‘He leads me beside the still waters and restores my soul.’
What a glorious day it has been this Sunday. I was able to spend it doing so many of the things that make me happy, that remind me love can be all around us in so many forms. It’s just like my favorite saying about ‘Feeling the rain…Don’t just get wet’. You have to let yourself ‘feel’ the rain. Otherwise, you won’t like your hair and you’ll only notice the water stains on your clothes, instead of how wonderful they smell.
Today, being a Sunday, I chose to ‘feel’ love in my immediate world around me. I went out looking for it in this beautiful prairie sky & lake setting. The sky was amazingly blue and alive with lazy travelling clouds. Trees, although almost bare, still handsomely grace driveways, roadsides & shore. The evidence of their ‘coats of many colors’, still flutter around here and there before getting settled as ground cover for seedlings that must rest for the winter, or lining in nests for burrowing furry friends. Neighbors are out walking happy dogs. Kids are still skateboarding down the road.
“What’s not to love!”
By the lake.
Seeing the true wonders in nature, how God is a Master Artist and the way every detail is taken care of, always helps me tremendously to deal with my worry, anxiety, my messy somewhere ‘half finished’ house, grief, disappointments, failures, and uncertainties of what is ahead.
If He can handle all of these things here on earth and in the sky then surely my problems aren’t too great for Him. And His word does tell us that, but for some reason, I still think I have to jump in first and help!
But just for today, I backed off! I got dressed, left the dishes, clothes in the washer and my bed unmade. However, I had a good excuse for that. The cat was curled up in the middle of it. I shouted: “Later, Dudes.” Then shut the door & listened for a moment. Nothing inside was upset or falling apart without me!
Easier than I thought.
This private view was all for me this morning: Priceless!
Further down, as I stumbled over this rugged assembly of downed trees, roots and branches many times over the season, I almost turned back, looking for my easier trail, but I didn’t. I chose to look over it and the path along the water’s edge ahead, was open, sunny and smooth.
That was a sign to me that although it looks bumpy now, don’t give up….There are smooth places also. Keep moving forward.
The water was perfectly still. (These few photos of this same place were taken earlier in the season, of course). My camera is full at the moment.
Coffee, camera, and notepad, boots and windbreaker lead me to one of my favorite meditation places. “Beside the still waters”.
I even have my own reserved natural bench. Many times I have sat the rain out on this ‘bench’ and drank in the fragrance, the sounds, the peace that moments of ‘being still’ can bring.
I leisurely daydreamed. Anywhere my thoughts decided to go…I let it happen. Surprisingly enough I didn’t dwell on any topics that I cannot change right now. Rather, I enjoyed my time of rest and the buffet table of the simple pleasures I have in front of me. As Julie Andrew’s ageless song goes:
“These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!”
And some of my most relaxing times are spent:
Shopping for heart shaped stones to hide into my paintings:
A 5 year search: A lucky stone (found with a hole bored through it) that is heart shaped.
I sort of hide the stones as a finishing touch.
CAN YOU FIND THEM?
This one below, I titled “Broken Heart” Because I actually found the heart shaped stone that was in 2 pieces. (close to bottom, towards your left)
I can send ‘Special Delivery’ messages of love and hope to Heaven anytime. I get to write what’s in my heart, into the sand in full view. Heaven above me doesn’t require postage at all. I can bring flowers and freely leave them at anytime, for any season.
I spent time today….Just remembering loved ones …in happy ways…and no tears, as I scanned through my camera.
The Four of Us, laughing over the craziest stuff & all talking at once!
I will always remember the joy of seeing Louise after so many years.
I miss the way my sister Eve made sure there was always cake for any and every occasion. There was always a gathering at their house. My brother in law, Ron was usually outnumbered by all of us women and would leave us ‘cackling hens’ as he called us, and go downstairs to listen to his music!
She is still just as beautiful!
Sisters spending a sick day at home with Grammie. WOW! Seems like only yesterday.
Today I lifted my face towards the sun but realized I am already missing the touch of the warm summer rain…
The fragrance of flowers afterwards…
And best of all…
Miss the lovely colors of my flower gardens. But happy to write: I will have geraniums on my sills all winter! I always do.
