Feel Good With Lilacs

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Dear friends —

Today, I simply want to share some beautiful scriptures and photos with you. I hope this post warms you to the very depths of your soul. Unfortunately, I have not taken any pictures of lilacs but found some gorgeous blossoms online.

https://mailchi.mp/abbeyofthearts/

Song of Solomon 2

“I’m just a wildflower picked from the plains of Sharon, a lotus blossom from the valley pools. A lotus blossoming in a swamp of weeds— that’s my dear friend among the girls in the village. As an apricot tree stands out in the forest, my lover stands above the young men in town. All I want is to sit in his shade, to taste and savor his delicious love. He took me home with him for a festive meal, but his eyes feasted on me! Oh! Give me something refreshing to eat—and quickly! Apricots, raisins—anything. I’m about to faint with love! His left hand cradles my head, and his right arm encircles my waist! Oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem, by the gazelles, yes, by all the wild deer: Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe—and you’re ready. Look! Listen! There’s my lover! Do you see him coming? Vaulting the mountains, leaping the hills. My lover is like a gazelle, graceful; like a young stag, virile. Look at him there, on tiptoe at the gate, all ears, all eyes—ready! My lover has arrived and he’s speaking to me! Get up, my dear friend, fair and beautiful lover—come to me! Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir—and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet strains. Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms. Oh, get up, dear friend, my fair and beautiful lover—come to me! Come, my shy and modest dove— leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing. Then you must protect me from the foxes, foxes on the prowl, Foxes who would like nothing better than to get into our flowering garden. My lover is mine, and I am his. Nightly he strolls in our garden, Delighting in the flowers until dawn breathes its light and night slips away. Turn to me, dear lover. Come like a gazelle. Leap like a wild stag on delectable mountains!” — (The Message)

“For they (art and music) are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.” — C.S.Lewis

“A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers-including even his power to revolt…It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower.” -C.S.Lewis

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Photo Credits:

https://www.midwestliving.com/garden/flowers/the-midwest-lilac-almanac/

References:

https://mailchi.mp/abbeyofthearts/daily-nourishment-from-abbey-of-the-arts-march-30-2231096?e=128ba1455f

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Song%20of%20Solomon%202:1-3,5,7-8,15-16&version=MSG

C. S. Lewis and The Bible

Sunday, August 22nd, 2021

Happy Sunday to you! ☀️🌻☀️

It is rather late for me to be posting [2:30am] or relatively too early depending upon when you start and end your day. I felt a call to read some passages in my Bible before going to sleep. I may be extra tired when I awake but I am determined to still wake early enough to make it to church today. I have recently started in person attendance after many, many months and I was overwhelmed at the welcoming back by my church family. I should not have been overwhelmed or had feelings of over joy because that’s what my family church does…we love people! My work schedule makes it hard for me to “want to” wake up early but I am always thankful that I do once I get up and going. I’ve never been a morning person which is completely weird because everyone in my family loves rising early in the morning. I’m much more a sunset kind of person, sun rises are great if I’m still awake to see them! Below is a beautiful picture of the night sky when I left work today/last night.

Photo Credit: Me

Indianapolis International Airport

— Night Sky August 21, 2021 —

I am wishing you a wonderful Sunday no matter when and where you enjoy it. I pray that you may see the love of Jesus all around you. Know that you are loved, you are seen and you are heard by your Heavenly Father. I am grateful to all of you for your support of my blog and for all the encouragement I receive from you. YOU are a BLESSING.

Quotes from, “The C.S.Lewis Bible” NRSV, for Reading, Reflections and Inspiration.

Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only “mouth honour” and that decreasingly. . . It is, if you like to put it that way, not merely a sacred book but a book so remorselessly and continuously sacred that it does not invite, it excludes or repels, the merely aesthetic approach. You can read it as literature only by a tour de force. You are cutting the wood against the grain, using the tool for a purpose it was not intended to serve. It demands incessantly to be taken on its own terms: it will not continue to give literary delight very long except to those who go to it for something quite different.

C.S. Lewis, Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian

Towards the end of C. S. Lewis’ life he was ask what he thought of the practice of daily devotions, he answered…

“We have our New Testament regimental orders upon the subject. I would take it for granted that everyone who becomes a Christian would undertake this practice. It is enjoined upon us by Our Lord; and since they are his commands, I believe in following them. It is always just possible that Jesus Christ meant what he said when He told us to seek the secret place and to close the door.

C.S.Lewis

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.goodreads.com

The Pilgrims Progress

Amazon Prime:

Hey I recently watched, “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” Check it out now on Prime Video! It touched my heart and soul and could not keep this treasure to myself. Also, check out Paul Bunyan.

