It’s been a week of ups and downs at our house. On Tuesday I received word of the birth of my goddaughter’s second daughter, a blessing to that family, and the hope of the first daughter happily fulfilled. That evening I learned that my sister-in-law, a breast cancer survivor, is facing a recurrence of cancer in her lymph nodes, and probably her lungs. Joy and concern pressing in on my heart has made for a week of lots of deep breaths and deep-in-the-marrow prayer, smiles and tears.

At times like this I my soul finds comfort and seeks expression through my senses. Pinterest feeds my visual need for beauty and color (not to mention adorable puppies, and herds of sheep). Cooking fills the house with pleasant aromas, and the results satisfy my palette. My hands find tactile pleasure in massaging my dogs, and music penetrates and reverberates in the fiber of my being.

When you need to hold disparate parts of your life in tension, what do you do? Share five things that steady your pace, recharge your batteries and invite peace to your soul.

12 thoughts on “Friday Five: all around the mulberry bush

  1. For me -5 things that steady pace, recharge batteries and invite peace to my soul.
    prayer and stillness
    reading – psalm or other scripture
    or some novel to distract from my concerns and take me elsewhere
    humour – whether a fav series from those I have on dvd
    [favs that add the comfort factor – no surprises] or again, a comfortable fav movie
    nature walking weather permitting
    driving somewhere picturesque or
    parking somewhere with a view of God’s creativity and Presence enveloping


  2. journalling, taking some time out to do nothing ,lose myself in a movie. i have recently started going to teh gym, and find that is good for clearing my mind – i still have to count reps and check on what i am doing 🙂


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