We have clothed ourselves with Christ’s grace, with the whole Christ,
so let us spread ourselves like coats under his feet.
St Andrew of Crete
(a silvery canopy of Spanish moss / Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Ga / Julie Cook / 2016)
No one is ever united with Jesus Christ until he is willing to relinquish not sin only, but his whole way of looking at things. To be born from above of the Spirit of God means that we must let go before we lay hold, and in the first stages it is the relinquishing of all pretence. What Our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us. And what does He give in exchange for our sin? Real solid righteousness. But we must relinquish all pretence of being any thing, all…
As those of you know who’ve been following me for a while, my migraine headaches are out of control again and I don’t know why. I’ve seen one doctor who I was not happy with at all nor was I happy with the meds he was perscribing without running any tests to find out why after 3 years my headaches have worsened. My husband who remembered the name of the neurologist who dealt with me when I was in the hospital after my stroke encouraged me to go see her. And so today I had an appointment to see her and found her to be as competent, pleasant, and caring as she had been in the hospital. After her examination and talking with her for sometime, she has ordered some tests, an MRI, blood work, and a carotid dopler to see what we can find out before starting to change any current meds or prescribe new ones. Since I’ve not been sleeping well as a result of the increased migraines as well as working hard in the yard, I am exhausted and spent today, physically and emotionally. For whatever reason, my life has been fraught with a great deal of physical pain and there are times when it’s all I can do to hang in and hang on. Because I hate whiners, I don’t often discuss these things with others and/or let it steal any more of life life and joy than it already has. But today, kiddies, little Natalie Scarberry is struggling to keep her head above water. Not only am I hurting but not knowing what’s made my headaches worse is very worrisome especially since I’ve had a stroke. So this is it for me for the day. I’m not even sure that I’ll be able to read your posts this evening. Maybe later when I’ve rested and recomposed myself, I’ll feel differently, but for now I’m going to find something to feed my neurosis, look at the mountain of laundry that needs to be done, and trust in the Lord’s promises, grace, mercy, and goodness.
So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am you God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10 ✝
This exquisite beauty is an antique rose named SOUVENIR DE MALMAISON. Sadly she one of the roses we lost last year. We not sure why they perished, but it might have been the excessive spring rains of last spring. Whatever the reason, it was a sad occurrence and I miss this one. Althrough I’ve bought 14 new ones to replace what we lost, she’s a climber and we just didn’t have room for another climber.
happiness and abates misery,
by the doubling of our joy
and the dividing of our grief.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero
But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person—having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. ~ Proverbs 18:10 ✝