About Marie

Happily married to the same awesome guy for 48 years. Love God, reading, cats and travel. Avid crafter, especially counted cross stitch and crochet.

Treasure

Treasure Haiku

Today’s word for 5-Minute Friday’s free write is Treasure! I am delighted to join this community of writers each Friday.  Join us here.

Blessings upon blessings and grace upon grace to you!

Marie

One Person Can Do A Lot – The Healing of Natalie Curtis – Book Review

Natalie CurtisThe book I’ve just read may get 1st place in my fiction list for 2021. This is the story (based on fact) of a depressed, defeated woman’s journey. She had spent hours studying and practising piano but at the first of what would have been many performances and honors, she couldn’t do it.

Natalie Curtis (Burlin) determines to face her imperfections and fears and travels to the West to find herself again in the songs of the Native American culture. She discovers the right thing to do, follows through, and in the process finds her life purpose.

Never imposing her personal thoughts or views, seeking to simply understand, this nearly forgotten woman of history gave us the history of the Southwestern Native American culture, through her saving, writing, and recording of their music, dances, ceremonies, and traditions.

In her journey, she discovered that all people need healing. She discovers hers through the music that was (and still is) everywhere in the Native American culture. She found healing in the songs that surrounded every event, chore, and life circumstance.

And that’s not all! She took on a nation that was trying to cancel the culture of another through what is known as The Code of Offenses. This government program, in effect in the Early 1900’s, prohibited the Native Americans from singing, dancing, worshipping, and even speaking their native language. They were required to wear “American” clothes, attend “American” schools, and never speak or sing of their past. (Sound familiar?) She set out to right the wrong and even received the support of then-President, Teddy Roosevelt.

I highly recommend reading The Healing of Natalie Curtis!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

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Crown Haiku

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Marie

I See You!

peek a boo

When I wrote the title for this post I thought everyone is going to think this is referring to the fun little game we play with babies and toddlers by covering our eyes with our hands then looking through our fingers and saying, peek-a-boo, I see you! The laughter of children when we play this game is priceless, isn’t it? 

I want us to look at this idea of being seen. Genesis 16 tells us the story of Hagar. Sarai was very unhappy because the promise of a child who would fulfill the promise made to Abram was simply not happening. So Sarai took the ‘problem’ into her own hands and decided to do it her way.  Hagar was Sarai’s personal slave and she gave her to Abram to have a child with her. When Hagar conceived her ‘better than you’ attitude surfaced and Sarai couldn’t deal with it. She went to Abram with the problem and he told her she could ‘fix’ it herself.  Sarai began mistreating Hagar and she ran away into the desert. When Hagar found a spring she stopped and had an encounter with an angel of the Lord who asked her what she was doing and told her to go back to her mistress. He said she would have a son, Ishmael, who would (also) father many people, a great nation, too many to count.

That’s not the end of the story. Before she left the spring/well she named it Beer Lahai Roi which means well of the Living One who sees me. She has named God El Roi or my God who sees me. She recognizes that God does more than play peek-a-boo. He sees her. All of her. Every thought and desire. He sees her.

Mark 6:47-48 

I want you to see two interesting phrases in this passage (Mark 6:47-48). First, as night fell. What does that have to do with anything. It was a stormy night. Storms bring a kind of darkness in the night that makes it nearly impossible to see anything. Yet, Jesus could see to the middle of the lake and knew they were in trouble. And that brings us to the second phrase, Jesus could see. Are you saying, of course He could, He’s God! Yes, but I think there’s more than that.

Since Jesus is God, He carries all the attributes of God. So, He is the El Roi. The God who sees me. The One who sees everything, every moment, of every day. It’s part of who He is. He wants to see everyone one of us. He wants to take part in our lives. The good, the bad, the fun, the scary… He knew, because He could see, that they needed help. He walked out to the middle of the lake, calmed the waves, stopped the storm, gave them peace, so they could finish the journey.

He does the same for us. He sees all that is happening to us, every moment. What we have to do is trust that He will intervene when the time is right. 

Do you trust Him to do what He says He can do? He can stop the storm, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and so much more. Let Him!!!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

She Provides Food

6ypp-6gMHow To Save Time and Money With Reverse Meal Planning”.

It is a gift to our families to create a weekly plan to nurture their bodies and souls with the nutrients available to us in whole foods. It can be surprising to find that with a little planning it doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. — Hope Ware

She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.

Proverbs 31:15

Here’s another great article from the Joyful Life Magazine. Reverse meal planning makes a lot of sense. I’m all for ways to save money on my groceries and create healthy meals, too. (Yes, I am an affiliate and recieve a small stipend when you purchase something from their store.)

Grace upon grace, and blessings on blessings to you and yours!

Marie