Following an unexpected, extremely busy week, my plan is to rest in the Lord today as I continue the studio clean up. Ahhhhh, Monday morning. Seems life refuses to slow down so, unless God has another plan for me, mine is to spend the majority of the week this way, shut in as I shuffle stuff. A very cold week too so, good weather to be inside. If you’re wondering why the job (studio clean up) is taking several months to complete, I invite you to take a look at the photos posted on March 12th, “Good, Bad and the Ugly.” I hope to have some studio “after” shots posted before the year’s end!

I’ve been reflecting over the past year through the blog this morning. Joy Studio blog began on January 24th and as I mentioned last night (winner announce), about to complete one year, my first, of blogging. The blog offers sort of, a visual reminder to me, of the ups and downs, the struggles, the joys and a nice way to reflect on the past year. It’s been a good year and a difficult one too, but a good one, just the same. It’s also the closest venue to journaling or a diary that I have ever experienced and has certainly challenged my writing and spelling skills.

My photos this morning, were taken a couple of weeks ago when I was getting a bit stressed and suddenly feeling unseasonably warm! Laying on the cool concrete sidewalk seemed like quick and perfect relief. Looking up to the heavens of course, always provides another kind of restful, de-stressing solution in itself. As I rested there and cooled down, I was impressed with the artful design that the dark trees made against the light gray sky. I must remember to take up this childhood activity again, it’s great!

Rest in the Lord and wait. Psalm 37:7

And you shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

Ahhhhh, a restful Monday, yes? Oops, except for that quilt design that is due!