Behold the Beauty!


If the sun is shining brightly in your part of the world enjoy and absorb its energy. If your day is dull and drizzly there is always some brightness and color to be enjoyed somewhere.

This picture from Pinterest was in my Inbox this morning, and where I live the day is dull and drizzly. Behold the beauty!

Dressed to the Nines


I am not a fan of fashion simply because shopping for clothes is one of my least favorite pastimes. Mind you, seeing someone else dressed to the nines in the latest trends tends to inspire me to at least scout out a mannequin or two in a couple of “tailored to oldies” windows in a nearby plaza or mall.

However, finding the perfect tailor like the One who outfitted this charming creature would be an answer to my aversion to clothes shopping.

Again, scripture says it beautifully: Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Matthew 6:29 NIV

(The scripture actually refers to lilies of the fields but I’m leaning on poetic license here.)

A Rainbow Apology


It is evening time on August 13th and I am looking at a beautiful rainbow as I write this. It reminds me of a time when I gave a book of children’s Bible stories to a little girl many years ago.

The child saw the story of Noah’s Ark and the accompanying picture of people, including children, drowning in the great flood of Genesis 7. This story had a devastating effect on the little girl and I’m sure turned her mind totally away from anything to do with God.

Unfortunately, the story was never satisfactorily explained to her nor the meaning of the rainbow that followed in Genesis 9:13, I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 

This was God’s promise to Noah, and all of us, that He would never again do such a destructive thing to His people.

I’ve never been sure whether the flood story is allegory or not, but one thing I am sure of is that it’s effect on one little girl has haunted me since the day I was made aware of her great fear and apprehension.

Just as the rainbow of thousands of years ago was meant to be an apology from God to His people, this evening’s rainbow reminds me that because of a cruelly depicted story, a young child may have grown up to be an unbeliever…and for this I am truly sorry.

I pray that there has been enough evidence over the years of a God who loves her unconditionally and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.

This is my rainbow apology to that little girl.

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The World is an Oyster


“Why, then the world is mine oyster,” are the words Shakespeare put into the mouth of his character, Pistol, in The Merry Wives of Windsor. And so came the saying, The World is an Oyster.

For some reason the words popped into my head one day along with “and you are its pearl.”

The world is an oyster, and you are it’s pearl. Doesn’t that make you feel on top of the world? Well maybe it shouldn’t. Read on.

Oysters are a great delicacy to some but the pearl oyster is an oddity in itself because it’s ability to form a pearl comes from an irritation.

If you think of the pearl as a precious gem born of an irritation it may not make you feel on top of the world. But, when you think of how hard the oyster had to work to rid itself of the irritation and form the pearl…and then there is this:

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45,46 NKJV

Image of a white pearl in shell. royalty-free stock photo

 

My Smile Room


On Wednesday I acquired a new wall hanging. It was displayed on the doorstep of a lovely shop in Bowmanville, On. and I was drawn to it immediately. It made me smile.

In the room where I hung it are photos of me with each of my daughters and sons. There is also a musical angel figurine which my youngest daughter gave me for Christmas many years ago. Along with these favorite items is an angel clock, (there is a different angel at every hour).

This newest acquisition is already a favorite and I have named it The Painted Pony. It will be my new focus for meditation.

This room is my favorite in the whole house as it’s where all my writing occurs, where keepsakes are kept, where nature beckons just outside sliding doors and where my daily quiet time with God takes place.  In other words it’s my smile room. Do you have one?

A Pleasant Surprise


Each day I pray for a pleasant surprise to come my way and for the ability to recognize it when it comes. This weekend I had two but will only write about one of them today. It was a phone call from my sister, Mary, asking if I was alright because she hadn’t seen my blog for a week. Mary and I don’t talk all that often so I thought it very sweet of her to check up on me.  Not only that, it brought to mind a poem she shared with me a few months ago which I really liked and she gave me permission to share it with you. Enjoy.


  Beautiful and Feisty

A mouse that stands up to full height

Bares its teeth ready to fight

The cat stalking its prey

But mouse is not the entrée today.

A snake ready to fight to the finish

An eighty-pound dog that can’t diminish

It’s tenacity as it returns bite for bite

Not knowing when to give up the fight.

 It refuses to slither away

From a dog amusing itself for the day

But coiled and tattered the snake now I find

Is grateful to be dropped over the fence to unwind. 

The spider that drops on a thread stronger than steel

Quickly mummifying its next meal

And just as quickly hauling it home

To the top of its web to eat all alone. 

The baby squirrel that falls from its nest

And does what a baby squirrel does best

Cries for help from anyone near

Its cries do not fall on deaf ears.

Its parents come to determine the damage

And figuring a way to manage,

The dad pins it down and holds it in check

While the mother grabs its babe by the neck.

Up the tree she runs with great speed

To attend to this little ones need

A scratch on the head seems to be all

The little one suffered from such a great fall.

 The mourning dove that hits the pane

And rises up to fly again

A headache may be all it received

From the patio door that so deceived.

 The racoons with their bandit eyes

Ignore my frantic shooing cries

They think it is their right

To raid my garbage can each night.

The dog that boldly saves its cat

From a coyote looking for a fast snack

The coyote was the one to take flight

From an eighty-pound dog ready to fight.

The ants that moved their nursery inside

A stupid place for ants to hide

They covered most of the kitchen floor

Too many just to drop out the door.

I don’t know what they were hiding from

But I am sorry to reveal their eventual outcome

A long dark tunnel with no light in sight                                    

The vacuum canister ended their flight.

There are many more stories I could add

Some happy, some sad

For nature truly rings

With the beauty and feistiness of all living things.

©Mary Frances Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring On That Smile


There are lessons in living everywhere we look.

When I opened my curtains yesterday morning, two little bunnies were chasing each other around the yard at speeds I didn’t think rabbits could reach. It made me smile my face off and laugh out loud.

At lunch time I tossed a few crumbs of croissant into the yard and before the crumbs completely left my hand, a chickadee was devouring one. That also made me smile.

And then this came my way on the Internet. Happy Saturday.

Look For the Rainbow


Unfortunate but true, isn’t it? If we want to have the rainbow, we have to deal with the rain…and so many of us do. It’s not just those dreary rainy days that nature feeds its own, but the sadness that grips us when life feeds us our share of tragedy. Still, we must look for that rainbow, otherwise we will never experience the goodness of life that lingers on. Wishing you rainbows this Saturday.

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The Boardwalk of Life


As we walk along the boardwalk of life, though the boards are uneven at times, may our steps be guided and our trips be few. Happy Sunday.

Then you will travel safely on your way, and your foot will not stumble. Proverbs 3:23

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