More information about the book and author can be found in the link below.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Pilgrims-Progress

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Paul-Bunyan

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ” “What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.” — Paul Bunyan

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Joy! Do You Have It?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Hello friends —

Today was an extra special day for me. I was finally able to meet a dear friend for lunch and celebrate my birthday. This is the first lunch we have been able to share since before the COVID pandemic started. My friend, Jan has been not merely a friend, she is also a source of spiritual support and encouragement to live into the life God created me to be. In fact, this blog is a direct result of her encouragement to pursue my dream of writing. She will not like what I am about say, “to me she is a saint”; at least according to:

Oxford Languages at Google

“a very virtuous, kind, or patient person.”

I once described my friend, Jan as the most humble individual I had ever met, and that remains true. Jan and I met back in 2013 at church, God through His miraculous ways brought us together at the time and season of our lives when we both were open to a new friendship and a shared faith in God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NRSVA)

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

During lunch today, Jan ask me a question I was not prepared to answer. “When did you last experience joy?” This past year and a half has been difficult for almost everyone around the world. I have experienced bursts of joy during the past year. I was able to take a mini vacation to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN in December 2020 and to Chattanooga, TN in June of this year. I experienced joy on these trips. These are examples of external joy; however, her question was one of internal joy. “A state of happiness” definition according to: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

True Joy Come From Within

I find joy in—

• spending time with friends

• in my job

• from my coworkers

• helping others

• sharing my time and talents

• helping others experience joy

• taking pictures of God’s creation

• spending time alone reading, writing, listening to music or watching TV.

• sleeping 💤 😴💤😁

After spending the afternoon thinking about joy I discovered an article that brought me some clarity and wish to share it with you.

🔹 J•O•Y 🔹

“But the ability to feel and show joy doesn’t come from the favorable circumstances of our human lives; it comes from God. We can’t lose joy any more than we can lose God. And we’re forever in the presence of God. He is all-powerful and totally good. Joy, as a spiritual quality, lasts forever. We always have it.

“Having joy includes feeling good cheer and a vibrant happiness. But joy, in its fuller, spiritual meaning of expressing God’s goodness, involves more. It is a deep-rooted, inspired happiness.”

“The Holy Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). The Bible says God gives us joy and peace. It tells us that real joy comes from God and is ours forever. The joy that is found in God’s presence isn’t static; it transforms and regenerates us.”

“Paul, a follower of Jesus Christ, wrote in a letter that joy is a “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22). Spirit is another name for God. Spiritual joy from God gives us a sense of the presence of good, showing His infinite power to govern the lives of men and women. As we learn more that God is All, that He is good, and that there is no power besides Him, spiritual joy will be ours more and more, bringing healing and happiness into our lives.”

“At the heart of joy is an unshakable awareness that we possess good from God. Joy is part of God’s kingdom. Harmony and painless being are spiritual qualities, and expressing joy brings these qualities into view in our lives.”

Full article click here: The Healing Power Of Joy

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

Oxford Languages at Google

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

The Healing Power Of Joy

Celebration & Gratitude

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Today is my birthday! 🥳🎉🎂

I am so very blessed with many friends and family that show me love and support not just for one day out of the year, but each day of my life! Today, I want to show some extra love for the two best things in my life.

🔹 God and my Mom 🔹

I am grateful for my Creator, my Lord and Savior for this life entrusted to me. Thankful for God’s relentless love and His abundant grace.

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.”
— Psalm 139:13-16 (NRSVA) —

✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
— Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSVA) —

💞•💞•💞•💞•💞•💞•💞•💞•💞•💞•💞•💕

I am thankful for my mom, she taught me so many valuable life lessons. God truly blessed me with such a remarkable woman, that I get to call mom!

“A mother’s love is the first gift we know, one we never outgrow.” ~Unknown

“Ode to a capable wife” -Proverbs 31:10-31

These are the words I would use to describe my mother…

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her.”
— Proverbs 31:25-28 (NRSVA) —

It has been nine birthdays without my mom, I miss her everyday. Today, I heard the song posted below and it made me think of my mom and when I will see her again. It brought me much comfort and hope it does for you as well.

I have had a great day, friends and family sent birthday wishes in cards and text messages. I was privileged to have dinner at one of my favorite restaurants with four friends that love me like family and I adore them, the Olson’s and the Flinn’s.

Thank you friends for stopping by my blog today. I wish you good health and happiness! And, love…lots of love. 💗

“We love because he first loved us.”

— 1 John 4:19 —

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Who…

  gives me blue skies,

  and tells me no lies.

 

  gives me strength when I am weak,

  and wisdom to be meek.

 

  fills my darkness with light,

  on a cold winters’ night.

 

  makes me laugh,

  and leads me on my path.

 

Who…

  is this so true,

it is you, Mother, YOU!

