Sunday, November 18, 2012

Joy, Pain, and Balance

When your life is shaken and it feels like to your core, it can take some time to find a new balance.  Mine comes through family, farm, and a small town with valued neighbors.  Golden chickens help too. ;)
           It takes time to see the beauty again that is around you and settle it that it is o.k. to enjoy it and accept God's goodness while you pray that others will be blessed this way as well; 

                                 to enjoy simple things,

                              to laugh at bunnies with bangs,

                             to pull up a chair and be thankful.

As HE has been showing me many needs and suffering in the world around me, showing me new places that I must venture forward into, I forgot to also look out the window to see lovely fainting goats almost ready to have little ones again,  and lush green leaves turning fiery before floating on breezes, lighting the ground with color and crunch.  I forgot that beauty and light and breezes and farm surprises are still mine to delight in

 If I wake early enough I can see hunters going on first ever hunts, and Dads learning something new for the love of sons.
 And if I pry away from computer screens, documentaries, or books on the destitute, and drive down town, I can see this most wonderful tuba player playing for the last time with his high school marching band.  I can enjoy how handsome he his becoming and feel that "momma" pride. 
I can oversee science experiments where household ingredients create gases which blow up balloons and amaze one and all. 

I'm thinking that there must be balance and room for happiness and joy and blessings.  And at the same time, there must be concern for those described as  the "least of these" by  HIM who leads us on.  Maybe I am finding some balance these days.....and maybe finding my way through the inward shaking to some resolve . ♥  To hold "the least of these" in my prayers, in my heart, in my plans, in my hopes, and still delight in my God each day giving Him thanks for all that is ours. 

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


  1. Dear Rhonda,

    I love this blog of yours. I love the pictures, the way you weave the wording, the mirror into your soul that is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this tremendous gift God has given you. I eagerly await your next post.

    Blessings and Love,


    1. Paula...thanks for taking time here with me....for visiting and for words to encourage me. That means so much to me. ♥

  2. Blogger has not been allowing me to post comments. Lets hope this time works-
    I love your blog and I'm quite sure we should have been neighbors so we could have been beat friends! We have SO much in common!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and I look forward to following yours. :)

    1. I love your blog too, Dalyn! Your last post and the thoughts and scriptures that you shared were read several times by me. :)

      I hope to take more time and venture backwards into your blog....I'm sure I can learn a lot there and be inspired.

      Thanks so much for popping in here !

  3. sweet post...

    on thinking of hunting...have you seen the show Duck Dynasty on A and E channel? We are addicted...such a fun family.

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

  4. Yes, we actually DO lovee that show, Kimmie. :) I think Uncle Si is a favorite.


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