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

 

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.

 

A Valentine for a Friend

 


Friendship Valentine Greeting note cards and postcards

Good day everyone, and thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and this sweet, whimsical Valentine card is perfect for letting friends know you’re thinking of them. Available on Redbubble in my LeisureLane1 shop as a greeting card and postcard and more. To see this card and order, click on images. There are many lovely designs in the shop, so take a look around. Click on any thumbnail and it will show you all the products the design is offered on for your home and/or office.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
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Always in the Mind of God – Excerpt from The Gardener of My Soul

Good day, friends and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are enjoying a healthy Monday. The following is another excerpt from The Gardener of My Soul. I pray that it inspires you in your walk with God today, motivating you to share His great love for you with others.

Touch my head, oh Lord.  But if you ignore me, I shall not care. For You must be conscious of me to ignore me, and in that consciousness I am still in Your thoughts.

Note to the beloved:

At times many of us feel that God is so far away from us. We wonder how He could notice us. Or sometimes we may feel ignored by Him. Perhaps we wonder if our prayers are truly being heard, or if we are simply wasting our breath. But remember, in Luke 12:7, Jesus tells us that we are more important than the sparrows. This is an important reminder to us that we are not only in our heavenly Father’s consciousness, but that our lives are of utmost importance to Him. If He cares daily for the sparrows, how much more will He care for us. Have faith! You are never disconnected from God.  No matter how you feel, you are always in His Eternal Mind – that secret place. Abide there.

Isaiah 49:15 says it best, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” The original Hebrew word for mercy used many times in the Old Testament can be literally translated ‘womb’. Isn’t that wonderful to know? Our beloved Creator compares Itself to a mother, who is always in remembrance of the child of Her womb and is ever ready to show Divine Mercy. There is never a time when you will not be in the consciousness of the Divine. Embrace that thought and meditate on it daily.

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Remember – you don’t have to become mended or perfected to begin to receive God’s magnanimous Love. It’s available at all times in all circumstances, and it’s through His love that we acquire the desire to embark on the path to wholeness and perfection. The journey is in your hands – in your choice. Our heavenly Father has already made His choice – He says, “Come!”

Thank you for visiting today. May you be filled with the Spirit of Light today, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
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Holiday Note Cards Arrived in the Mail!

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Just a quick note – the post cards and greeting note card I ordered has just arrived! I’m so excited!

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They come in a protective clear envelope. I ordered 3 post cards – here is the Thanksgiving Greetings from the Knittington Fairies series.

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And the Merry Christmas and Ho Ho Ho from Naughty Doggy in post cards.

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And one very naughty doggy as a 4 x 6 greeting card. I know exactly who I’m going to send them to.

The post cards are a perfect size for a quick “hello”, and the greeting cards are blank inside for your special personal note.

If you’d like some for your holidays, you can order from my shop, LeisureLane1, on Redubble.

And if you missed my previous post about the Redbubble sale today, just click here.

I’m glad I was able to share these with you. I’ve ordered more items, so when they come in I’ll post them. In the meantime, have a gracious day, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne
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The Empty Little Stocking’s Recent Moving Review

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are all well and enjoying lovely days.

I will admit that lately I have been feeling quite empty, much like the little stocking in this Christmas tale, until I noticed a recent heart-felt review that filled me with hope and happiness – the hope and happiness that comes with imagining how this story could have the opportunity to inspire others in a wonderful and positive way; and that makes me very grateful.

The review is as follows: [WOW!] I did not expect such a moving tale.. My heart was so moved by this small tale that I wish to make it a skit/ play at my church. I will share this story over and over. Great insite of a Christmas stocking. You can check out this review and others here.

I wrote a few poems last week. Perhaps I’ll share one or two here in the near future. Thank you for strolling by the Lane today. May God bless you beyond your expectations; may you see things in the light, and share the good inside of you with those who are searching for good. And…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Pretty in Purple

Happy day, everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane.

My sister has loved purple since she was a child, and to this day her passion for the exquisite color is still going strong. For me, on the other hand, it was simply another pretty color. But, the older I get the more attracted I am to its subtle, yet bold invitation to succumb to its beauty – to allow it to adorn my soul with its strong, yet calm demeanor.  It’s truly a color one can lean on as the years progress – it compliments nearly every skin tone, perks up or quiets any room in the home (depending on the shade), and is just plain delightful in every way.  My mother loved its lavender shade, and it loved her, as well.

