Showing posts from October, 2017

Another Late Start

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Sweet is the smile of home; the mutual look
When hearts are of each other sure;
Sweet all the joys that crowd the household nook,
The haunt of all affections pure.

Again, I woke up later than expected. This morning, I had a Women's Bible Study (Beth Moore) and of course, my homework only half completed. I still went, because you see, I have learned that none of these women are perfect. They probably didn't finish their homework, either. 

We belong to this huge Church in a very affluent area in the suburbs. Majority of the congregation are also affluent and I'm from the other side of the tracks. I think I'm the only one in my group who actually goes to work. Not that there is anything wrong with any of it. It's just that I've always felt different from the average woman. 

It seems that lately I have been getting up later and staying up longer. There's s…

The Mundane Things

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

When over the fair fame of friend or foe The shadow of disgrace shall fall; instead Of words to blame, or reproof of thus and so, Let something good be said. Forget not that no fellow-being yet May fall so low but love may lift his head; Even the cheek of shame with tears is wet If something good be said. --Author unknown.
I woke up late this morning, all intention of an early start gone out the window. I overslept, groggy and barely awake, I noticed the time on my phone stated a whole hour behind. Did the daylight savings change already happened last night? No, it couldn't have! Jumping out of bed, I hurriedly got dressed and headed out the door with a cup of coffee in my hand. I should have been at my mom's already.

I try to head out by her at least once a week either to take her shopping or do errands. Today was just a simple visit, working on her puzzle. There is alway…

Simply Nutrition

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

 One holy Church, one army strong,
    One steadfast high intent,
  One working band, one harvest-song,
    One King omnipotent.

It was just an ordinary day, nothing special. I opened up my Facebook and saw a post from my nephew-in-law. In the last couple of years, they have become vegan. It didn't happen overnight, it was a slow progression of making healthy choices in their lives. Each new path took them on a journey of slowly eliminating certain food from their diet. It's all about nutrition. 

Three years later and now they are healthier than ever. His cholesterol went down, they both slimmed down and both participate in triathlons. It's funny, because he wasn't for it in  the beginning. Their oldest daughter was suffering multiple stomach aches and certain foods were the culprit. Her food lifestyle had to change and being a great mom, my niece included the …

No Revisiting Here

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

The perfect poise that comes-from self-control, The poetry of action, rhythmic, sweet-- The unvexed music of the body and soul That the Greeks dreamed of, made at last complete. Our stumbling lives attain not such a bliss; Too often, while the air we vainly beat, Love's perfect law of liberty we miss. --Annie Matheson.
It was a hard day, a hard week. Everything fell apart from beginning to end. The weekend couldn't arrive fast enough to our liking. All we wanted to do is run home and have a good cry. Maybe even turn the weekend into a regular "woe is me" kind of party. Yeah, that sounded really good. A little sad music, a bottle of wine and a box of tissues.

The problem was that tears wouldn't come. God was having none of it. It was as if HE was saying that's the old you , not the new you. You don't need a bottle of wine, sad music or even some t…

The Wisconsin Trip

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                               everyday is a journey.

Not so in haste, my heart
Have faith in God, and wait
Although he linger long
he never comes too late.

I was fortunate enough to spend some time with my older brother, Ted and his family. I love going to Wisconsin, because the scenery calls out to my heart. Of course, there is the fact that he lives there, too. 

 As we pulled in, first thing I saw was the sweet RV! I just had to take some more pictures of this beauty. I have to tell you that in my heart, I secretly have made my choice of residence. 
One of the surprises my brother had in store for us was grocery shopping the Wisconsin Way! In the city, we go to grocery stores. In Wisconsin, you pull up to your neighboring farm, honor style. Next two stops included an apple orchard and an organic vegetable farm.                …

A Restful Weekend

Everyday is a brand new day, 
                                                                  everyday is a journey. 

Our heaven must be within ourselves,
Our home and heaven the work of faith
And thro' this race of life which shelves
Downward to death.
While over all a dome must spread,
And love shall be that dome above;
And deep foundations must be laid,
And these are love.
--Christina Rossetti.

Another weekend has gone by, a restful one. A fulfilling one. The colder it becomes, the more I want to stay in and burrow. That's my new word-burrow. I want to burrow. I was so curious why I felt so attached to this word that I had to look it up.

Burrow - Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

/ˈbɚroʊ/ plural burrows. Learner's definition of BURROW. : a hole or tunnel in the ground that an animal (such as a rabbit or fox) makes to live in or for safety
What surprised me here w…

Planting The Seed

Everyday is a brand new day,                                                                       everyday is a journey. 

God will not seek thy race, Nor will he ask thy birth;
Alone he will demand of thee,
What hast thou done on earth? --Persian.
There have been many thoughts swirling around in my head. All of these having to do with planting spiritual seeds. You see, I've been rather remiss in regarding this subject. I don't go out preaching the Gospel to others. Like I said, it's been weighing heavily on my heart and I have began praying on how to go about it. 

