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life as it is seen from my heart and soul

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the death of death

that is what we heard in church today. Easter sabbath is about the death of death as Jesus is risen and alive. my life is not permanent on this Earth. i have said in the past and still hope that my job in heaven will be in the kitchen and in the garden. the smells, the colours, the sounds – i can hardly wait. earth is tiring.
so don’t wait on Jesus. He is waiting on you, searching for you, hoping you will say yes to Him.

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is summer on its way???

oh, Ohio… you tickle me with warm weather and then bring 3″ of snow with 28 degree weather.  But today… ah, today. the blue sky, the white clouds, the blooms ready to open; maybe it is a real spring with summer on its way. i am hopeful.
the week was somewhat tough. but my Lent reading is Hosea. this week one of the verses was in chapter 7 verse 8: Ephraim/Israel is a flat cake not turned over.  I just about died laughing.. how have i missed this verse before??? I am thinking God called Israel a flat cake – baked on one side, raw on the other. i don’t want to be that, ever. a flat cake, not worth anything. i still laugh, though, when i think about it.
so let me remember to be the Light, the Yeast, the Vine. especially now, when culture seems to be in such despair and without vision. Jesus is that vision, that Hope, that Way. Jesus is there, no matter what happens or how bad things get or there isn’t any money or there isn’t any food or how will you keep the family together?
i turned 60 this year but more importantly the Lord has opened my heart for 44 years. He is always there. ALWAYS. Jesus, His name is Jesus.

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last day of March

the asparagus is cleaned out!! and the ginger plants survived! and tomorrow i am going looking for seed sprouting supplies. only a month behind, but i don’t care. some of the forsythia did not bloom because of the crazy warm, cold, warm. hoping there is no more frost, but we might in April. rained all day today. rain tomorrow, so it will be good to stay in. pickled eggs to make, cut outs to bake, laundry to wash, bills to pay, reading to read, words to write, and maybe sleep in a little in my warm cotton flannel sheets. yummy.

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therapy in soil.

Out in my garden tonight. cut the clematis and roses and the grasses. and found the ginger that survived the winter!!!  rhubarb is popping up!!! need to clean the asparagus bed. Spring. i sure hope it is here to stay because i want to plant and prune and dig and turn under. and it is therapeutic. helps me think and breathe and pray.
oh, i. love. my. garden.  and the worms. how about you?

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tomorrow is the day. i. turn. 60. Sixty. as in six decades old. on earth for 21,900 days. 60. when did this happen? how did this happen? does the earth turn that fast? is the moon rising twice each day?
so each day becomes How can I be Jesus? and right now at my new job it is very very difficult to try to be Jesus. I am thinking I need to be the Jesus that turned over the tables in the Temple. Righteous anger, but it would go misunderstood. Am i beating my head against a tree? I feel like it.
but there is the Word …. and music. the Word, the Word of Jesus Christ. and music to sing in my heart that brings my focus back to Him.
i will get up tomorrow. get dressed. make breakfast and lunch and go to work. and that is that. Have a great day!!!

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so, let’s be honest.

oh my. i am such a grouch. i am tired. my brain is on overdrive at work. i cannot believe how some people behave. i cannot believe the work ethic (or lack of) in some people. i cannot believe the things i think lately. i can hardly think or speak or talk nicely when i get home. but i keep thinking What does God want me to do??  What am i to learn? Who am i to help? How can i be Jesus to those around me? my new favourite song is Thy Will Be Done by Hillary Scott…. wowsers. what. a. song.
personally, i would like a blizzard here in north central ohio so i can stay home, sleep in, bake, read, crochet, sew and write. like i need 5 days off, paid, but no working. it would totally screw up a lot of people’s schedules… but we could work through it. life would go on. i need to order seeds for the garden, write my Compassion child more, dust the house, sit in the attic and think of what used to happen there with three children on a snow day home from school.  i need to ponder the silence of the snow when it falls. and how did God ever come up with a snowflake?? or the inner ear for that fact? or the hair in my respiratory tract? I have so many questions.

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my girls are sisters. i watch Little Women and wonder what it would have been like to have a sister. i  had a sister once. she was blonde and blue eyed, a tall lithe swimmer girl. she did not ask Why when she was in my home, she did not treat me differently like other friends did, she showed me Jesus. she helped to begin the journey of grace and mercy in dysfunction. Kim was my sister, my Diana.
there is a big ball game tomorrow. I don’t even care. My youngest (see picture to the right) got her college degree from Ohio State University!!!! I am about to burst! She isn’t sure what she will be doing… may stay at her current job, but that is okay. It is her life, her world. I am so proud she finished it!!!!!!!
the new job is …. welllll….. let’s say overwhelming. extremely overwhelming. just pray.