Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Simple Pleasures

When life gets chaotic, as it will likely get increasingly in the next week, take comfort in simple pleasures., and prepare ye the way of the Lord.

Relish feast day treats, and words of kindness to each other.

"How sweet are thy words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Psalms 119:103

Several moments spent at a sink with warm water and a lovely scented bar of soap. No quick wash, slow and relaxing. And a Confession made before Christmas.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me." Psalms 51: 10

The scent of the season, orange clove for me, and the anticipation of the Nativity.

"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere."
2 Cor 2:14

Taste tiny sweets, flavors from childhood, and become like a child.

 "'Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'" Matthew 18:3-4

A soft chair to rest my feet, preparing for the birth of an Infant God.

"He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength." Isaiah 4-:29

A candle lit, illuminating the beautiful, lighting the way to Him.

"Thy word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path." Psalms 119:105

h/t to Kim for the candle concept.


  1. Thank you, Barbara. I truly love this post. You didn't just remind us to treasure the simple pleasures, but you tied them all to the Truth of Scripture. Lovely pictures! Your candy dish is wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Kimberlee. The candy dish used to be my mother-in-laws, and it is a simple pleasure on it's own!

      PS Faith and I received our ATCs this week and we were so tickled! Thank you, again, for hosting.

  2. I LOVE this post, Barbara! I have not taken time this Advent to sit and be and enjoy those simple pleasures. And I still feel like I'm running out of time! It is not how I wanted Advent to be :-( I must make the most of what is remaining ...

    PS—Where did you find that candy?!

    1. Thank you, Sarah. The candy came from a local candy shop. They taste mostly like Branch's but are prettier!

  3. Very sweet. Thanks for the reminders!

  4. What a beautiful, perfect post! It was just the reminder and correction I needed. He is coming! "Let every heart prepare Him room". --- Rosemary


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