08 January 2017

Delights of the Day Revisited

I began this blog almost 10 years ago!  Wow!  Today, as I was digging through my archives looking for something else, I came across this piece that I wrote titled, "Delights of the Day." I posted a somewhat smaller version in January 2008.  Truth be told, it has been a difficult couple of weeks, but as I read it over, I realized it was just what I needed right now.   I've updated it with the things I find delight in today.


Each day is filled with choices.  Do I give into despair and let the things that worry and disturb me fill every moment and thought?  Or do I seek the seeds of joy and hope and nurture them to blossom each day? 

Here then are a few of the delights of my day. 
- Sunshine melting the snow and warming things up nicely after several days of bitter cold.
- Sitting in my chair with both kitties cuddled up and talking to my sister on the phone.
- Working on my Dad's memoirs and having the opportunity to spend so much time remembering those I love who have gone on.  So many good memories!  
- Having lunch with a long time friend yesterday and the delight of unexpectedly meeting another mutual acquaintance of ours from elementary school while we were out and about!  
- Anticipating the arrival of another friend tomorrow and the time we'll spend together while I brush up on my spinning skills and try to share some of what I know with her! And maybe we'll get to spend just a little bit of time doing some crazy quilting too!  
- Having 6 whole days off work in a row.  It has helped me feel normal again. 
- The Christmas Cactus blooming on the kitchen window sill for the second time in two months! 
- The Christmas lights in the windows that I'm not quite ready to take down just yet.  Their light soothes me on the dark winter nights.  I've also left the rustic Christmas tree up sans decorations.  The lights are so peaceful.  At the end of January, when the days start to last a bit longer and the light lingers into the early evening, I'll take the lights down.  
- Enjoying the birds and squirrels at the feeders.  Nothing fancy, just sparrows, finches and juncos, but their twittering soothes my heart. 

While watching the birds, I am reminded of the scripture in which Jesus tells us not to be anxious.

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
Matthew 6: 26, 27. 31-33
  
Tasha Tudor, one of my favorite author/illustrators often quoted a poem by Evelyn Underhill.
I come in the little things,
Saith the Lord:
Yea, on the glancing wing
Of eager birds, the softly pattering feet
Of furred and gentle beasts.
 
 I come in the little things,
Saith the Lord:
Not borne on the morning’s wings
Of majesty, but I have set My feet
Amidst the delicate and bladed wheat.
 
 I come in the little things,
Saith the Lord.  Amen.


Begin doing what you want to do now. 
We are not living in eternity.
We have only this moment,
Sparkling like a star in our hand—
And melting like a snowflake.

            --Marie Beyon Ray

2 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Congrats on your 10 years of blogging.

God's continued blessings on you dear Lisa.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Laurie said...

Lisa I'm catching up on my blog friends, and I have to tell you this post could not have come to me at a better time. You are a true blessing, and I will take all the advice given. God Bless You!

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