Last Wednesday, at dawn, I lost my dear sweet pet, Kiki. He died at home with me laying on his favorite blanket, of which I buried him with. He had lived a long full life filled with as much love as I could give him. He was with me through good and bad, through betrayal and tears, and laughter and smiles. He was always by my side to comfort me and always available to be loved on when needed. My days won't be the same without his presence...no other cat could take his place. He was special. From the very moment I saw him after an evening walk,..standing there in my walkway...I said "Well hello, Kitty." Unlike other cats that would have ran away..he did a forward flip, landing on his back, inviting me to rub his fluffy orange belly...and that was all it took...we've spent a lot of time together since then.. Every morning started with a hug and kisses. I will miss him everyday. I know he now plays in God's garden and I entrust him to God's care. You are always in my heart my dear steadfast friend. This is a poem I wrote about him last year.... A Steadfast Friend It was one of those lingering mornings
when you are dragged out of dreams...slowly.
Kiki, softly tapping on my arm, meowing.
I arise to fill his bowl and begin
percolating the morning brew.
Once he is satisfied
and I am caffeinated, we linger,
still sleepy on the couch side by side,
me and my always present, perfect, steadfast friend.
If your mind is caught in the drama of the past, or
the desire or fear of the future, you can't be Still.
"Be Still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46-10
So one way I do this, is to focus on nature in watercolor.
Here's a glimpse at my creative space..where I find Stillness.
In the late 1800's the study of the science of nature became romanticized and popular
for the middle class. The collection and identification of the natural world was affordable,
it motivated people to go outdoors and therefore be healthier.
In addition, it was and still is a very calming hobby.
The well known writer, Eckhart Tolle, believes labeling
nature somehow diminishes the miracle of nature.
"When you don't cover up the world with words and lables, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought." Eckhart Tolle
I disagree! I believe too often we pass nature by, not knowing that each thing
has a name, a life and a story. Studying nature can help you can step away from the
suffering of your own story. If nature is generalized to simple terms like bird, weed, tree,
then the miraculousis diminished. The miracle of divine creation becomes more real
in the complexity, the detail and wonder of life.
Nature, the planets, all of creation is as complex and miraculous as you are.
This is because YOU are a part of this creation, you are not removed from it.
As a result, observation becomes a key to discovering these wonders. In addition,
slowing down to observe nature is a wonderful way to gain peace
and stillness in God's creation for a very affordable price, free! Something to ponder.
This is some examples of insect studies painted by Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit.
One way that you can begin to focus on nature that is a beautiful art
and activity especially if you aren't artistically inclined is... A Flower Press.
Actually, I believe the most important time to give thanks
is when you feel lost. To do this, look for beauty everywhere.
It's in the corners and in the quiet when you stop listening to the ramblings of your mind.
Then you can finally see that God's grace all around you.
Life is a blessing, focus on that and remember...
"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."Psalm 30:5
So did you notice the bunnies? What else are you missing in life!
This is a powerful sermon from Joel Osteen about the consequence of our choices
and learning to discipline our negative emotions. Stay calm, be mindful, keep your peace and
don't let sour people steal your joy. See it here!
Remember, Psalm 94:13 says... "God gives you the power to keep yourself calm in times of adversity."
I personally can't stand conflict, but sometimes God puts you through adversity to
polish the gem you really are so you'll be the person he wants you to be.
Peace for your day.
This is a beautiful farm near a place of mine in North Carolina.
Now I would say these horses are blessed!