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Dog Days of Summer

 “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.” ~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894
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It’s August.  Hot, humid, sticky August.  It’s the “dog-days-of-summer” and everyone is just trying to stay cool.  Lemonade and iced tea flow through the kitchen like a river over shiny, cold stones of ice.  Even the occasional rain shower is cause for celebration.  The heat of summer begs us to pause in the shade and be still.
As I sat on the porch this morning and looked out at the flowers struggling in the heat I was reminded of a scripture in the book of James.  It says, “The sun rises with its blazing heat and burns the plant; its flower falls off, and its beauty is destroyed.” (James 1:11)    Sounds fairly hopeless, doesn’t it?  But a little later James talks about tests and temptations and gives a message of hope… “Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a temptation, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.”  (James 1:12)
As I sat there in the morning summer heat pondering James’ words I heard a swift strong breeze rustling the leaves of the trees as it approached.  It’s coolness blew through me and went on its way.  That is when I found my own hope for the day.  That “pneuma” or Holy Spirit is what keeps me refreshed when the going gets tough and I find myself in some sort of heated challenge or trial.  When I am open to the wind of the Holy Spirit I am refreshed and renewed.
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So just for today, grab your tall glass of lemonade and a friend.  Find some shady spot to strengthen one another in faithful living.  Remind someone today of God’s promise of love and the Holy Spirit’s refreshing gift.

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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


The Feeling of Home

Day 154 June 3 2014
NEW BEGINNINGS

“Home isn’t a place, its a feeling” ―Cecelia Ahern

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“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

 

 


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


The Light of Peace

Day 122 May 2, 2014
PEACE

“Find the peace, and then light will find you!”  ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“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.


Blessed Spirit of Peace

Day 121 May 1, 2014
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“The dove and the very blessed spirit of peace.” -Shakespeare

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“ 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.


He Gives Me Peace

Day 120 April 30, 2014
PEACE

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” -John 14:27

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“Peace does not come from flying away from the world, or from difficult circumstances.  Rather, by inviting His Holy Spirit to dwell within in every moment, the heart’s chaotic flutters find a calm rest in the palm of God’s love and grace.” -Trish Hernandez

“Where there is love there is courage,
where there is courage there is peace,
where there is peace there is God.
And when you have God, you have everything.”
― Louise Penny

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.” ― Henry Fielding


Healing Peace…Like Rain

Day 119   April 29, 2014

PEACE

“…with you, I find peace from pain – You are gentle and healing like the landscape—like rain…” ― John Geddes

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“There is peace even in the storm” ― Vincent van Gogh

“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.” ― Steve Goodier

“May hope rise within you.
May peace wash over you.”
― Charlene Costanzo


Peaceful Surrender

Day 118 April 28, 2014
PEACE

“Often times, the greatest peace comes of surrender.” ― Richard Paul Evans

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“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


Peace Be To You

Day 117 April 27, 2014
PEACE

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. John 20:21

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“Peace-making is a healing process and it begins with me, but it does not end there.” – Gene Knudsen Hoffman

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Peace, to have meaning for many who have only known suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health and education, as well as freedom and human dignity.” – Ralph Johnson Bunche