Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Cheerful Heart

 Summer is officially here...even though I know it is still a few days away.
The warm breeze in the mornings, the kids playing in the pool, afternoons full and blossoming with cheerful voices and full hearts ready for a new season.
The earth warming and new starts emerging.
I love it.
Summer also brings on an expected increase in labor around our house.

Some days I start to feel like on top of all of my household chores, I have a boat load going on outside.
Then my brain gets that foggy feeling.
I am sure you know what I am talking about :).
I am a rather quiet person by nature, so I think having many things to do is hard for me.
 Elisabeth Elliot has a great saying, "Just do the next thing."
I say that to myself sometimes over and over in a day....and it makes the day flow so much smoother.
Just do the next thing.
Don't think too much about it....just DO it!
 Life has seasons and they can be up and down, but choosing to have a cheerful heart instead of a broken spirit takes grace.
When your plate is full and you feel overwhelmed, staying out of the dumps, even when your body tells you that you are in the dumps, can be difficult.
I want to be known as a person with a joyful heart...especially with my family.
So I choose joy among all of the hustle and bustle.
Because my one life is a gift... with all of the projects and work...along with the quiet and serene.
Each moment is a grace filled gift.
The tidying and the caring for and the growing are all good. Aren't they?
 Even with mundane jobs like dishes and laundry I see potential and then progress.
For as {she} thinks within {her}self, so {she} is.
Proverbs 23:7

The hay is up past my waist now, and irrigating takes a lot more energy just walking through the field.
It's good exercise, but whew! I am tired after a while.
The season starts out easy and progressively gets deeper, harder, more laborious.
 Then everything stills and we reap the reward.
In the midst of all of that work, I love the quiet...listening to the birds chip, the dizzy feeling watching the grasses flow in the the ocean waves. 
Smelling the sweet ripe grass and being with my kids.

 Isn't that what God gently does in our lives....allows certain things to happen and looks to see if we are leaning on Him?
Sometimes the work load increases and just when we think we have no strength left...His grace pours over us and we reap the blessings.

 A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.
Proverbs 17:22

 Superman and I have a couple weeks left to help out with irrigating until it is time to cut.
I am glad I have such cheerful help!
 He comes to the rescue on his pedal bike when I need him :). 

 Summer is bursting at the seams and even though I know the work load is increasing daily, I am looking forward to all that it holds.
The garden is starting to pick up and I will have peas to freeze shortly.
Our pumpkins and corn are coming along nicely.
Potatoes, onions, and spinach are bursting with vigor.

 The kids are working with their cute pigs for Fair this year.
Their little pink noses beg for treats when I pass by.
Equipment is getting ready to roll.

 The roses are blooming and smell so lovely on a breeze.

 The bounty in God's grace...I am so thankful for it.
Working hard is truly a gift and something that we hope to pass down cheerfully to our children.

Praying you have a lovely day...and that if you are feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, you can slow, "just do the next thing," and choose to have a cheerful heart for a full life!



Unknown said...

Lovely post. I noticed your roses on the post, do you know what they are called.
They look exactly like the ones that were growing on my property I bought years ago. I have always been wondering as they started my love for roses.

Julia said...

I am so sorry Shannon, but I don't know what they are called. I planted them years ago, and then they went back to their original variety. I tend to garden in a natural I am not very good at pruning the roses back when they have new shoots!


Holly said...

What a lovely post! I can "smell" the roses and "feel" the breeze.
Your little superman is adorable!
The pictures are so lovely ~ such a gentleness about them. Simple joys!

Gumbo Lily said...

"Do the next thing" has been my mantra for many years (after I read EE). It does work to calm the spirit, especially when you know there is a lot of work or a big project ahead. Bite by bite, we can eat that Elephant.

Summer is looking very beautiful all around your place, and it sounds like you are enjoying every bit of it.


Lisa said...

I always love your words and photos they are so soothing, like a breath of fresh air. When I get busy and overwhelmed, and think I just can't do another thing, I remember Philipians 4:13. I love that scripture.

Robin {keephomesimple} said...

Great post Julia. I love your joyful perspective. All of your pretty pictures, make me what to buy a farm somewhere in the country so bad ...what a great way to raise a family.

Our family is heading to a family reunion not far from where you live in the next few weeks. I'm sure I'll think of you as we pass by your area. Someday, we should meet up.





Jennifer said...

I've heard that quote by Elizabeth Elliott before~so appropriate!
I've had the same feeling the past week. Especially when the baby chicks arrived earlier than expected. Thank you for the reminder to 'lean on Him' and be thankful, and joyful :)

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Hopeful said...

Julia your posts are always so refreshing! You truly have a gift with words. The pig photo makes me want to get a pig:)

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Thank you for this encouragement - today!

Anonymous said...

I love following your blog :) everything you write about is so positive and your photos, just beautiful. As a busy mother with three young kiddos...this was a great message to hear first thing this morning:) Thank you.
have a wonderful day!

Holly said...

Such a sweet calming post. Just the little reminder I needed today! I enjoyed all the pictures too! Blessings to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

such beautiful words and photos....
love those pigs and I think I can
smell those roses all the way over pretty....I could use your superman around here....I read that book by Elizabeth encouraging!
God bless, Corinne

Elisabeth said...

I'm an agricultural student in California and I stumbled upon your blog. I love it! I love your pictures and your graceful love for the simple things. I too delve through old family photos, and I hope to someday have land of my own! Your blog is an inspiration, and a reminder to look to our loving God when times are tough (or even just to thank him for the blooming wildflowers). I always look forward to new posts from you.
Love from California!

Hoots Momma said...

This post just watered my soul!! you have such a gift of expressing your thoughts through your words. just beautiful!! I wish I had the same!

blessings, Hoots mom!

The Respectable Redneck said...

It does my heart good to see wheel lines. My Beloved and I met in the town he was born and raised in, in Southeast Idaho. Wheel lines and sugar beets galore.

Anonymous said...

Love this post. "Do the next thing" is something I am going to remember. Love the way you write and all the pictures. The roses are SO pretty. Spring and fall sure can be overwhelming, but it's worth the work I do think. Not moving yet from the country! I have a sign that says" a day in the country is worth a month in town" I think gardening is good in many ways. Love to just day dream when I am out there working. Have a great weekend and thank you for a wonderful blog.

Laura Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful posts lately, Julia. Your blog is always a breath of fresh air to me.

This might sound weird, but can I please ask you what kind of grass that is in the first few pictures? The grass with a...long thing on the top? lol. We have that stuff growing all over the place at our new homestead and I can't figure out what it is. Thank you! :)

Ellen said...

Thank you, Julia....
perfect for me today...and many days!

I wanted to share it on my facebook, but when I clicked the link, it brought up the comments, not the post...

Thank you anyway...have a blessed day!

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