Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Contentment in Tiny Things...

THIS SONG "SPEAKS" MY HEART ...Jesus King of Angels by Fernando Ortega...tried to add music unsuccessfully....it is my all time favorite song....find it....sleep with it...embed it in your heart....it is beautiful....beautiful....album called Hymns Mother's dishes...she loved roses....as I do....I miss you.....so. Is Christmas a hard time for you? It is hard for many people for many reasons.... a lost loved one not present, a family member that won't contact you anymore, a list of Christmas gifts bought from a list that is not in your heart, emptiness, loneliness, no money, debt, too much TV, politics, arrogance, selfishness, disappointment, anger and fear.....just the stress of not getting along, never agreeing, joy squashed.....this comes from a day that was just about full of all of that...all in one day....instead of being spread out over the week..... I wish....and wish some more. Then reflect on the long ago trips to a small poor village in Mexico..... and long to be there at this moment.....mostly women with the men far away working in a foreign land......the women and children surrounded by obvious need and pain, but an inexplicable joy they have because of the ....the thankfulness they have.....expressing thankfulness of another day to be present and alive, of good health with no hospital visits, of having enough work to have provision for their family, thankfulness for each other, of the prodigal son or daughter that returns home, thankful for a God that they love and for His care for them in hard and good times....they are always sooo thankful ....and they have sooo little ....they gather together, eat together, praise together, work together, they give up their bed when you come to visit, they put their resources together to feed you their best meal, they honor and cherish your visits, they want you to share words of wisdom in their little white washed prized church with the beautiful aqua blue tile floor....as though you are God sent......they give you gifts made with their hands that money can't buy.....they sing with you, laugh with you, cry with you. Why do I miss them so?....and I long to go? THEY are the gifts.....the worthy gifts....to one another. I don't know why this Christmas has been so hard, but it has.....I have reflected on so much.....and in my searching and reflections, see the tiny reflected lights in my ever so small tree this year...... I didn't even unpack the normal Christmas stuff....but found this old box of glass balls in the garage in a box that I think were grandma Peck's.....so they are from the forties and fifties.....not so clear and bright and shiny like new ones.....but a "GLOW" comes from them with worn surfaces that reflect warmth and would have many stories to tell. Then just the word... Jesus.... fills my heart in a very special way today .....a longing to know .....more .....but comforted that He covers me in His love ...... giving me contentment today in the tiny things.....resting in His care. A special kind of comfort and care for this Christmas is sent your way....if you are having a hard Christmas.... blessings.... comfort.... hugs... sherry


DJ said...

Sherry, you are such a wonderful, loving, giving, intelligent, talented, beautiful person who gives so much to husband, children, family, friends, visitors, church, fellow bloggers, and others.
God sees you and knows the truth. May His Love comfort you in this time of reflection.
Gentle Hugs,
Isaiah 40:31

Mary said...

Sherry, we only "met" a few shorts months ago, but I can tell you are going to be a life long friend. Even if we never get to meet face to face. I am thankful you experienced God's love and grace in a very real way in the midst of feeling disquieted. May the truth of what he offers continue to offer you comfort. You know, I think we will always have a bit of discontentment here - it keeps us longing for something more, something "here" cannot provide.

May you experience, may we all experience the immense love God has for us - the depth of it I cannot even understand.

Hugs dear one,

nelda ream said...

What beautiful decorations. Wish I could see your tree. God has been showing me the value of thankfulness during this season.

Say It In Color said...

Gee...thank you guys soooo much for your cherished comments....boy, a wave of stuff came down yesterday from different directions....and I was almost in tears all day but having to put on the fake happy face....which is soooo stressful!! Thank the Lord today was better and I welcomed some sweetness from my hub....thanks girls!