he never leaves me lonely

“Mom! I’ll take your picture under the rainbow!” ~Sarah Joy

There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,
A peace it cannot take away;
Though the trials of life may surround like a cloud,
I’ve a peace that has come here to stay

a full, double rainbow over the sea, standing in my own backyard; praising!

!Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine;
Constantly abiding, rapture divine;
He never leaves me lonely, whispers, oh, so kind:
“I will never leave thee”—Jesus is mine.

everything was seen through a pink hue. simply stunning

All the world seemed to sing of a Savior and King,
When peace sweetly came to my heart;
Troubles all fled away and my night turned to day,
Blessed Jesus, how glorious Thou art!

this morning’s sunrise

Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine;
Constantly abiding, rapture divine;
He never leaves me lonely, whispers, oh, so kind:
“I will never leave thee”—Jesus is mine.

God, the original modern artist!

This treasure I have in a temple of clay,
While here on His footstool I roam;
But He’s coming to take me some glorious day,
Over there to my heavenly home!

hymn written by Anne S. Murphy

everything good comes from above

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. James 1:17

This weekend Rich and I drove Grace and Brittnee back to college. Joanna was out of down and I was not expecting to see her, but on Saturday when Rich and I were eating lunch, all of a sudden there she was in the chair next to me, laughing. I was sincerely dumbfounded that someone (like me) who prided herself on extremely sharp mothering skills such as being able to detect ANY sneaky behavior, for example, could be taken by surprise by not only her husband but also her best friend, who were in league with one another to pull it off. I was impressed by them both.

Rich unreluctantly left us to go do his own thing while Joanna and I went to Starbucks and caught up with each other. I’ll never forget telling her things in tears and seeing her eyes so concerned and loving, even reaching out with her hand to brush a tear left behind on my cheek, like it was the most natural thing in the world, listening and caring with a heart of friendship. This is 23 years of relationship, no worries no anxieties, only sharing and leaning on one another through life.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Colossians 3:16a

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. John 15:22

Then, we got in her van and she barreled us into the countryside to see a field of sunflowers.

We took a photo of a pair of sunflowers to represent the two of us and our day.

I’m smiling as I look at these photos again.

And guess what?

When we left, we got to cut three sunflowers each and it began to rain so we did it quickly.

And then!! to my utter joy, a double rainbow appeared.

All day long, my heart was aching with the love and goodness of God.

Let me never forget, dear Father, open my eyes, remind me, remind me with rainbows, that everything good comes from above.

rainbow!

Yesterday we had drizzly cold rain for 12 hours straight and I was outside in it, under an umbrella, during two football games (for the boys).

By 6pm we were back at home, and to my amazement, the sun started shining through the rain.  I ran to the window and bent my head to take a good look, up up into the sky.  Would there be a rainbow, too? …..and….yes!  Blessings upon blessings.  Praises and calls of “come and see!”

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My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky…
~William Wordsworth

 

birds and a rainbow

It’s a bird morning!  Every few minutes I find myself scanning the trees trying to see what I’m hearing. . . . .

Sarah is on the floor playing a game of SORRY with a stuffed animal friend.

David and Caleb are up the road with friends (they spent the night).

Grace is still asleep.

I haven’t been sleeping well.  As it is, I’m easily disturbed, & it doesn’t help that the other night I was awakened by our orange cat Sherlock cornering a FROG in our room.  I woke up hearing strange small noises which turned out to be the frog saying “help” the only way it knew.  By the time I got to it it was very anxious and covered in dust, still very much alive and well.  I threw it out the window along with the cat and then shut the window tight. . . .unfortunately now as wide awake as could be.  Rich refused to move through all of this and stayed asleep, only asking once, “What is going on?” to which I replied sarcastically, “Don’t worry about it, I’m taking care of it!”  But glad he was able to sleep through it as he’s been working so hard during the day.

Last night nothing like that was going on,  but I kept waking up over and over. . . .finally getting up at six this morning with dry eyes. . . . . .

. . .to enjoy the bird morning!

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And Grace’s bible that she left by the bench on the porch.

“But as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you–see that you excel in this act of grace also.”

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The other evening we had a rainbow.  Sarah jumped up and down with glee.

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Grace on the front steps, watching the sky.

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Sunshine through fat raindrops.

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The sky was doing beautiful things.

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Now that life is calming down just a little (from a vacation with Rich, end of school excitement with a graduate, and a trip to NY) I’ve been puttering around the place, cleaning, and rearranging, catching up on household things.

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And going for walks with the kids (mostly Grace). . . . .

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baby bird

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another baby bird

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end of the day sunshine through the trees, on a walk with Rich

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keeping an eye on Seth as he exaggeratedly looks “both ways” before he crosses the road (retrieving a baseball)

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Yesterday was a gardening day.  I took Grace to driver’s school and went to a nearby gardening place and bought three perennials.  They were giving away some old annuals that looked sad so I was able to get some free plants to baby back to health; flowers, cabbages and leaks.  Then later on Rich and I went to the home depot for three tomato plants (one yellow, one purple heirloom, and one cherry), cucumber, watermelon, two hanging baskets for the porch, and some petunias.  I’ve already got all but a few of them planted.