Another entry in the virtual Commonplace Book

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

attributed – sir francis drake -1577
I have a copy of this prayer by my bed. I think this may have something to do with why our house in Mystic still isn’t rented (yes, December will be the third month of no rent coming in on a very expensive mortgage, whittling away our savings pretty quickly!) and we have a few other things in our lives that could really stress a person out. But, we know that the Lord is faithful and He is working things for our good; that is, for our spiritual maturity and not necessarily to make us comfortable.
Just for funsies, here’s my cute little Adelie-pie, who likes to do her own hair now that she’s five:

A virtual commonplace book – Valley of Vision – and another nature journal entry

I don’t think that a virtual commonplace book can serve the same purpose as a tangible one, but since I don’t have one yet – this entry will live on the blog.

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from the deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

thy life in my death,

thy joy in my sorrow,

thy grace in my sin,

thy riches in my poverty,

thy glory in my valley.

From The Valley of Vision ed. Arthur Bennett

Guess what, Charlotte Mason’s methods totally work! The other day Adele pointed to this book cover . . .


and said, “Look, a damselfly!” And I said, “No, sweetie, that’s a bumblebee. Remember you have some on your nature shelf?”

She pointed closer to this . . .


She said, “See, it’s a damselfly because the eye is on the side of the head.” She had learned about dragonflies and damselflies from one day a week or so ago when we found a few damselflies outside while Everett was having therapy. We looked it up online to find out what it was and now she knows it cold! Here’s my nature study journal entry from that day. This is what I mean about seeing things that were there all the time, but you never noticed. Once you really learn about it (and it’s self-directed study) you will always know it. P1040706