I am not a preacher, making speeches of any kind just not my thing. I'd rather write about it. That I know I can do, but growing in being a Christian isn't about the easy, it's about extending ourselves. That's my mission, my goal. I want to plant seeds.

Lately, my mind has been on overtime, thinking of ways I can bring the Gospe…

October Days

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                      everyday is a journey.

 I sometimes feel the thread of life is slender,
  And soon with me the labor will be wrought;
  Then grows my heart to other hearts more tender.
    The time is short.

October began a little glum. As the Fall Season was becoming colder, the pressure of preparing for the upcoming months mounted on the severe. I have spent a very leisurely Summer sleeping in and avoiding certain tasks. It was glorious, but it was time to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

Sometimes, no matter how much we try, we just cannot get anything done. Take this morning, I got up very bright and early (6 a.m.) itching to get started. I had my bagel and coffee for breakfast, cleaned up a bit in the kitchen from the night before and headed downstairs with the laundry. When the washing machine finished, I discovered the …

Radiation 4

Everyday is a brand new day, 
                                                                   everyday is a journey.

When on my aching, burdened heart
    My sins lie heavily,
  My pardon speak, new peace impart,
    In love remember me.

What does God want me to see? I asked myself this question ten years ago when I first was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I felt so deeply that God wanted me to see something here and I was so afraid of missing it. To this day, every treatment I endure, I ask myself this question. You see, I believe we have a lesson to learn through each of our struggles. If not a lesson, there is something here that God is saying to us. 

That's what happened last Summer to me while in radiation treatment. God was speaking to me and I didn't want to hear none of it. I wanted to dwell inside of myself in the "it's all about me" mode. I didn't want to see or hear about anyon…

Just A Reminder

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. 

Within Thy circling arms we lie,
O God! in Thy infinity:
Our souls in quiet shall abide,
Beset with love on every side.

Recently, my Joey was in Western Illinois for work purposes and he took these pictures. As he showed them to me, my heart expanded. I asked him if I could borrow these for my blog. 
You see, this is what I want to look at when I retire. I don't want the night lights, the skyscrapers or the multitude of vehicles on the road. Give me cornfields, long winding roads and God's beauty all around. 
 When I looked at these pictures, I was immediately reminded of my goal. That goal of where I wanted to be at in five years. This is Heaven on Earth. This is my sanctuary. 
 One could have two separate individuals drive past this scene and each one would have a different perspective on it. 

I am so grateful to my son for showing me these. I can become shortsighted and a l…

Simply No Exercise

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. 

I am so glad! It is such rest to know
  That Thou hast ordered and appointed all,
  And wilt yet order and appoint my lot.
  For though so much I cannot understand,
  And would not choose, has been, and yet may be,
  Thou choosest, Thou performest, THOU, my Lord.
  This is enough for me.

It is a known fact how much I detest working out. If you know me, you know that. When I was a young woman, I had no problem working out. I even remember having done so on a daily basis when my children were toddlers. So what happened? 

Cancer happened, I gained weight and became old. I'm tired, folks. The idea of jumping around doing cardio or jogging outside is just not me. I am more concerned about doing some exercises to help my balance, my arthritis and my motor skills.

Remember the time when I decided to order from Netflix every exercise CD they had? I went on this workout mode wher…

OH, Diamond


My Daughter

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

She met the hosts of Sorrow with a look
  That altered not beneath the frown they wore,
  And soon the lowering brood were tamed, and took,
  Meekly, her gentle rule, and frowned no more.
  Her soft hand put aside the assaults of wrath,
    And calmly broke in twain
    The fiery shafts of pain,
  And rent the nets of passion from her path.
  By that victorious hand despair was slain;
  With love she vanquished hate, and overcame
  Evil with good, in her great Master's name.

After having two boys, my third pregnancy resulted in a girl. She came into this world as a total surprise to me. My first sentence after the nurse told me it was a girl: A girl? What am I going to do with a girl? She really hasn't changed physically that much in years. Well, that girl grew up. She was a handful. According to my grandmother Bernice, she may look like her father, but the a…

The Power Of Silence

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                              everyday is a journey.

These stones that make the meadow brooklet murmur
Are the keys on which it plays.
O'er every shelving rock its touch grows firmer,
Resounding notes to raise. If every path o'er which footsteps wander,
Were smooth as ocean strand,
There were no theme for gratitude and wonder
At God's delivering hand. --W. E. Winks.
There is so much power in silence. One can say so much without saying one word. A penetrating stare. The definition and stance of one's shoulders and body. Oh yes, one can say so much with silence!

There are times where I seek silence. I need silence to refresh my soul from the burdens of the week. I can feel that silence especially when I'm all alone at home. Sometimes, I can find it alarming. I've never really been alone before and I know the day will come when I will be. Will I be able t…