Saturday, September 29, 2012

31 Days of Order

Thank you for looking in on me during 
31 Days 2012.

Click the links to read entries for various days! 

Day 5 - That Darned Litter Box
Day 6 - Order in the Cabinets
Day 7 - Watching My Step
Day 8 - Finding the Marvelous in the Mundane
Day 9 - Procrastination is a Four-Letter Word
Day 10 - Wake Up, Sleepyhead
Day 11 - In Order - One Right After Another
Day 12 - Why Am I Running?
Day 13 - Just for the Fun of It
Day 14 - Wise Words for Today
Day 15 - When Things Get Out of Order
Day 16 - Made for Order
Day 17 - Kitchen Corner Update
Day 18 - Friends Keep Me in Line
Day 19 - Think I'll Just Sit A Spell
Day 20 - Planning and Trusting
Day 21 - Doing the Hard Thing
Day 22 - Kitchen Corner Reveal
Day 23 - Just Say "No!"
Day 24 - Old Cat, New Trick?
Day 25 - Do the Next Thing
Day 26 - Painted Nightstand
Day 27 - Finishing
Day 28 - One Formula Doesn't Fit All
Day 29 - Did You See the Moon?
Day 30 - 
Day 31 - Get Out of Your Pit!

Starting Monday, October 1, 
I will join hundreds of bloggers 
who are writing every day. 

The amazing hostess of this event is
I hope you will check out her blog if you aren't already familiar with her.

Everyone has chosen a topic.
Mine? Order.
You know, order as opposed to, say,

Understand this - I don't claim to be an expert, but I have a craving. 

Do you ever get to a point where you just can't do anything else until you straighten up your surroundings? Yeah, that's me right about now. I need order in the house, in the yard, in my calendar, my diet, my routine. I have projects I'd like to start and/or finish, but I can't do it until I have some order! Can I get an amen? (My hubby will probably comment on the blog for the first time ever over this topic. Love you, Honey!)

During the next 31 days at A House and Yard I will begin my quest for order and (hopefully) you will read along and (ideally) be inspired to take action with me. See you Monday!


p.s. I'm kind of nervous about this project and am forcing myself to post my intention so I don't chicken out. I even made my own little button up there. Isn't it cute?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Such Trees Are Not Bothered

The ancient tree in our yard lost a branch the other day.

Not just a little branch either.

The air was still. The day was sunny. There had been no storm. No rain to speak of for weeks.

Pop. Crack. Down it came.

The wound is jagged, gaping.

This mighty maple with roots so deep now bears the scar of drought.

For the first time, it occurred to me that this tree may not live forever. This woody giant who captivated me with its immense footprint and octopus-like branches has felt the effects of lack of rain and cried out in thirst.

Don't worry. I'm not losing it. My emotional response to the dropped branch surprised me too, so I pondered.

Sometimes it feels like God is far away.

I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? 
Psalm 42:2 NLT

I know He is with me....

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 
Psalm 16:8 NLT

....but it seems like the well has run dry.

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you;
My whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 NLT

These dry life times could be brought on by a difficult circumstance, disappointment, busyness. Sometimes it is the effect my own wrong-doing.

However, with God there is always hope.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. 
Isaiah 41:10 NLT

He is my God. I am His child. I trust Him with my whole life.

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord 
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. 
Jeremiah 17:7-9 NLT

Like the tree, you and I may bear the scars of drought. Jagged edges of doubt or fear or anger can be seen in the midst of fruit borne through prayers prayed, good deeds done, and gracious words spoken.

But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. 
Psalm 92:12-14 NLT

Our Redeemer God, has provided for our sustenance, healing, and growth.

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! 
Psalm 103:2-5 NLT

Sometimes His care includes getting rid of that which is dead. The nasty attitude needs to change. The time stealers must be expelled.

He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, 
and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 
John 15:2 NLT

So I trust.

They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. 
Psalm 112:7 NLT

Since the branch came down the debris has been clear and we had rain. Life-giving, soul-soaking rain.

Things are different after a drenching rain. The grass is green again. I do believe the sky is even bluer.

Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! Hear, O earth, the words that I say!
Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew.
Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants.
I will proclaim the name of the Lord; how glorious is our God!
He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!
Deuteronomy 32:1-4 NLT

I hope you are encouraged to get soaked in God's presence today. Don't take your umbrella. Lift your face and let Him cover you. Be refreshed.

Have a blessed weekend, my Friends.