Beach Thoughts

Yesterday started with a crimson sky and ended with lavender. I love the beach and how strongly I feel God's Presence here. Every year it is a time of refreshing for me. Here are some "beach thoughts" from this past week:

1. Life Rule: For the second year, S and I have started a new journal/planner at the beach - Sacred Ordinary Days. Part of the journal is thinking about your "Life Rule". Psalm 65:11b has spoken to me this week and I will be chewing on it as the basis of my rule for this next "year". 

You crown the year with bounty, your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
— Psalm 65:11

And here are some good words from a fellow traveler i'll be chewing on as I work on my rule. 

2. Oh, the things I want to do! Mind, Body, Soul, Home, Work, Others, and Steward. These are my categories this year. And here's my monthly focus for each:

  • Mind: Register and prepare for Knox class this fall. 
  • Body: Just move it. And put good stuff in it. 
  • Soul: Always quiet time.... Scripture, prayer.
  • Home: Just one deliberate thing a day.
  • Work: Don't let the day happen to me... Do two deliberate things every day.
  • Others: Reach out to someone everyday.
  • Steward: Track money with spreadsheet daily.

3. Creative things for this month: 

  • Complete drawings for Alphabet book!
  • Finish Afghan
  • Finish guest room decor/organization
  • Start on master bedroom!!! Ack, it's so bad!

4. Family stuff:

  • Mary to school!
  • Wedding focus
  • Grammy boxes
  • Matt wellness
  • Weekend with A&T!

That's all for now. I'm so good at making lists and not-so-good at execution! 



Disturb Us

A prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake:

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.  Amen

(Passed on from hubs from our elders.)

May is for growing...

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BHF 3/17

I've turned into The Plant Lady, or so my daughter says. I love all my little plants. For some reason, seeing the green leaves on my porch and in my office speaks life to me. And now here is May, 2017! Can you believe it!!?? I blinked and this year is almost half over. May is a good month, a month for growth, for change. Our youngest will be graduating from high school this month, another thing that is hard to imagine. So May will be full of prom and graduation ceremonies and parties. It will be a good month. 

I think it's common for a woman of my (ahem) age to start having what I've heard called the 3:00 a.m. "frettings".... those periods of sleep interruption in the wee hours when you wake (often hot and sweaty) worrying over things that either a) don't matter or b) you can't change. I feel like there's a little voice in my head goading me on, hopping from one ridiculous notion to the next. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I read a portion of Psalm 119 this morning and these two verses jumped off the page and smacked me between the eyes:

Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
your salvation according to your promise;
then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.
— Psalm 119:41-42 ESV

At first glance I think the psalmist was probably speaking of a human heckler. Maybe so. But to me, this taunter has been more spiritual. Satan or his minions? Maybe. My weak flesh? Yes. The whispers of the world? Probably. I will be memorizing these verses today to have ready to pray next time I am being taunted... God's steadfast love and promised salvation... That's all I need to have as an answer to the worries, the regrets, the sorrows.... I will trust in His Word!

Blessings, bloggy friends. B.



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