Anything Can Happen: Sit. Rest. Listen. Breathe.

the conversation

Sit.

Your feet are tired of running, your knees sore from bending low, your hips weary from carrying the load.

Rest.

Your body aches for stillness, your mind for tranquility, your spirit for harmony.

Listen.

The breeze rustles the first leaves of Spring before it brushes warm against your cheeks. Your friend speaks…

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”      Matthew 11:28-30

Breathe.

Breathe in the rhythm of grace . . . Breathe in rest.

Rest

Linda Crawford

 

 

 

 

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Anything Can Happen: The Beauty of Bacon . . . and Cats

On your feet now — applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Psalm 100:1-2 MSG

catCats and bacon have been invading my Facebook timeline.

Yes, this is dog

And a few dogs . . .

When my husband and daughter couldn’t stop laughing over “yes, this is dog,” a few weeks ago I finally asked, “whats a meem?”

More laughter.

Now you know why I still don’t twitter and have trouble operating the remote control for the space command media center in our basement.

Just in case there is one other person in the world who hasn’t heard of  “memes,” let me help you. A meme is defined as an idea or thought (image, joke, quote, symbol) that spreads from person to person (goes viral) and becomes popular.

Why does the joke, image, thought, or idea go viral?  Nobody’s been able to answer that question for me yet.

I’ve noticed that images of cats and bacon–anything bacon–have become particular obsessions for memologists, or meminators, or memaholocs . . . whatever they call themselves.

Bacon statsSo I had bacon on the brain last week when I went to a group of serious writers and asked for contributions for Anything Can Happen Thursday. Here’s how I explained it:

“This is an open day for anything…humor, maybe a bowl of ice cream, why you love bacon, some music, a painting of your cat…”

Here’s what one brave writer submitted:

Bacon poem 2

Mick Silva, a poem with a cat and bacon deserves its very own meme.  🙂

displeased scottish fold red cat on window portrait

Praying for the beauty of bacon and cats, smiles and laughter, to color your life beautiful today.

Linda Crawford

Are you a writer? In addition to being a amazing poet, 🙂 Mick is an amazing writing coach and shares an inspiring Monday Motivation for writers every week free at Your Writers Group.

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He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth – the Lord God Almighty is his name.  Amos 4:13 NIV

Anything Can Happen

One sunny afternoon, my youngest son and I were skiing in the Cascade Mountains in Washington state.  When we stopped at the top of the mountain to admire the view of Mt. Rainier, Carson quickly made a new friend…a sweet little bird, probably hoping for an offering of crumbs.

I snapped this picture, not knowing until later just how perfect it would be.  Now, when I look at it, I’m reminded of all the levels on which our Almighty God works.  In fact, He works on every level.  He created the mountains that I stand in awe of…he sustains them, and all the earth, with His power.  He cares for us, His children, who have been perfectly made in His image.

In His HandHe even provides for the small and simple creatures of the earth, like the little bird who fluttered onto Carson’s hand on that beautiful day.

How often do you pause and think of the mighty power of our God?

When I take time to do that, my own worries and fears are calmed.  God created our entire universe in just one week…it’s difficult to even wrap that possibility into our limited realm of thought!  Consider a single mountain – vast and enormous – and how God spoke it into being.  What incredible power!

Our Lord controls the path of the wind and weather, allowing the perfect amount of sun and rain to fall upon this earth.  He begins and ends each day in perfect timed rhythm.  He cares for all creatures of the world, no matter how big or small.

This picture gives me a visual reminder of who God is.  He is in all things – great and small.

I know that I need not be anxious about anything today, for God holds each and every one of us in His hand.

BrookBrook

Brook  is married to Keith, aka the Ranch Boss, and is blessed with 3 awesome boys… Clay, Cole, and Carson the Great. She shares about life on the ranch, bringing up boys, and her many adventures on her blog Babbling Brook.


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If TRUTH is BEAUTY,

how come no one has their hair done in the Library?
-Lily Tomlin

Bad Hair Day?Having a bad hair day?

No problem.

You’re beautiful ON THE INSIDE!  🙂

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Anything Can Happen: It’s Not the End of the World…

Transformed

Some days are darker and harder than others.

But there’s a transformation that happens in the hiding place, where the struggle is solitary and at times seems endless. And though I sometimes despair of being constrained so long by life’s troubles, I know God will be  faithful to His promise to transform my pain to beauty.

May we embrace the beauty the Master is creating in us today.

Linda Crawford

Anything Can Happen: Valentine Party!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Remember the days when you used to give Valentine’s cards to all the kids in your class?

We’re having a party like that here today, sharing different Valentine “cards” on our Facebook page that you can pass on to friends and family. We’ll be posting different cards all day, so you can share the love with everyone!

To join the party click the Facebook “like” button on the left side of this page or click here!

Valentine card

©Linda Crawford 2013

Anything Can Happen: Everybody is a Genius

Anything can happen here on.You're a Genius

Even a fish in a pair of glasses.

Never forget that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, which means you ARE a genius!  🙂

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Genius©Linda Crawford 2013