Friday, December 7, 2018

Smell * Advent Open House


As dead flies give perfume a bad smell
so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor ... 
Even as he walks along the road, 
the fool lacks sense and 
shows everyone how stupid he is.
- Ecclesiastes 10:1 & 3 -




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  1. Now THAT is a profound scripture. I could almost smell the stench over the sweetness of the perfume from the flower. As for stupidity, are we all not guilty occasionally of being stupid?
    Blessings, My Friend!

    1. Ecclesiastes 10:3 is not exactly what anyone would want to claim as a 'life verse' ...


  2. This is just what I need for this year-/the one that has been filled with the extraordinarily unexpected-and facing yet again another kind of loss. For a nano second I thought of joining you in this and then knew what I need is to follow your adventure.

    Hope: While I see progress as my husband has embraced recovery, it is very painful. It is a slow rebuilding. Jesus holds my hope for me these days. Jesus looks a lot like my counselor right now.

    I am deeply loved and cared for by good people. My husband is finding his people. He has done life alone for many years. And he is learning he does not do this alone. Addiction is supported by the lies they tell themselves. And what has been Years in the making does not die an easy death.

    I have been thinking about advent readings and what would work for me. Every thing I thought of seemed trite or overwhelming. Pictures and a few words - that I can do.

    I am grateful to have discovered you on one of those link ups so long ago.

    Riding along w you this month.

    1. Dear Friend ~ Thank you for sharing your heart, your trials, your victories with us here. Please know that others who read your words will resonate deeply, so very grateful to know that they are not the only ones who are suffering grief, loss, difficult to speak of adjustments, pain.

      May God bless you as you have poured into the lives of others here in this online space.

      I am so grateful for your courage, friend ...


    2. Dear Reader - thank God for recovery programs. Unfortunately, I have a lot alcoholics in my family but never watched even one go through recovery. I have been on your journey. It is true that the death of an addiction can be a life long endeavor and very hard. You are so right that your husband now needs to find his people.

      I will pray for you. Overwhelming is an understatement and guard your heart as best as possible. May God bless your husband’s recovery...

    3. Thanks, Carol, for coming alongside in prayer. I know that when you say you'll pray that there is a committed follow through!

      I'm so grateful you're here, friend ...

      Miss you.

  3. Short and sweet yet impactful. I can think of a person or two who could claim this as their life verse ;) kidding...kind of. It's been to long, Linda, and I'm glad to see your're still around. Have a Merry Christmas!

    1. How fun to see you again, Alecia ... you've been missed, girl!

  4. It is often better to just keep quiet than to say anything at all. I sometimes wish more people knew that.

    1. No true words were spoken, Kara.

      You've said it oh so well, friend ...


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