In lieu of trying to belong to any number of societies: Chesterton, Sherlock Holmes, the Inklings, and so on: I propose and establish one of my own. Don your intelligence cap at the door; dust off your logic and imagination; did you bring your inspiration and encouragement? We are shapers, my friends; lit lamps; light-bringers. Bring quotes*; poetry should be uplifting and thoughtful, or witty and clever, (or both). Humor is encouraged; laughter is invited back. Pull up a chair. Anyone for tea?



When it's your day off...

Staying home alone is full of delightful 'inhabiting'.

List making, Pinterest, art, Vince Guaraldi Pandora, pancakes for breakfast, salad for lunch, and hot tea for days.
I get my room a little straighter and start my diffuser again, misting lavender into the air, peace and fresh aromas to surround me.

I woke up this morning with the sun shining into my room, and I had the whole day before me. Before I even crawled out of bed, I saw a V of geese flying (I double-checked the directions in my head) straight south. And a few moments later, a jet flying north. Heavens, I love the sky.

It's a day when you hit 'I'm still listening' on Pandora half a dozen times. I sat on the floor and cut out blue pennants for my room.

Reading today:
"For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling. If indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened---not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him."
~ 2 Corinthians 5:1-9, emphasis mine

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
~ 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21, emphasis mine

Just read such a good article: My 3 Biggest Fears as a Teenager.
They hit right home with me, and believe me, these fears aren't limited to teenage-hood. I'm growing. I'm learning to trust, and not to fear. That adulthood isn't about not making those mistakes, but about making them, and continuing to trust. About falling and getting back up, failing, and returning to Him. About repentance and grace and God being enough even when we don't know what our life is doing, or how it's supposed to look. Anyway, I found it very encouraging and I hope you do too. One thing I always find helpful, with fears or anything else: the first step in defeating them is to be able to name them. 

Did you know it's the tenth anniversary of John Mayer's Continuum? I'm sure glad that record was born. I'm listening to it through right now, in appreciation.

Happy National Chocolate Day!
Is it National Chocolate Day? I don't even care.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Lovity love love this. All of it. Your words, your soul, your blue pennants and beads. Muah!