Monday, April 16, 2018

On My Heart: Living as Beloved

Just how does it really happen?
That we can be going through an ordinary day,
or even a rather complicated kind of day -
and completely unexpectedly, we open our eyes
to beauty, and love, that takes our breath away.

And all of a sudden we are enveloped completely
with love, and overwhelmed with the best of joy 
in an unexpected and wonderful kind of way.
The sun shines through, and our spirits are lifted
in the best of ways - beautifully, perfectly.

I wonder, how does this happen -
unless we really are so very. deeply. loved.
It's easy to forget in the midst of the hurry,
and the gray that clouds our world and our days.
But we are loved; we are His beloved.

Dare we believe this? Dare we open our eyes
and our hearts to watch each day for this love?
For the beauty, for the surprises, for the joy
that He has for us. For me. 

Loving Father, help me to live as who I am ...
Your B-e-l-o-v-e-d, Your dearly loved child.
May I live my days with open eyes and heart,
watching for glimpses of Your love, 
listening to Your Words, coming close to You.

"Come close to God, 
and God will come close to you."
(James 4:8a)

"For He satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul He fills with good things."
(Psalm 107:9)

And as I come close, and as I receive, 
the fullness of His love, and joy
spills over and out for others to see.

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(Taking some time on this Monday morning as the sun is shining through the often cloudy days we've been having, thanking Him for His unexpected gifts of love over the weekend. Taking me by surprise, filling me with joy, reminding me of who we are, who I am; His beloved. It's easy to forget at times, to become too focused on the tasks or the problems at hand, that we don't even see. And this photo? A reminder of our beautiful trip to Italy in 2011; an unexpected gift, beauty at every turn. And today can be the same as we keep our eyes and our hearts open to His love and beauty ... at every turn.)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Special Spring Dinner for Two

It doesn't happen very often that it is just the two of us for Easter, but it happened this year. My hubby offered that we could go out to eat, but I chose to prepare a special little Easter Dinner for Two. But this menu would work great for any special day in spring, or even throughout the year.

My menu plan started falling into place when I remembered that I had two rock cornish hens in the freezer that needed to be used. From there I pulled out three new recipes that I had set aside to try, and then finished off the menu with a favorite from my collection.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

On My Heart: Because of Today

Because of today,
it all can change for us;
Because of today,
we can be made new.

We can try to fix ourselves,
try to perfect ourselves;
not once, but over and over.
Always falling short ...

But there came a day in time,
in real time here, on our earth,
when there was One who came
to remedy our sin, our imperfection.

For when we put our trust
in His work on the cross;
His sacrifice, freely given -
then we are perfected forever.

We become His own, dearly loved -
we are declared righteous,
without fault, complete;
we become beautiful in His eyes.

"I am overwhelmed with joy
in the Lord, my God!
For He has dressed me with
the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe
of righteousness."
(Isaiah 61:10a)

Thank You, Lord ...
Because of today,
I am forgiven, I can live
deeply loved, fully accepted;
I am declared righteous -
all because of Jesus.

(Sharing the thoughts on my heart Easter Sunday 2018)