Thursday, November 12, 2009


If you've been visiting this here blog very long, you know that I love all things pretty, that I spend more moo-la on home dressing than on human dressing, that I love God, and that I cherish my friends.

So what happens when all those things collide in one moment?

Tears! That's what.

I couldn't tell my friend Julie that it wasn't totally her house that was making me weep (although it is incredible). (After all, it is just a house as Julie says. But it is absolutely my kind of house and land!) . If I had told her the big reason behind my tears, I would have started with the jaggedy sobs!

The tender way God loves me makes me weep.

You see, through those big iron gates and down that beautiful lane, and inside that amazing house sat two beautiful friends that God recently just plunked right down into my heart. He knew we were kindred spirits and has been busy aligning schedules and desires so that we could finally meet through a women's ministry at our church this fall.

So this morning, I was simply joy-filled listening to her sing on the car cd player, traveling country roads on a sunny day, and knowing I would be spending a few hours with Christine and Julie.

That was enough!

On this sunny day.

But God put a cherry on my sundae-kind-of-morning.

And gave me all that plus a breathtaking backdrop that he knew would truly delight me.

Just because He loves to love on the ones He loves with the things and people we love.

And He loves each of us, don't you know, in His own special and personal ways.

I'm still smiling. Here in my own beautiful home, with beautiful people.

Some days there's so much love it has to spill out.

I guess that's one reason God gave us tears.

Amen. Amen. And Amen.

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*The Beautiful Life* said...

Oh Cathy,

Where do I begin? First, the name of the blog post - "Shining". So perfect. Seems God's face was beaming down on you and your perfect day with your friend.

The tour of the that gorgeous property was amazing -- more like a park!

You seem to experience God and your faith with every single fiber of your being. We ladies could learn so much from you.

You are honest about it if you've had a cruddy day, you tell it like it is, but at the same time you seem unflappable -- inwardly, where it really counts.

You truly seem to just swing gently and happily in the hammock of God's rest, love and beauty.

I am blessed and thrilled to know you -- if even from afar via our blogs.

Bless you, friend...


gigiandoliver said...

"The tender way God loves me makes me weep."

Thank you for this. I can not tell you how many times I have set in church, fighting back tears, wondering why in the world I was crying...and this is exactly why!

What a beautiful, gracious post.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

A truly beautiful post...thank you so much for sharing.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a gorgeous post, Cathy. Our God is such a loving God. Often I weep too, just because of the blessings bestowed. xo Lidy

Claudia said...

I came over from A Beautiful Life - love your post! How inspiring you are!

LuLu said...

I am thrilled Ruth sent me your way... beautiful post, i can't wait to come back and visit,
wishing you a wonderful Friday,

Kristin said...

Aren't true friends just a balm for the soul? :-)

carissa... brown eyed fox said...


wow... what a setting... what a gift!

the crying... funny how when those moments hit we... okay...i try to hold it in... then later realize... the depth... that He was there reaching inside and touching my heart!

thanks for touching our hearts... your words are happiness!

patty said...

great post, cathy! and a beautiful home julie has! :)

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful post! With a simplicity that conveys grandeur, and knowing that I love one of your friends from way down here in Texas, I thrill to your weekend by proxy!

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