April 29, 2019

For Today... the Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today...

Looking out my window: it is slightly past eight, and the sun is falling behind the uplift. The winter storm warning well in effect. Wooden debris blows past the front door and what seems like a million town cats play in the neighbors yard.

I am thinking: about the early alarm clock coming, and the garden dreams of the season. Hoping and planning for our homestead dreams.

I am thankful: that my income will help mama, not only come for a visit but to help pay for some of the things she needs. Last November we bought her a small chest freezer and helped her put some food into it.

One of my favorite things: oh - let me share it in pixels...

I am creating: currently I am still knitting my cable sweater, with a renewed goal of completing it by my birthday. Merlot in color and my very first Celtic cables.

I am wearing: my flannel sleeping skirt, cotton top and a very warm sweater. Comfy clothes for sure... thinking of locating my wool socks.

I am reading: about ready to start Letter to a Young Farmer by Gene Logsdon. I have a goal of reading at least one book a month. So far I am right on track.

I am hoping: to be done with my degree and on our own land by the time I am forty eight. I am also hoping to have a wonderful trip to Washington in a few weeks.

I am learning: to use my Power Sheets more effectively, and to be wise with my down time. Intentional if you will... and even though I am in good health, I am learning that I am not twenty four anymore.

In my kitchen: we started another batch of Bucket Bread, to help our family be more budget friendly and stay on plan with our Trim Healthy Mama goals.

In my garden: we spent this past Sunday prepping the garden beds. Planting spinach, kale, onions and beets... if the snow holds from falling then I plan to plant lettuce this week too.

Post Script: still one of my favorite blogs : Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth.

Shared Quote
"Progress not Perfection"
Laura Casey

A moment from my day: chives, chives and lots of chives!

I haven't been blogging much because of time and life... however blogging is a form of journaling and it helps me to number by days. I miss it. Another hope I carry is to continue my blogging efforts. 

January 28, 2019

Choose That Which Is Excellent // Words Matter

I am sure by now you have noticed, that I love words... and the deep meaning within them. If I am being transparent and true with you, I must also confess that I have not always been good with them. I have hurt those I love deeply with just my words and I hate that. But one of the many things that I love about my Redeemer is that He doesn't give up on me, nor does He leave me in a place of destruction... and He can heal and restore. Creating life where death has occurred.

So many times I have chosen the things of the flesh, the response, the self... instead of that which is excellent. In the Scriptures we are told to choose those things, if not outright then in principle. Let us start by defining the word excellent: in part from the 1828 Webster's Dictionary.

Excellent: being of great virtue or worth, eminent or distinguished for what is amiable, valuable or laudable; distinguished for superior attainments; worth: that quality of a thing that renders it useful, or which will produce an equivalent. Virtue: that substance or quality of physical bodies, moral goodness, the practice of moral duties... from a sincere love to God and His laws.

How many times have we chosen that which is wrong, okay or even just - good. What would our world be like if we started choosing that which is excellent. Starting with our words, our use of time, or personal pursuits or even the context of why we want to chase our dreams.

I hope this is making sense. I guess my point is instead of reading a book because everyone else says it is good, what if you chose a book that was excellent. Mentally worth it. Or our music... the movies we watch. But this concept doesn't stop there, it applies to our relationships, with friends and family, the general population and even with our Heavenly Father. What if our 'me' time was spent choosing those things that are excellent, and then sharing the fruit thereof... pouring out our God given gifts for the goodness of others. I know, it is a huge undertaking... but many times I have accepted that which is good instead of choosing that which is excellent and honestly, I don't want a good life. I want an excellent one.

Consider this Scripture with the definition of excellent inserted:

Philippians 1: 9-10 ~ And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent - things of great virtue or worth, eminent or distinguished for what is amiable, valuable or laudable, for superior attainment, complete... being rendered useful - that you may be sincere and the without offense till the day of Messiah. 

That is what I desire. And yes, I want that in me, in my time, my mind, my actions and... in my speech. All of it. I want to breathe after that... to breathe after His excellent things - those things that cultivate change within my being and the world around me. To help remind me of this I have the Ruach/Holy Spirit, the Word of God and this lovely decal from Machlao Studio.

* The decal was a custom order and Machlao Studio did a great job with the request, the pricing and directions as well as shipping. Since our home is in a constant state of remodel right now this lovely decal gives me great encouragement to keep going!

January 9, 2019

To Breathe After... and you shall love

A little while back I was looking up the meaning of love, in context to Deuteronomy six: verses four and five, and came across an interesting word phrase. One lexicon, within a bible study website, shared a definition of love like this... to breathe after. At first I just though hmm, how interesting. But the more I pondered this, the more it struck my soul.

To Breathe After...

"You shall breathe after the LORD your God with all your heart 
and with all your soul and with all your strength.

To Breathe After...

To Breathe: taken in part from the 1828 Webster's Dictionary

  • To respire; to inspire and expire air. Hence, to live. To take breath; to rest from action; as, let them have time to breathe. To pass as air. To inject by breathing; to infuse; followed by into. To exercise; to keep in breath. To inspire or blow into; to cause to sound by breathing; as, to breathe the flute. To emit as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfume. To utter softly or in private; as, to breathe a vow. To give air or vent to; to open; as, to breathe a vein. To express; to manifest.

To Breathe After...

And you shall respire, inspire and expire. Hence to live, to take breath, to rest from your own action. To pass as air, to inject and follow unto. To exercise, to infuse into and cause sound and to emit. Uttering softly, expressing after YHVH your Elohim... with all your heart, with all of your mind and with all of your strength.

Definitely something to ponder.

P.s. please note; I am not changing the Word of God... but rather sharing the word phrase and meaning within the framework of the Scripture verse shared.