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Tune My Senses

It’s happening again.

I’m doing what I said I wasn’t going to do:

let life get way out of balance –

I mean – WAY out of balance.

I love what I do

I don’t consider it a job because I enjoy it so much,

but usually I let it consume me and my time –

especially at this time of year.

It’s something I’ve struggled with for what seems too long.

 I even started this year with a new resolve:

to balance family, home, work, church

but, sigh . . .


About a month ago, a friend asked me if I had seen my hellebores blooming.

Oh my gosh, had I missed the first blossoms of spring?

As a self-proclaimed beauty-seeker, I was mad at myself.

How had my schedule become so full of to do’s that I had forgotten how to just be?

How had my focus become so narrow that I had forgotten to really see?

I ran out with camera in hand

hunting for beauty

and found it –

there on the hillside covered in lovely blossoms

dangling downward

Lenten roses


Such a good reminder to live life slow

not as if life is an emergency;

to take the time to seek and see the beauty that’s right before me

and to thank God for each gift


Time is one of those gifts

and though it seems there is never enough of it,

every morning I need a reminder

that God has given me enough time

it’s all how I use it,

not how it uses me.

So a new resolve stirs to slow and be in the moment,

to balance, but always seek Him first,

and to be tuned in to the grace-shower that follows.


‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
    and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
    for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

– Hosea 10:12




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i finally heard him this afternoon

my first robin of the season

i heard him before i saw him – he sounded so close


robins aren’t really known as great songbirds, but there is something comforting about hearing them in early spring

this robin, however, didn’t sound real happy

he sounded upset

then i spotted him in the mountain ash

right above the bird bath that was full of last fall’s leaves

i could tell he was scolding me to get that bird bath cleaned up and ready for him


it got me thinking

what song is my heart singing today?

am i  singing a song of impatience and complaints like that robin?

it’s easy to find things to complain about

here’s the challenge: for everything that goes wrong, look for the blessing

it may be hidden, but it’s there


kind of like this Hellebore (Lenten Rose)

i was pretty sure it would be there since it’s one of the first flowers to bloom in spring

so i went searching for it

and there it was – buried beneath the leaves

and what a joyful discovery it was!


the more we look for blessings, the easier they are to find

it’s a matter of changing the way we  see things


i’m praying that your heart is full of  thanksgiving for the many blessings you have been given

and that it’s bubbling over into a melody of joy


He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. ” Psalm 40:3

blessings cont.

21. an afternoon spent in the garden

22. songbirds

23. my grandmother’s birdbath

24. hunting for surprises in the garden

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