Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thirty-One Day Challenge

A couple of days ago I began to hear the buzz of a challenge, hosted by Nesting Place, to blog everyday in the month of October. EVERY DAY. I've been working on last Monday's post (which was never posted) all week. How in the world will I manage to pump out 31 days of posts? 

I've tossed it around and decided that if I could decide on a topic that could last for 31 days AND make a "button" (something I haven't done before) by Sunday that I was going to jump at this chance. A chance to push myself to accomplish a task that seems too hard. 

What to write about? Some of my favorite bloggers are writing on topics such as 31 Days of Thrift Store Transformations, 31 Days to Crazy Joy and 31 Days to Write Your Story. Hmm.....topic..... And then it came to me. My blog began with everyday notions. Why change? So my notions will continue but on a daily basis instead of a when-the-spirit-moves-me basis. 



no·tion

noun
1.
a general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something
2.
an opinion, view, or belief
3.
conception or idea
4.
a fanciful or foolish idea; whim
5.
an ingenious article, device, or contrivance; knickknack.


The button, although quickly thrown together, is made so I guess I'm in! :)

Yikes. 

Join me over the next 31 days as I share the everyday notions of my life. I may run out of ideas so if there is something that you would like me to write about please leave a comment below! 









Friday, September 28, 2012

Five Minute Friday ~ Grasp

It is that day of the week. The day of the week in which I not only dance and sing my Friday Song, but also the day of the week in which I join others in a fun writing exercise inspired by Lisa-Jo. A day when I am challenged to think about one word and write from my heart for a mere five minutes. Today's word is grasp. Here we go........

My children, oh, how I wish I could hold you tight in my grasp for eternity.

How I wish I could shelter you from any storm, safe in your mama's arms.....
protecting you from evils
protectimg you from disappointments
protecting you from hurts

protecting you from the really hard days.





Yet, if I don't loosen this grasp you will not grow,
your wings will not learn how to fly.


So I hide my heart's desire to hold on, I loosen my grasp and I lift my prayers up to my Heavenly Father. 



A Father who can protect much better than I. 

 Ah, Lord God! 
Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth
 by your great power and outstretched arm. 
There is nothing too hard for you. 
Jeremiah 32:17


A Father that is mighty to save.
  The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. 
He will take great delight in you, 
he will quiet you with his love, 
he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zep. 3:17

A Father who loves abundantly. 
I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD,
 the praises of the LORD,
 according to all that the LORD has granted us, 
and the great goodness to the house of Israel 
that he has granted them according to his compassion, 
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
Isaiah 63:7


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I cheated, but just a little. The Bible verses were added after my five minutes had expired. The rest, the words which I can claim as my own, were written during my allotted time. :)

Why don't you come a long to join the Five Minute Friday party? 



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Fun 2012




Attempting to "balance the world"






Tree Man

King's Dungeon features many ways of torture and punishment used 



Riddles from the Wizards
Four jolly men sat down to play,

and played all night till break of day.
They played for gold and not for fun,
with separate scores for every one.
Yet when they came to square accounts, 
they all had made quite fair amounts!
Can you the paradox explain? 
If no one lost, how could all gain?







Fairy from the Enchanted Forest










Friday, September 21, 2012

Heart WIDE Open ~ Five Minute Friday



I've always been one to cry during Hallmark movies and Hallmark commercials but since the events of this summer I've become even more sensitive to the hurts of others.

Maybe, because of the events of the summer, because I saw the love that people poured out on me, because I know the hard days, days that my soul cried out to God for guidance and comfort. I saw also, each and every day, His love and blessings. Maybe this experience completely tore my heart open. 

With a heart wide open, I can so tenderly see the hurts of others. I can cry over other's hard days. I can cry over those who have experienced similar circumstances. I cry tears of sadness but also many tears of joy over God's provisions. 

With a heart wide open, my love for others have multiplied. I see the blessings in children, in family, in friend and even in strangers.

Although this achy feeling in my chest is sometimes uncomfortable, I am embracing this heart wide open. I pray that God uses me and my wide open heart to radiate His love to all those around me. With my heart wide open may others see you, Lord!

My five minutes are up but I want to share this video with you, because another side effect of an open heart are the tears that flow abundantly every time I sing praises to my Savior. 

The "holy, holy, holy" part gets me every time.....

Now, I'll keep my tissues handy as I head over to read what others have written at Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday. Yes, these often have me crying too.......

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Harvest


Beans on the trellis ~ I am almost positive that the seed package said peas however that was four months ago that I planted these seeds. Poor memory, lack of notes and a distracted summer....I may remember wrong (that happens on occasion). 


Tomatoes, cucumbers and beets.

Roasted tomatoes and garlic drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with basil. This made the BEST spaghetti sauce!


"The land yields it's harvest; 
God, our God, blesses us. 
May God bless us still, 
so that all the ends of the earth 
will fear Him."  

Psalm 67: 6-7




Tuesday Garden Party