Friday friends and no I’m not sure where the week went either but I’m so glad your here.
Anything lovely planned for the weekend?
Its been cold here today and the rain has poured so forget the spring salads I’ve got soup making on my mind again.
Now because it’s one of my favourite things to do, I’ve rounded up a few good words and reads to keep you company as you end your week and head into your weekend.
So take a few deep breaths, grab something good to drink and enjoy – – –
A Good Word
“the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”
from the novel “Jayber Crow” by Wendell Berry
Source: Lore Ferguson Wilbert
A Good Look
“A little library built into the bath is about as genius as it gets” Louise Roe
A Good Idea
Nothing to Prove and Everything To Gain
What would my life look like if I believed I had nothing to prove?
I think about this often.
If I didn’t have to prove my kids will turn out alright,
If I didn’t have to prove that I measure up to others expectations of me,
If I didn’t have to prove that my life was meaningful despite what I have to show for it,
If I didn’t have to prove my days mattered no matter what a week holds,
If I didn’t have to prove my beauty because I look a certain way,
Then I would be free to simply embrace my identity in something that isn’t dependent upon me.
What joy I would have.
I could simply receive the words of my Heavenly Father as truth,
Finding my inheritance and worth and acceptance in Him.
Maybe that’s the kind of life we all really need to be living – a life of receiving more and proving less.
How would you fill in the blank: What if I didn’t have to prove _______________?
Then take a deep breath friend and know that you don’t.
Your Father loves you regardless of what you do and all because you are His. Now, trust Him.
A Few Good Reads
By myself. For three days.
Yes, that’s right.
My in-laws came to visit us from Massachusetts and I used the presence of that extra childcare as an opportunity to get away to a cabin in the woods for a spiritual retreat, something I’ve not done in 11 years. Of course, I’ve gone to many group retreats and conferences within the last 11 years but this was the first one where I was by myself.
I love solo retreats and before I got married, it was something I prioritized, clearing out space in my schedule at least once a year. It’s an opportunity for me to take a break from all my day-to-day tasks and spend time with the sacred: the transcendent sacred and the sacred within myself. It’s only when I’m alone for long periods of time that I finally get to hear whispers within my soul that have either been by suppressed by my many ongoing tasks or the many voices around me.
It had been in my mind to go on a solo retreat (especially before I make a big change at the start of the year (news coming soon)) and two magical ingredients coalesced to make that possible. First, a friend told me about a Lutheran campsite that offers small cabins for individuals to rent out at a super low cost. Second, my in-laws came to visit during a time when there was an opening in one of the cabins, which meant that my husband could get extra support to take care of our kids and continue to work while I was away.
So I went. And it was marvelous. In every single way. I hiked twice a day – – – keep reading
Some months into the pandemic, the leaves on the sycamore outside of my second-story apartment dropped. As an American living abroad in the Netherlands during a global crisis, I felt vulnerable behind our towering, seven-and-a-half-foot-tall windows.
In my old house, in Oakland, California, I’d positioned a large money plant in our bedroom’s bay window, a barrier between my indoor activities and the world at large. In the Netherlands, I did the same. Even during the day, I resorted to pulling shut the heavy drapes before doing my virtual dance classes. Then, I noticed my neighbors — and everything changed – – – keep reading
That’s all for now friends. If you’ve enjoyed The Friday Recliner drop me a comment or copy the link and pass onto a friend.
Have a beautiful weekend, rest up, do something you love xx