Reflecting on Life

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Thanks to my dear husband, Ian, we went for a lovely evening walk last Friday. 

He loves to show me new nature walks he’s discovered during his service work.

I needed to get away from the doing at home and just be.

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Thank you, all, for your encouragement on my last post.

Our family survived the first week of on-line homeschooling.

We had several tech difficulties that Ian helped us sort through.

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One of the personal challenges I had was regarding my morning quiet time.

I’ve had to adjust it since our family schedule had changed.

Now it’s better than ever.

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Fickle feelings must not rule.

When you live with teenagers, you must not give yourself over to emotionalism.

They need us to be Rock solid calm–I’m getting lots of practice at this

(especially during driving lessons).

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Rock solid blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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Do you have a favorite quote or verse that helps you stay calm?

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They remembered that God was their

Rock,

 that God Most High was their

 Redeemer.

Psalm 78:35

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64 thoughts on “Reflecting on Life

    1. Thank you, Jeanne. As one mom to another, I agree with your priority to be more aware of others around us. I remember being encouraged by teachers who took the time to ask me questions and then really listened to my answer. ❀

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  1. Enchantingly beautiful Wendy! My son’s name is Ian, he would’ve been 26 years old last month. He was blessed with a very beautiful embracing spirit. The way your words speak of your Husband, tells me he was blessed beautifully in much the same way! Your words and image always inspire my soul, while they serenade my heart and spirit…thanks for the spiritual hugs dear sister!

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    1. Thank you, Wendell. It seems we have another name connection. I know you have a lovely wife and daughter ( I remember a beautiful picture of them from your previous blog.) But I didn’t know about your son. Every Ian I have met has always been kind and thoughtful. Hugs to you also, dear poet friend. ❀

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    1. Thank you, Kath. For years I’m told myself that a successful day in parenting is not that all went well, but that I behaved myself under pressure. Children will be children. Love speaks the loudest and will be remembered the most. ❀

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  2. Wendy, taking a short trip through your words and photos is like spending time in His serene presence. The two Scriptures I rely on are “Be still and know that I am God,” as Jennifer quoted, and John 15:5: “I am the Vine and you are the branches; whoever abides in Me and I in him will bear much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Be blessed and favored.

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  3. Wendy, I love this post. It’s beautiful as usual.
    This quote; short poem from Martin Luther has been a blessing to me through the years :

    “Feelings come and feelings go,
    And feelings are deceiving;
    My warrant is the Word of God–
    Naught else is worth believing.

    Though all my heart should feel condemned
    For want of some sweet token,
    There is One greater than my heart
    Whose Word cannot be broken.

    I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
    Till soul and body sever,
    For, though all things shall pass away,
    HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!”

    ― Martin Luther

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  4. So blessed and encouraged by all of this, Wendy, and how you share His goodness and faithfulness to you and your family! I love that Psalm 78 verse! You find us the best ones. God bless you and your teens everyone learns and grows this year!

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  5. Thank you once again for your peaceful images and texts. I would to choose the first one as my inspirational screensaver. 🙂 These are words which I love “And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
    And he replied:
    “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” from The Gate of the Year by Minnie Louise Haskins

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  6. Wendy: I like all of your reflections on life. I am pleased to hear that you and Ian get outdoors often, to receive inspiration from God’s creation . Your fine photographs make me want to visit BC. It’s been a long, long time. — Richard

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    1. Thank you, Richard. Tonight Ian took me out to another beach I hadn’t been to before. From what I’ve seen of your nature photography, you live in a spectacular place. ❀ I love the outdoors, as I know you do too.

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  7. ”In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. This is one of my favourite scriptures!
    I love your posts Wendy, the pictures, the words, simply refreshes my soul. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy your quiet time!
    Much love and blessings to you Wendy! 🙂

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  8. Oh Wendy, I admire you so! Your children are so blessed to have you (and Ian is too!). Praying special prayers for you and your family today–love, Caddo

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      1. Encouragement is SO important–whatever our age. Sometimes it’s easy for me to see Jesus hiking up his robes so He can run with us–the Super Cheerleader!

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  9. Methinks(for whatever it’s worth), we expect too much of ourselves, driving ourselves(nuts) in the bargain. Homeschooling is very difficult with teens as you have so many irons in the fire since they do. While i have no wise words for you, knowing surely you have many of your own, i think times of reflection our pivotal to our peace of mind. I’m glad you’ve managed to carve out some of that time again for yourself. I wish you peace and energy! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I couldn’t agree with you more about our driven expectations being toxic. Yes, time to reflect is a necessity for our survival and sanity. Blessings of peace to you also, dear artist friend. ❀

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  10. Hi, Wendy. Such a meaningful post. Lovely verses for reflecting on life. 1 Peter 5:7 has helped and encouraged me in my work with people, which is often very challenging. I’d like to share something I’ve written: A glow of light, gives a glimpse of hope. Love, Iris.

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    1. Jean, I almost missed out on that time to be by thinking I was too tired to go anywhere. But a still small voice said I needed to get away. It recharged me. Blessings of refreshment wished for you this weekend. ❀

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  11. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (and feelings)…In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. (and keep you calm!) Proverbs 3:5-6 So glad you have adjusted to your new schedule and quiet times continue! blessings ~ Laura

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