Monday, October 4, 2010

My Blank Slate

Rocker Reading

I have nothing…a big blank slate.
My mind is tripping over invisible thoughts.
It has been a week.
Kenny G is whispering out some beautiful calming tunes as I sit here and reflect. Gratitude comes to mind.
The cooler weather is a welcomed change and with it has come the ease of a new season; one of a more relaxed and gentle nature. It is cool and quiet. The mighty One is so good. He has showered many blessings all around.

A bounty of food was spread at church yesterday, everyone enjoying each other’s company at a crowded table full of love. Awesome food, good camaraderie, and desserts to die for…no hurries, no worries...slow and easy.
It was a homecoming…
122 years of praising God. The message was brought from a former member who had grown up in the church. A mere child of God now called to preach His words. Through him we were able to listen and learn how to become mighty men and women for Christ. Through our strength, risk taking, accomplishments, love and passion; we can become that warrior; even though we are sinners.
Strength- I am weak
A risk taker- I am not
Accomplishments- a few, not many, nothing to brag about
Love- some people are just plain hard to love
Passion- some, but not enough.
I admit my faults, I question my heart, I have a lot of work to do...
But for today I am thankful. Thankful for the small unnoticed things that we often take for milk in the frig, a slice of bread, electricity, and a warm bed. Soap…yes I am thankful for that good ole stuff that keeps me clean! And…

finger licking goodness
the dapple playing across written words
laughter of playing children
lunch with a precious niece
curtains flowing ever so gently
afternoon slumbers
listening to Holly talk and talk and talk and talk and talk
snuggles under old worn quilts
a slamming screen door
that phone call that delivers an answered prayer of good news
when I smile and you smile back
hand written recipes of Grannie’s
oven roasted corn in the shuck
sitting on my porch

Well now, how did I do for filling my blank slate? My invisible thoughts turned to real meaningful things around me...simple things really.  ~The ever present beauty of the day. ~Sunshine giving gentle warmth. ~A jovial soul. ~That welcomed phone call from way over that way…all of this and more, brings happy gratitude.
~Thank you dear Lord

What would you write upon your blank slate?

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
William Arthur Ward

Got to go buy some milk now…I’m out!


Julie Harward said...

I enjoyed your invisible thoughts...good ones. I think being aware enough to be grateful is so very important. How can we expect when we aren't grateful? :D

Sewn With Grace said...

Spoken wonderfully, I'm going back to read your words again!

Char said...

your posts are always so full of warmth and love. i feel refreshed and grateful too.

my slate is still "what?" as i wonder how to make my life fuller.

Manda said...

Absolutely beautiful and humble... a rare jewel you are!

Anonymous said...

"Lovely Cora!"

Bette Byrd

Anonymous said...

Discovered your blog through Gooseberry Patch and it is absolutely my favorite!! Your photography is wonderful. I love that you see the beauty in the small things! Do you sell any of your photos or have stationary or such? Yes, I’m one of those old-fashioned people that still sends greeting cards and handwritten notes. Your music is always uplifting as well. Do you pick out all the tracks yourself? I’m new to all this “blogging” and marvel at how beautiful and wonderful your site is.

Your fan – Tami Treisch
from Texas

Sares said...

I would say you filled your slate pretty well. I am in complete agreement about the afternoon naps and curtains blowing in a gentle breeze. I also love hearing a gentle breeze through the leaves while having an afternoon nap!

Erin Wallace said...

Your blank slate sure was filled with wonderful things - esp love "When I smile and you smile back". Makes my heart flutter.

xo Erin

Christina said...

so lovely... i was on a search for love comfort tonight, and i knew to come here.
i love you friend.

Carolyn said...

Hi Cora!

I agree....if we would just stop and ponder those things around us! So much that we don't even realize....we become desensitized with owning and having....that sometimes we need to stop and take inventory and realize the beauty around us! Especially the beauty in the love and those precious smiles! :) As always, I enjoy your posts!!:D

Thank you for your prayers! :) I so appreciate your sweetness!

Love & Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

It is always so beautiful at your blog. Love your words and pictures.

Angie Berry said...

Another beautiful post. I always enjoy hearing about your days... they seem so serene, so relaxing, yet so full of life. Many blessings abound! Love that beautiful picture... very serene!