March 19, 2007

The Sweet Life
My heart is full and I feel blessed beyond measure. Your love and prayers literally wrapped me up like a nice warm blanket and your friendship has been like a soothing balm to my soul. Friends are truly one of life's sweetest blessings! Please know that I am doing much better and I plan on resuming my "regular" posting tomorrow.
If you notice throughout my blog there seems to be a constant theme of finding joy and beauty in the simple things. Everyday I try to take delight in the ordinary because once you do you suddenly realize it isn't so "ordinary" after all! Blessings surround us every day, we just need to open up our eyes and hearts to receive them. They can come in many different forms: a sweet smelling newborn baby, a dear loved one's face that is filled with wrinkles and eyes that have clouded over, but upon closer inspection you begin to realize that with each one of those wrinkles comes great wisdom and although the eyes might be cloudy they can see far more "clearly" than most. Blessings and beauty can also be found in jelly glasses filled with dandelions, blue skies, even bluer oceans, birds seranading you with sweet melodies, snowcapped mountains, and the fragrance of a honeysuckle bush as you pass by. These are all "love" letters to us from God, they surround us everyday, it is entirely up to us whether we wish to receive them or not. I want to leave you with a favorite quote of mine from Robert Louise Stevenson. I think there is much wisdom to be found in his words.
"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life." - Robert Louis Stevenson


Candy said...

Dear Susan,
I am so glad to hear you are feeling much better now :)
This was a beautiful post.
LOVE Candy
Big, big hugs to you!

Copper's Wife said...

I love the Stevenson quote! I am so thankful that your are feeling so much better. What a quick answer to all of our prayers! HUGS!!!

Karen said...

Hi Susan,
I, too, am happy you are feeling better. I enjoyed this post very much.
I'm still keeping you in my prayers, dear friend.

Anonymous said...

Dear Susan,
We thank our God you are feeling much better. That was a beautiful post today. God's love shines through you in your descriptions. No wonder we love you so.


Suzy said...

Beautiful post...wonderfully written and so true.
Glad to have you back!!

Betty said...

So true, so true......Glad you are back.

A favorite verse of ours is I Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you."
I know He does.......

G.L.H. said...

So, so glad you are feeling better! Thank you for sharing the Stevenson quote--it is beautiful.

picketfencemom said...

Dear Susan,
I'm so glad your skies are looking blue again! This is a lovely post, and so, so true. There is so much beauty around us if we only have the 'eyes' to see, the right attitude, and a thankful heart! Thanks for sharing...and I'll still keep praying~

Christie Belle said...

Hey there, I am glad to hear that you are doing better. I will continue to pray for you. Thank you for sharing this post, it helps us to stop and remember the beauty in such simple things.
Hugs, Christie

Kelli said...

Dear Susan,
I'm so glad that you are feeling better! Such a lovely post and quote! Welcome back!!

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

What a wonderful, sweet, uplifting spirit you have. I just found your blog through a friend's link.

I'll be back! :) god bless!

Sharon Kay said... are so right and I will again slow down and enjoy all the little wonders around us. I have been so busy and am so ready to do just what your post siad. Come visit and watch my slide show of what I have been so busy doing for so long. Missed you and hope you are doing better each day.....Hugs my friend.Sharon K

Julieann said...

(((Gentle Hugs my Friend)))


Jodi said...

Susan, this post is so beautiful, and made all the more so because you're feeling better.

I love the quote you shared; especially the end. . .

Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.