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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A Stitch In Time…

So, most of my day yesterday was spent sewing…

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My camping chair is not too old (or too cheap) but that doesn’t seem to have saved it from splitting…
I felt like I was about to fall through the seat at any time… I didn’t really want to throw the chair away, though – such a waste! The frame is fine – it’s just that the fabric round the front part of the seat has been stretching, and finally tore. Time to sew on some patches!

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I thought it would only take an hour or so… it’s hard to manoeuvre round the frame. I had to take frequent breaks, because it was making me use muscles I haven’t had to use for a while. I kept sticking the needle into various fingers, as well – visibility was not always good. Time will tell whether it holds – there may be a weakened bit in the middle that needs patching.
My patching adventure didn’t really have much to do with my reading of this book –

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Didn’t hurt, though!
It’s not about skimping and saving, so much as changing the way you see the world, and reassessing your priorities. Interesting, and inspiring! πŸ™‚

Published in: on March 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chill…

Nearly end of term! It’s been disjointed and almost as though it would never end well, but we’re nearly on holidays again (yay!). Sweet Bean had his work looked at today – he’s doing well… lots better than he thought he was!
We’ve had ructions these last few weeks… who thought it would be a good idea to combine an early teen boy and a not-far-off-50 Mum in the same household? Fireworks have been let off at fairly regular intervals lately, followed by a feeling of exhaustion. Consequently, I’ve just done the bare minimum of study this afternoon, and have been enjoying chilling out tonight. I’ll be catching up on “Angel” and then reading a bit this evening… πŸ™‚

We’ve needed a lot of grace, and love, around here lately.

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Daily reminders! πŸ™‚

It’s a good life…
and a good family.
This evening is a good time to take a deep breath, turn the heat down for the weekend, and get ready to jump back into the fray…

Just to finish off – here’s today’s heart – fresh from the cupcake place.

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Just Another Day…

…and yet – not!
Today my biggest boy turned 18.
Yesterday we went to Sizzler for lunch, to celebrate.

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I only go for the cheesy toast! πŸ™‚

We spent time together eating, talking, and enjoying each other’s company… a beautiful end to the week.
Today he was off all day with friends…

The wild, wide world beckons – what adventure awaits?!

Published in: on March 18, 2017 at 11:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Be Nice!

I’ve been planning a post for a few days, but my brain is not running at full capacity at the moment. I’ll share some giggles instead… πŸ™‚
Each morning we sit on the patio to have breakfast, and that often leads to discussions with the boys on various topics. This morning we went from Mr Bean, to physical comedy and the art of mime, and then somehow onto this sketch –

Be nice! πŸ˜€

Here’s the response, years later, of some real rappers…

Back to study…

Published in: on March 15, 2017 at 11:10 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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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Present The Pieces…

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Wrapping Up The Week

Ever have one of those weeks that veer between “I feel the world is out of control and can I just punch something/one?” and “All is right with the world – I shall now randomly sing”? I’ve sort of had a week like that…
First – here’s a heart I found in the car park at the markets I went to yesterday.

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It’s the first time I’ve made it to the Rocklea Markets for months now. We brought back pastries for breakfast – we had to get back in time to get to a book sale…

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Rhubarb crumble brioche, and sour cherry and coconut. Yum!

This week I’ve been trying to finish an assessment – everything I searched for, every book I read, I just couldn’t find the answers I was looking for. I think I’ve finally figured it out, but I felt hopeless for most of the week…
Also this week – Hubby went for a job – his first interview for around five years. It didn’t go well, but because of a good phone interview the week before, he’ll be in the second intake of trainees. It’s commission only, but the best offer we’ve had for years…
The world goes on, and in our little corner it may all change soon!
We went out for coffee to celebrate πŸ™‚

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There’ll apparently be travel involved πŸ˜‰

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A very chocolatey brownie and a pineapple/coconut muffin with lime infused icing…

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I love my coffee! πŸ™‚

What will the coming week bring?

Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fork Candles

Little Bean has been watching a “Best of” Ronnie Barker DVD lately, and so has come across this classic –

He had a giggle… so I showed him this clip, from a show called Would I Lie To You?, where guests are given a card with a story to read out , and the opposing team has to decide whether it’s a truth or lie…

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Published in: on February 23, 2017 at 11:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Back To The Everyday

We’re back from holiday – actually, we’ve been back since last Wednesday, but various things have prevented me from posting…
School’s back, and we’re settling in to everyday life again.

We went to Caloundra for ten days – it’s quiet (and a lot cheaper) when the schools go back. We were quite close to the beach – here’s the view from our verandah –

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Here’s the view inside the unit –

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(The bedding is ours)
The place was nice – there were some little issues, but the view was gorgeous, the location was good, and we really enjoyed that sofa!
Every breakfast time was spent looking at the sea. There were some huge mugs to set the mood…

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…Biggest Boy colour coded his breakfast.

Healthwise I had some days where I couldn’t leave the unit, but by the time my birthday came around I was coping, and we went to Maleny for the day. By the time our ten days was nearly over I was able to go down and walk along the beach, and I’ve been feeling quite energetic since we got back!
I treated myself to a haircut for my birthday, so it’s quite short now. Takes some getting used to! I spent most evenings on the verandah, listening to music and the sea. I was also able to watch the sunrise on one of the mornings –

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So calming, and so easy to spend time in prayer.
We had time to recharge, but it was great to come home – ready for a fresh year…

I was given some roses at church yesterday, for my birthday – here they are!

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