I am so thankful for the rain today. It's been one hot week. Topped out at 102F last Thursday, although my husband's truck registered 107. I know it's been as hot or hotter elsewhere in the nation, but that was plenty hot for me. I really don't like the heat.
Now today, it's about 75, overcast, and starting to rain. It smells like rain. I love that smell! And for once, I have all the fans and air conditioners turned off. Blessed peace and quiet! It's amazing how wearing that can be on a person, especially if you aren't used to it. Thankful to have those things, but nice to not have to use them too.
Today, I got up at 6am, went for my walk by 6:15am, and then had breakfast, started laundry, ran the dishwasher, and then showered. Typical Monday. Except for the 6am thing and walking. I've started a new habit! Aren't you all proud of me? I certainly am. I've been doing it for over 2 weeks now, and can feel a difference in my back and overall well-being. And I sleep better. I get more done. I have a more positive outlook. More confidence. All that from getting up earlier and walking. Wow...
It's a day for drawing near to God, for finding a peaceful place. I read my Bible over lunch - Psalms really is a great book. I tended to neglect Psalms and Proverbs and favored the New Testament, but there really is so much of life's lesson and perspective in these 2 books.
I lit a fruity smelling candle I bought recently for my table centerpiece. I made broccoli cauliflower salad, grilled chicken and homemade potato salad from yesterday, and a sliced fresh tomato. Oh so yummy! I ended this with a homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, and coffee. The frosting on the cake was my Country Sampler magazine which came in the mail today. Oh, I just love the cover on the Sept 2011 issue. I love fall. It seems to 'center' me, and remind me the things I love most. I think too, it's a family time, with Labor Day and Thanksgiving holidays. I love pumpkins and harvest too. It's a time for canning, for getting ready to snuggle in for the winter.
Sometimes, when our hearts and minds are troubled, we need to step back, to step away, for a bit, go find a 'sanctuary' . Center and ground ourselves. In my case, when I don't have the answers, and sometimes that is often, I turn to the Word. It brings peace and clarity to my troubles, and helps me be the best I can be, no matter the outcome. When I feel out of control of a situation, it helps me control my response. Helps me to preserve my integrity by not responding out of uncontrolled anger. Be angry, and sin not, the Bible says. And that's a hard thing to do, but not impossible.
I am reading a book that talks about the space between a catalyst, situation or event, and the response. What are we going to do in that space between the two? Fire back and let the chips fall where they may, and ruin trust and your integrity and the relationship? Or consider carefully ones' words, that they may in fact build up, and not tear down. Which will have very short term effect, or lasting benefits? Something to think about, isn't it.
I hope you are having a great day. I know it's Monday, but even Monday's can have their upside. I did the laundry today, and found my husband's watch that had been missing since last week. He thought he left it in a public washroom, but there it was. It must have fallen out of a pocket he had temporarily stashed it in while he washed up. He had already gone out and bought a cheap replacement, but now he has a backup for that one! :0)
Have a blessed day!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Posted by ctgardengirl at 12:53 PM