Our Heavenly Sweetness

Good day, everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Thank you for visiting today, and I hope the following excerpt from The Gardener of My Soul plants new seeds of hope and joy in the garden of your soul.

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Beam Your love upon me, O Heavenly Sweetness. I relish Your attention as I chant my prayers to You. Upward they flow, like the smoke of the fragrant incense; wafting their way into Your heart. How I long to be one with You, until I cannot tell where You end and I begin. Grant me that mystical union of Lover and Beloved; of timeless joy. How much more tolerable is this mundane existence when You are my life.

Note to the beloved:

God always beams His love upon you and through you whether you may feel it or not. Emotions can be subject to change during circumstances of the day. But as you learn to control your emotions through knowing and trusting that the help and comfort you need is always with you, trust in God becomes mature. Your thoughts become more in tune with His thoughts; your actions more in tune with His actions. You will begin to resemble Him more every day, your joy will increase because you know you are blessed, and everyday life becomes more enjoyable.

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May God’s face shine upon you today and everyday, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Falling in Love with the Eternal Spirit

Good day all. It’s the day after Valentine’s Day, and I would like to share with you an excerpt from The Gardener of My Soul which I think is appropriate for this time – when we have our thoughts on love.

Speaking of love, I want to briefly say, my brother passed last Friday. It was a bittersweet thing (mostly bitter), as he’d suffered from an illness for two-thirds of his life, an illness that just kept bringing more suffering as each year progressed. And sweet because finally he is whole, youthful again and nearer to God than ever. So, in honor of love in all its forms, I share the following with you. I hope it brings you closer to your Source.

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I am in love with You!  I want to sing Your praises all the day.  Like a love-struck youth, I gloat in the giddiness of my affections.  I want to tell everyone of Your beauty.  My friends fear that I lose myself in You, but I am not afraid.  I desire to be lost in You, for I lose nothing of importance, but I gain all that matters – Eternal Bliss!

Note to the beloved:

If you have ever fallen in love, you know the feeling that comes with it – the pure essence of spring, where everything seems to be blooming in the garden of your heart no matter what season it is.  During this intense time, even past hurts are beyond your memory.  It is the same when you realize the presence of Eternal Love.  It takes up all of your mind and heart; every moment your thoughts are consumed with it.  It is all you can think and talk about, and even if you awake in the middle of the night your thoughts immediately begin adoration of the object of your affection.  This is the beginning of Spiritual love as well as natural love.  But as time passes, as with all newly discovered love, you may sense a lull of attention from the Lover.  Don’t fear this part of the relationship, for God never tires of you and will never leave you.  Rather the trust of marriage must now be forged.  He has made His way into your heart, and you must know, without a shadow of doubt, that He will always be yours.  Trusting in His love is the only way you will live a full and satisfied life.

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Thank you for visiting today. Take the time to tell someone you love them, even if it’s just looking in the mirror. Relax today, shine your light, take deep, cleansing breaths, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Floral Vintage Hanky

Floral Vintage Handkerchief mug

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you’re enjoying a lovely day. Spring is right around the corner (though we’ve been having it all winter here).

I’d like to share my newest design, Floral Vintage Handkerchief, in my LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop. It was one of my mother’s hankies posed with a matching flower and a lovely hand crocheted pouch, which I keep some of her hankies in. It’s a lovely design for all of us romantic/shabby chic lovers, and a perfect design to welcome in a new season.

Set of 4 coasters

It’s available on other products as well. To see these products and more, click images or here.

Thank you for stopping by today. A reminder, I may be having a giveaway of one of my designed products some time in the spring – I’ll keep you posted. Remember to say the things you desire in your life, even if they’re not manifested at this time. Keep looking forward and expecting all the good and wholeness God desires for you in every area of your life – mind, body, and estate, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist on LeisureLane1
Author on Amazon

 

The Key

Good Tuesday, friends. We are in the LOVE month. I hope you’re enjoying a day full of love, and what better love than the Love of God radiating toward us, through us and around us. May the following excerpt from The Gardener of My Soul open the door to your awareness of that unconditional love.

