Not On Vacay

Sorry there’s not been any post for a bit, but we’ve not been on vacation here as we are still getting over this polar vortex type flu that’s been hanging on for weeks.

Seriously this stuff has got to go! Hugs and encouragement for everyone dealing with this stuff for I know I am not alone. It seems everyone has been sick,…even my computer.

Back-up, back-up,…back-up,…and the last word back-up! Those external hard drives are not cheap, but what a relief to find ALL your work safe and sound in digital files. For any writer or artist hard copies are prudent as well.

New technology wasn’t planned for this year, but necessity is making it welcome. I barely recognize Word, it’s been nearly a decade since we installed it in our now old computer. What fun it will be to have new resources to work with,…although in regard to our old computer we have to be fair and say, “Well done,…good and faithful servant.”

Hmmm,…I can only hope for equal praise. My computer was tireless, hard working, kept on task, never complained, and was always willing to do what was asked of it. Then again,…the computer was NEVER asked to do something it wasn’t programmed to do.

Philippians 1:6

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Trusting in the Lord’s purpose for my life’s work,…today, tomorrow, and beyond!

Have You Read Today?

What a water logged week we are having in our area,…torrential rains for days. The perfect weather for curling up with a good book!

Writers are readers too! It’s our love of books that prompts us to join the world of literature.

Personally I can’t remember a day in my life,…I haven’t read,…especially since I am definitely a multi-tasking reader keeping several current readings going at once. New books, old books, re-reads of re-reads,…as we all have those favorite books that offer comfort or cheer,…and even a really good laugh. Of course thought provoking books and those hearty educational volumes that inform have their own place, and a very important place it is,…but on rainy days that follow rainy days,…one just wants to be transported to a different time, a different place by the miracle of what is literature. Thoughts from authors who lived hundreds and even thousands of years ago have the power to enrich our lives. What a noble purpose for a book to have!

Proverbs 16:24

”Gracious words are a honeycomb,sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Whatever is your favorite genre,…hope you get to curl up with a good book today!

Shall We Consider Sloths?

 

Have you given much thought to sloths lately?

Don’t feel bad,…except for the hilarious DMV caricatures in Zootopia I haven’t ever given sloths a second thought myself. But it’s funny the stuff you don’t know about your extended family. Looking to encourage someone,…needing encouragement I recently discovered they love sloths.

Can’t say I’ve ever sketched a sloth, or even ever thought to spend my precious (and carefully rationed) sketching time to sloths, but for the past six weeks I’ve had extra time on my hands. Shall we all say bedrest? Thankfully the long-lingering bronchitis is on the run,…whoo-hoo, or rather PRAISE THE LORD,…so grateful to feel better!!! But back to sloths.

What do sloths have to recommend themselves? They don’t scamper around like squirrels,…and they’re not exactly cute like kittens. Their very name is a term of denigration, and their excessively slow actions or lack of actions are openly mocked. Let’s get real, no one is going to name a sports car after the species. The poor arboreal mammals have weak eyesight, and their hearing isn’t much better. Aside from their camouflage of algae, they have utterly no defenses. Seemingly they don’t contribute much to their environment, yet,…they exist.

For whatever reason the LORD obviously felt the universe would be imperfect without these gentle creatures.

Sloths do have a few things going for them. With their curved claws they have the amazing ability to live their lives upside down,…and with their long arms they are unexpectedly strong swimmers.

Surprised?

I was,…the things you don’t know,…but sloths can actually hold their breath under water for 40 minutes thanks to their ultra slow metabolism, which probably comes in very useful if they are trying to avoid predators.

Sloths hunt,…nothing. They have no agenda, but to hang around,…nibbling leaves. It’s a tough job, but someone has to grow that algae, which makes up its own small ecosystem. It’s safe to say sloths are very comfortable,…being sloths. Totally trusting the LORD for protection and provision.

Notice the coloring on sloths features,…that mouth marking,…smiles. No matter upside down, or crawling tree limb to tree limb,…a sloth is calm,…peaceful,…accepting what each day brings,…with a gentle smile.