Although I do love winter out here and I am ready for the rest from yard work… I
Look forward to apple blossom time once more.
Last spring, a mother cat and her kittens visited. I invited them to a barbeque.
They stayed around and the season changed. I let them in to watch TV one frosty day…
The rest is history! They watched the 1st snowfall from inside their permanent home.
After returning home to my comfy couch today, I reviewed the efforts I’ve made at painting again. It’s been a struggle since losing the 2 people who were my main encouragers:
Some got finished…
Others haven’t. Several are half done. Will see how it goes this winter.
This photo was taken during Simba’s last year… Going on 2 years. Still miss him & walk around expecting to trip over him. Automatically looked for him under his favorite tree a few times this summer.
I could never put a price on the feeling that still comes over me while watching the geese until they’re out of sight. Year after year, it takes me to my Dad and looking to the North for all the signs of a change of season.
I waited, but no other flock came after these.
I love how my favorite piece of Driftwood changes with the seasons and is never disappointing in it’s beauty and originality. There was a time when I first saw this beautiful piece that I thought about loading it, bringing it to my front yard and putting all season lights on it. True, it would have been lovely, but I would be robbing the spot it is in. It’s MORE than beautiful right here. I don’t need to ‘own’ it, I have photos to share and through my writing, you know its a special landmark. The colors behind it are gorgeous!
As I sat, warmed by the sun, I knew the direction I was going for this blog. I began going through my photos. I randomly picked out a bunch and clicked them onto these pages, just a whole scramble. I think they speak for my thoughts today, the best.
It has been quoted that a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, here’s a few thousand for my thoughts and memories of what I feel are just a bit extra special to me…this Sunday. There are always memories, Always the surprise in finding an old photo, a card or letter. These are todays pages of my mind:
Happiness to me means:
Not being afraid to write the word: Love’ anytime.
Take photos of anything you like:
These were Baby birds and Bunnies that have shared my yard.
Thank goodness I never hurt these babies with my trimmers!
This Mommy & her five babies lived under my deck and also had a nest in my flower bed.
Going back to a season of:
Finding yummy worms for baby chicks will always be one of my sweetest memories.
Sunshine and Dora were very special. They got to wear nice doll clothes and be taken for rides in the stroller.
Thinking about my Mom.
I laughed at my own complaints and whining about hanging out Monday’s Wash with my Mom…She never got upset with me…even when I used the clean sheets for making tents! Thanks for the memories, Mama!
Found this Photo: My sweet, petite Grannie who shared the upstairs in our creaky old house & chased away my fears, or held my hand if I had a bad dream through a thunder storm. My Dad. I still can hear his laughter, the way he called me South Paw or Summer Wind.
Four generations here. Grannie, Dad, my sister Alice & Robbie.
Wish my Sunflowers were still blooming. Think it is about time to finish my painting.
And this one…
Having a plan is a good thing. We all need that. However, I have recently come to the conclusion that I cannot beat myself up when everything doesn’t get done. The world won’t end because my bookcases & wicker furniture aren’t all painted the same color yet, or due to the fact that I’ve gained a few pounds and I don’t have my book finished by the date I promised to myself. What does matter to me is making sure I have time for those who need company or an ear that will care and listen. I want to be responsible for treating others right, regardless of what comes back. That is not up to me to try and change, which I often do. That’s where I jump in to help God. I need to have more faith that He will do what He said He will do!
I had so much free time today because I took the day off. I gave it all to Him when I closed my front door and went out walking with great expectations…
No! I am wrong! I left without any expectations at all! That’s why my mind was open, happy and clear. I enjoyed the simplest day, my mind uncluttered. I didn’t let go of that.
As I get ready to post this, I am hoping to keep this outlook about my situations, fix whatever I can and let the rest go. If it’s out of my hands, I have to believe it is in much bigger, wiser and unconditional loving ones. I am going to remind myself when the doubts threaten, of where I spent my Sunday:
Beside the still waters.
Thank you for reading. I hope there is something in this blog that you will find encouraging for yourself or someone you know. You could be that one bright color in someone’s life today, tomorrow or the next time you meet.
Blessings. Have a great week.