Wednesday, November 28, 2007

" and in the meantime, I am going to put up more twinkle lights"


I love the glow of Christmas. It makes me feel warm, even when it is bitter cold outside.
Even though the kids will be gone from home this year, and yes, it will JUST be Roger and I, I still love the glow of Christmas; the lights on the tree, out on the lawn in the dark, the stair railing wrapped in garland and light.
Jesus was the light of the world. When He came God sent "the star" as a sign---light. The world was dark, and God sent light.
New Christians have a glow about them, pregnant women, happy people have a glow about them. There is a correlation there, I am sure of it. It all has to do with light, the light of the world—Jesus.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

"The Tree"


It is snowing. Two days after Thanksgiving and it is snowing. Just the sort of day I love to drag out the Christmas decorations, and put on some Christmas music, and put up the tree, and "dress the house up" for Christmas.
I didn't think I was ready, but when I looked outside and realized that this is exactly the kind of day you need to "get you in the mood" for Christmas, I'm kinda pumped.
It usually takes me about a week to decorate; shoot, it takes a full day, just to get the tree up. But I never minded that because the festivities always brought on a full house of family. This year will be different. Nic won't be home, having just been here for Thanksgiving, and Audrey and Ryan are going to be with his family, (we are taking turns), so it will be a quiet day. Initally I was thinking that would be so sad, but then I realized that I will be able to focus on the holiday itself, what it is all about, and maybe do something different in light of that fact. More on that later.......
Yes, I think I'll put up the Christmas tree today, and start the holiday porcess.....decorating, baking, gift wrapping, sending greetings, and cards.....
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving


I can't begin to list all the things I am thankful for..........Roger is my husband, perfectly fitted and planned for me by God years ago.
Nic is home in the shop working with his Dad.
Audrey is married to a wonderful man, and they are beginning a life together that is a blessing to those of us who are observing it.
My mother is still alive and able to spend one more Thanksgiving with us.
My sister Anita has won her battle with cancer and is 6 years away from it, and she and Cliff are going to be at my house today to celebrate this day with us.
My entire family came home this summer and we had a WONDERFUL time at Audrey and Ryan's wedding, and all the rest of the time they were here too.
I could go on and on...........but mostly, I am Thankful for Jesus, and the provision he has made for us all!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Yoga & Prayer


I do yoga. Are you surprised, a born again, saved, Christian, doing yoga?
I don't do the kind where you contort your body into all kinds of odd positions, (although I do wish I was that flexible), I do the gentle yoga.
When I went to my first yoga class, I listened to what the instructor said, paying attention for anything that might be "anti-Christian", or not "good" for a Chiristion to be doing. Believe me I would be the first among many to say I am not divine, (just thinking about that is hysterical), and I am not on any other plane than this one, life is just to "real" for me to even go there. However, it does help me physically. I can see a tremendous difference when I do my practice, but it also helps me to STOP!
I view yoga as a physical exercise that incorporates both my mind and body.
I was NEVER athletic in school, or since then in any way. I hated the competativeness of sports, for all the fun your were supposed to be having participating, the winning always seemed to take precidence over that. Yoga is something I can do that I don't compete in to get in shape.
The best part of it for me is the stopping....everything else. Try stopping sometime, it isn't that easy. I'm not just talking about your body, but your mind too. Stopping you mind, especially now a days--yep, pretty hard.
It is a great discipline for prayer if you struggle in the area of keeping your mind focused. Meditation and prayer are two disciplines Jesus practiced regularly, and to his benefit. There is much to be said for stopping, clearing your mind of all the issues at hand, and "centering" on what is really worth thinking about. I encourage you to give it a try.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

corny?

I just reread my last blog, with the poem. My kids would roll their eyes and tease me about being corny--where else if not on my blog.
I do pay attention to nature. I think it can teach us a lot. I remember back before there was radar and T.V. weather men, my grandmother could predict the coming storms, and dry spells, and hard winters, just by paying attention to the "signs" that nature gave her. As I get older, and remember her quips about "mares tails and mackerel skies", "red sky at morning...." I come to discover she was right most of the time.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Mist & All


I like the fall,
The mist & all.
I like the night owl's
Lonely call--
And wailing sound
Of wind around.

I like the gray
November day,
And bare, dead boughs
That coldly sway
Against my pane.
I like the rain.

I like to sit
And laugh at it--
And tend
My cozy fire a bit.
I like the fall
The mist and all.--
Dixie Willson

I love fall weather. Have you ever noticed how the shades of the seasons seem to work to warm or cool us. I used to clean a house out in the middle of the Flint Hills. I drove that 40 min. every week for 12 years. In that time, I paid attention to nature as she went through her wardrobe change with each season.
Winter brought the stark white of snow, and the remaining grass that had withstood the ice and rain, and snow, still standing made it resemble a torture device with sharp little spikes sticking out. Cold pink sunsets changed to color of the snow from white to pink, to purple, to finally the blue of night.
Spring after the burning of the tall bluestem grass was green, every shade you could imagine. So soothing, a balm to a cold body, a reminder of God's promise.
Summer turned yellow. Most of the blooming flowers were yellow, and bright orange, but as the end of summer approached, the purple and blues came out to cool that intense August heat; even the grass had a blue tint to it.
Then fall, ah, fall. Don't let anyone ever convince you that the prairie of Kansas doesn't have the colors of the forest of the NE. It is just more subtle. The colors are there, in fine lines in the blades of grass, but the orange, amber, yellows and browns, and greens are all there, hiding the quail, and doves who have spent the summer building nests in the tall bluestem.
I love the fall--can you tell?

Just Learning

Boy am I learning! I had it all set up, then something went wrong, and I had to start over; novic, huh.
Anyway I will start over, and reintroduce the site simply as a way for those of you who might be interested to look and read, and certainly feel free to leave any time you like.
Most of the pictures posted are from Audrey and Ryan's wedding in June. It was the first time in 31 years of marriage that Roger and I danced together (in public), thus the photo, historic event.
I hope I get the hang of this thing. It looks like something I would love to do to flex my creative side. Wish me luck!