There is nothing like a move from complexity to simplicity to achieve a perfect and senseful state of underwhelm. The point is to eat the Cherry On Top so we can get down to the best of business, oui?
So, paradoxically, my cherry on top has been getting back to basics this year, one day at a time.
This is the year I snatched the cherry off the top of the treat, savored it without abandon, then tied the stem in a knot with my tongue and placed it on my cocktail napkin, knowing full well it would wind up in the trash…keeping the satisfaction in my heart and head and being willing to part with the evidence of my talents and achievements.
All for the sake of simplicity.
This year, I traded in my old hips for new ones and shed my old money pit home for a spiffy, new life full of order, less is more and Seriously Downsized Lifestyle.
It was time to put my money where my mouth was, that my children understand that it’s not about the brass ring or perfection or having instead of have-notting, that it is about making the most of life with what God gives us, whatever that may be.
Here is my new cherry on top, a sunset at the old, nostalgic dairy farm across the road from my new, simplistic life…
Hey, God, thanks for the simple things in life that set us free from the imposing cherries on top. Thank You for delivering me from the hell of complexity into the heaven of simplicity.
Thank You, God, for the cherry on top so that we are motivated to put it aside or behind us, sooner than later, in order to savor the Main Event of all that lies beneath glitter and gold.
Posted in God, Life, Family, Inspiration, Photography, Postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Prayer | Tagged new beginnings, Cherry On Top, Dairy, Simplicity, Cherry Stem Knot | 5 Comments »
In this week’s Photo Challenge, I see a Prism of Hope striking across Raw Vulnerability, facilitated by Unfettered Chains allowing Doors to Open.
What do you see?
Thank You, God, for doors which open only after we submit ourselves fully to Truth and Love. Thank You for the clarity that comes with kalaidescope vision as You bring Your will, and all its components, into focus.
Thank You especially for the Journey and its precious moments of Bliss, eternally seared upon our hearts and shaping us forever in our carrying on.
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Hey, God…thank You for a beautiful Christmas season. May all the WP readers have joyous holidays…and blessings in 2016.
Merry Christmas, my friends!!
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For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I spied a little spy who visually answered my question as to why/how he could possibly get his nose so filthy in under three minutes, as he spied in my bedroom window:
(a face only a mother could love…)
Thanks, God, for Your vision for us, for peeping in on us and always being here with us. Thank You for goofiness, silliness and good-natured fun. I know You have a sense of humour, Lord, for I have spied it!
Thank You for loving us, God, whether we are in reverent worship or yukking it up and being playful.
You made smiles, God….let us use them to our greatest abillity!
Posted in Children, Family, God, Humor, Joy, Life, Photography, Postaday, Prayer, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged Eye Spy, peeking in | 11 Comments »
I love this week’s Photo Challenge which is all about taking something and running with it – about going many steps beyond your wildest dreams.
Never believe that the impossible isn’t possible or that a dark and gloomy prognosis means the end of the track.
From a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 8 months old…told IF he lived, he would be in a vegetative state and die by age 4…
…to Special Olympics, 2015 – Kissing a pretty girl fifteen years later makes it well worth coming out of a coma and surviving!
Believe in the extraordinary – faith, hope and love are the greatest of gifts.
Thanks, God, for second, third and fourth chances. And tenth and seventy-seventh chances.
You know, God, sometimes I think that Your lessons about faith, hope and love are as much about our aspirations as they are a reminder of Your unwavering faith, hope and love for us. It IS a two-way street, isn’t it?
That when our ordinary faith, hope and love stray, You – our Rock – never lose those three things for us, and it is Your extraordinary faith in us, Your hope in our return and Your eterrnal love for us draws us back and is what causes such rejoicing among the angels when we return.
Many happy and extraordinary returns!
Posted in Christianity, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Faith, God, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Parenting, Photography, Postaday, Prayer, Religion, Thoughts, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged Extraordinary, OHSU PICU, Special Olympics, you are extraordinay! | 4 Comments »