Reflections

Perfect Timing

©Nissa Gadbois

This is the Joseph Tree.  Several years ago, we came to this place.  It was up for sale by lottery and the USDA was hosting an open house.  As we walked back from the upper field and woodland, we stopped and prayed that if it was God’s will, He would make it ours.  We returned several days later with our children and buried a statue of St. Joseph among the roots.  We were not the fortunate winners, so we carried on looking at other farms.  That search took us all over the state and as far away as Kentucky. 

But our hearts were always here. 

After a few more years of feeling like we had been wandering in the desert, we discovered that this farm might be available again.  We prayed for peace about making an inquiry.  It was a long, long process but eventually  – and on my 40th birthday – we signed the closing paperwork.  His timing was perfect.

One day, there will be a beautiful statue of St. Joseph here – above ground – evidence of his faithful prayers on our behalf, and of our gratitude for his tender care.  As difficult as these five years have been, we are filled with gratitude every morning at the enormous gift of this place; and humbled by the responsibility of stewarding for the rest of our lives.

Wishing

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” ― George Eliot

©Nissa Gadbois

This quote from George Eliot just about perfectly sums up what I am about.  And I was looking in the wrong place.  Right here where God planted us, right here with these precious people… that is where I find what is good, and beautiful, and true.  Love, kindness, peace.  Beauty in the things of creation, beauty in the things that we create.  It is good.

Put on Love

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:12-15

Bedstraw Flowers @Nissa Gadbois

Bedstraw Flowers @Nissa Gadbois

Bedstraw Flowers @Nissa Gadbois

 

Heavenly Treasures

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be – Matthew 6:19-21

Sky | ©Nissa Gadbois

 

 

Robin Sings

English Robins

If you look very closely, you can see Mrs. Robin just inside the tree, sitting on her nest.

 

Robin :

Robin sang sweetly
When the days were bright:
‘Thanks, thanks for summer,’
He sang with all his might.

Robin sang sweetly,
In the autumn days,
‘There are fruits for everyone;
Let all give praise.’

In the cold and wintry weather,
Still hear his song:
‘Somebody must sing,’ said Robin
‘Or winter will seem long.’

When the spring came back again,
He sang, ‘I told you so!
Keep on singing through the winter
It will always go.’  ~ Anonymous

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