On the way to Rockhampton – unexpected stop – unexpected mixture of colours.
Can you find, draw, photograph or tell someone about something beautiful in your ordinary life this week.
You may not fully realise what a difference you can make.
Share Love! Share Beauty!
Time away and birth of a healthy baby granddaughter. Mother and child well. Gratitude and thankfulness. The blog today is looking at something outside of the fullness of personal Grace and wellbeing.
This thin tree is the only survivor of a massive forestry harvesting which has transformed what has been the beautiful and much appreciated walking paths I have enjoyed for many years.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.
In the midst of this decimation of everything around the sight of this surviving tree and its unique shape brought me to prayer. So much devastation in our world yet, always, always there is HOPE.
As it once was – Many, many, years of walking and meditations and prayers.
Where I now walk………..One touch of new life on the way…………..
I found a pocket of wild ferns……….this was my first sign of HOPE.
But the next day when I saw the one survivor pathetic cross-shaped tree I was deeply stirred. Now the walk has new impetus. I will not look around and bemoan what was but look forward once more to what may yet be in the future.
This is the seed of HOPE I would like to leave with you today. Rejoice in HOPE. Always look for the ‘better’ even when you can only see the bleak /gloomy or sad.
Think on this……..Where the soul is full of peace and joy, outward surroundings and circumstances become of comparatively little account…… Hannah Whitall Smith
Blessings and Grace to you each one. Marvel today at something beautiful you find on your way and delight in this.
On the highway of life I will be making an actual journey. A baby is expected on 28th June. (800 klms further north from where we live. We hope and pray we (Dave and I) may be able to help in some way). It will be caesarean and we know it will be a little girl. Our son’s almost two year old son is delightful but handful of mischief. Probably no blogs for 2 weeks but to be ‘connected’ is important to me so you will journey with me in my heart and prayers. Travel well! enjoy your journey! Look ever for what is hopeful and beautiful even in this fractured world.
Blessings and Grace!
Today I was stunned by the beauty of the bougainvillea at the corner of our house near the verandah. During spring and summer the colours are often striking, a rich bright red.
At this time of year here – winter – when many things are paling and trees like the frangipani are now without leaves, it was amazing to see that this bush appeared to be unchanged even by the slightly lower temperatures. Its still very warm temperature-wise, but usually in June the blooms become more sparse and eventually paler or non-existent. I appreciated its beauty today in a new way.
I found a quotation on my date pad as well this morning, and it seemed so appropriate I put it here for contemplation.
Children of God have a tremendous treasure in nature and sometimes will come to the realization that things in nature are holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf…….even the fading ones.
Open your eyes this week and find a rich ‘holy’ glow in ordinary life and living.
Blessings to each one.
Mid-week thoughts to meditate upon and consider
They build their lives too low who build beneath the skies
The author unknown quote triggered, I believe, a dream and this blog is the written expression of this dream.
CANOPY PARACHUTE OF DIVINE GRACE
Spiritually ‘free’ to soar. ……….earthbound by humanity yet heaven-bound in deliverance by the Saviour Christ.
Free to soar to inspirational heights and to view the world from God’s perspective.
To be able to pray for a broken world from His Perspective. Always anchored to ‘reality’ by personal relationship with the Divine ………He is the anchor ROCK of life.
yet, yet…totally ‘free’ to journey with Him into heavenly places………always we’ll be blown by the Spirit into heavenly places where there is ‘holiness’ and ‘beauty;
Ever our compassionate eyes will be drawn to the broken and the lost and we will comfort and care for them as HE directs and Wills.
Grace keeps our FOCUS on this and reminds us of our freedom and eternity pursuits as well.
Blessings and a-men for us all.
New week, new possibilities, new Hope.
It is also TRINITY SUNDAY for those who follow a Church Calendar of readings.
This is always a powerful reminder of just WHO our God is. He is SPIRIT and was from before the beginning of time. He is DIVINE LOVE – revealed in Christ as Saviour.
The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its fragrance as it drifts away, just as no person can tell what becomes of their influence (ie love, compassion, care, prayer, faith) as they continue through life and into eternity.
Natures miracles do not seem like miracles because they have become so common. For someone who had never seen a flower, even a dandelion it would be the most startling event in the world. (I have no idea who may have originally penned these words. I found them and they rang true to me)
It’s time – It’s surely time to become examples of BLAZING LOVE because of the Spirit within. Let’s SHOCK the world. All the people of the world in our immediate area of life. Show the world WHO our God really is.
