Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Breath of Morning

    Many kind folks have asked me since I started homeschooling (and still retain 17 piano and voice students) where's the "Me Time?"  After pondering, asking older saints, and reading the Word I want to say that pouring my life out for others is MUCH more satisfying than all the "Me" time I ever had!  Didn't Jesus say you have to lose your life in order to find it?  Just look at Jesus' life!  He was constantly ministering to people, discipling a small band... and quiet time?  Yes, He went away in the wee hours or during the night when humanity slept to pour out His heart to His Father, to be counselled by and re-energized to re-enter the "battle" as it were.  I am beginning to see the value and necessity of this in my new busier life.  Carving out time to be alone with God while my wee ones sleep (or dadda has taken them somewhere to give me a little break)...  He ministers to me in His Word, with His Presence and I am energized for the day like never before!  He SO KNOWS what I need, I don't need more of myself ("me time"), I need more of Him! So in praise to Him for these wee hours we have together, I've written this little poem...

                                 Breath of Morning

They say your Name, YHWH (Yahweh),sounds like breathing - 
Your breath gives breath to all...

Listen, you heavens, and I will speak;
    hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.
 Let my teaching fall like rain
    and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
    like abundant rain on tender plants.
 I will proclaim the name of the Lord. (YHWH)
    Oh, praise the greatness of our God!

Deut. 32:1-3

Sing to my soul!
I drink Your Word as I sit
in this sweet sacred spot.

You water my dry places...
Like the woman at the well...

 "When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

I only want to go to You!
Like Peter who said,"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
John 6:68

The boys have been memorizing different Psalms,
but now it is Psalm 19.  They know the first four verses,
as is follows:
 "The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world."

Creation, does it speak? Yes. It tells us
the glory of God...

World, in infant stage
is coaxed awake

First fairy light
beckons the seedling
to emerge

Mist blankets
lift like cobwebs

Torn strips of cloud
stack the horizon
and slowly infuse
apricot sun

Mama mockingbird perches
on a pokeberry bush

Two bluebirds dart
Cardinals chirp, chirp

Long grey locks
of moss
fall gracefully down
necks of trees

Sun-kissed leaves
dance like mirrors
in the Crepe Myrtle

Steam fog rises and curls
off the pond

Dew glints snow-like
over golf cart tracked hills

Mushrooms pop up
lifting their umbrella tops

I ask a lone giant mushroom
"Where are all your friends?"
Smiling he says, "They pop up
sooner or later!"

Geese doing basic training
One squadron in the sky
Another lined up at the pond
ready to dive,
their black chin-straps secure

It's morning! Glorious morning!
Is anything as dear and delicious as

"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
  in the morning I lay my requests before you
  and wait expectantly." Psalm 5:3

Breath of morning, Yahweh
who breathes
life into all creation

I will listen to You
I will praise all the 
works of Your Hands!

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
 Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
 Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David."

Isaiah 55:1-3

Homeschool Dayz

Days flash into days..
School books open and close,
stomachs hungry, feet anxious to run

Three days of math struggle
Derick takes over two more days
Monday morning, Isaiah flies through math
ready for what is next...!!!

And they memorize facts, Scriptures, songs.
Eager for science, art, music too

We read books together as a family
Amazed, Isaiah relates science facts to the story..

David helps his brother, asked him yesterday,
"How was your day today, Gundu?"

Afternoons, with my piano students,
the boys have play mates!

And one morning, picnic, these two
Water bottles, napkins open-spread,
and two boxes of nerds, yum!

A solar system mobile, lamp-turned
palm tree, their room is looking
like a science museum!

So its back to school for us all,
mom, dad, kids, all!

I wouldn't trade a minute of this
for all the "free" time I used to have!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Proper Toilette (recipes for cleansing and beautifying)

The Proper Toilette:

Morning toilette:

rinse face
brush teeth
spray deodorant
body powder
body spray
hair gel

Evening toilette:

hair conditioning oil
cleanse face
moisturize face
brush teeth
lip balm
foot balm
hand cream

Special toilette:

henna for hair

Recipes for Morning Toilette:

Morning rinse:
cold water, may add few drops of lavender oil and lay wash cloth on face, rinse three  times

Tooth powder:
3 to 1 natural clay powder to baking soda, or 2 to 1 baking soda to sea salt, opt. stevia powder, powdered cloves, cinnamon, ginger, or sage. Oils to use: myrrh, cloves, peppermint, spearmint, citrus oils, tea tree, cinnamon. 10-20 drops.