Charlotte A. Robinson©️ Christmas 1985

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway

Thank you WordPress

Friday, July 23, 2021

I’m so blessed to be a part of this beautiful and supportive community!

Below are some of stats, I share these not to brag, no instead I’m posting to show appreciation for all the countries representing the individuals that have taken the time to view my blog. I am humbled by your generosity. I am so blessed by God to be able to write and share my life and experiences in hopes they help others.

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – EVS

Hebrews 12:14

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” – EVS

Peace be with you my friends ! 💙🙏🏻🌻

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Thank You, WordPress – Friends – Family

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Hello friends and family —

I just wanted to say I’m thankful to be in the WordPress family and have the opportunity to interact with amazing writers, storytellers and photographers who share their talents. I’m am so very blessed. Thank you for showing me such love today, I have been absent for way to long. Each of you have made a difference in my life and I pray that God used me to return the favor.

Mid-day stats June 22nd, 2021

I want to tell you, YOU ARE LOVED!

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤍🤍🤎💖❤️‍🔥💝

‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
— John 15:12 (NRSVA)

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Gone, Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’—this is the first commandment with a promise: ‘so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
— Ephesians 6:1-3 NRSVA —

Photo Credit: Me (Rock City, TN) June 2021

Every time I hear this song, my thoughts quickly give way to images, words and emotions I experienced with my mom. Most of us would agree that our mothers were the greatest, and I agree wholeheartedly. I fully trust in the power and promises of God and that he specifically gave me my mom as a gift. We had a great connection as most daughters do, she was always my biggest fan, my great supporter, and a source of great strength, endurance and a caring soul. Today, is a day of remembering for me and my family, it has been 9 years since God called my mom home. She is missed every single day, I am sad some days still, but mostly I’m just thankful I was blessed to call her my mom and my friend. A lot of my maturity came to fruition only after she had passed. I know it was because of her teaching, her love, her constant determination, powerful patience and lots of prayers that I have success in my life now. I do wish, dare hope, she is able to know these successes were possible because she set such a high moral standard for me to follow.

Me & Mom 1989

This is not a sad day but a day to celebrate the life of a wonderful woman, daughter, aunt, cousin, sister, wife, mother, friend and a beautiful child of God.

Memorial Day 2021

Take time to tell something just how special they are to you on this day. Be thankful for opportunities to share life, love and laughter.

I love and miss you, mom ❤️

Me & Mom 1965

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” — Exodus 29:12

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” — Colossians 3:20

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

The Bargain Store

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Hello friends —

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Memorial Weekend! 🇺🇸 🎉❤️

I heard a song on the radio yesterday during my drive into work, it’s called “The Bargain Store” written and performed by Dolly Pardon. It touched my soul, I am so very thankful for all the blessings I have received from God. I have loved. I have lost. I have learned from both and healing has occurred through it all. Earlier this week, I ended up in a conversation with two friends discussing and solving the world’s problems, you know like most women do! We covered a wide range of topics, in a relatively short period of time. We talked about dating, hair color, should one color ones hair (?), dating sites and places we would like to live. HaHa!! The whole of the conversation came down to…be yourself, live your life and respect others. There’s a lot of crazy things going on in the world these days that I find difficult to understand or even rationalize; however, I don’t have to agree with someone in order to respect their choices. Being respectful does not preclude me from living my life on my terms with my beliefs and passions. My life does not need or require me to align myself with someone else’s choices.

“Daily, God opens my eyes, heart and ears to the beauty of the humanity and the devil vows for equal time showing the horrors of humanity.” ~ Me 😉

RESPECT: due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.

I recently responded to a newsletter question at work regarding the Question of the Month. “If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?” Here’s my response…

I came to that answer because I have been binge watching, “Midsomer Murders” a British crime drama television series, adapted by Anthony Horowitz from the novels in the Chief Inspector Barnaby book series created by Caroline Graham.

With the increase of people getting vaccinated and with some of the COVID restrictions being lifted, I want to be around people. I would even like to entertain the idea of dating in some small way. I am not looking for anyone to complete me, I am complete. I would enjoy sharing life with someone, enjoy conversations with someone, someone to laugh and even cry with, listen to music with or watch movies. Whether or not any of these things happen, I will be ok, because I have God, friends and family. Call me old-fashion, but I still believe in love at first sight, I believe in the chance meeting and I believe all things are possible.

I hope you like this song “Bargain Store.”

Thankful, Grateful and Hopeful

I’m thankful for the past,

Thankful for everyone who loved me, supported me and forgave me.

I’m grateful for the present,

Grateful for life’s lessens, for love freely given, for second chances and forgiveness.

I’m hopeful for the future…whatever may come.

Hopeful that love will bloom again, seeking peace, mutual respect and unity with all people.

~ Charlotte Robinson ©️

05/29/2021 at 4:22am

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.