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“Desire, when harnessed, is power.”

“Desire, when harnessed, is power”. – Jack Shwartz in his book The Magic of Thinking Big, as recommended in Melody Beattie’s classic, Codependent No More.

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So, I was in the market just now…

So, I was in the market just now, which is a section of pavement of the street. But with some of the more major weekly vendors having rigged sailcloth shades, on rebar extensions, to mark out their “puesto” (stand) and provide a little partial shade.

And, my eye was drawn to the colors of the yarn. I approached a woman selling yarn and, as I came closer, I saw that she had not only yarn but hand-knitted items of all kids; baby sweater sets, mostly.  It was beautiful work!

So, I asked for one skein of yellow yarn and she said, “Two?”.  I said, “Just one, please.” I could see she wondered what I would be wanting with just one skein, but she was too polite to ask. As she placed my lonely little skein into a plastic bag and handed it to me I said to her, “Yeah, I’m just practicing and don’t do this very well yet, but I want to learn. You don’t know anybody who gives knitting lessons, do you?”

Her whole face brightened immediately and she said, ” Well, I don’t, but my friend does; she’ll be here next Saturday, you know, that other woman who was here with me last week. You two could just sit here, for half an hour, and she could give you pointers!”

YESSS!!!

With a huge smile she told me her name, and her friend’s name, and I told her my name! I’m making a new friend, maybe two!

And, hopefully, learning how to knit faster without cramping my shoulder!

 


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A sight that was a little gift from God to me, at “go to market” Saturday. Just sitting there, on the pavement! Cochabamba, Bolivia!


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Market Yesterday! We’re loving’ this aspect!


Food and Drink that Nourishes and Delights!

Mathew 5: 6, in The Message “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God; he’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”


God has filled the world with all manner of delights.

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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.

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peonies in Pike Market, Seattle

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


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Dried Fish in the Market, with the Fly Whisk

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The Paradox of Hedonism

“Happiness is like a cat; if you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.” – William BennetIMG_3457


The Joy of the Lord

“The choir sings; on a mauve wall Rembrandt’s Christ breaks the bread, Communion, and the words of Teresa of Avila play in my head, a beckoning refrain;

Just these two words He spoke,

changed my life,

‘ENJOY ME’.

What a burden I thought I was to carry!

(A cross, as did HE).

LOVE once said to me, ‘I know a song,

Would you like to hear it?’

And laughter came from every brick in the street

and from every pore in the sky,

After a night of prayer, HE

changed my life when

HE sang,

‘Enjoy ME’.

That’s His song!  ‘I rejoice in you. Come rejoice in ME.’  The song that plays the world awake,  the song that fuels joy;  “Enjoy ME! Enjoy ME!”

Is there a greater way to love the Giver than to delight wildly in His gifts?”

pp. 218, 219 from “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp