Sunday, 16 March 2014
Thoughts on humility . . .
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.
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?
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 . . .
Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
Baking in The English Kitchen today . . . Coconut Doughnuts!
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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small*´¯`.¸¸.☆
⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆
Have a wonderful and blessed Sabbath!