Monday, July 15, 2013

The Delight of the Sabbath

It is Sabbath morning and thus I have time to write once again. To say it is busy around here Sunday through Friday would be an understatement of the grandest kind! Oh, how I love the rest and peacefulness of a Sabbath morning. 

This morning I arose early to have time with Him in prayer. I love early mornings in prayer – before anyone else in the house stirs – having undisturbed time for communing with Him is a highlight of my Sabbath mornings. 

I usually sit on my porch while I write, but today, I eyed a lounge chair sitting in the middle of my yard. This way, I am sitting much closer to the pastures, horses, and barns. The sun is upon me directly and I am surrounded with all the glorious sounds of nature. I can hear at least a dozen different sounds of birds, the sound of the bullfrogs in the nearby pond, the sparrows darting here and there above my head, and the rhythmic sound of an owl hooting. 

This past week went by in a rush. Our congregation had a visiting speaker/teacher come and speak this week. We were privileged here at Ranch Shekinah to host him in the apartment of the gymnasium building. We spent last Sunday in preparation of getting ready for his arrival by sprucing up the other guest room – although he wouldn’t be using it, to just open the door to this room would cause embarrassment. Lots of stuff and extra furniture had accumulated in here, along with mildew and mold from all the rainy weather we’ve had. So, we completely emptied the room of everything (throwing away almost all of it), had the room painted a nice neutral color, ripped the carpet out, and laid down beautiful new linoleum flooring. Couldn’t quit just there – we put a new and plush mattress (bought just last year but was in the cabin by the lake), and then went out and purchased new grey sheets with a gorgeous grey comforter from Target. Bought a pretty blue lamp to go by the side of the bed – I was thrilled to see that the blue of this lamp drew out the slight blue that was in the flooring. Even the large closet that had been overstuffed with blueprints from our family construction business and a dozen computers were completely cleared out. This closet had been overstuffed for over a decade. To see it empty and freshly painted was a form of a small miracle to me! (And we put nothing back into it!) 

We bought a new grey, striped shower curtain and dark grey bathroom rug for the guest bathroom. All of that for the room our guest would not be staying in! This was the room that was the worst (and most embarrassing) and it was transformed into the best! No need to keep the door closed anymore, and hope that no one peeks in! 

In the apartment of where he would stay, we ran out of time to paint or put in new flooring (the projected project for our next congregational guest that is coming in 2 weeks). But, we did go out and buy white, crisp sheets, a blue bedspread, and a striped blue and green shower curtain (from Target) to spruce it up. 

The furniture in this bedroom was actually donated by a local hotel to missionary friends of ours that stayed here a few years ago on their extended furlough. Because of this, I always feel as if I’m in a hotel room. I like this! When we have stayed overnight in this apartment when we have camps, I feel as if I’m on a vacation (although my own home is just a short 2 minute walk away!). The hotel furniture, the lack of any clutter, lends itself to that ‘hotel feeling’. To add to this hotel concept, I took our own Keurig coffee machine and set it up with a large box of assorted k-cups. I was just a bit disappointed when I discovered that our guest does not drink coffee! 

It was a good week of lots of fellowship among our congregation, as we would meet daily to dine together with our guest. On Wednesday night, though, he came to our house for dinner. And that, I will write about the next post!


  1. I can't wait to see all you have done in the missionary quarters! Your hospitality knows no end! I love all the love you put into making this area comfortable for your guests....especially when you bring in hot tea to a weary traveler. :)

    Looking forward to enjoying some Antionette time this week.

    Much love~Sandy

  2. Hello Long Lost Friend! We really DO need to become neighbors, it would be so much easier keeping up with eachother. :) Greetings to the family as well.

    Thank you so much for visiting my post and your kind comments. You really made my day. I certainly don't win any popularity contests with some of my posts, haha. Unless I talk about the weather or the garden, safe stuff you know, my blog becomes a ghost town.

    Your guest rooms sound so very lovely. (Where's the pictures??) I had to laugh that you fixed up the unused room more & better than the one that was going to be used -- sounds like something I would do. I would so like to have a designated guest room - maybe someday. I even tried to talk Jeff into buying a refurbished caboose for that purpose, but he shot down that idea in about 1 minute flat. I'm in a major closet cleaning right now of our basement closet (I had a box of travel brochures, some over 20 yrs. old (before internet) when I was planning our honeymoon. They were all neatly filed, just obsolete and yellowed). Time to let go of so much of my stuff that once I thought I just had to have and now it's just taking up valuable space. Does this mean I'm getting old???

    Well Dear Friend, I think I have got your new blog addresses up on my blog sidebar so I can keep track of you. Have a blessed week!!!