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Spring Musings

(I wrote this a few days ago, when the weather was just beginning to stay consistently warm!)

As the day draws out, long and cool, I can begin to feel those clammy fingers of Summer brush over March’s variable climate. Four o’clock comes and goes, bringing with it the hottest rays of pale yellow sunshine yet to be shone in this new year. Ah yes. Now that is a thought! From here on out it can only get warmer for 2010, until Autumn, impatient for it’s turn on stage, prances in with a wild dance, only staying long enough to tease Summer about it’s relentless stillness.

For now, I am glad to have Spring as my companion. It’s fluttering chills amid the steady approach of Summer’s stifling blanket are delightful! But I cannot completely claim Spring’s fresh joy as my own, for I am made of that raw and reckless material so inexorably tied to the coming of fall. And so now, letting my mind roam over the ever moving and changing surface of time, I remember my “unashamed plug for the best and most glorious month of the year.” Was it really 5 months ago?! Nearly half a year – a measure of time so long, yet when it’s over, so extraordinarily short! I can still see with vividness my mom and sisters reading over that post, checking it for errors as is their custom. The whole jubilant month of October is indeed still speaking, regaling me with stories from it’s days that, at the time, didn’t seem so important, but now are valuable treasures to me.

But, my word! How I seem to have strayed from the path I had intended for my musings to take!

Spring. Spring! All living things are beginning to sing it’s name as an anthem. I am encircled by a veritable party of “new.” Yet it is all familiar, so it lacks the intimidation that such a statement might otherwise suggest. Beyond lace-curtained windows, bold light still arouses the world to outdoor activity as I fork my dinner of BBQ chicken to my mouth. This early in the year, it is of course only possible because of that phenomenon of our culture, Daylight Savings Time. I don’t understand why we must be subject to such a stupid rule and torment our bodies with endless adjustment to changing time, when it is in fact not time that is changing, but us changing the time!

I do, however, bask in the luxury of long afternoons inundated with natural light. Such it was that inspired these tiny, insignificant letters I am writing – strings of descriptive words being formed as my pencil moves across the loose piece of lined paper lying in my lap.

No, your eyes do not deceive you. The paper I am referring to is indeed real and tangible. The wood pencil in my hand is truly pressing against the softening writer’s callous on the edge of my right middle finger. Left to it’s own devices (and consequently my eagle-eyed younger sister), my laptop is neglected for the more poetic and peaceful encouragement of raw materials.


And It is Now… 2010!

Happy New Year!!!

A New Years Wish

May you always have:
Enough happiness to keep you pleasant…
Enough trials to challenge you…
Enough sorrow to make you compassionate.
Enough success to urge you on…
Enough failure to maintain your humility…
Enough health to keep you smiling…
Enough friends to share life with…
Enough wealth to meet your needs…
Enough faith to sustain you…
Enough work for your hands and mind…
Enough love to fill every corner of your heart.

~Author Unknown

A New Year

We stand at the gate of another new year,
The pathway ahead is untrod,
We know not the manner or course it will take,
We hold to the hand of our God!
Each moment, each day, and each month, and each year
Are blessings from heaven above;
In faith we can meet with the future unknown.
Serene and secure in His love.

The pathway may lead to the mountain’s high top
Where the air is so clear and so sweet;
Red roses and laurel are blossoming there,
And joy is so full and complete.
When riches increase and when plenty abounds,
From care and from trial set free,
Be careful, for fear you forget your great God,
The Giver of gifts unto thee!

The pathway may lead through the valley so deep,
Through sorrow and sadness and pain.
There may be affliction and grief and distress;
Our future we can’t ascertain.
The rocks will be sharp as they pierce in our feet,
And rough and so rugged the sod.
But ever look upward beyond the dark clouds;
Hold fast to the hand of your God!

We thank You, dear God, for another new year.
We face opportunities new
To live and to love and to toil and to serve,
Our fellowmen’s good kept in view.
We are ready to follow wherever He leads,
On mountain or deep in the vale;
We’re ready to place our frail hands into His,
His power will always prevail!

~ Pauline Ressler

May you have happy and blessed new year!

*sigh* Lovely October!

I am absolutely in love with the month of October! 😀 I always feel so thankful to God and refreshed during October, plus it’s my birth month, so I might be a little biased on that account. In it we find the peak of leaf season, the very epitome of autumn, and that lovely clean and bright blue sky with unique cloud structures floating across it! And to think that God designed it all for His glory and our enjoyment… I suppose that is why I am so filled with thankfulness and praise during this time of year, despite the many troubles of life. Oh, that I could extend it for another 30 days! And how glorious would it be if we could celebrate Thanksgiving amidst it?!?! But no, October is vanishing before our eyes and in just a few short days it will be totally and completely gone… never to be seen again for another whole year.

Excuse my unashamed plug for the best and most glorious month of the year, and enjoy this poem, a much more eloquent series of thoughts on October. 😉

October’s Bright Blue Weather

O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October’s bright blue weather.

When loud the bumblebee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And goldenrod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When gentians roll their fringes tight,
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sing noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October’s bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October’s bright blue weather.

~Helen Hunt Jackson

Waiting in my Father’s will,