Saturday morning musings on peace - let's chat


I had one of those restless nights where you find yourself wide awake at 1:00 in the morning with the weight of the world on your mind and no chance of falling back to sleep.  You know, the kind where you debate whether or not to just get up or lay in bed for 30 more minutes willing yourself to slumber.

purple iris

I hate those nights.  I'm fortunate not to have them very often but when I do they are doozies.  I wish I
could pin point exactly what it was that had me so preoccupied.  I am a worrier by nature and yes, I do have faith in God and I am getting so much better at giving those worries over to him, but sometimes it is more difficult than others...especially in the middle of the night.

pink bonica rose

I started listing those things in my life that might be causing my sleeplessness, those things robbing me of my peace.  Family matters (nothing new there), money concerns, the smallness of my life and my contribution to the world, nothing major.  Ha! Ha!

white columbine

Then I started thinking about this blog and it's content.  I have a passion to write, to make a difference, to encourage others, is fashion really the way to go?  I mean it's so first world, but so are decor and flower gardening and DIY and crafting and all of those pretty things that I enjoy doing.

Then that Still Small Voice reminded me that it's not the vehicle I use, but the words I share.  This blog is just the platform for my words, my thoughts, and my encouragement to those who choose to stop by each day.

cottage garden

As much as I hate sleepless nights, I love it when I listen to the tender words whispered in my ear, calming words meant to assure me that I am not in charge, that I am just a link in the chain to Him, that I don't have to have all the answers or solve all the problems.

pink rose bush

Those words are not just for me, they are for you, too.  Feeling small is okay, because we are.  There is only One who is large.  We just have to be obedient, kind, patient and loving to those He places on our path.  We are not supposed to be equipped to do this on are own, that's why we can't.  We are supposed to have to call on the strength and wisdom that only He can provide.

And I just need to make sure that what I write is from the heart, and no matter what pictures I share, those words will touch someone at just the right time.

I pray that someone is you.

xo, Patty


  1. Such an inspiring post Patty! It's so true what you said; "it's not the vehicle I use, but the words I share". I have never thought about it like that before. Thank you for continuing to open my mind to new possibilities!

  2. I can relate, oflate this happened to me several times, but i am glad things are not in plc.

  3. Patty, Some times my mind just won't shut down at night. Yes, I did get my mom's big worry gene...passed right along to me. I know to get up each day , face my worries and pray on them, then hand them to God. He ask us to do this. But I know it's still not easy to not return to thinking of our woes. If we all thought of our basic lives we would know they are so small...but it's all the small lives and people who make up this world. We each have a purpose, to love God and he will love us. If we can help someone else along the way, then that is good indeed. Please don't be too hard on yourself. You may have to do something soothing and peaceful before bed every night. Bless your sweet heart, xoxo, Susie

  4. I can so relate to this post. I think it somehow helps a little to know that others are in the same boat. Thank you for sharing with us and passing along your words of comfort and wisdom.

  5. You have a talent for this - may you find peace in knowing that.

  6. Patty, as you know, I've questioned my existence in this crazy world of writing and blogging - weekly almost. Then I think about those blogs that I actually look for each day - like yours - and it helps me to remember that the Lord is using us, even in our own small way.

    As for solving the world's problems in the wee hours of the morning - they all seem so much bigger in the dark :) It's nice to remember that we do have ONE who is so mighty and at that moment, it's good to be small and know that he is not :)

    Have a great weekend and holiday!

  7. Sweet post Patty. I think we all go thru times when we question if what we are doing is what we should be doing. But, then I know the Lord guides our thoughts and words and is the only one who can give us the peace we so desire. Of course, being human, we still worry about each and every little thing. We do have a mighty God!!


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  9. You have touched my heart many times!

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  11. That someone is me today, Patty. Thank you for your beautiful blog. I will be 50 in January. I'm finally starting to take better care of myself and to step out of my box and into cuter clothes. I have a lot of weight to lose and pretty much just wear black or navy blue tops every day. I ordered some shirts in different colors a couple of weeks ago and my family has complimented me on the new colors I've been wearing. Even my 19 year old son!! : ) I look forward to reading your posts and I thank you for giving a voice to the 50 and fabulous bloggers out there. Like you said, it's hard to believe we're the age we are when we feel decades younger. xx

    ~ Wendy

    1. Thank you Wendy. Fifty can be such a big milestone but as long as we keep thinking of ourselves as young and don't give in to the idea of being too old for anything, we won't be. Good for you as you start to invest more in yourself. I think as mom's we can sometimes get lost in our families and put ourselves last. One day at a time...

  12. I am well acquainted with sleepless nights and the thoughts that won't stop tumbling in your head. You are so right, God can use us in so many ways Patty. Things that seem small to us can be used by him in a big way! Keep on doing what you do best, I love your chats :)


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