Monday, May 24, 2010

Rubies of Thought

Ash and I are sitting on the front porch reading and it is so peaceful and quiet. Nature is the only sound we hear a hummingbird comes every now and then and drinks from the feeder, a bird just swooped down and took a drink from the big bowl we have out for the cats to drink from, a tree frog in the eaves every now and then croaks. I love this peacefulness birds chirping, chickens talking to each other, squirrals chittering away as they jump from tree to tree and the breeze softly in the windchimes.

Last night a big fat toad was on the front porch catching a late night snack so I think I will put some upside down pots in the flower beds for a place for them to hide. The picture is of our little porch right now as Ash and I sit here, I love this peaceful little place.

We put our antique wagon wheels on either side. These wheels I bought for my husband on our 2nd anniversary and we have taken them to Montana and back this is the 3rd home they have been at in our marriage. I've planted noodle beans on them this year and a porch isn't a porch without red geraniums in an old bucket welcoming friends and family to our door. Oh and my antique milk cans, 7 in all hubby bought for me at about our 6th anniversary.

Well, as I sit here on this porch I am thinking on many things, struggles, blessings, concerns, and then more blessings. We are so blessed even when we think we are not or even worthy of them! We are sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven and that is a WOW moment of thought for me. All this peacefulness around me is made by him for us.

Now onto my Ruby of Thought....

She seekest wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands Proverbs 31:13

It is cross referenced with:

 1 Thes 4:11  And that ye study to be quiet, and do your own business, and to work with your hands, as we commanded you.

Notes: minding our own business by not gossiping, also learn to be a good listener, serving others(working with our hands) with respect and not doing it pridefully to gain favor in the eyes of others.

2 Nephi 5:17 industrious and to labor with their hands

Have you ever worked wool with a drop spindle? I did once and boy was it interesting and hard. It took all my concentration to keep to that task at hand. I am sure spinning yarn on a wheel is the same. In order to keep that quality of work at its best we must keep our minds on the task. Of course anything we do with our hands we must keep our focus. I have noticed when I am distracted my quality of work isn't nearly as good as when I am doing what needs to be done.

Wool and flax are high quality items by seeking these items and working willingly and keeping her mind on her task she is producing a better item. We have so many things in this world that can distract us and so our families suffer because we are focused on the things that need that focus. Our families are that wool and flax high quality in our lives and we should seek them out and willingly work with them.

Keeping our hands and minds busy on the things of the Lord keep us from getting into mischief and keep us from feeling the pull of world so much. I think we will feel it no matter what but we can lessen it by keeping busy with high quality things that bring the spirit into our lives daily.

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