Sunday, 16 March 2014

Thoughts on humility . . .



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Corrie Ten Boom was a Christian Dutch woman, who, during WW2, along with her father and sisters assisted in helping many Jews to escape the Nazi Holocaust.   They were eventually caught and imprisoned for it.  Her experiences during that time became a book entitled, "The Hiding Place."  She was the sole survivor of this experience and  her life and example was an inspiration to many.   She was an incredibly humble and special woman.

Someone once asked her how she could possibly handle all the compliments and praise that were constantly heaped upon her, without becoming proud.  Her response was that the looked at each compliment as a beautiful long stemmed flour given to her.   She smelled it for a moment and then put it into a vase along with the others.   Each night, just before retiring, she took the beautiful bouquet and handed it over to God, saying . . .

"Thank you, Lord, for letting me smell the flowers;  they all belong to you."  

And that is the secret to having genuine humility.

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Fortunate are they, who greet the day
through cottage panes . . . 
looking out on distant hills,
green fields and winding lanes . . . 
Fortunate are they who from their lattices can see,
the ever changing beautiful of
some old and lovely tree.

Lucky is the one whose casements
frame an open view . . . 
of an unspoilt landscape
fading out into the blue.
What could be more perfect
than to wake and to behold . . . 
the country scene through cottage windows
flushed with morning gold?
~Patience Strong

Oh, how lucky we were to live this blessing for the years that we did.  Our windows now look out upon . . . other terraced houses!  A much different beauty to be sure!  But I am grateful to have a home and a window to look out of.  Gratitude comes many shapes and sizes . . . and is the secret to having a truly joy filled life.

A thought to carry with you through today . . . 
  
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Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
~Rabindranath Tagore

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Baking in The English Kitchen today . . . Coconut Doughnuts!

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Have a wonderful and blessed Sabbath!


9 comments:

Sybil said...

Morning Marie. It is a beautiful moning down here and just as that lovely peom says I am blessed to be able to look out of my window I look down into a lovely view..there is the recreation park which looks so green and the trees now burstig into a different shade of green, then teh ground rises and the church spire peeps between even more trees and also a big house roof ...the up the eye goes to fields and more trees up to the
horizon and then blue blue sky not a cloud to be seen...
Hope that you have a lovely sunday. WE ae having a songs of paise Sunday today so we will all be singing our chosen favouite hymns and if you know anything about Methodists you would know how we all love singing.....not that some of us a very good at it LOL But we all love paising our Lord xxx

Marie Rayner said...

It sounds like a heavenly view Sybil! One day I hope to see it for myself! Your church service today sounds just wonderful! I love a Songs of Praise service! Wish I could be there too! xxoo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That was a beautiful thought about humility. Hope your Sunday is a wonderful one!

La Table De Nana said...

We always have to peek seeing what we can be grateful for when we lose things..
It's not easy..but picturing worse helps too..

Your donuts look delish!
And waterlogue is always so pretty!

Marie Rayner said...

Thank you Pam. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday too!

MOnique, I saw this quote that says, there is always, always something to be thankful for. I believe this is to be so true.

I adore waterlogue. It speaks to the artist in me and makes me want to paint better.

Cathyjo said...


A Lovely sweet post ..I got to go get ready for church (((HUGS))

Thistle Cove Farm said...

thank you for that story about Corrie ten Boom, she was a wonder. I've read she had a stroke and spent the last five years of her life in bed, unable to do anything, even speak. All she could do was blink her eyes yet she continued in prayer to the day she went Home.

Grammy Staffy said...

Hello dear. I am glad to be out of the hospital so I can visit your blog again. The internet at the hospital was not good and I was too sick to blog even if it had worked. I so appreciate all your comments and prayers. They lifted my spirits more than you know.

I'm gone 3 weeks and you have moved away. I'm glad that I found you. I would have been devastated if I had lost you. What prompted you to move?

I posted pictures of my hospital adventure on my blog today. I look forward to you dropping by.
I hope that you are feeling well.
Hugs, Lura

Marie Rayner said...

I hope that you enjoyed your church CathyJo!

She sure was an inspiring lady Thistle Cove Farm!

LUra, I will be over to visit your blog post shortly! That was one adventure you could have done with out. I he you felt all of our prayers! xxoo