He heals the broken hearted

broken shells
I was blessed to go to Florida recently and I walked on the beach and went in the ocean.  It was the Atlantic side and it was rough so there were only broken shells on the beach.  I walked the beach picking up the shell fragments, studying them I found one was more beautiful than the other. I was kind of shocked to realize they were more beautiful than a perfect shell.  I loved all the scars and holes.  I loved the way they broke and each shell had a different unique pattern.  I was stuffing my pockets with shell fragments and filling my empty coffee cup with them. My mind was planning how I could use them in jewelry.  It made me think of God's mercy, bringing beauty out of broken people and using them in His plan. 

He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Farther along

Tempted and tried we're oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long
While there are others living about us
Never molested though in the wrong

Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by

When death has come and taken our loved ones
It leaves our home so lonely and drear
And then do we wonder why others prosper
Living so wicked year after year

Repeat chorus

When we see Jesus coming in glory
When he comes down from his home in the sky
Then we shall meet him in that bright mansion
We'll understand it all by and by

Repeat chorus

Yeah we'll understand it all by and by

A modern adaptation below:

squirrels storing walnuts

walnuts in odd places
One year I planted tomato plants in pots. The dirt was left in the pots from the year before and I added new potting soil.  At first the plants looked good, then the leaves started to curl.  I finally took them out of the pots and put them in the ground hoping to get a few tomatoes.  When I did that I found walnuts in the pots, not very many, but it must have been enough to poison the tomato plants.  

When I came home from a recent trip I saw the squirrels were working while I was gone.  They are funny, they lodge the walnuts anywhere they can.  I have to remember to dump my pots next year and take out all the walnuts so my plants do well.

Lake Michigan beach stones cut in half

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lake michigan stones cut in half:1

lake michigan stones cut in half:3

It's fun to work with such beautiful material. When I look at the variety and complexity of each rock I marvel at how awesome a creator God is. He has hidden such beauty inside a rock. No one will ever see it until it’s cut open.

Joy by Jean Patou

Joy by Jean Patou

I enjoy vintage perfumes as pieces of the past and I enjoy them as works of art. I tend to like perfumes from the past more than modern perfumes.  I like that the ingredients were less synthetic than they are today.  I like that someone composed them, just like a musician composes music.  I think it's interesting that perfume exists without much praise for the perfumer, because so much effort goes into each composition. To me they are works of art and should be shared.  

I often think about the people who make the raw ingredients that are used in these perfumes. Someone supplies the perfumer with the best ingredients. Those people are artists too!

At home I wear perfume for myself.  I put a little on ( and I mean a little) and then I enjoy how is changes for the next few hours.  I try to figure out what's in it, but that's not my strength. I'm not the best at descriptions.  There are websites that do a better job, like 
Yesterday's Perfume and Basenotes. You may find that some reviews make you laugh out loud.

Joy is a perfume that seems to have different faces.  Depending when the vintage bottle was produced it can give you a little different experience.  In my opinion it's a lot of rose, which strikes people as old fashioned, but how can roses be old fashioned? I love it. 

There are some stores on Etsy like
HardToFindPerfumes that sell rare, original formulas.