Mouthwash I: 1 c. aloe vera juice, 1/2 c. distilled water, 1 T. witch hazel, 1 t. glycerin  2 t. baking soda, 20 drops peppermint oil (or combination of oils from tooth powder recipe) Opt. add stevia for sweetness

Mouthwash II: 1/2 c. filtered water, 1/2 c. hydrogen peroxide, 1 t. glycerin, 20 drops essential oils (see above)

Spray deodorant: 2 T. filtered water, 2 T. witch hazel, 2 T. aloe vera gel/juice, 1/2 t. glycerin, 1/2 t. baking soda, 10 drops lavender oil, 3 drops eucalyptus oil, 3 drops tea tree oil, 3 drops sweet orange oil, 3 drops grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative). Optional: I use 10 drops tea tree, 3 lavender, 3 orange and 3 patchouli oil for a more powerful-acting deodorant.

Body powder: 1/2 c. cornstarch, 1/2 c. arrowroot powder ( may substitute rice flour), optional: 1 T. baking soda (I cannot with sensitive skin), 10 essential oils (such as chamomile, rose, lavender, jasmine, ylang yalng - go easy on this one, neroli, or your choice)

Body spray: 1/4 c. filtered water, 1 1/2 t. glycerine, 1 t. jojoba, almond or olive oil, 4-5 drops vitamin E oil, 8-10 drops essential oils. (again, your favorite combination)

Hair gel:  1/4 c. in-expensive hair gel, 1/4 c. aloe vera gel, 1 T. jojoba oil, few drops rosemary and lavender oil

Perfume oil: 2 T. jojoba or almond oil, 12 drops ylang ylang oil, 6 drops lavender oil, 4 drops patchouli oil, 2 drops clary sage or vetiver oil. Steep for 3 days.

Tender rose perfume spray: 1/4 c. vodka, 60 drops rose oil, 16 drops sandalwood oil, 10 drops lemon oil, 1/4 t. jojoba oil. Shake well. Steep one week.

Recipes for Evening Toilette:

Hair conditioning oil: 1/2 c. coconut oil (or combination olive and coconut), 12 drops ylang ylang oil
(for other suggestions for hair, consult February 2012 archive on this blog)

Aromatherapy facial cleanser: 1/4 c. glycerin, 1/4 c. aloe vera gel, 1/4 c. rose water, 5 drops lavender oil. Shake and apply to damp face, rinse with cool water. (there are MANY facial recipes and I will do another whole blog entry on those.)

Moisturizer: 2 drops jojoba oil applied to moist face after cleansing.

Mouthwash: (use after flossing and brushing): see above

Lip balm: (one from the internet that I like)

Luscious Lavender Lip Balm Recipe

  • 4 Tbsp jojoba, almond, or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil (or 3 punctured, squeezed out liquid vitamin E capsules)
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil (or other essential oil)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp colored, natural lipstick (optional, if you want it to have a hint of color)

Warm the oils, beeswax and honey in a small, stainless steel pot or bowl. Be sure to warm it on VERY low heat. (You can use a double boiler, if you’d like.) Stir until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in the essential oil, vitamin E, cocoa powder, and colored lipstick. Place the bottom of the bowl into a shallow pan of ice water and continue whisking quickly as you add the honey. Once the honey is incorporated, quickly transfer the balm into your lip balm container (tube or tin) and allow to set for 3 hours. 

Foot balm: DIY Foot Balm (another nice one from the net)
printer friendly
¼ cup shea butter or cocoa butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ ounce piece of beeswax, grated
10 drops essential oil of vanilla
10 drops essential oil of peppermint
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over very low heat, stir until melted
  2. Remove from heat and stir to combine, then add essential oils
  3. Pour mixture into a clean 4 ounce mason jar
  4. Massage a small amount into your feet at bedtime to moisturize
  5. Or give as a gift to friends and family
Non-Greasy Hand cream:
1 c. aloe vera gel
1/2 c. beeswax
1/2 c. oil (almond, grapeseed, olive, jojoba or mixed)
1 t. vitamen E oil
15 drops essential oils (I like lavender, rose... husband likes vanilla or lemon)

In 1 bowl mix first aloe vera gel, oils (not essential oils), in doubles broiler melt beeswax. Let cool a little, use beaters to mix. (You could add the 1/2 c. oil to warm beeswax first, then mix with vitamin E and aloe vera). When mixed, add essential oils and mix once again. Refrigerate unused portions.

Special Toilette:

again consult Feb. 2012 blog for some of these, I will post a future blog with more ideas.