Jungles, like the 21st century,  can be a madhouse hive of activity,…chattering birds flitting here and there,…chirping frogs,…troops of monkeys,…jaguars,…and bugs galore! Yet, sloths aren’t about to be hurried out of their unique existence. They weren’t made to be fast, or productive, or even yet excessively social. They are what they are,…perfectly formed,…not a mistake,…not without their own gentle dignity.

In a world so obsessed with ‘self-worth’  there seems to be a real lesson to be found in sloths. For whatever reason the LORD obviously felt the universe would be imperfect without these gentle creatures. It begs to reason,…why are we here? Obvious the LORD felt the universe would be incomplete without us,…without me,…without YOU.

The world demands we justify our existence,…our worth, but to the LORD our existence is proof enough,…our worth is priceless.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,”
Psalm 139:14    

Nothing Wasted

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Sniffle cough,…sniffle cough,…auggh,…asthma does nothing to make getting over a cold easy!!! Each day I am a little,…little,…better,…and then I’ll have a much better day,…only to be followed by a relapse. And I am not alone,…everyone seems to be having a hard time getting over a persistent cough. Hearts and hugs out there to my fellow-sickmates. Drink lots of fluids,…tea and honey is particularly effective,…rest,…best you can,…and there is a lot to be said for a humidifier if you have a dry-heat furnace!

Here we are at the end of January,…and seemingly not much accomplished,…aside from an unpostponable trip,…and what I’ve been able to direct from bedside like making and filing first semester grades with our Christian School. Still homeschooling here,…but thankfully my oldest son has a teaching degree and he’s been a pal about keeping the studying going along for our little guy, who also thankfully thinks academic stuff is fun!!!

Faith and patience, and perspective, too, have been grown these past weeks as Martha-me as been turned into Mary. Obviously just because I can multitask,…doesn’t mean that I should be multitasking. What really and truly needs to be done,…has been accomplished,…no shock the LORD is always faithful.

Impatience is not going to make this cold go away any quicker,…especially when one has asthma. It’s a comfort for this – multitasking-type-person – to know that these past weeks haven’t been wasted.

Nothing in life is wasted,…life is too precious.

Even sitting around under a humidifier?

Yep,…I’ve needed a rest for quite a while. Most people I know say my task-list and over extended schedule exhausted them. Obviously it’s exhausted me, too.

It’s been nice to rest,…I don’t cough ever single second. I’ve watched Peter Pan, more than once with my little guy, with us both giggling. He giggles at the animation, I giggle in response to his giggles. I’ve adopted some houseplants,…they are very restful,…and a very good object lesson in “blooming where you are planted.” And I’ve had time to sketch,…for a good cause,…as someone I love loves sloths and owls. I had no idea sloths were so much fun to sketch,…such peaceful creatures,…they are in a hurry for nothing!

No these past weeks haven’t been wasted,…

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Sometimes All You Can Do Is Nothing

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tapping this post bedside on my phone while I am still waiting to get well with this bronchitis!

Been to the doctor – check! Taking meds – check! Plenty of fluids – check! Nutritious diet – check. Bed rest, kinda – taking an extended trip last week with bronchitis wasn’t the brightest move, but oh dear some things can’t be postponed and I am thankful to say the Lord helped me through the trip – strength by strength. Only I’ve kinda paid since our return and as I’ve had asthma many years I well know bronchitis likes to takes it’s sweet time about clearing up!

What a way to begin the new year,…but training in patience is not always a bad thing.

Sometimes in life there are situations when all you can do is nothing. Situations more frustrating than being sidelined with bronchitis.

After all,…are all the plans and projects I scheduled really THAT important? Obviously the Lord doesn’t think they are as I wouldn’t be so sidelined,…and that’s a great incentive to reevaluate my priorities.

Flexing some faith is also in order,…

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

“…makes me lie down in green pastures.” – oh those stubborn sheep, or even yet exhausted toddlers refusing to lie down for a nap.

Sometimes all we can do is nothing,…but while we rest,…the Lord is at work,…providing, protecting, and planning for our future! – that’s not a bad lesson to garner for the new year!

God bless!