Monday, January 11, 2016


It''s a New Year. And I can't let the old one slip away without some wanted reflection. 

Cate Hart Photography

I was reading an Instagram from an oily woman I very much like and she mentioned she was going to think of a word to describe the new year, a catch word so to speak, but she also felt called to pray and ask what her word should be. I thought that sounded really good- a year or two ago I might have rolled my eyes but something in me stirred and so I prayed; God give me a word. What word do you want to describe my 2016? I hoped he would say...nurture. Or better yet baby. Or adventure. Or peace. Or joy....or I don't even know. 

Cate Hart Photography

But I wasn't expecting- Seek. And yet I kept coming back to that. 
I shared with Cate on our family beach trip and she gave me a verse which was inspired.

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you" 
Matthew 6:23.

Yes. There are so many thing I want, that I strive for, and yet God says- First. Seek Me. Not wait. not Be still. Not Hold on. But actually do something- seek me- strive for righteousness- make me your goal and not everything else. And then.

Gypsy Slow Down

Work has been busy and so I've been sitting behind my closed door most of the time, data entry on the automatic and I've found that I can listen and work at the same time. One of my absolute favorite speakers to listen to is Elisabeth Elliot. When she talks you believe her. I've never heard someone of such unwavering faith who has experienced so much. I found a whole lot of her downloadable sermons here. If anyone has sought God wholeheartedly in life, it is E.E.

Gypsy Slow Down

I made sweet cultured butter the other day and it is delicious. Butter gets such a bad rap because of it's fat content, however grass fed organic butter is very rich in vitamins and good fats. And cultured butter is full of probiotics. All it took was organic cultured buttermilk and organic heavy cream from the local co-op and a whole lot of guts, because, well, if you read the recipe you don't do a lot of refrigeration in the beginning stages. I am loving this book and all the amazing back to our roots ideas. 

One of my goals and other words this year is nourish, hence the book, and rest. 

Rest in God.
Rest at home.
Rest at work, in mind and thought.
Rest at night.

Gypsy Slow Down

I found an Agatha Christie I had not read which is in and of itself astonishing so I bought it and ate a bowl of tomato soup on the couch and didn't feel the least guilty for spending some of my Sunday afternoon like that, after Witt and I got back from walking downtown to the local co-op.

Gypsy Slow Down

I am in a restful mood- tired of the busy and the hurried. Of never feeling like my house is clean enough or I have enough weekends free or that Witt is working too much
As Elisabeth Elliot says- none of that is any of my business. I need to focus outside of myself- focus on serving and thinking of myself and my life less. Think of Him more. More of what can I do for someone else, instead of, how much laundry is piling up? More time for quiet. 

Rest in God.

Gypsy Slow Down

A closing thought: I never realized how much I really love my adult sisters until this beach trip. I've loved them as sisters for forever but being together, since so many of us are so far apart most of the time, I realized that sisters are the only ones who truly know who you were. Who you can say to, hey remember that movie we used to watch every weekend, or that song, or that strange person we used to know? And even though we've all changed so tremendously, there is a mutual respect and admiration I have for all of them. Everyone has grown into remarkable woman- and since none of us are clinging to the past, we are able to accept each other as we are now. Truly my best friends.

Cate Hart Photography

Happy New Year.

The Lord bless you and keep you;

 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

Numbers 6:24-26

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