Authentic Compassion

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ready for sunshine!



Texas isn't known for chilly wet Octobers - we often wear shorts to the State Fair and for that matter - have been known to plan on shorts for Thanksgiving barbecues! We have been experiencing more rainy, cloudy, sunless days than I can recall. I realize our current health issues don't help my outlook on how blah these sunless days are. When I went out to let the cluckers out of the Coop Mahal two mornings ago - these fascinating tiny umbrella fungi were all

over the ground near an old tree stump.
How cool is that? The rosier mushroom was from a couple of weeks ago - before the ground became truly soggy. The brightly lit one is back under a clump of oaks - had to use the flash on camera because it is SO DANGED dark all day. In what feels like miserable weather - we get interesting growing things here on Buhlaland - that's good 'cause I'm working at not being grouchy with all the mud mess. Not succeeding too well but it is Monday morning (I started this post last week - am I a slave to procrastination or merely a skilled practitioner?)
On a less frivolous (and whiney!) note - Max Lucado has a way with words - and today I decided to end this bit of foolishness from Buhlaland with something from Max:
Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see.
Eyes see the prowling lion. Faith sees Daniel’s angel.Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah’s rainbow.Eyes see giants. Faith sees Canaan.Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior.Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees His blood.Your eyes see your grave. Your faith sees a city whose Builder and Maker is God.Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face.
With that attitude adjustment - I can venture out into this drizzly foggy morning - and know there will be sunshine again on Buhlaland - I have faith. It is good

8 comments:

Lanny said...

Great post. The skill comes from seeing procrastination paying off, as it does so often! (Well that is my excuse anyway) We had bright sunny skies over the weekend, a bit of a cloudy Saturday but that was good for all the hard physical labor that was going on. But the rains are a comin' so I am putting my mind in that direction and your post about the rain dependent beauties in our lives is a very good thing. But I do pray that the sun will pop out for you soon.

Debbie said...

Linda, you've certainly cheered me up this morning. Being encouraged in the face of the reality that comes with this world is always a pleasure. Glad to see the Lord is working in others lives, as He obviously is in yours. There is no greater joy than living for Christ nor any greater challenge or more victories in any other. Glad I visited you today. I understand about gloomy weather. I'm getting ready for a long winter in the Midwest.At least I don't have to water and mow!
Deb

Dani said...

I have to agree, great post...its been cool here too.....but sunny, most of the time anyway....thanks for the cheering words too from Max...lifted my day

Jacob R Parker said...

Hi there,

According to your "About Me" page you're a Narnia fan! That's awesome because, on my blog, I'm giving away three free copies of a new book that I think us Narnia fans are going to love. It's called Curse of the Spider King, by best-selling author Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. If you're interested, Click here to check it out!

-Jacob Parker

KathyB. said...

Lovely words by Max Lucado! He has a real way of putting things into perspective, doesn't he?

There are definitely fungus among us, hey? You have some interesting fungi there.

You know, some consider procrastination a fine art to be cultivated well....

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Lovely and wonderful words. It has been rainy and foggy here as well...I still need the moisture as I still have some garden left. I have only seen the white mushrooms in my part of Texas...I want pretty ones like yours! Did you go to the state fair this year? We have not been in a few years...I miss it. Blessings,Kathleen

LindaSueBuhl said...

Last questions first - Kathleen we didn't go to the State Fair - DH really cannot be in crowds (we aren't even going to church) and the weather has been pretty daunting. KathyB and Lanny - I know I believe procrastination is incorrectly pronounced - it is being a PRO at crastination - ya have to be good at something right? Debbie - love the old catechism question - what is the purpose of life? To glorify God - simple and true. Dani - glad to give someone a lift - have been working on my own attitude lately with the rather constant challenges but God is faithful even when I am not.
Yes I can tell Jacob Parker has something to "sell" online but he seems sincere and the link is not to anything negative (that I could tell). I'll only delete offensive or obviously inappropriate comments. Thank you one and all for commenting - I love borrowing Max's words - he has such skill at putting complex topics right there on the accessible shelves.

Vickie said...

Love that Max Lucado. He has such a way with words. And so do you, Linda. Good post. Whatever you're using to encourage yourself and your husband with always encourages me, too. Thanks for sharing this. I'm keeping up with you guys. In Him...