Blessings, Grace and Peace to all as this week unfolds.
A mid-week thought
Grateful appreciation for the writings from Henri Nouwen’s – Dare to Journey, Little snippets surfaced in my mind during the night.
Human beings are seldom satisfied. When things are going smoothly we easily become bored. When we are cold in the winter our hearts and our spirits long for the spring. In the heat of summer often we sigh for just ‘a cool’ breeze. – a touch of winter breath.
We should not be concerned about our human tendency to speak about the open field or dream about it when we are in the darkest forest. Often much activity forces us to long for rest and solitude. Loneliness can push us towards the search for friendship. Some of the most beautiful writings and photographs have come from this longing for the opposite in life to where the person was actually standing.
The most profound thought that came to me from this was………….When we come to the realisation that we are on our own merely creatures…….. Then we must know profoundly our need for the Divine. With a forged and unbreakable link with HIM all these other swings of human longing can have real purpose.
Thankfulness in all circumstances. Not for the circumstances but for
THE PRESENCE OF GOD with us in them.
(If we have chosen to follow the Shepherd)
THANKFULNESS IN OUR HEARTS FOR THIS DAY AND FOR THE REST OF THIS WEEK.
May beauty and Joy touch your life no matter how rocky the pathway!
Blessings and Grace!
These flowers are a symbol to me of the amazing beauty of abundant LIFE.
Today is Pentecost Sunday. One of the most graphic reminders given to me this day was that so often Pentecost is seen as all about POWER, or all about GOD’s GIFTS.
Am I? are you? prone to the invasive condition called P.L.O.M. (poor little old me) syndrome. Pentecost occurred so those who believe and choose to follow Jesus may be able to overcome PLOM. His Presence for eternity is the POWER TO GIVE LIFE …..in all circumstances – even to redeem the broken, grief of desperate circumstances . The Christian God, revealed in Jesus Christ, is now, through the HOLY SPIRIT available everywhere – even in our most needing times. He is the ONE we actually cling to, the ONE who is REAL ………all we have to do is KNOW…..His Presence. and to have a prayer life – not like a shopping list – but really connect with the DIVINE. Talk to Him, share and ask and relate to Him. One to ONE…….an abundant life…..An ongoing journey with an eternal destination.
Think about this, Ponder. Have a great week!
Not a mid-week thought simply a
passing by comment.
Storms in our life will come but they will pass.
Starry nights and beauty will certainly return.
I’m not sure who may have originally said this but today it was on my mind after hearing of a tragic accident.
It is a life truth. Even in the buffeting storms of this life there can be hints of beauty but surely, certainly one day the beauty and the stars will return.
Journey on with Hope and Courage and KNOW if you have the Presence of God with you all things indeed will become beautiful in their eternal perspective.
Peace! and Grace! this day and on your journey to the week’s end.
Something to think about.
I read two things yesterday and then had a dream. This is why the blog question has been written for us all to ponder.
If our lives are forming a picture – no matter our age or our circumstances and parts are to slot in like a jig-saw to make a composite WHOLE – then what pieces may be missing? What pieces are we trying to force in that don’t really belong….for example ………hurts, disappointments and anger.
Yes indeed Grace can shape the pieces to fit perfectly but there must be forgiveness and peace to make this possible.
What if we have a piece that doesn’t belong to us – we know in our hearts it is not ours to keep……give it back….Don’t hold on to someone else’s triumphs or ‘agro’
What about the piece you absolutely reject…..I don’t want that sorrow, that tragedy, that illness. How could that piece possibly slot into my beautiful life……
All of our lives are indeed going to reveal a tapestry or picture of great difference and variety but it is the experiences that challenge us a human beings that make us truly human. For people of faith we live with the Hope that God indeed will make all things beautiful in His Time. In the struggles character is formed. The potential of what can be achieved in, after, and through the heartache make the jigsaw piece when it has been softened and redefined by GRACE truly incredible.
My challenge this week may be different to yours but I will pray through the thought that if any pieces of the slotting jigsaw of my life need to be reached, oiled by Divine Grace, and then connected where they should be I will hear and respond. This is not necessarily about heritage or family connections but letting go of what is impossible but embracing and nurturing what must be redeemed.
Hope you have an astonishing week! Peace and Grace to you.!