Your love has made me forget the aridness of my calamities. Your love quenches my thirst and guides me to the oasis of Your Presence. I am transformed by Your beauty and grace. My dark loneliness vanishes at the awareness of Your entrance as quickly as a shadow flees from the sun. “Come”, You say, “Come and sit with Me by the cool stream; shade yourself under the canopy of My promises; listen to the coos of My affection for you.” I am entranced by my meditation on You. I knock at the gate of Your heart, and my soul cries out, “Open to me, You are my only Lover,” and You say, “Look into your heart for the key; you possess it. It is straight and made of My purest essence – use it! I will open the portal of My Love. I have always been here, waiting, waiting. At last you have found Me!”

Note to the beloved:

Love is a beautiful, bounding, and sometimes, a mysterious phenomenon. We were designed to love and be loved. But the most precious, lasting, and unconditional love that we most assuredly need to unlock our ability to express love to others, comes from God. This Love, which radiantly permeates every human being, is found within. Seeking it outside of our own heart is a barren journey and leads only to disappointment and grief. But once realized that this relentless Love is easily accessed by calming your thoughts and focusing your attention on it, you will surely be happy – really happy; a happiness which will come from inside of you. Finding this Love means you have found God. Give yourself the time to find Him and His Love. Take moments out of your day to be still. Your cup will run over into the lives of those around you, and that is ecstatic living!

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Thank you for visiting me here on Leisure Lane. Be blessed, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: Excerpt from The Gardener of My Soul © by Marianne Coyne.
Image from an original oil painting © by Marianne Coyne. All rights reserved.

 

Be Ravenous for God


Good day, everyone. May the following excerpt from The Gardener of My Soul speak to your spirit today.

These intimate prayers and dialogues came to me during an intense spiritual wooing and rebirth between 2004 and 2006. As I read them again in sharing them with you, I am renewed by them, and my hope is that they will renew you, as well.

 

Oh Lord, let me suckle from You like a ravenous babe, all You have to nourish me!

 

Note to the beloved:

Are you hungry for God?  The Eternal Lover wants us to come to Her hungry.  The nourishment She will provide to you is everything you need to live on this earth, and to carry you blissfully into the next Life when you are satisfied and done with this one.

We usually refer to God with pronouns – He, She, It – but in truth, the Eternal One is Spirit.  However, this Spirit encompasses every aspect of familiar life-giving characteristics; the nurturing mother, the providing father, the tender lover.  It is all these things to us.  A newborn child is in the process of growth, so it comes to the breast of its mother with ravenous expectancy and appetite.  So, we, who are born of Spirit, come to the breast of God with the same expectancy and appetite as a newborn baby.  Tell God you are hungry and expect to be fed the Life-giving substance that will provide good thoughts, good health, and good experiences.

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Thank you for visiting me on Leisure Lane today. I hope you have found encouragement in this post. Remember to laugh today, speak life-giving words to your body, do a little exercise (I must remember to do that today), and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
LeisureLane1
Author on Amazon

Stick’em Up!

STICK’EM UP!

That’s right, you heard me – put’em up all over the place – on books, notepads, phones, letters, envelopes, your forehead – EVERYWHERE! 🙂

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely day while you expect some delightful surprises to come your way.

I’m introducing my new Just Stickers collection in my LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop.

There are some lovely floral collage stickers in a variety of designs to add some beauty and cheer to your world;

Heart Tulip

Cheery Cherries

As well as some cute, vintage/country style designs to brighten the day. I love adding stickers to envelopes, packages, note cards, and even adding them inside a letter as a gift to a friend for them to use. How about you? Do you like to use stickers?

The Knittington Fairies

And of course, for all you Knittington Fairies lovers, I couldn’t forget you. To see all these designs and more, visit my Just Stickers collection. I’ll be adding more sticker designs soon, so keep checking.

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. Take your time and look around the lane, there may be something special that may inspire you from new posts to old. I love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment. Remember to smile at yourself in the mirror, see the good in yourself and expand on it, take a walk, do one thing today that brings joy to your heart, and…

Until time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
Artist at LeisureLane1
Author on Amazon

Call On Me…Psalm 50:15 to Encourage and Inspire


Psalm 50:15 mug

mug side view

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a delightful weekend and you’re ready for a new and prosperous week ahead.

One of the new designs in my LeisureLane1 Redbubble shop incorporates a beautiful scripture to encourage and inspire anyone. “Call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will glorify Me” from Psalm 50:15 is a reminder of God’s intense love and desire for us to know Him more intimately and to help us whenever we have a need. The command for us is to call upon Him, and He promises to deliver. That deliverance inspires us to glorify Him.