When I found the beautifully shaped silver butter tray (above) in my local thrift store, I knew it would make a perfect vanity or dresser tray. I painted it a lovely purple shade, adding its yellow companion as dots along the edges. Then I decoupaged a complimentary napkin along the bottom. Perfectly pretty, and hard to part with, but it sold in no time and now brightens the days of someone else, and that make me smile.

Do you like purple? If so, do you have a favorite shade, or are you like my sister and every shade of purple will make your day? I’d love to hear. Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit. I look forward to sharing more with you soon. May your day be filled with sunshine no matter the weather, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

A Little Something Extra

As mentioned above, my sister has loved purple all of her life. So, a few birthdays ago, I decided to send her a birthday package of purple galore. If you’d like to see the post about it, click here.  ♥

The Old Square Kitchen Clock

Hello everyone.  Welcome to Leisure Lane.  I hope your new year is starting out healthy and happy.

At 5 o’clock p.m. on New Year’s day, I was sitting in the living room in the quiet, as the last glow of sunlight poured through the window onto the fireplace mantle.  Of course, that brought back nostalgic remembrances of my younger days in my mother’s home, and I thought of her kitchen clock  – the timely sentinel that watched over our family and tracked the minutes of our lives. A poem instantly ensued. I share it here, hoping it will also inspire you. Our clock was a soft white.  But I remember that red second hand turning and turning.

The Old Square Kitchen Clock

I think about the old square clock
That I remember well,
Hanging on the kitchen wall,
Telling what only time can tell.

It told our mother, when at Three,
Her children soon would carry
Bookbags packed with homework,
But for her smile would surely tarry.

And maybe waiting for them,
A homemade snack to hail the season.
Or maybe one for ‘just because’,
And no particular reason.

But just because she loved them,
Looking forward to their chatter,
About their day at school or play
And things that really matter.

It told us children, when at Five,
Our father soon would come.
Perhaps with presents he’d pick up
Along his travels home.

And soon we’d be around the table
Eating mom’s good dinner.
And afterwards sis and I took turns
To be the winner.

One would wash and one would dry,
It was a perfect process,
Unless the washer had to scrub
Pots full of double messes.

It told a family, when at Eight,
Their favorite show would start.
With bowls of fresh, warm popcorn
And laughter from the heart.

And we’d sit around the living room,
Cozy near the fire,
While we watched a funny skit or two –
Of that we’d never tire.

It told a father, when at Nine,
Bedtime was in tow.
And sis and I, and brother, too,
Hoped we’d wake to morning snow.

And maybe there would be a call,
In early morning hours,
To let us know our school is closed.
We’d pray with child-like powers.

And while we slept, the old clock ticked
All through the dark of night.
It never tired of its charge,
It never lost its sight.

It told a mother, when at Six,
‘Twas time to start anew;
The dawning day has its work
That comes with morning dew.

Morning prayers and breakfast
Are the first of many tasks.
Then get the children up and dressed,
Wash off their sleepy masks.

It’s time for school, it didn’t snow.
We’d drag our sleepy feet
To the table for our breakfast,
As we’d sit in our own seat.

The old clock’s steadfast minute hand
I’d often watch it turn,
Round and round its pleasant face
It passed without concern.

Many years now later,
Sitting in my living room,
I watch the last glow of the sun
On the fireplace all abloom.

As I glance toward my mantle clock,
It tells me that it’s Five,
And reminds me of a clock I knew
In days that once were alive.

Hugs and kisses, and laughter, too,
Could be counted by its dials.
And I wouldn’t give up one of those,
For they overshadow trials.

I think about the old square clock
That I remember well,
Hanging on the kitchen wall,
Telling what only time can tell.

Marianne Coyne ©2018

New Years day, 5:00 pm

Thank you for strolling by today.  God bless you, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: the above clock image is from Pinterest

Resurrection Inspiration

No One Knew the Mystery of Jesus

No one knew the mystery of the Father.
No one knew the mystery of Love.
How He gave His heart
And took our part,
That mystery of Devotion from above…

No one knew the mystery of Sorrow.
No one knew the mystery of Bliss,
As He hung upon a tree
For the sake of you and me,
That mystery of Triumph with a holy kiss.

No one knew the mystery of Jesus.
No one knew the mystery of Eternity;
How God in man
Could unfold a plan,
That mystery of perfect harmony.

Now the time for mysteries is over.
For nothing hidden will not be revealed.
Simply seek and you will find,
As you renew your precious mind
To the mind of the Love and the Father above…

Forever, and ever….Amen!

Marianne Coyne©2017

I hope that this song inspired you today to live a resurrected life of joy, well-being and love.  Happy Easter to everyone, may God bless you all, and until next time…may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

This post is linked to Spiritual Sundays

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