Good morning Folks ~ Here it is Friday already. I’ve had a good couple of days, not to say I’ve not cried, because I have, but the heaviness of grief hasn’t been so heavy. Your prayers, thoughts and kind comments help more than words can express. Sometimes your comments start the tears, but they are tears of gratitude. God is certainly my strength at this time, He is the wind beneath my wings, He is my comforter.
~ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 KJV
Yesterday morning I took a box of spray paint cans and other stuff, I think we found them curbside awhile back, to see if any worked that I might be able to use. Nope. So into the trash they went. Well, what did I find in the box, a lone card, about the size of a playing card, with a photo on one side and a calendar on the other. When I saw it I couldn’t believe it. It was NO coincidence. It was a gift from God, meant for me to find at this particular time. I thanked Him from the depths of my heart. It is little things like this that bolster my heart and I am so thankful.
I did more puttering around outside, getting rid of an old rusted out grill that I was not going to use for anything anymore. I grilled on it a few times, then set plants on it, but it was time to go. I hauled it out to be picked up today and lo and behold, I heard someone rolling it off later and had to go look. It was a woman and she took it across the 5 lane road to her car on the side street, hubby must have pulled over there so as not to be in the busy road, and they loaded it in. I thought, hurray, they are taking this for scrap $ and that’s GREAT. Then I took a little freezer that we had been using to make ice when hurricanes came in case power went off. It stopped working last year, so out front it went. Later on, someone else stopped and put that into the back of their pick up. I was happy for them too. I have plenty of iron to take to the scrap yard and plan to do that in the near future. These two things were bulky. So, my cleaning up helped others and I was glad to be able to do that.
While I ate my lunch, I decided to see what was on you-tube, I had looked at some clips earlier, and something on the side bar caught my eye. The title was “The Perfect Gift”, so I checked it out, oh my gosh another serendipitous moment. I know this is a Christmas movie, but it is about the most ‘perfect gift of LOVE’, and this is the month of love after all, as Valentine’s day is next week. When the ending came and the song in the background came more to the forefront, I started bawling for joy, no other word to describe my feelings. I wrote down the words, and later found a video of the song too.
Emmanuel ~ Come into my silence and bring me to peace
Come into my darkness and be my light
Come into what’s broken and make it whole again
Emmanuel your are with me.
My sister Cheri ~ wrote me something in an email that really touched my heart and made me feel happy at the same time. “It was hard to celebrate Christmas knowing Mark had passed away, but he was having the best Christmas, imagine being with Jesus on His birthday, WOW!” Oh yes, joy unspeakable and full of glory. Mark even celebrated his own birthday on the 20th with Jesus, and what a birthday bash for his 65th.
Here are a couple of felt hearts I’ve been working on. Two sides to each heart, so I’m showing both sides.
This one is for a young lady who loves black and deep purple.
Now here are blooms from yesterday.
Bon Silene roses
Louis Philippe roses
I finished the book ‘1000 Gifts’ by Ann Voskamp. What a book of inspiration and encouragement. I was sorry it ended. I will be re-reading this one and underlined a whole lot of phrases that blessed my heart. I highly recommend this book to everyone. There’s a link to it in my sidebar.
That’s it from Plum Cottage ~ FlowerLady Lorraine
The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find,
in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
Henry Ward Beecher