Everywhere, Grace

This popped up on my YouTube page, so thought I’d share. 🙂

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Published in: on August 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Jumping In

It’s been a while since I’ve been here – I’ve been such a procrastinator lately… today I got some note-taking done, and have been working my way through textbooks, but it’s been very slow. There’s not really enough time to lose! Nevertheless, I’m bingeing on Antiques Road Show at the moment… pleased with the work I did today, though.

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Loving my breakfast! 🙂
I’ve been overhauling my eating patterns lately – problems with gut health, mostly by slipping into lazy eating with not enough nutrients and too much sugar. I’ve been enjoying sauerkraut, and substituting milk when I can. More veg, trying for gluten free – seems to be working…
Overall, my health seems to be on an upward turn. I went to a healing meeting at church a couple of months ago, and have since had substantial relief from the chest pains I’d been having over the last year or so – yay! That is a huge benefit, which I am grateful for – I have whole days where I just revel in feeling well, and have started doing exercises again. There’s still a lot of work to do, but it seems doable now. Sometimes, the state of my health feels like this…

… only not as cute.

Trying to get out and about more. We went to our favourite cafe, where they do a great range of gluten-free (and often dairy-free) food.

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The chai latte was made on almond milk, which I found a tiny bit “thin” in flavour for the spices.

The views from our table –

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It’s generally peaceful there, but more so this time, as we were the only customers for a while.

So – onward into the rest of the term. Hopefully full steam ahead!

Published in: on July 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Breathe, And Be Still…

The holidays have started – for Sweet Bean, anyway. He finished up with a Sports day at his Community Homeschool day on Thursday. I think it’s the first sports day he’s ever been to – he won ribbons – excitement! 🙂 After a shaky start to the term he ended up accomplishing more than he thought he could, as well as getting a good report.

As for me, I finally got to do a couple more of my clinic practice days (I was unable to get there last time). Not only did I pass both days (while enjoying them as well), I managed the travelling, even though I had to walk from the station to the college and carry all I needed for the day. That’s the first time in a long time I’ve managed long days away from home and the strength needed to get there and back! I’ve taken it easy for the last two days…
There’s more work to be done, so I don’t get two weeks holiday. I’m feeling more confident, though.

Here’s a couple of songs I’ve been enjoying lately. Have a listen (and click through to YouTube to hear some more…)

Published in: on June 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Coming Up Roses

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Aren’t they beautiful?
I got them at church a couple of weeks ago, and they were just the sort of cheeriness I needed! I don’t usually like pink and orange together, but these just looked right.
Here’s a close up.

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🙂

Here’s another couple of photos taken later in the week, when the roses had opened out more.

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I’ve been meaning to write for a while, but haven’t had anything much to say… I’ve just finished an assignment, though, so I’m feeling good! Most of this last week I’ve had more energy and less pain than has been the case for a while – I’ve done a bit of walking and other exercise, and I even did both a load of washing and folded it with no major problems! I’m off to a healing meeting at church tomorrow night, so feeling hopeful about that…
Still, my life has a lot of roses, even if the thorns can crop up unexpectedly.

One of the nice parts of the week was going out for a coffee.

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Citrus cakes – dairy free and gluten free. Yum!

Here’s to the flowers, sunny days, and opportunities to grow and bloom. 🙂

 

Published in: on June 6, 2017 at 11:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

And Then The World Changed…

An Easter Carol
(Christina Rossetti)

Spring bursts to-day,
For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.

Flash forth, thou Sun,
The rain is over and gone, its work is done.

Winter is past,
Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last.

Bud, Fig and Vine,
Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine.

Break forth this morn
In roses, thou but yesterday a Thorn.

Uplift thy head,
O pure white Lily through the Winter dead.

Beside your dams
Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.

All Herds and Flocks
Rejoice, all Beasts of thickets and of rocks.

Sing, Creatures, sing,
Angels and Men and Birds and everything.

All notes of Doves
Fill all our world: this is the time of loves.

Published in: on April 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Big Picture

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Creator

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a lintel?
Can you make a door?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a universe
Where there was none before?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Living in the midst of us,
A working man and poor,

How shall we esteem you,
Holy, humble carpenter?
By the universe you made –
And also by the door.

Elizabeth Rooney

Published in: on April 16, 2017 at 12:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Waiting In The Silence

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“Surely this man was the Son of God!” –
(Mark 15:39)

Published in: on April 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Indeed!

I’ve just got internet back after two weeks, with nearly a week without TV, as well. We lost signals after some storms here (no landline either), and it’s taken this long to fix. On the one hand, I’ve had more time to catch up on non-internet stuff, which is nice… that’s mixed with a bit of stress over not being able to finish assessments – I can only get so far with them before needing my online resources.
One of the effects of this much time offline (apart from lots of reading! 🙂 ) is having to wade through all the accumulated emails…
I seem to have had a preponderance of posts/articles/devotionals on freedom, Wild Faith, and a bit about pain and suffering.
Something to think about…

Published in: on April 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Vision For The Night

I should be asleep…
I’ve been trying to find a version of this hymn that I like – there’s many to choose from. It was one of my favourites when I was little, and I still love it!
“Be Thou My Vision” is from an original Irish text, 6th century, or possibly 8th century… here’s a version by Maire Brennan (Enya’s older sister), sung in (modern) Irish –

It was translated by Eleanor Hull in 1912 – this is the closest version to the one I remember singing (I remember the first line of the third verse as “Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight…” and the last verse as “High King of Heaven, O Heaven’s bright Sun, Grant me its joys after victory is won…”)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Here’s a more modern version, by Audrey Assad –

Published in: on March 29, 2017 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Counting The Blessings

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I’m just in that comfortable space between finishing outstanding assessments and the release of my next subjects – a feeling of freedom and ease.
…of course, I sent off the last assessment past midnight last night, so it may just be tiredness! 🙂

I’ve been reading this book – I saw it in a catalogue and found it at the library. It was hard to get into at first – the language is a bit “flowery” – and I’m still not totally sold, but I’ve persevered. It’s basically about recognising and counting God’s gifts in each day, even in the midst of pain and grief, everyday sameness and boredom – the minutiae of life.

There’s always a gift in each day. It can take time and effort to “catch” them, but it changes us when we accept and name them… even if it feels like betraying the grief sometimes.

I’m thankful for the gift of my life today. For little yellow butterflies dancing around each other in the garden, and for old TV shows I can share with my Sweet Bean and have a giggle over together.
And I’m thankful for a break in the study time and the chance for a cup of coffee and music this morning. 🙂

Published in: on March 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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