"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.



I seem to be in a time of waiting. Funny, that is my word for 2013, and it unfolded in unexpected and unwanted ways. I am weary on many levels.  I am asking God to fill those empty places with Him.

I am reading "The Uncluttered Heart" by Beth Richardson.

Yesterday, the first day of Advent began with this...

God of...darkness and Christmas light...Deepen my longing, heighten my expectation, and make pregnant my hope. I know that within my heart is a Bethlehem: a place where light shines with tender memories. A place where angelic voices sing loud and clear. A place of wonder and awe, delight, and calm...God of...darkness and Christmas light, journey with me during these days so that I may know and prize my Bethlehem moments. Amen.

-Larry James Peacock


Ophelia said...

Your posts always bring me such joy Mary.

Sue Marrazzo said...

Keep praying...and Smile!

Mary Brack said...

I love this art page! My soul just resonates with your description of where you are at, Mary. I find I am in company there with you. Again I appreciate your openness and vulnerability. I have been playing a song called "Worn"by Tenth Avenue North over and over. Check it out.
Your Advent post reminds us that we are in a good season for finding renewed hope. Thanks Mary!

Hindsfeet said...

sweet Mary,

hey there my friend.....I had a thought....I asked my mom today (who worked for a more homeopathically inclined physician) what to do about Lymes disease...have you googled naturopathic/homeopathic/alternative/chiropractic therapies for Lymes? There may be some helpful answers out there....

I'll find out what I can as well....

wishing you well, Mary....
wishing you well,

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

waiting...know that well and then I cry out, even so Lord Jesus come!
Blessings as you draw near to Him!

Ruby Jude said...

Hi Mary. I just think you are amazing I follow you on Instagram and have been drawn to your faith vulnerability openness and beautiful house and artwork.

You are totally inspiring me on my journey and I feel like I have uncovered an amazing treasure. As a fellow Christian I too have walked out some extremely dark times they are not nice.

I feel God is saying Mary hold on you are my amazing treasure you are my beloved I see your struggle feel it in my heart too but Mary I am with you I hold you close I see all your beauty and am in awe of all you do my girl my beloved all this will pass and your heart will shine and sing again just hold on.

I do so believe God and his word his indenting love and that he gave me this word of encouragement just for you sister .

Take Care. Ruby Jude

Bren Graham Thebeau said...

Spent some time 'waiting' myself recently. Never easy but you never know what lies just beyond the 'waiting.' Have a wonderful Christmas

Kim Mailhot said...

Love these thoughts and love this piece a lot.
Sending you love and peace, Mary.

Ophelia said...

Checking in and hoping that all is well with you. Take care.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I love this journal page and those words. "the weary world rejoices". How true it is and has been for ages. So much to learn through those few words. Even when we are weary, we can rejoice because of our Savior. ...And it's possible that if we weren't weary sometimes, that we might forget to look up and then forget to rejoice.
I'm so thankful for you Mary. You are a blessing to me. In case I don't get back over here before Christmas, I want to wish you and your family all the peace and love God can give and a very merry Christmas.

Love and Hugs,
Lee Ann

Jennifer Richardson said...

the weary parts of me rejoice
every time I come here, Mary.
Bethlehem, the place of bread
...how many times have I come here
and you fed me soft, rich, nourishing bread.
Thank you friend.
Renewed strength to you, beautiful lady. You are treasured.
And thank you for all the ways
you've made my life lighter
and brighter
this year.
Love, joy and grace to you,

laurel said...

I've been wondering lately about seasons of weariness. Do you wait it out with prayer or is there something that needs to be done to move beyond it?

Thanks for sharing your heart! I hope you and your family are having a lovely and blessed Christmas.

Erin Butson said...

love. love. love. i love the way your faith shines your art in a real way that makes me want to know Jesus more. Love seeing what you create, Mary.

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