Life has been very different for us for a while, thus the lack of blogging. Between knee surgery for myself, a busy work schedule, a trip to Missoula in October, a fun filled Thanksgiving (with one special day getting the whole family together, including all 8 grandchildren to get Christmas trees for everyone), and many weekends with our three year old granddaughter – life has whizzed by. Sometimes I have fallen far short of having a grateful heart in the midst of a trial even though I know my heavenly Father always has the best for us. Often I have forgotten to look for the good and instead focused on the bad/hard! I know I am not alone in handling life in this fashion but I know the cost is not worth it. So now as we turn our thoughts to the upcoming Holiday festivities I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS (which we are guaranteed here in the heart of the mountains), I have been DECKING THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY (maybe not as much as I usually do), and looking forward to a SILENT NIGHT (Oh for a night of good sleep!). The holiday season is drawing to a close but I am going to post this blog that has been sitting in the hopper for quite some time – like I said things have been a bit upside down lately!!!
But truly, life is a blessing, every second, and we have so very much to be grateful for!!! A little effort towards enjoying yourself and your loved ones has a big payoff – JOY TO THE WORLD!!! (At least your little part of it!)
Some interesting pics!
Beauty in the morning!
Foggy River Bend
Moonscape with some crazy shadows.
I heard this on a show I was watching and wrote it down. It is good and true yet quaint (I like that word!) :
“I endeavor to always forget the words of idle tongues.”
I will work on practicing the words of the wise woman who made this statement. One way I can endeavor to forget it is by putting my mind on higher things. Things like this:
Beauty, goodness, peace, and joy – set your mind on such things (also, on any pretty flowers you may find in YOUR yard)!
What is it about the silhouette of bare. black branches against a gentle winter morning sunrise?
What is it about the glitter-like sparkle of new fallen snow?
What is it about the heart warming feeling of a young child’s arm thrown around your neck and their soft cheek pressing into yours?
What is it about the scent of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, cooling on the table, waiting to be devoured?
What is it about the exquisite beauty of an intricate flower blooming in mid winter in my sun room (more beautiful then any of Solomon’s clothing)?
What is it about the seasons, each one so different and unique in a small mountain town, and the speeding up of their passing as time goes by?
To me, it is all about the wonderful handiwork of our Heavenly Father, who delights in blessing His children with good things!
So then, what are trials, hardships, abuse, deep sadness, and seemingly impossible-to-get-through situations all about?
They are our opportunity to turn to our Heavenly Father, lean into His goodness and blessing and say “I trust you Lord in the good times and bad. You, who are always faithful, are holding me tight and You will get me through this!”
I can tell you – it works!