Hope your toilette is complete and you are refreshed!!!!!!

Write me if questions. 



Monday, June 17, 2013

Captivated by Grace

A grace note embellishes music
like the necklace he slipped on
my neck that morning in church

Surprise! After a good cry
then a prayer and hug from a friend
you, turtle, greeted me in the garage

Can you lasso the clouds?
or tether the dragonfly?
Can I lace the moonbeams
through my fingers?
Or finger wear the firefly light?

You sprinkle diamonds over dewy grass 
and hide pearls in shells at sea

You call the stars by their names
You created us,... me

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God.
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
Psalm 139:15-18a

But my sin,
How I can put my fingers in my ears
Scream back at Him
Turn my back, slam a door,
Running reckless
Hurting those around me
Not caring

But God,
 being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4-7

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

So I stand,
beneath this waterfall of grace
My cup fills, re-fills, splashes over

You own it all, You share it all...
Your love knows no limits
It found out me.

Friday, May 24, 2013


"Believe just this moment that everything is being transfigured for His glory. Every step towards something beautiful already accomplishes something beautiful. Beauty and joy are found in every overcoming along the way.
Only those who believe in the beautiful — can collaborate in the miraculous."
-Ann Voskamp
"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us..."  Psalm 90:17
"He has made everything beautiful in its time..."  Ecclesiastes 3:11
"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."  Zephaniah 3:17
"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory."  Matthew 12:20

The crunch, crunch of chains
The rub, rub, whir of tire
A hiccup, pothole
World rushes past

Eyes rest on flower, flight of bird
Showers of liquid sun pebble through tree shadows
Onto my hair and neck

Warm moist air is drenched in scent - 
Magnolia, jasmine, roses...

Grey furry Goslings paddle clown-footed
behind their mothers, I pause,
letting this flock waddle by

I would have whizzed past
"not seeing the forest for the tree"
a tree of delicate beauty surrounded by
tall, sturdy pines

Am I this tree?
Or the cultivated tree?
High-maintance tree everyone wants
But God...

He may place us 
in an obscure, unknown place - 
Yet He watches over us.
"Keep me as the apple of the eye,
 hide me under the shadow of your wings."
Psalm 17:8

The oyster its pearl
Treasure chest its key
Perfume its cork
Rose its thorn
Eye its lid
Fruit its skin

But if shell is broken
Treasure unlocked
Perfume poured
Rose crushed
Eye opened
Fruit eaten

THEN we experience beauty
in all its fullness

Oh to write lyrics 
to the birds songs!

See, all the pine branches
like fingers pointing
to heaven!

Yet my finger, uncouth
will darken the white magnolia bloom

Even in this, we are as the
Mona Lisa painting: the "best known, the most visited,
 the most written about, the most sung about, 
the most parodied work of art in the world."[1]
Kept protected behind bullet-proof glass.

He protects those He loves
In Love, Jesus, our Christmas rose
a tender shoot from the stump of Jesse
Wore a crown of thorns

He bled, wept
He was broken, unlocked
poured out, viewed - 
on the Cross
All for LOVE

"Taste and see that the LORD is good.
 Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!"
Psalm 34:8

He was broken
We eat the broken bread
His blood poured out for us
We drink the cup He pours

We remember He is beauty
Beauty is not beautiful
till uttered, extended and shared

Make our lives beautiful, Lord
"Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him."
Psalm 45:11

"Give to the LORD, the glory due to his name; 
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
Psalm 29:2

As I skid over gravel
park this bicycle
Sigh, gaze into the sky
Creator, Beautiful One!
Thank you!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bluebird of Happiness

You flashed before my eyes
I was like Chicken Little, "the sky is falling!"
All wonder

I am enchanted by your coat of azure
and red vest

Many birds told me of your coming.

Robins sporting identical vests.

The gentle cooing of a mother dove

Huddled groups of Canadian geese...
smoking cigars in their tweed jackets and black bow ties

Jealous blue jays fretting about

The knock, knock of woodpeckers constructing homes for your nests

Mocking birds auditioning on the tops of trees,
it's the season for singing - songs fit for the King!

I wonder what the owl, ravens, vultures in their long trench coats are saying

Seagulls, hawks and the golden eagles swoop long and wide

"Chirp, chirp," the sparrows and Mr. and Mrs. Robin
are glad for your company

They will tell you a feast is to be had at my house

For I've placed a red ball full of black seeds
right outside my kitchen window

Won't you please come and visit me, little bluebird?

You are a piece of sky fallen to earth

Here, let me sing a little song to you...

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.