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God has filled the world with all manner of delights.


peonies in Pike Market, Seattle

“God has filled the world with all manner of delights.” – author unknown    peonies in Pike Market, Seattle


God has filled the world with all manner of delights.


peonies in Pike Market, Seattle

“God has filled the world with all manner of delights.” – author unknown    peonies in Pike Market, Seattle



-a poem by NinadesusOjos


that nourishes my body and my mind,

green and raw and crisp and orange,

no greasy, sweet, soft, white, starch, flour,

thirst-quenching springwater,

apples, oatmeal, quinua, squash and lettuce.


reading to learn,

reading to be stung to think,

reading to laugh,

reading to relax and fly away.


to know Him more,

to enjoy Him more deeply,

to worship Him more fervently,

to study His Word,

to delight myself in my beloved position with Him.


marveling at their quirks and mine,

smiling at a ten-year-old’s clumsy joke,

listening to their hearts,

mourning with them in their grief,

dancing hand-in-hand in their triumphs,

sharing my Lovely and Loving God with them.

Quechua Traditional Weaving

I have always loved and been fascinated by Quechua weaving.  The colors, the intricacy of it all, the fact that some of the techniques and patterns and figures in it are over a thousand years old add to its mystery and appeal.IMG_2025

Glorious and Majestic

Psalm 111: 2 – 3:  Great are the works of the Lord, they are pondered by all who delight in them.  Glorious and majestic are God’s deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.

(snapped walking home from my language review classes this morning.)IMG_1262

The Joy and Health of Making Things Ourselves

We went to visit family in Guatemala, and during our time with them we went to this place where people had made these by hand in a tiny room with very simple tools and ingredients.  We  watched women and men and teenagers making these and I noticed how absorbed, peaceful and joyful each craftsperson seemed to be as they worked to create these items of beauty and usefulness for their fellow human beings.

I think there’s something healthy, satisfying and joy-producing about each of us MAKING things with our hands, hearts, brains.  The things we make will be completely different one from another.  Never compare yourself to others in this and never believe the LIE that YOU can’t make something beautiful and useful for God.

I think God made us each differently one from another, so that there are many different ways of “making something”  beautiful and useful to our fellow human beings.  Often we think of artists and craftspersons and maybe envy their abilities to create and restore objects of beauty and use.  There are many other ways to “make something beautiful for your God”! One of the most noble and challenging is parenting.  If  you are in the health professions and doing it for God you are helping to make HEALING for people.  If you are in a teaching profession and doing it for God you are “making” young people or older people stronger, fitter and happier through offering them priceless knowledge and helping them to apply it in their lives.  If you are in finance , business or some other profession or occupation that contributes to society, and doing it genuinely for God and if you’re giving to other aspects of God’s work  from the money you make  then you also are “making something beautiful for God”. I think one of the greatest things about post-modern life is the way people of all ages and backgrounds can, if they want to badly enough, change their occupations and professions, receive further education or training, self-educate or train throughout every day they live, or add occupations and professions onto the ones they already have.



I’m going to look for the beauty, for the delight, in the little things, the daily things. Then, thank God for it.



“Thankfulness is a thread that can bind together all the patchwork squares of our lives. Difficult times, happy days, seasons of sickness, hours of bliss — all can be sewn together into something lovely with the thread of thankfulness. Jesus was especially good at doing this.Once he was in a tough situation with a lot of hungry people on his hands, and all he had were five love of bread and two fish. He could have complained that God shouldn’t have expected him to feed five thousand people with so little. But Jesus didn’t write off the loaves and fish as nothing. He noticed what was given and ‘gave thanks’ for it.(Mark 8:6) And in the less-than-perfect-circumstances, God supplied all that was needed. We, like Jesus, have choices about how to respond to what life dishes up.We each have the power to interpret the facts of our lives. We make the choices that turn us into bitter or grateful people. Gratitude is rooted in the reality that, ‘bidden or unbidden, God is present'(Carl Jung).” – Adele Calhoun in her book, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook – Practices that Transform Us, IVP 2015.


quilt:  unknown artist, Deerfield Fair, Deerfield, NH, October, 2016.img_2663

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

img_4686Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut falls, finches wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plow;

And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow, sweet, sour;  adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Love the way tools, art, clothing and home or business decor are homemade or homemended in gl0bal-majority countries.

This decoration in a tiny taxi we rode in near Guatemala City was swinging wildly back and forth as the friendly older driver skillfully navigated the winding crowded streets. At home (Bolivia) a few weeks ago, my brand name running shoes had slowly developed over the course of a year two holes in their mesh, one of which was getting huge.  I took them to a man with a hand-wheel sewing machine, on the side of the road, and he mended them, beautifully, with fabric and stitches, not glue.  For about the equivalent of one dollar.  I’ll have another two years of wear out of them. I’ve a friend who has furnished the only office of the ngo she founded and directs from items cast off by others and salvaged from the Cochabamba dump. For a year she had no desk chair to work at her computer (not a laptop!) with; then her brother who is in the salvage business picked up a broken fifties-style swivel desk chair (in the U.S.A. it would probably be valuable as “retro” or antique and sell on E-Bay for 8000 dollars!) for free and fixed it for her office, which is the side of her bedroom.IMG_8106