Having a particularly
stressful morning on my birthday, (I woke up to an Email that the last leg of
our vacation was being cancelled; and my computer had been invaded): I cried
out in frustration. My husband, ready to fight off dragons, said “What can I
“Chocolate I yelled! Bring me
Do you ever have cravings? I
do! When I’m frustrated, when I’m sad, when I’m lonely, when I’m mad, I crave
chocolate! I read this year that it has some of the same properties as an opioid!
I found a chapter of one of
the books that I am currently reading, interesting. The author, Nichole Johnson
“You were made for more than
this world has to offer you. Our yearning, longings , cravings, and hopes are
telling us something: there is not enough love, peace, hope, friendship and
intimacy on this earth to satisfy us. We will always want more.”
“Longings-- Coming face to
face with the fact that there are empty places in our lives that haven’t been
Yearning—wanting more than we
Cravings—The hope of finding
something That will satisfy the rumblings in the stomach of our soul”
“It’s true, what we don’t
have shapes us more than what we have. We are like Swiss cheese, and the holes
in us are actually supposed to be there. The holes are the things that make us
who we are. The holes are the places God has reserved in us for Himself! The longings
identify our real hunger. A hunger that drives us to Him to be satisfied. If…big
If… we listen….”
Fresh Brewed Life Nichole Johnson
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Nashville TN 1999
My daughter and her husband long
to buy a house. I asked, “What are you willing to give up to meet that goal?
I want to have a grandchild.
If that is not possible, what can I do to compensate for that craving? Volunteer
with youth groups? Teach classes? Find ways to serve mothers with children?
Become an advocate for children who need help?
Many in our country today are
afraid. They fear strangers; they fear the economy failing;
They fear they won’t get theirs.
They fear the government. They fear God. What can we do to bring back hope into
our world? What can we do to get out of the depression we seem to be sinking
into—to achieve our longings? Prayer is the only answer. Whether we believe or
not, we must let God fill the holes in our souls. He has longings too. He wants
Did you know that there is a calendar
with National Day of’s for every day of the year?
I think it’s fun to check
every once in a while, to see what people are celebrating. Today is National
Sewing Machine day. I think I’ll go sew a quilt top after I weed my garden of
course. It’s also National Weed your Garden Day.
Today is also my sister’s
birthday. Life would not have been as much fun or meaningful without her.
We have shared many
experiences together—like the time we were riding our bikes down town and my
tire popped. I had filled it too full. Or the time we were roller skating down
the hill and my skate wheel fell off! Or the time we were sledding on the same
sled. I was steering and ran her into the guardrail on the edge of the street.
I think I’m a klutz. By the way it’s also National Klutz in the Kitchen Day. I’m
I love my little sister and
wish we could see each other more often. Technology improvements in our
lifetime has made communication opportunities easier, but it’s more fun to be
with her than texting.We also have “sisters”
in our communities, neighborhoods, and churches that we can love and share
memories with. I’ve met the new neighbors who are building their house next
door to mine. They are fun and brought along another neighbor down the street
to meet. We felt an instant closeness, just like sisters. Reach out this week
and find a “sister of the heart”, and spend some time with them. It’s a
beautiful summer day.
Tomorrow, June 14,is National
Pop Goes the Weasel Day. How are you going to celebrate?
I was talking to my daughter
Tuesday, looking for a little inspiration for you. She laughed and said, “Here
is my poem for today!” She has a book, A Poem A Day
'Time' by Ursula Bethell
‘Established’ is a good word, much used in garden books,
when established’ . . .
established quickly, quickly, garden
For I am
fugitive, I am very fugitive – – –
come after me will gather these roses,
as I do now, the white wisteria
the sunshine, from its pale green sheath.
Planted. Established. Then neglected,
Till at last
the loiterer by the gate will wonder
At the old,
old cottage, the old wooden cottage,
And say ‘One
might build here, the view is glorious;
have been a pretty garden once.’
From a Garden
in the Antipodes (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1929)
This reminded me so much of my mother. My mother was an artist, and a
gardener. Every home she lived in was improved by her living and growing there.
She taught us all the importance of growing a garden, even if only one tomato
plant out on the balcony. “Surround yourself in your own ‘Garden of Eden’”
I remember one year, standing on my3rd floor terrace in Washington DC,
surrounded by seventy pots filled with flowers and vegetables. I shouted out to
the city, “I’m doing this for you world! I’m providing oxygen for a city block!”
One year for Christmas my parents gave each of their children a cement
statue of a book with a garden quote on it. Mine said,
“To plant a garden is to believe in
This week we
have been planting roses, tomatoes, petunias and geranium in our terrace pots. The
yard is filled with fruit trees
just the way our lives are lived? We hope and dream. We plan for those dreams
and work to make them grow. But sometimes what we establish, what we
become,is most appreciated by those who
come after us. Like the Renaissance artists and Impressionists, we often aren’t
valued in our own time as our work is in the future. But we work and plan, and
hope for those generations who come after. Happy Mother’s day!
I am a retired old woman trying to learn new things. I've decided that since my children are grown I would start some new adventures in life. So I moved across the country to a big city.
I'm blogging in hopes that someone will read and enjoy my writings. Next I'll get out the old paintbrush!
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