Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
Today was a beautiful Monday. Even though the temperature was a little warmer than this time of year calls for, it was a low humidity day, so very pleasant. When Rocky came home from work we went to the park for a walk. Two laps is a mile. I did not make two laps today. It has been a while since I walked and I was breaking in new walking shoes, so opted to take it slow and easy. I did one lap and a small stretch in the parking lot. Rested. Then, did a few laps in the picnic shelter. When not walking, I enjoyed sitting at one of the tables looking out over the countryside.
Towards the end of the walk there is a fairly steep (at least to me) hill to climb. I usually turn on this hill and walk a few steps backwards. This affords quite a beautiful view of the surrounding hillsides. In the middle of one little hilltop there is a charming barn with a silo standing at attention as if on guard. It was quite idyllic with white clouds floating in blue sky, balmy breeze and birds chirping. I, of course, did not have a camera to capture the view, so you’ll just have to paint a picture in your mind with my words.
That is one of the things I love about words that are written. It gives me a chance to use my imagination. I can picture the barn and silo the way I want them to look. I can make the barn any color I choose, or even weathered gray with a tin roof all rusty around the edges (my favorite, I think). The silo can be stone, or galvanized metal; new or timeworn. The sky can be whatever shade of blue I need it to be and the clouds can take on shapes that spark further fantastical imaginings. And the bird song. Sweet melodies composed just for me.
Yes, today was a beautiful Monday.
Imagining in grace,
I haven’t done a Weekend Toss for awhile, so thought I’d share a few thoughts with you today. A little late in the day, but still the weekend. Enjoy!
Also, remember the Magnum ice-cream commercial? The one in which the beautiful girl, who is stuck in a traffic jam, climbs over cars to get to the ice-cream truck for a Magnum bar. I know how she feels. I may not know how she looks, but I know how she feels. Some days are just Magnum Ice-cream kind of days. I just ate a Magnum bar and they are pure heaven. Expensive. But worth the splurge once in a while. Kroger had them on sale earlier this week. I bought two boxes (three to a box). I shared with Rocky. You probably need one. You can thank me later.
Finally, some food for thought (because aren’t we always trying to re-invent ourselves) Just be who you are supposed to be.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Weekending in Grace,
“Look to the Lord and His strength; Seek His face always.” Psalm 105:4
So, it’s February already. And you may be thinking I’m a little late on greeting the New Year. Not at all.
I have come to the conclusion that for me the new year begins in February. I did glance it’s way on a couple of post early in January. I even chose a word for the year. Begin. Yes, I get the irony.
But, I wasn’t ready. It may have been partly due to the worst case of sinusitis I’ve ever had, followed by a horrible bout with gout (see how I rhymed. it just happened).
However, I think the truth is that it takes me that long to decompress and wind up the old year. That whole stretch from Thanksgiving to New Years is not especially kind to me. No matter how much I try to stay calm, for some reason the holidays stress me every time.
If I could just go away for about six weeks at the end of every year to my favorite place in the mountains, I’m sure I’d be ready to say hello on January 1. That, of course, is not usually an option because it is family time and family is important.
So, I take January to regroup. This year I had some brain swirls, but I didn’t feel like engaging in deep thought on a regular basis, so I just left them swirling. Oh, I did make some lists of goals and projects and even daily schedules. Things I was shuffling around in an attempt to come up with a plan for the year.
I even had an epiphany of sorts that sometimes in order to begin you have to stop. If you think about it long enough it does make sense. Sometimes in order to gain perspective and direction you have to stop and take it all in.
Stopping to reassess goes along with the theme of reviewing the old and regrouping for the new. Right? It goes along with setting goals and moving forward. Right? So, that’s what I did. I stopped for awhile.
Today, I decided I was finally ready to greet the New Year. Ready to begin. Please don’t ask me what that means. It may take all year to figure that out. But, you have to start somewhere.
My somewhere is simply to say, Hello 2014.
Beginning in Grace,
PS. I am ready for spring and swinging on my front porch. Winter is so last year.