Sunday, February 03, 2008

A Fresh Start

Spring is coming.........summer, too!

Isn't this a picture of hope and promise?
Well. After several months of silence, I am ready to burst upon the scene again, or maybe I should say sneak in with my tail between my legs. ~smile~ Have I any faithful, long-suffering readers left? If so, God bless you!
I could just have aptly entitled this post, "New Beginnings," or, "Another Path". Once upon a time I posted Robert Frost's beloved poem "The Road Not Taken". At the time, I was imagining my agrarian leanings to be my chosen path, but the Lord had other plans, and my particular schemes were detoured by my health issues. And so, with the Lord's leading, I have retraced my steps down that golden road and find myself upon a new one, no less golden, one on which I tread with my eyes gazing upward rather than inward. He leads, He guides, I follow, stumble, rise, and continue. Ever onward. Family, homeschool, church, friends.........these are all parts of my life that have formed who I am and continue to be used by the Lord to mold me and sanctify me.........all for His glory.

(This is not to suggest that my writing will prohibit contributions from the henhouse, but beyond laying an occasional egg and attempting to barge into my warm kitchen, they remain relatively bored and inactive. They, too, are ready for spring.)

Can you relate to the feeling of suppressing your creativity to the point where you are ready to burst with the fullness of it? I've found an outlet for writing when engaged in studying the Scriptures, penning a note of encouragement to a friend, and in my not very faithful journal-keeping, but not for the utter relief of letting burst the dam that restrains the river of thoughts rushing through my mind at every moment of the day. I am glad to be here.

Not long ago at my weekly ladies' Bible study, I shared a prayer I had written in gratitude to the Lord, and one dear friend suggested I publish it. Thanks to "Mrs. T.'s" encouragement, I shall do so here:

To You, O Lord, do I lift up my voice to praise Your holy name.
Hail to Thee, O Prince of Peace, whose gift of life has made a new creation of me.
All that was filthy and unrighteous in Your sight has been made pure and clean;
Not through my efforts, works, or deeds, but by Your gift of faith imparted to me, unmerited,
Kneeling at your feet, I offer You, in exchange, my very being, knowing full well that it was You
who created me, and chose me as Your own -
Setting me free, setting me apart, setting my feet on high places.
Grant me, O Lord, greater love for Thee, and a savage unquenchable thirst for Your Word.
In You is all that I could ever desire or hope for; in You I am complete.
View Your lowly servant with mercy, O great and loving God, and pity my unworthy soul;
Instill in me a passion for Your commandments, and the strength and means to obey.
Never leave me, nor forsake me, O God, for without Thee, life is a desert and I am but dust.
Good and kind Father, how I do love Thee and Thy Son, my loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
by whom all things were created and to whom all glory be given forever and ever. Amen.
You may note that the first letter of each line combines to form the word Thanksgiving. I find this to be a good exercise in writing thematic poems as well. Perhaps your children might like to try their hand at writing a prayer or poem or even a bit of prose using this idea. In the future I will be sharing more ways we play with words.........better known as creative at our home. It's an art with many different means of expression, and if you would like to share yours, I would love to hear about it.


Blogger TNfarmgirl said...

I'm so glad you are writing again...I keep checking and I was thrilled this morning! I've missed you :)

I've tagged you on my blog this morning and can't wait to read more about you!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

Emily, it is so good to see a post from you!!!! I am glad you have found the path the Lord has for you. Maybe not the one you thought, but the best for you. May He lead you on higher and higher. Looking forward to hearing more.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you for the encouragement and kind words. I will breeze by your blog to see what you have in store for me!

Thank you for the warm welcome back! I'm gratified to be writing again and am eagerly anticating the Lord's revelations to me.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

Welcome back Emily I have missed you !

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

I am in no position to comment about your absence!! :-)

Just wanted to say "Howdy" and tell you that I'm alive and full of projects! Some are getting finished, some seem to keep progressing!

Congratulations on your new daughter-in-law!


I've missed you!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you! I am glad to be here!

My goodness, is it really you?!! Have you been blogging at all? How are your kids? I'd love to hear more about your projects!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Good to see you're posting! Took me a couple of weeks to notice (I've been distracted from the blog world myself). You sound content with your new path, and I hope you are. It's not *what* you're doing, so much, as your ability to find true joy in it, that's important.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Lynn Bartlett said...

Glad to see you are back, Emily! I've often wondered what you have been doing. I really enjoy your posts, and hope you can do so more often now!

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Yes, it's me! If I could only remember my password to blogger! And when I ask them to remind me, it's hopeless- it's a runaround! So I'm going incognito!! :-)

I haven't been blogging...for all sorts of reasons but mainly time.

We're continuing with our agrarian dream! We purchased a draft horse and daughter and I are building a barn for her. Daughter and I have learned how to put up barbed wire fencing and livestock fencing! Saving up to buy implements to use with the draft horse. Still playing with herbs and selling a little. Working on trying to get my soil with some biology, organically. The orchard and garden are still a work in progress.

Kids are doing well. Growing physically and spiritually and mentally! :-) Me too for that matter!!

That's about it!!

Blessings to you and your family,

2:59 PM  

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