With all the talk about sheltering-in-place, self-isolation, quarantine, and social distancing, I'd like to coin a new phrase.

One a bit more winsome, comforting, and calming.


With each passing day, more of us find ourselves, by law or mandate, having to stay in our homes except for a quick run to the supermarket, drug store, or taking care of a severe medical need.

And no, home is not necessarily a place of rest and repose these days, with the kiddos home from school, an unforeseen lack of routines, and all the crazy unknowns this new lifestyle entails.  And I'm hearing that with more of us working from home, already challenging jobs have quickly morphed into seemingly endless, stressful 24/7 workloads.

Actually, because of my health I've pretty much been nesting-in-place all year.  So this way of life is nothing new to me and I've come to embrace it because I've really had no other choice but to do so.

To accept what is.  To be grateful for every good thing.  To learn to still my spirit.  To accomplish what I can with whatever strength I've been given.  To know when to call it a day.  To fully lean on Jesus every step, every hour.


I'm puttering around more.  Doing a bit of cooking here and there.  This sausage tortellini soup is absolutely delicious and gives you plenty to share which we've been happy to do.  And if you've been around here for any length of time, you already know how I feel about these decadent easy-to-make blueberry scones.

I'm finding satisfaction in the simplest of homekeeping tasks.  Cleaning up after a meal.  Doing laundry.  Flinging open the windows as I tidy up, make the bed, clean the bathroom ... or wield a dust cloth on a very rare occasion.

And in the caring for my home, this shelter in the time of storm, I find my spirit renewed ... and I feel His pleasure, glimpse His smile, hear His whispered, 'well done.'

For He is our ultimate shelter in the time of storm, isn't He.  I'm so forever grateful He's the same yesterday, today, forever.

What's nesting look like for you?  How are things on the homefront?  Do tell! 

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When Life Hands You Lemons ...

The Sheer Joy of Puttering


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