July 31, 2007

the day's musings

What a lovely day it was today! I went to prayer this morning at church as I usually do Monday through Friday, paid a few bills and then started cleaning and fluffing the nest.

I vacuumed all furniture in the living room and took down the curtains and swags from the windows and washed them...rehung them damp and they smelled like Roses and Violets (courtesy of Downey)...heavenly as they dried. Dusted the bookcase, dusted the tables and rearranged a few things to freshen the room! Washed the throw pillows and put them back in their places. The room looks fresh and clean and then tomorrow I will take care of the entrance and the dining room!!

Our dear cat Koo still hasn't come home yet...He is greatly missed. Thank you for such warm thoughts, prayers and support. What a blessing you all are.

While it was a lovely day today...cooler than it has been only in the low 90's...I didn't turn on the A/C at all..just opened up all the windows and let the house air out and the breezes in...My mind wonders to the Autumn season. It is my favorite time of year!! I am journaling some of the different ways to celebrate the season....from adding touches to your current decor to hearty recipes to usher in the changing of seasons!

It seems to me that I have entered into another season myself...having to let go...again!

Letting go of the past and the things that would attempt to try and weigh you down. It is a painful place to be at times, but also one of tremendous liberty and freedom. All of us experience this in our lives..especially if we are Christians. The Lord requires that we let go and choose to forgive...for as long as we hold on to things, issues, pains, rejections, offenses we are still bound to the situation. He wants to move on our behalf...but if we hold on to this "stuff", He can't. God must get us to a place of complete surrender! This isn't a "one time thing" either. For as long as we walk in this world their will be trials, and tribulations, But God has promised to deliver us out of each one of them. We have to do our part....and let go and surrender those things that would so easily hinder and beset us...giving it over to Him. This is where I am at right now....and I am so thankful for this time....it is a time of growth, and a time where God shows Himself strong and I am able to be still and come to Him with child-like faith yet again...at another level ,as I yield to the transformation by the Holy Spirit of God. He is faithful, and He love us with an ever-lasting love. I take comfort in knowing this...that He is with me...all the time, I am never alone.

" Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
photo courtesy of Art.com


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I just recently started reading your blog. (Can't remember where I linked from.)

I thought of your cat as we are having to put our beloved kitty to sleep tomorrow.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Everything sounds so fresh :)
I took care of our master bedroom yesterday and it feels so welcoming! Thanks for your visit.

Lori said...

Thanks for visiting my site! I really enjoyed your post. So many times this year I have felt overwhelmed in my life with knee surgery and two auto accidents. Many times I wanted to surrender to God and say help me. But then I looked around me and felt there were others in far more pain and I didn't want to be selfish and ask for me. Well the year has worn on and wears me and I found the need to surrrender, it has made me feel more at peace and happier even on my bad days. I 'm so appreciative God understood and offered his hand. Bless you, Lori I hope kitty returns very soon!

Sharon Kay said...

Mindy, What you said in this post is so true. We have to forgive in order to feel good. When you hold on to hurts it will only hurt you.

Lindy said...

Mindy, today is my first visit to your blog...the first of many! Your pics and posts are delightful. And your grandson is absolutely adorable!

Sounds like you were very busy today! Hopefully some of the ambition will rub off on me! hehe

Lindy :)

Amy said...

awww poor little Koo still hasn't turned up? Still praying for him here, I'd miss my pets too *hugs*
btw what is a swag?

Becky said...

Hello...I really like the new look of your blog. Very refreshing, calm, and pretty.

I'm so sorry to hear that your cat hasn't returned home. That is a heartbreaking thing for those of us who love our animals.

Thank you for your comment at my blog.

Have a wonderful day!

Kelli said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us, Mindy. I always enjoy hearing about your day.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Thank you for adding Coffee Tea Books and Me to the links for your blog.

It is lovely!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Mindy, You are SO right about holding on to the past. This last year the Lord has been teaching me about "authority" using the book of Ephesians. It has been an awesome year!

Donna said...

Loved the Bible verse you quoted...it's one of my favorites!

Lindy said...

Just popping in to say "hi" again...and thanks for the sweet comments you left on my blog. It's always nice to receive such kind words from someone. And yes, please feel free to add me to your favorites list. It'd be an honor, and I've already added you to my list. Hope you don't mind!

Lindy :)