From This Side of the Pond. (Can it really be a week since I've posted?) Head on over, get the questions, and then answer them on your own blog (or in the comments if you don't have a blog). Then go back over to Joyce's to link up! Here are this week's questions:
1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.
* A spring getaway with my hubby -- this actually happened at the end of last week
* Cleaning and decluttering several closets
* Take a picnic somewhere as soon as our weather cooperates
|We ended up with the same room as last year. Nice!|
This question brings many thoughts to mind, but I'll try to keep the answer relatively brief. I find rest in God's Word and in prayer. I have a special Scripture journal that I turn to at times when I could be stressed or worried. It never fails to bring me rest and peace as I pray through the many Scriptures concerning who God is and how He works in our lives.
I also find my soul restored by spending time in God's creation. It gives me a much better perspective on my life and problems if I am somewhere where I can appreciate things like mountains, lakes and rivers, fall foliage, the moon and stars, and especially the ocean. I have sat at the edge of a lake, listening to the water lapping the shore, and felt myself begin to heal as God eased the pain of grief and sorrow. When I sit by the ocean and watch the waves ebb and flow, I am reminded that these tides have been going in and out since Creation according to God's timetable. Everything is in His hands and under His control.
A verse that never fails to bless my heart is Psalm 90:2 -- "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hast formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God."
I spend time in God's Word daily and last turned to my Scripture journal a few days ago. We spent time at the ocean last week, and it was so restorative.
3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes?
Yes, I do like celery. I can't name a specific favorite dish made with celery, but I like it in soups, stews, stuffing, chicken or tuna salad ... lots of dishes. On a veggie and dip platter I would probably reach for a cherry tomato or a cucumber spear or slice first.
|View from the dining room|
How many of these are you currently doing? Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?
I'm doing nearly all of these. We don't have a dishwasher, but I do empty the dish drainer, so it amounts to the same thing. The only thing I am not currently doing is the "brain dump" of what I'm thankful for. That would certainly be an encouragement.
|From the dining room looking into area where the breakfast buffet was set up|
It's not pretty. (I'm writing this on Tuesday afternoon.) Across the road I see snowbanks still, and there are dark wet trees there and also in our yard. Rain is falling and the eaves are dripping steadily. But last week we had a couple of really nice days at the ocean. Only part of one day was sunny, but the temps were relatively warm and very nice.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I wish I had gotten a picture of this, but I wasn't quick enough, so a description will have to do. One morning we left our room at the York Harbor Inn and headed for the car ... don't even remember why. But the sun was shining and the birds were singing. Near the parking area is a little white gazebo, so picture that in your mind. I heard an unfamiliar bird song and looked around for the source. A gorgeous, brilliant red cardinal was perched on the very top of the gazebo! I reached for the camera, but he flew away. A beautiful sight that I will file away in my memory bank!
So ends another Hodgepodge! Happy Wednesday!