Monday, 5 September 2016
Small and wonderful things . . .
"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard
A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.
Having enough. I have never been a wealthy person, at least not in the ways of the world, or as the world judges as being wealthy, but I have always had enough for my needs. I have never known what it is to be truly poor and without even the most basic necessities of life. I have come to an age now where I recognise that the trials in life are oftimes blessings because they help me to grow and to become a better me . . . that if it weren't for sorrow, I could never truly appreciate joy . . . that indeed opposition in all things is a gift from above, for that is how we know, learn, appreciate, value, grow . . .
A heart that prays. I am so grateful for the power of prayer in my life. I don't know where I would be without it. It is a constant thing with me. I have a constant prayer/conversation with God going through my mind. I tell Him about everything. I know I don't need to because He knows,sees, understands all . . . but I also know that He likes to hear it from us.
You know your friends because you talk to them. It is the same way with God. The more you talk to Him, the more you come to know Him.
The power of the Fast. The first Sunday of every month the people in my church are encouraged to fast for 24 hours and then donate the money which they would have spent on eating for that time period in a fast offering which goes into the Welfare system of the church.
Isaiah 58:6, “fasting unties the cords of the yoke.” Fasting and prayer, when practiced together, are a very powerful combination.
There is a change in the air . . . can you feel it? I love this time of year . . .
Tomato season . . . our garden tomatoes are so very delicious. I wait all year to be able to taste fresh tomatoes, ripe from the vine. They're so good. I cannot get enough of them. I think I get my love of tomatoes from my mother. The only thing I cannot abide when it comes to them, is having the skins cooked. Cooked tomato skin is not my favourite thing. They must be peeled, but other than that I love every single thing about them.
The days of plenty are upon us. I love this time of year, the time of the harvest. Our plum tree is laden with plums this year, likewise our pear. We have 7 apples that I have counted, so the apples haven't done so well, but its like that some years.
And I am still picking beans. Yay! I will grow beans again next year, but not peas. You have to grow tons of peas to make them worth the effort, and I don't have the space for that. I have learned a few things this year that I will put into practice next year for an even better harvest.
Learning new things. I am glad that I am always learning something new, that I have an inquisitive brain and nature, that oftimes I am not content to just leave things as they are.
But also grateful for the wisdom to know when I have to do just that . . . leave things as they are.
Grateful too for an MOT result with the car that was within our means to take care of it. Oh, and a 10p car that just keeps going and is in good nick.
Being able to serve a Mission.
My cup does runneth over . . .
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
Happiness is letting go of
what you think your life
is supposed to look like,
and celebrating it for
everything that it is.
In The English Kitchen today . . . Chicken and Vegetable Soup. I love a good soup, don't you?
I wish for you a week filled with abundance. Please know that . . .
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And I do too!