I am still smiling over the completion of a six-room remodel plus refinished stairs that give the sense of a new home. Well, from 1975 to the twenty-first century new. The colors are brighter and lighter, though I went a bit heavy on the aqua accents.
Following six months of cleaning and purging fifty years of STUFF, I need this September to rejuvenate my mind, body, and spirit.
Mind – I don’t know when I got into the habit of always doing something. If I sit still, I’m reading, doing a word search, or watching a movie. There was a glorious time when I spent a lot of empty moments doing nothing but soaking in my surroundings, which often included a seat outside.
Since we decided to stay in the country, I am doing that now, and enjoying refreshment. The birds (how I love the happy trills and whistles!), cooler breeze, butterflies, flowers. Blessings. I’m alive to sense nature. Yes, blessings.
I keep a Christmas JOY decoration near my monitor. The red cardinal within the O reminds me that creation sings for joy. Psalms 96:11-13 says “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord.”
Psalm 97:6 says, “The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.” And Psalm 98:8-9 reads, “Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord.” Such rich creation verses filled with nature that praises God make my heart sing for joy.
Body – As a writer, my seat is often in the chair at my computer desk. Sedentary. I wasn’t sedentary for six months moving and shuffling household items, decorative things, and furniture from room to room and out the door.
I am filled with gratitude that my knees or back held up during all those steps, often up and down two flights of stairs. But wear and tear on my neck woke up a whiplash and degenerative arthritis in my cervical vertebrae let me know the end of July that repetitive motion had taken a toll. Thank the Lord I have a talented and kind physical therapist who is doing wonders to ease my pain.
Pain makes me thankful because I am alive to feel it. Romans 5:3 reminds me, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Spirit – John 4:24, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The Bible, of course is our source of spiritual rejuvenation. I filled four journals that will soon release as devotional poetry. I wish you manifold blessings, no matter what the transition may be in your life, as you commune with our Savior on a spiritual level.