“Thou tellest my wanderings . . .”

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Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?

Psalm 56: 8 (KJV)

“Let not your heart be troubled . . .”

John 14: 1a (KJV)

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As I create posts, I copy verses and sometimes drafts of poems into a notebook.  Then I type the posts.   Sometimes I go directly to a post.   The Bible verses are always new – God’s Word.

John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  This verse continues to inspire me, that God loves language and writes to us in His Word.  He created language, and we cannot ever reach the end of its beauty.

When I was a teacher, and taught reading skills, I always felt that was spiritual work, though I was not teaching Bible lessons directly.  I felt that teaching children to read would help them search for themselves.   I also taught Sunday School, and there the goal was to help the children feel comfortable with their own Bibles.  Reading levels varied, and no one was required to read aloud – only to follow along silently.

As I continue to read the Psalms, and also spend more time in the Gospels for Lent, I’ll post here in a spontaneous way, as I “compare and contrast” my readings.

This verse picture is courtesy of antiqueclipart.com.  The butterflies are from wpclipart.com.
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Thankful For The Seasons

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I am thankful for the seasons.  We have a classic February in Wisconsin this year.  Spring will be here in about a month, and then Easter.  Grateful for quiet winter time.

Psalm 50: 14 (KJV) says, Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High. 

Here are acrostics for SEASON and PSALMS; new for some readers and familiar to others.  Blessings always, Ellen

S  ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts

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P  romises of
S  erenity
A  nd
L  ove
M  editations and
S  trength

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Daily Prompt – the why of our blog titles

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Today the Daily WordPress Prompt says: “Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.”  http://dailypost.wordpress.com

I’ve been reading the Psalms aloud since the mid-1990s, and I’ve always loved this poetry.  The Psalms are honest, emotional, and convey ever-growing trust in God, which leads to deeper praise and thanksgiving.

No matter how many times I read the Psalms, new meanings are given, along with the reassurance of their ongoing rhythm in my life.  I also am grateful for the beauty in nature.

Reading the Psalms in different translations helped me grow a new life chapter again, many years ago.  This spiritual practice was healing and also helped me begin writing anew.  I wasn’t reading as a teacher or scholar, I was reading as a child of God in need.  I’ll never forget the comfort they gave me, as I read a little or a lot, looked at a bouquet of flowers, trees and birds outside the window, and watched the light through the seasons as always.  God is good and He loves us.  I always feel as if I am just beginning . . .

Psalm 23: 1 – 2 (KJV)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.

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My mother didn’t drive, so I have many nice memories of going places with her in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin general area.  I learned to drive when I was sixteen, at my high school. 

Some of the gardens we saw must have been decades old. She loved the Bridal Wreath bushes in bloom. So we planted one here. The snow this week is still clinging to trees, branches, and bushes. 

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the Bridal Wreath bush
easy to imagine
their flowers
in Spring

“Forget-me-not circle”
is courtesy of antiqueclipart.com.