So much has happened, and ... not happened since I last wrote.
I feel like I should give you an excuse... but I don't really have one. Not really.
I just haven't had anything to say.
I've tried to write...
but I've just had...
For the past two weeks, I've been in the word... alot!
The new bible I got at Christmas is awesome!
It's two new translations for me- NKJ, and Amplified. Boy oh boy do I enjoy the Amplified!
When I last wrote; I'd been busy painting everything I could get my hands on, that robins egg blue/turquoisey color. But honestly, I've done hardly no crafting, painting, or anything else, other than read, read, read. I've made it into Deuteronomy!
I took my camera outdoors a couple times trying to get my groove back.
I did get some good pictures, but that's as far as they went.
Apart from that; .... interesting and neat little things have been happening in the quiet.
Things that would make my eyebrows raise and ...as I look back today, I know more was happening than I could see.
For instance.... my friend Sherry sent me a package of these tiny, colorful balls and she told me to add a cup of water to them.
When I came back to them later, this is what I found! They'd grown, and were nearly overflowing.....-
She sent me a special word in Scrabble tiles, and .... oh how I've wondered about that one little word. She told me she's used the colorful balls to teach being filled with the Holy Spirit. And I love that she added, "When we're not - we may look pretty -but we're not good for much!" I can't tell you how I've meditated on it. She also said, and I quote: " When we are filled with Living Water we can help sustain others and fill others with this "life" by sharing God's Word!" Feel free to go back and re-read that a couple times. I have... over and over. I've thought on this so much that in the early mornings when I wake up and read my bible, ...
I keep the little vase of colorful balls on the table with me while I read to remind me.
And I did have to put them in a larger vase because they were overflowing!!!
From the table,... reading .... to the prayer chair.
In the early morning.... and late evening... and other times in between.
That's what I've been doing: just seeking.
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs 8:17One day this week I walked down our long, dirt driveway to the mailbox at dusk.
Okay, so now I must share with you another thing that happened this week. First I have a question to ask you.
Have you ever felt the Lord nudging you to do something but because you didn't understand "why" you maybe ..... tossed it right out of your head and heart? Probably everyone can say they've done that a time or two or ...five hundred.
Let me share with you something that happened that I .... didn't understand at all until after-wards.
It was a beautiful evening and I was taking my sweet time ....just strollin down the drive. Opening the box, I discovered a large envelope- package. It barely fit in our mailbox. Once I got it out, I turned it over and smiled. It was from a dear friend whom I've never even met in real life "yet." She'd even rubber stamped "feathers" all over the envelope! (I love feathers, and so does she!) I started walking back up our driveway, and then started veering onto the grass instead. That's when I saw it. At my feet; was this sweet little bird nest! I was so excited! I picked it up to bring it in the house, and - that's when I felt the strongest urge to run and get my camera. ? I kept thinking, If I send her a picture of her package with the birdnest I found she's gonna think I've lost my mind. ;) --But I did it anyways.
I even carried them to the tree I assume the nest fell from to take another picture.
Once back inside the house I couldn't wait to open it.
"Ohmystarsngardners!" It was soooo beautifully wrapped! She wrapped it in the colors I've been painting our living room and everything! Turquoise and browns and even the va va voom leopard print I adore! -- Notice the nest? .... heeheehaahaahoohoo. I tell ya, I felt so stupid taking pictures of her present with that nest ... but I'm glad I did ... even though it seemed crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you ready for this????????????????
Inside were handmade cards with birds, and she jazzed up a new notebook for me to record my thanks, "eucharisteo!" Remember I told yall that we were going to be reading the book by Ann Voscamp "1000 Gifts?" The cover of the book has a bird nest with two blue, robins eggs, so my friend, made a NEST with the two eggs on the cover of my notebook! A NEST yall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That's OUR GOD! Soon as it registered in my mind that I was lookin at a nest.... I just started cryin! God LOVES us yall. He loves us so much!!!!!!! The way all of this happened just blows me away. I pray from now on, I will always remember this day, and will be obedient to do those things He asks me to without question. When it doesn't make sense...., or takes a heap of boldness and courage.... Just obey, and do it. No matter what!
And yes, I have been recording my gifts in my new, special notebook!
I even took it inside the potting shed today and saw His beauty in the simplest, yet most amazing things. And on my walk today, ... I discovered another gift to record. An armadillo was rooting around in the black berry briars and allowed me touch him several times with my boot. He was so busy that he didn't even mind. I watched him for several minutes. Wearing his coat of armor and munching on worms. (Did you hear me giggling?)
The tiniest of things can be so breath-taking....
so amazing.... and today my soul was refreshed gazing at one polka dotted guinea feather and a handful of dried marigold seed.
...Enjoying a warm, Winter day, that felt more like Spring
It was good to be outdoors, playing in the potting shed, and looking through seed I saved for this years garden.
I still have buckets of bulbs that I didn't get all planted last Fall, and today; found them "sprouting." Isn't it amazing? It's been cold here up until this week. These poor bulbs were tossed in an old chicken feeder and forgotten. Yet, they still want to grow.
Most are daffodils, iris and lilies.
I planted them along a fence, and while digging in the soil;... thought about last Sunday's sermon to "keep planting." The message was from Luke 8, and was about the parable of the sower.
-- I realized when I discovered my unplanted bulbs the many times I'm not even sowing at all.
I was reminded this week that I don't have to know the results, or His reasons.
I just have to follow Him and
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Smoochy holy kisses xoxoxoxox