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Twenty-seventeen is nearly upon us. That means a blank book; an empty calendar. Being a detail oriented organizer, this means I must have a new calendar before the New Year arrives. This afternoon it is complete so— I’m sharing it with you and wishing you abundant Grace and Peace this month and in the coming…

staying young

Today as we finished up the study of Job’s life, as written by Pastor Chuck Swindoll, he touched on something near and dear to my heart: staying young. In an earlier post I mentioned a few things we practice that help to keep us close to the position we believe God intends for his more…

can’t give up

“Don’t grow weary! I looked up the definition of weary this morning and it means to become tired and bored with, to loose freshness or my favorite definition was to loose a sense of pleasure, to not feel the enjoyment you once felt. Many of us have been on a long journey and we are…

anger is an acid

Mark Twain once said, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Back in April I painted a page in my studio diary to remind me of this. A lesson best learned early and held tightly throughout life.…

happy now?

Today there was an opportunity to have a miserable day. Ever have one of those? We all have moments of anxiety, depression or fear. Each is a form of unnecessary suffering. Instead of sinking into the depths, I am determined to learn to be happy NOW! Not someday when everything appears to be perfect—but right NOW.…

painting a diary

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” _Pablo Picasso   In August of 2013 my life took a left turn down a new path. From Autumn of 2012, though the Holidays, and into the early summer of 2013, I invested myself completely in a “job” which I believed was given to me by The Lord.…

living outside of time

This is a lesson I learned late in life—a difficult lesson—not soon to be forgotten. If you are a child of The King…time has no meaning Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with The Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.…

kitchen collage

Lunch is ready. Can’t believe it’s that time already. Mr. Lebsock brought a shopping bag full of tomatoes in from the garden earlier, so I’ve been busy this morning. Plan on some time just sittin’ and readin’ this afternoon Three o’clock and all’s well, even though my plan to sit and read this afternoon turned…

welcome July

This weekend those of us who live in the United State of America will be celebrating our National Independence Day – The Forth of July. In keeping with the celebration there a few things I would like to say: if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my…

the tale of the numbers

A week’s worth of new experiences. A while back I opened a Facebook page to compliment Contentment Cottage – The Blog. That page has been limping along with under twenty 💚 likes 💚 since sometime in March. “Okay,” says I to myself, “there’s no real point in spending too much time trying to build an audience, because what I post is…

write for yourself

…“it is better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” _Cyril Connolly Yesterday at lunch time we opened our home to entertain strangers. Again! As so often happens, both of our guests are educators and so have lots in common with D and so have lots to talk…