be calm & at peace

Peace! It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. Everything happens for a reason. If someone has offended you, insulted you or disappointed you, Let it go! If…

a quiet afternoon

Books are my friends Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Completely losing myself in a story is all too easy for me This afternoon I’ve had a lovely time revisiting some old friends, the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who populate the pages of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little…

a big tease

An afternoon the color of rain. A cold and breezy afternoon. A far cry from the teaser for summer we saw earlier in the week. Oh well.  That’s spring–a big tease. One day the promise of things to come, the next a reminder of winter’s past. Looking across the lane and through the meadow, watching the clouds roll…

another do over

Well…I’ve just spent the past two days doing this “Contentment Cottage Blog” over. Again! You won’t notice much on the surface. It’s all in the coding.  If you don’t know what that means, right click on the page and ‘view the source’ code. Not sure how that is gonna translate to your ‘smart phone’ but…

a little leprechaun

The wearin’ o’ the green Dick has called me Irish forever. Most everyone who is around us for any length of time picks up that moniker and so I have become Irish to many friends and most of the family.  The reason? My father’s father and mother came to America, via Ellis Island in the late 1800’s. My…

March marches on…

The first week of March came…and went. No new posts on the blog.  I’ve been busy. I missed y’all though. Instead of writing posts I spent a lot of time in the studio working on memories, ideas and new art pieces. The weather has been very cooperative…several days of soft, gentle rain. There’s nothing I love…

pour your heart out

The Lord…hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29 God Hears Your Prayers In her sadness and anguish, a barren woman went to the temple of God to pray. Weeping, she poured out her heart to God. She didn’t pray audibly, moving only her lips as she talked to God about her request for a…

be a blessing

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. Proverbs 11:25 Be Generous The world says, “Grab all you can, can all you’ve grabbed and sit on the can!” But God says, “The generous soul will be made rich.” Just as God blessed Abraham so that he could…

the right people

The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 Get Into The Right Company Whether you’re a student or working adult, it’s so important to surround yourself with the right people. Today’s verse tells us that the righteous, that’s you and I who are righteous in…

grow in understanding

faith speaks faith

The mouth of the righteous is a well of life… Proverbs 10:11 Speak The Good You Want To See Anyone can speak what he sees, but it takes faith to speak what you want to see. Anyone can state the obvious, but it takes faith to see the invisible and call it forth! Our Lord…