Everyday Inspiration, Day Six: The Space to Write
Idealistically I would love to have just one place where I get inspired and write. With me it just doesn’t work that way. Some ideas form over time.
My inspiration may start sitting in my favourite spot in our paddock. It’s where I like to speak with God, to contemplate God’s creation, to meditate and at times to write. A thought, an idea may be born right here.
Between the birth of a thought, it’s completion and publishing on my blog, there can be various days or weeks. It often looks so different than my original thought.
My favourite place to sit down and write is in a coffee shop. My husband sitting on the other side of the table sipping his cappuccino and reading a newspaper. I’m relaxed, nothing disturbing me except the occasional comments from my husband. There, my thoughts take form on my iPhone. It flows so easily.
Before I know it, it is ready to be proofread and finally published.
I would like to give my audience the opportunity to visit my contact page and to submit some suggestions for my future post. This would be greatly appreciated and helpful.
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu
It’s been a privilege to enjoy the company of my two sisters and their children. One of them lives abroad, therefore visits are few and far between. Although my other sister visits regularly, to have both over at the same time was a blessing.
It is amazing to see how we do things together. Somehow, all our ideas blend, whether in the kitchen, or whatever else we do. We may start off with a basic meal plan for the day, yet once it is set on the table we have a totally different menu, using the same ingredients. A much better menu.
Our vision for our homestead is to give respite, a time of rest and recharge for our family. This time round, it was meant to be about respite for my sisters, but towards the end of their stay, they took full charge of the house as I became ill. They were a blessing to me.
The above quote is so real. We don’t get to choose our family. We are God’s gift to each other. No matter what one of us is going through, we all feel it. There’s always someone who will step in at the right time for the need of the moment. I couldn’t be more thankful to God for a wonderful family.
Everyday Inspiration, Day Four: A Story in a Single Image
The thickness of this forest can confuse the mind.
At first instinct, the path to take is straight on.
Let your mind latch to the miriad of thoughts. “What if my first instinct is wrong?” “What if it isn’t as clear as it seems?” “What if I should take another path to reach my destination?”
I am now confused, unsure. “Why did I allow myself to listen to these thoughts? I am now clouded with doubts, unable to discern the way out.”
This photo depicts Life’s journey, in that we are faced with choices, if we listen to the first instinct choice that comes from deep within, not from the crowds of thoughts that bombard our mind, we are most likely going to take the right choice.
Traveling on this road called life, if we could only learn to take captive our thoughts, what a difference it would make. We are responsible to make the choice to refuse to entertain thought that would cloud our ability to make the right decision.
Thought based on II Corinthians 10:5 “bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”
The other day, while sitting near our top dam surrounded by our sheep and calves, I was overwhelmed with emotions. My eyes became tearful, I started singing Psalms 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want”. The words of that psalm felt so real.
I have this sensation that God knew the deepest desire, need, want of our inner being, one that we ourselves had no idea was there, and through His providence He orchestrated for it to happen.
We are blessed beyond measure. ”I shall not want”, this means ”I have no need”, “I lack nothing”. I would even say, ”I have in abundance”.
By abundance, I am not talking of material things. One can have all the material gains and still feel empty. I am referring to an inner state of abundance. I have no need, no wants, I feel my cup is overflowing.
A couple of months have passed since I started blogging. I am not a professional writer nor do I have great writing skills. What I do have is a new chapter in my life called homesteading and I want to write about it, share our experience with friends and family.
I want to, captivate my audience, arouse the reader’s curiosity to the point that they will want to read more.That takes effort, practice, inspiration and skill. How better to achieve that than to sign up to a course on blogging. Twenty blogs of every inspiration.
Standing in my favourite spot, I stand gazing, ready to capture the evening sunset. A slight turn of my head, my eyes fixate at the stunning view. A few brown cows grazing on the luscious hilltop. I forget what I came for. This view is truly worthy to be captured.
It’s amazing how easily our thoughts wander away, as if they had a will of their own. I would compare them to the weeds in my garden.
Weeds don’t wait for an invitation to invade a garden, they just do. It takes efforts to remove them, either by physically pulling them out or using weed killer.
A beautiful garden needs careful planning, work, effort and continuous maintenance on the part of the gardener. Seeds must be chosen with care.
I am a novice when it comes to gardening. However, it has become clear that there are many similarities between nature and how to live our life. No wonder Jesus spoke in parables; stories using examples from nature to convey a spiritual truth or lifestyle lesson.
Believe it or not, it takes constant planning, time and effort on our part to cultivate a beautiful mind. The Bible gives us an insight to what type of thought to plant. In Philippians 4:8 we are encouraged to meditate on: things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, anything that has any virtue and that is praiseworthy.
Today I will make every effort to “ Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable” in God’s sight. Psalms 19:14
Sitting down in my favourite spot of our homestead, I can relax, meditate, enjoy what we have in a deeper way.
Today, let me take you on a journey involving what I see, hear, feel from my mountaintop.
What can I hear:
- Birds chirping
- Ducks quacking
- Soft whisper of the wind blowing
- Insects buzzing
- The occasional far distant sound of a car
What can I see:
- Luscious Green hills, filled with clusters of trees and bushes and adorned with herds of cattle
- The far distant horizon where land, silhouettes of mountains and sky meet
- The occasional bird flying above my head
- The sun veiled with a thin layer of cloud
What can I feel:
- Warmth of the sunshine
- The gentle caressing of the wind on my face
In the Bible, there’s a verse that says the following : “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…(Romans 1:20) King James Version (KJV)
When contemplating the beauty of nature I agree with that verse. I behold the beauty of the Lord through His creation. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving.The beauty of nature always brings me closer to its Creator.
Six months into this wonderful journey of homesteading. What have we achieved? We have:
⁃ Built cages, chicken pens and shelters for the animals.
⁃ Rebuilt several of the fences.
⁃ Welcomed into our farm: a cat, a dog, pregnant ewes, calves, cockatiel, two canaries and chickens galore, quails.
⁃ Set up a veggie garden.
⁃ Painted our kitchen, hallway and living area
We cannot omit the amount of time spent increasing our knowledge about homesteading, farming, gardening, etc. Thanks to the internet and the many homesteaders’ blogs, our learning curb is simplified.
Our biggest achievement, in my opinion, is taking the step into the unknown and making this new lifestyle happen. Nothing can replace the peace and serenity that we are enjoying. Sitting on our hilltop, admiring the surrounding beauty, breathing in the fresh unpolluted country air while taking the time to vocally thank God for His awesomeness, His creation, His love, His mercy and His grace towards us, is something that I deeply cherish.
In retrospective, there is nothing I would like to change. We are grateful for this opportunity given to us.