Saturday, July 10, 2010

DAY 335 Peaceful Saturday

Howdy Journal & Friends,

Today looks to be another 101 degree day here in Southern Oregon! It feels like a lazy Saturday.

I'm not sure why, I just don't feel like being "deep" today or even rah-rah. I'm not blah. Maybe just... quiet? Content? Restful?

I woke up feeling thankful, maybe that's it. I've been cruising Bloggyland the last couple of days, visiting new people, link-hopping. And was smacked with the reality that lots of people are dealing with such heart-breaking circumstances.

When I am particularly touched by someone's situation and feel so led, I'll stick up a note on my computer to pray for that person daily. Well, I think I was feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff people were dealing with... and feeling almost guilty that right now, at this time and space, there is peace in my life.

Peace. I don't mean inner peace... we can have that anytime in the midst of the storm, from the Prince of Peace. I mean circumstances are peaceful right now. We are "between storms."

My biggest "problem" is that every time I sit down to the comuter, Vevie  (rhymes with Stevie) takes that as a cue to come and demand that I play with her, or, she wants to cuddle up right in front of the keyboard and sleep.

If that's all I have to deal with right now, I am blessed indeed.

So you can see why I'm feeling thankful... even for small things.

Thankful for a good air-conditioner in this heat.
Thankful for a day I don't have pressing obligations, so I can just relax.
Thankful for having met so many wonderful bloggy friends.

I'm not being glib on that last one. This is embarrassing to admit... but I was truly surprised that people have been so friendly and accepting to me. And that they comment with such support and uplifting words. There are so many very giving and creative people out there. And it took the internet to open my eyes to see that!  See... you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

From Dr Phil's book: "When you are on the right track, there is an enormous energy that uplifts you."

My verse for today: "I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High."

My quote for today: "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."--Muhammad Ali

Enjoy the Journey,



Anonymous said...

huh. I hadn't realized that Muhammad Ali was that deep. You've posted some astounding quotes from him lately. I always liked him--back from when he was Cascious Clay. :) (That's been so long ago, I can't remember how to spell his name!)

I'm glad you're having a peaceful interlude. May it continue!


Anonymous said...

I will join you in having a relaxing Saturday. Although it is still hot here, our humidity went away so it is now tolerable without A/C...for a few days I felt like I lived in a pizzeria!

Debi said...

I believe you have a heart for those people with unfortunate circumstances and I believe you came across those blogs for a reason..if only to pray. Thank God for you Loretta! :)

cmoursler said...

nice one...I have been thinking about my place in the world and contentment as well...what I want my contribution to be.
Good post.

Anonymous said...

Recently I heard an interview on "Fresh Air" with Dr. Dan Gottlieb - a quadriplegic psychologist with a more than amazing approach to life. His ending statement hit me so hard that I have it stuck to my computer monitor and etched into my brain:
"I suffer with my body. On occasion, I suffer with my mind. And my soul really is at peace today. And I pray it's at peace tomorrow, too. And I pray its at peace when I'm in my death bed."
(Text of the interview is here

Christina said...

Vevie is so cute!!! I love that picture! Yes, you are blessed. It sounds like you're in a good place, Retta. I like your sidebar pic!!

Leslie said...

Beautiful post, Loretta. I love that you intentionally pray for people when you know they're struggling in some way or enduring difficult circumstances. I try to do that too.

I'm feeling peaceful and grateful today. I hope your contentment has extended to Sunday as well.

M @ The Woes and Throes said...

I pray for people like that too...folks I see on the news, or blogs, or someone I see or hear about... The Bible says "pray without ceasing" and there are certainly enough needs for us to do just that. (Not that I do it...I should be praying SO much more!)
I love those "in between storms" times...hope yours lasts a good long while. This was just a nice and peaceful post. I enjoyed reading it very much.
You've posted a few Ali quotes...and I didn't know he ever talked much other than "I'm the greatest..." type talk.

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