Posts Tagged "rest"

Day of Simple Pleasures

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Day of Simple Pleasures

It’s been one of those near-perfect days.  Seventy degrees; the sun has shone bright and warm in the sky.  A gentle breeze has rustled the leaves, fluttered the laundry on the line, and kept my wind chimes singing throughout the day.   The laughter of children mixed with bird song drifts through the window.  The pollen drifts in as well, tickling my nose and irritating my eyes, but the flowers that are starting bloom in the garden, and the leaves covering the once-naked tree branches make it worth the sniffles and the watering eyes.   Everything about the day has been so...

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Weird but Wonderful Day

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Weird but Wonderful Day

It’s been a weird day.  Snow squalls kept me trapped in the house (That isn’t the weird part.  It’s February in Upstate New York.  That’s pretty much the norm.), unable to spend the day at the church working on the bulletin, a task I enjoy on a weekly basis.  The wind has blown; the temperature has dropped; the sky has been gray and dismal.  I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m tired.  I’ve had the attention span of a two year old.  I’ve walked from window to window.  I’ve jumped from one magazine article to another.  I have accomplished almost nothing today (I...

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Expansive Beauty

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Articles | 1 comment

Expansive Beauty

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.”  Psalm 19:1     It was another hard-to-sleep night.  I tossed and turned, but sleep eluded me (I know, I know, common theme in my writing, but it’s a repeat event in my life).  You can stare at the ceiling for just so long, wrestle with the sheets just so many times before you finally decide to get up for a few minutes.  “Maybe a little stroll through the quiet, dark house will help me to settle down and go to sleep,” I thought, throwing the covers off and searching the floor with my toes...

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Be Still

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Articles | 1 comment

Be Still

“Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”  Psalm 131:2     I’ve never been able to just “be still.”  I get restless if I have to sit for too long without something to occupy my mind.  I can read for hours, and I can sit still for a good movie or a good performance.  But just sitting, forget it.  It won’t be long and I’m looking for something to do.  If there’s something I have to get done, sitting long enough to eat breakfast can drive me nuts.  I want to dive in and complete...

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Peace of Mind

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Articles | 2 comments

Peace of Mind

“…The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:5-7   When I was a child, I had a lot of nightmares.  My father was military and was often away from home.  He would be called away for months at a time – for an entire year when I was sixteen.  During those times, I was horribly afraid.  I had terrible dreams about things that could happen to my mother,...

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