find such a blessed sense of rest!” ― Charles Dickens
“Sometimes it is one step at a time, and things don’t always work out the way we would like them to, but as you allow God to direct you He will bring you to a place of peace.” ― Anna Stevens