Coming to the end of a hectic school year, I am ready for retreat. Sadly the three months or so I’d like to spend in solace and reverential reflection in a cozy thatched roof cottage somewhere in the middle of an idyllic English countryside village – will not be forthcoming.
Not to fear – I have learned the art of creating sanctuary. A cozy corner by an open window overlooking the front wildflower garden will do nicely in a pinch. My morning devotions start the day – I like the New Living Translation of the One Year Bible – followed by my newest habit of visiting the delightful company of blogs I am accumulating since stepping into the world of blog just three months ago. I revel in the many kindred spirits I meet there.
So, Bible, blogs . . . what might be the next ingredient for starting my day in a place of rest and renewal?
Currently, I am reading my newest acquisition – the most complete collection of Jane Austen writings – purportedly every word she ever wrote from girlhood through womanhood – downloaded onto my Nook Color. With the touch of my finger, I set the Pandora app to my Baroque station and set my floral tea cup within easy arm’s reach along with my own recipe for gluten free tea bread (forthcoming in a future post).
Sip. Read. Watch the birds. Watch my cats watching the birds.
Sip. Read. Reflect. Ruminate. Renew.
Stillness washes over me –
God is on His throne.
Daily buffets though there be –
Tea and sanctu’ry is Home.
Be blessed, all, and be a blessing!