On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Restful Hodgepodge

1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.

To go to the arboretum before the azaleas are gone.
To get a pedicure.
To make a short overnight trip before it's too hot.

2. Where do you find rest?

I would love to sit on the bank of a peaceful river or babbling brook somewhere with my DH, a cup of coffee and a book. This looks like a nice place, as long as there are no snakes, bugs, chiggers, mosquitoes, etc. 

But ... since that isn't possible, I can find rest in my chair with a book or a Bible study.

What restores your soul? That.
When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here? This morning.
3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery?
I don't really eat celery much. I only use it for certain recipes, such as tuna salad. What's your favorite dish made with celery? Tuna.
On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes?
Cherry tomatoes.
4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one lload of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day

How many of these are you currently doing?
First thing upon arising, I drink a bottle of water, (have a cup of coffee - that should be on the list) read my Bible, and then shower and get dressed. Next stop is down to empty the dishwasher before I fix breakfast. While I empty the dishwasher, I figure out dinner. Often I do the brain dump, but not everyday. It depends on what is going on. At 8, I begin breakfast.

Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?

I think I should make a habit of doing the thankful list each day. I'm always thankful and vocalize my thanks, but don't always make the list. I journal the "weighing on my mind" items.

5. Describe the view from your window.

When I look out my windows by my favorite chair, I see wide open sky and one of the coves of our huge lake. I get to watch the lake through the seasons of rains and drought, which in the drought time always makes me aware of the precious value of water and not to waste it because the lake is our source of water here. There is also the corps of engineers property, which is nature preserve and no one can ever build there. Main reason being that is the flood area, too. I see wildlife and watch the hawk as it looks out for food. I see birds in flight together swooping down and back up. I have spotted deer, coyotes, bobcats, possums, armadillo and a skunk one day. Last Thursday I saw a wild turkey sprinting at a really fast pace eastward behind our fence. On Friday, he was headed back westward. I feel blessed that I just happen to look out and get to see things like a huge hawk sitting in our fence. During the summer, I see the most amazing sunsets from my window, and in the mornings, I see the sunrise. When storms are on the horizon, I love watching the clouds gather and the lightning light up the sky. There is a neighborhood park behind us, too and I can see and hear children playing and also there are some adults who go there early in the morning to do their morning workout.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I absolutely love looking out my window.


Preppy Empty Nester said...

Your last photo is breathtaking! Have a wonderful week.

laurie said...

what a wonderful practice I love it!

Joyce said...

We watched a big hawk this morning here too. I think they're fascinating creatures but don't love it when they hover above my bird feeder. Gorgeous picture! Have a happy Wednesday!

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful sky! I would love to wake up to that view!

maddie/cadesmimi said...

I enjoyed reading about the view from your window! That's quite a lot to see--and be thankful for.
This year, I pledged to begin my daily prayers with a list of things I'm thankful for. It helps to bring things into perspective and makes me realize blessings I'd otherwise take for granted.
Kathy (Reflections)

annie said...

BEautiful view from your window! That photo is breathtaking.

Julie said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I loved reading your description of what's outside your window. How blessed you are with such beautiful views of God's creation.

Debby Ray said...

Oh...that view from your window is amazing! How wonderful it must be to live near the water. And speaking of water, I need to get into your habit of drinking a bottle when I first get up...great habit! I am one of those who needs her breakfast when she first gets up...that means we have breakfast at nearly 5:30 every morning. By 8 AM I am needing a snack already...lol! BTW, I just started following you too. :)

Elizabeth Day said...

What a place to find rest and restoration for your soul. I would find it difficult to ever leave that comfortable chair with such an amazing view. I do hope you get to take that trip. It would be so good for you and your dear.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Your amazing view from your window sounds so breathtaking...would love to see it! Your morning routine sounds rigorous before 8 am...but I guess we all have our little routines of things we do. I never tried to list them before...I might be surprised! Would love the sitting by the lake with a book/cup of TEA for me, and just relaxing and enjoying God's beautiful creation. Thank you for this today. I enjoyed spending the "morning" with you.

Cathy said...

Oh my...how beautiful! I need to start drinking water in the morning like that. Have a great week.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Come on over, our azaleas are in bloom! We spend about 20 years getting a cabin in Mammoth Lakes, CA. We stopped a few years ago and I miss being by the lake because it is so peaceful. Our Sprouts grocery store has had Heirloom cherry tomatoes recently and they are amazing! Sounds like your doing a great job on the list. Awesome photo...

Lynn Marie Millette said...

WOW what a beautiful decription of the view you have, it sounds beautiful. A lot of people start their day with reading their Bible, that was nice to read. Sometimes it feels like no one is reading it anymore.

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Frozen Moments | Aritha said...

Love to read about your morning routine! Now I will follow the links in your post. Have a Good Friday!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I do love celery.

Hey I do almost all those stress relieving ideas every day - how come I am still stressed?

I love your view and your attitude.