Sickness does not glorify God, poverty and striving does not glorify God, but His delivering us from those things does. Do you remember a time when God intervened for you – when He helped you out of a distress, or helped you get somewhere in life you desired to be? Did you glorify Him to others? Did you sing of His goodness to you? If not, it’s never too late. Bring it to remembrance again, give thanks, and tell someone about it. If you have no one you think wants to hear your story, I do, so feel free to leave a comment and tell us about His goodness to you. Inspire us, encourage us.

Psalm 50:15 iphone case (also available for a Samsung)

If you’d like to see more products with this lovely design and scripture, click here. Keep yourself inspired or encourage someone you love. I’m thinking of having a giveaway from my shop at some point – maybe in the Spring – I’ll keep you all posted. In the meantime, laugh today, give someone your love, encourage another with kind words, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
LeisureLane1
Amazon Author

“Be With Me” – God’s Presence is Everywhere

Good day, friends…

May the following excerpt from “The Gardener of My Soul” inspire, enlighten, and soothe your soul today.

Be with me.
Whether I sit, or stand;
Whether I walk, or kneel,
Be with me.
Whether I move, or am still;
Whether I am silent, or converse,
Be with me.
Whether I am alone, or with another;
Whether I am outside under Your clouds,
or inside the walls of my cell,
Be with me.
Never leave my side.
Never leave my Temple.
I want to dwell always in Your loving Presence.

 Note to the beloved:

God is always with, in, and around us.  There is never a time He is not present with us.  But oh, how wonderful for us to invite Him into our lives to be with us in everything we do!  Do we not invite our friends and family – those we love – to join us in our day to day activities?  It is our way of letting them know how much we love them and enjoy their company.  It is the same when we invite God into our daily tasks or quiet time.  With the invitation, we are telling God we love Him, and we are allowing the Presence to affect us in a profound way; to inspire, protect, and even challenge us to be our best.  Proverbs 16:3 tells us that if we commit our ways to the Lord, our plans will succeed.  To make this conscious decision every day is an excellent way to live and has its highest rewards.

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Thank you for visiting me on Leisure Lane today. Let me know if what you see here inspires you. May your day be filled with hope, love, and laughter, and may you notice the small, yet pretty things today around you,
and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
LeisureLane1
Author on Amazon

 

Romantic Blush with a Beach Twist

Romantic Blush mug

Side view

Good day everyone and thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today.

I’m not really a beach person, but I do like the sea-foam blues and greens that give a “down the shore” feel (but without all the sandy cleanup). Added with the pink blush of roses and you get that romantic blush touch with a twist of beach.

The newest design in my LeisureLane1 shop is perfect for the romantic/shabby chic lover.

Spiral notebook

Postcard

To see any of the above products and more, click images.

I hope you enjoyed my newest design. And if you’d like to check out the many designs in my shop, click here. There is something for everyone – fairies, floral, funny, holiday, birthday, romantic, shabby chic, and so much more. Today, find something to laugh about, smile at a stranger, and expect good things to come your way, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
LeisureLane1
Amazon Author

Whimsical Teapot and Pink Tea Roses Romantic Chic

Whimsical Teapot and Pink Tea Roses coasters

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. It’s a lovely day here with clear skies, crisp coldness and low humidity. Such a wonderful change from the past few weeks.

Greeting card

I’ve added another lovely design to my Redbubble shop, LeisureLane1. The design lends itself nicely for a Mother, friend, or someone special Valentine greeting, Mother’s day greeting, or any occasion to brighten someone’s day. It’s perfect for the romantic chic and vintage lover in us all. I ordered one as a greeting card, but it’s also available in postcards, travel mugs, phone cases, coffee mugs and more. Click the images to see everything.

My friends and I have brought back the lost art of sending greetings through the mail. It’s so much nicer than receiving a text or email. First, it gives you something lovely (or funny) to look at, and second, reading something in someone’s own hand is so much more personal and heart-felt. It’s a little bit of them – their energy, personality, and substance in your day. At least that’s how I see it – but then, I’m a bit old-school.

Go out and enjoy the day – take a walk, take a break, listen to the breeze, smell the clean cold air, watch the squirrels – something that gives you a sense of calm and happiness. Persevere, find gratitude in at least one thing today, laugh hard, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound.

Marianne
LeisureLane1

 

 

 

 

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