RESPONDING TO GOD

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There are a gazillion ways to respond to God.  For Therese of Lisieux, it is simply this:

“He teaches without noise of words.  Never have I heard Him speak, but I feel He is within me, at each moment.  He is guiding and inspiring me with what to say and do!”

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Between impulse and choice

or inspiration and choice

comes sanity of silence…in the mind

That’s having a rapport with God!

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“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”

–Stephen King

MORNING MAJESTY

Prescott Valley Arizona Painting by Russell Johnson

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Praise morning goodness!  To serve without hesitation.  Act on good impulse.  Thrust into battle against evil.  With morning stands the capacity to surrender all and change instantly.

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Every morning

mystically from sleep to awake

the future begins now!

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“So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.”

Romans 14:19

 

ADAPTING TO NATURE

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Rain chains are an ancient adaptation to keep moisture away from Japanese homes. They first appeared at corners of temples and shrines and now are a vital part of  modern architecture.  By using these rain chains, the Japanese people have come to appreciate more the joy of rain within their homes and gardens.

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Simple rain charmer

funneling heaven’s water

no need for downspout

…Kusari doi…Japanese for chain gutter.  What a great idea…!

 

 

 

KYOTO GARDEN

Image At Home with Venetia in Kyoto

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Venetia inspires my gardening and writing about it.  Her background is of English nobility which she ceded when she turned 20 for a life of adventure touring Asia and settled in Kyoto, Japan. You can discover her through delightful videos shown at NHK World.

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Housework is boring

when you can rattle dry leaves

and store herbs for winter

Venetia truly lives a Zen life of horticulture within Japanese custom.

PATH OF PEACE

Image by Pinterest

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August portends the waning of summer and time to learn new things in school.  Better than this is the school of charity which excels in every season for every generation.

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School of Charity

for children of the God of Peace

displayed by word and deed

…much goodness comes from being humble…