Wednesday Blessings

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

I love this, and it is so true!

Thank you, Laura Story, for these special song lyrics.

I tried to embed the video here but between the quirkiness of WordPress and Firefox, I am beyond frustrated by my repeated and failed tries. So click on this link to take you right to the video.

Read the story that was the inspiration for this song.

Happy Spring!

TREASURE TUESDAY

This first day of Spring this year is also Treasure Tuesday around here. Because we received quite a bit of snow over the past couple of days, I think it’s even more important to celebrate the official arrival of Spring.

Here’s what it looked like here yesterday. It’s hard to see much because of the falling and wind-driven snow, but this is the view from our back patio looking to the northeast. Normally we can see the San Francisco Peaks but …ahem … all the snow coming down blocked that beautiful view.

And now from my eternally optimistic side, here are a couple of peeks at my first fresh tulips of the season. This treasure bouquet reflects my love of tulips and things pink!

 

 

Enjoy!

F.R.O.G.

MISHMASH MONDAY

It just happens that we collect frog stuff around here, and I came across the F.R.O.G. saying a couple of years ago. I think this post is appropriate for today’s Mishmash Monday just because I can’t think of any specific place to show it.

And besides, I think it’s also the perfect way for me to remember to F.R.O.G. daily!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I was raised in an Italian household. Both of my parents and all the generations before that were born in Italy. Some of them, like my parents, several aunts and uncles and a few of my grandparents, migrated to the United States back in the late 40’s and early 50’s.

So, from my 100% Italian heart to all of you who happen to have a lot or just a little Irish in you (such as my children) and even to those who are not Irish at all (like me):

I love this Irish blessing that I read many years ago:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Tulip season

Anyone who knows me well knows that tulips are my favorite flower. I used to enjoy Autumn the best of all the seasons but now Spring is my favorite, probably because of the gorgeous tulips.

So on this Thankful Thursday, I just want to say how thankful I am for such a beautiful flower. And then, allow me to simply share this gorgeous photo with you. I can’t wait to get some fresh tulips in my home!

Palms Down

Today I’d like to talk about prayer—specific prayer, that is. The kind of prayer about painful or stressful situations that brings us to our knees. So we pray and we pray, and then we pray even more … waiting for an answer from God.

As we pray, we often lift up our hands up in a symbolic gesture as we hand our problem to the Lord. I know what I’m talking about because I used to do this very thing.

One day, however, I had a realization that has completely changed my prayer life. It occurred to me that when I pray with my palms facing up—toward the ceiling (or sky)—I can quickly and easily close my fingers into a fist and mentally and emotionally take back that situation or trouble.

I tend to do that. Take back something I’ve been praying about and have supposedly handed over to the Lord, just because I might be able to somehow take care of it myself.

Does this sound anything like you?

Since I am a very visual person, a picture came to my mind. I visualized praying about specific things palms down—with my hands facing the floor so that I could drop my prayer request at Jesus’ feet. And, to me, giving up that situation palms down tells me that once I’ve let go of it like that, there’s no chance for me to pull it back.

I’m not saying that everything I pray for in this way gets answered exactly as I would like, but what it does is enable me to allow God to do His work—not only on the particular situation I prayed about but also on and through me. Sometimes I get too much in God’s way and don’t give Him enough room.

When I pray in this manner, I feel a real peace come over me. The kind of peace that lets me know that I don’t have to worry about the problem, because:

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?—Luke 12:25

and

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.—Philippians 4:6

This is my prayer for all of us: that we will all remember to pray palms down.

My Wonderful God

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

I have to admit it: I can’t think of anything wonderful for today’s Wonderful Wednesday post. Life has thrown me a huge curve ball that is only slowly getting better. I am working my way through this CFIDS flare, plus there are other things weighing heavy on my mind.

So, in spite of this, I still choose to consider this day as wonderful and I’d like to share a couple of appropriate passages from Isaiah, my favorite Bible book:

LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.—Isaiah 25:1

All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.—Isaiah 28:29

May your Wednesday be as wonderful as possible!

A Spicy Life

TREASURE TUESDAY

One of the really great things I appreciate in my kitchen is my spice drawer. When we first bought our home, I realized I had the blessing of many kitchen drawers so I immediately decided to dedicate one of them to store my spices.

I know this isn’t really a treasure the way we might normally think of that word, but its location in the island is right at the place I do most of the work in mixing and putting my recipes together. It is right next to the stove as well.

So, to me, this drawer has proven to be a real treasure because of its convenient location. I know it looks like a hodgepodge of stuff, but it’s pretty much alphabetically organized and I can find what I’m looking for very quickly. Here’s a little closeup:

Out of sight but within easy reach. Now that’s the kind of kitchen organization I like!

Home Sweet Home

MISHMASH MONDAY

Don’t you just love the mishmash of colors in this quilted table runner? I don’t have a long dining table but if I did, I would definitely want this. I saw it online the other day and immediately felt it shout “home” to me.

Hmm… I wonder if I can find something similar in a round table topper?