Our Herb Garden

So, here is what we did today. We planted herbs- oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley- as well as one tomato and lavender, with several marigolds. I am happy with how it turned out- all my husband’s design and planning. Yay! I feel an amazing comfort in getting back to my farming roots. So happy God has reconnected me to gardening again. I feel so blessed. And admiring it’s beauty, I watched a great gray heron fly up and perch in a tree next to me to wait out the brief storm. What majesty! I can see God’s glory everywhere. It is beautiful and peaceful. I am so very grateful to God for everything. How I love Him!❤❤❤

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To the Point of Objectivity

The closer you are to God, the more you consider Him in all things rather than the sources of disturbances. You remain objective and focused amidst persecution and mistreatment. Names are called and you consider the Source of Life and what He suffered for us and then objectively consider the source of cruelty. You forgive more freely, purposefully, faster. You forgive before the entire name is in the air like an arrow shot from a bow toward you. You decide to be God’s and not defend yourself, knowing He judges rightly and will handle it for you in some way in His timing, and you pray for those who don’t get the implications of that. God isn’t One to mess with. When His children are mistreated, you can bet that unless they repent, they will very much wish they hadn’t. They mistake God’s patience in wanting more people saved and giving so many chances for weakness or being far away or passive. Far from the case, God generously pours out grace, hoping He will love you into turning to Him. I digress, and return to my point. There is a vast satisfaction derived from becoming objective in the midst of incessant criticism and other spiritual attacks. We focus on God and He provides objective glasses and grace to push through it to an even stronger you. This is beautifully peaceful and joyful. Hard to explain how melodious.❤

Flashback with a Side of Peace

Today at church, for some reason, my mind flashed back to my Daddy’s last moments on this earth before he went off to play and sing in heaven. That day is etched into my heart and I feel everything, smell everything, remember everything. I arrived and he had started heavy breathing. No pain. I sat on his bed and kissed him and said I loved him and hug Jesus for me and ran my fingers through his hair and sang “Jesus Loves Me”. I kept repeating the same song because honestly I could not remember another lyric. It was the only song I could think of. And I sang it for about 20 minutes and he had such a relaxed look to him and then stopped breathing. And once I knew he was not there anymore, I cried for about a year. But I look back now that I can with just tears and not crippling depression, and I see God’s peace and blessing there. So many things in my life I did wrong but that moment, I did right. It was a beautiful, meaningful moment. I, who loved him most in this world, loving him out, just us. Just daddy and me, what I had always wanted. God gave me that. Thank you, God. Please hug him for me. ❤

Star Wars & Peace

We are sitting at the theater about to start watching Star Wars as our first and very early Christmas present. And it is peaceful. We chose Cinemark because there are recliners and not regular seats and the seats are assigned so no getting an hour early to push and shove foe a seat. So, will tell you how it goes, but we are peacefully awaiting the start of Star Wars asrewaiginnd I wish you peace also. God bless us everyone.❤

Surviving the Holiday Season

Pray

Take time to read your Bible

Remember that with God you are never alone or unloved

Drink hot chocolate

Watch a good movie

Listen to or play music you love

Remember that you never have to match someone else’s stress level

Bask in God’s peace and envision the sweet baby born in a stable that came to allow internal, eternal peace❤

Kickin’ Back

Today, we got everything done for school and extra exercise and unloading the van and two meals so far and business calls and texts done for the band and 4-H and chillin’ time. A very productive day but felt so very peaceful and laid back, I cannot imagine. Then I saw it. An article was in my email that read “President Donald Trump Now Drafting a Palestinian – Israeli Peace Agreement”. And tears welled up and peace washed over me. And God is so very good, friends. Don’t forget to talk to Him a bunch today.❤

Practicing Joy and Peace

In marriage, you have a lot of time to practice joy and peace. Happiness is direct reaction to circumstances so joy and peace are quite different as they are deep enough to keep you soundly whether or not your circumstances are favorable or heavy. And marriage is the constant bending of my will and bowing of my head in compromise. Ideally both are doing so but my responsibility is what I am doing. So bad day for spouse often would be bad day for me but as my relationship with God has deepened and grown and ripened, my joy and peace have sunk in to depths impenetrable by surface tremors. It is tested though some days, like today. It seems like the happier I come in from my devotion walk, the more the enemy will try through my husband to discourage me. And I have to remember that my fight is not against flesh and blood and certainly not against my husband who I am bonded with. And the more the attacks, the greater the joy and peace. And that boggles the mind but is because Jesus endured so much for us, for me too, out of His sheer love for us, so amazingly. And to have difficulty and yet not sin in it and go to Him with it and pray and give it to Him who is capable of understanding and powerful enough to dissolve it is to honor Him. And I want everything I do and say you honor Him. He is everything. So I practice my joy and peace and feel exceedingly blessed to be so greatly loved by my Heavenly Father, who happens to be the Creator of the universe and me and you.❤❤❤