"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


just a dusting

Well, a blizzard it was not! But it is pretty, and enough if you can believe it to close schools here in Georgia!! If you live in the North that is hard to understand, but the roads are icy and most people that have lived here for a long time don't get enough experience to know how to drive on snowy, icy roads. We especially don't want school buses out on them. Or my daughter driving on them!! :) So, we enjoy the break, the warmth of our home, even if it is very drafty, and the blazing fire.

We just recently watched "Julie and Julia." On the menu today is "Boeuf Bourguignon", a good day for a stew!

And to warm your hearts, a devotional I read today from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

God's Unfathomable Love

"Behold God become human, the unfathomable mystery of the love of God for the world. God loves human beings. God loves the world. Not an ideal human, but human beings as they are; not an ideal world, but the real world. What we find repulsive in their opposition to God, what we shrink back from with pain and hostility, namely, real human beings, the real world, this is for God the ground of unfathomable love. God establishes a most intimate unity with this. God becomes human, a real human being. While we exert ourselves to grow beyond our humanity, to leave the human behind us, God becomes human; and we must recognize that God wills that we that we be human, real human beings. While we distinguish between pious and godless, good and evil, noble and base, God loves real people without distinction. God has no patience with our dividing the world and humanity according to our standards and imposing ourselves as judges over them. God leads us into absurdity by becoming a real human being and a companion of sinners, thereby forcing us to become the judges of God. God stands beside the real human being and the real world against all their accusers. So God becomes accused along with human beings and the world, and thus the judges become the accused."

We are all in this together. God loves me, God loves you just the way you are. We do not have to be, or become something different for him to love us. When we accept that, then our journey with God really begins. He slowly awakens our hearts to what is really in them. He begins to show us truth about ourselves and him. But we do not have to be afraid to look deep into the depths of our hearts with the maker of them by our side.



Artistic Accents by Darla said...

These photos are beautiful Mary! I think they'd make great greeting cards!
Good luck with the Julia Stew :)

Anita said...

Oh, I love that Mary (made me weep) and so timely as I am trying to deal with the suicide of my dear friends son. I think I will make a stew, too. It sounds so warm and comforting.

S. Etole said...

What intriguing patterns your snow left behind ... so glad God loves the messiness of being us.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing. :)

Katy said...

My children were hoping for some snow down this way, but no, as usual!

Katy said...

Oh, and I meant to add that I'm reading Bonhoeffer right now. Wow. Thanks for your continual encouragement!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful words!! You always touch my heart!!

DJ said...

Wonderful that you quoted Dietrich...he was amazing...
Thanks for the reminder...Blessed Assurance!


Hi Mary,

A wonderful words from you... very nice snapshots ... I liked the whole stuffs and quotes... very inspiring.... glad to have found your page...!!!:)

Good day!!!:D


Just Be Real said...

Appreciate the post. Thank you dear one.

jgr said...

Hi Mary,
Thank you for the photos . . . . and the beautiful message.