"Be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not put our the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid evil kind of evil."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

Life goals, right? Could be New Year's resolutions right there.
The best news is that my salvation doesn't depend on it. In fact I can't do that on my own.
God the Father is a good and great God who gives generously to all who ask, who seek Him.
His Holy Spirit can and will help me do those things.
Those are gifts I get in Christ- true deep, abiding, peaceful joy at anytime- even in the darkest times that joy can be there; the ability to give thanks in all circumstances- in the same darkest moments where joy and hope creep in, so can gratitude and it can change my entire mental state in an instant.

I've been learning a lot about limits the past 2 yrs.
It has not been enjoyable or desirable, but very necessary.
Learning to be joyful and give thanks in the midst of that has been a real testing- a real wake up call to just how much I still rely on myself and not God to produce those abilities in me.
There has been a lot of "He must increase, I must decrease." John 3:30
I've been shown the need for breathing spaces- the necessity, the gift that a true Sabbath brings.
Even being still in the midst of a long list of daily dos- the letting go and trusting that all will be well if I sit and be still with my Lord for 3 minutes here and there throughout the day.
I just read a poem called "Fire" by Judy Brown talking about the need for breathing spaces.
Sometimes those breathing spaces look like going outside and playing in the snow with my kids.


The blizzard is here and the darkness has returned for the evening.
The wind only goes so far. We are warm. We are content.
The days are already getting longer.
Why don't we start the new year after the shortest day of daylight?
It seems like such a good point to start again, even the whole earth is swaying back in our favor.
But I suppose it is not fair to those on the other half of the sphere.
Maybe I'll start it just for myself. A mental calendar, an internal sway... that churns me on day by day.
Fall feels like such death to me... a choking, a snuffing out of sorts, sinking, drowning...
it did this year at least.
But I can feel the days extending, the light lengthening.
Hope. There is always hope.



PEARLS: 10/27/14
Real: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
CULTURED: In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety. A.W. Tozer

In the silence, I then hear your song, singing strong.
I feast at your table where I need not fear. Wholesome, pure without blemish- clear.
Light radiant, bright, warm.



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19th of January 2020 10:56 PM
Mom - Home

It’s not always easy to give thanks but I’m also learning in All circumstances- even undesirable ones- to give thanks and trust. Love you.

04th of September 2018 11:14 AM
elizabeth - work

you posted some plants in june! I do love seeing bits from you.

26th of February 2017 06:56 PM
Dallas - Home

Long Time no Post!

10th of December 2016 10:08 AM
Mom - Home

Makes me smile.

08th of May 2016 08:16 AM
Irene - Philippines

Hi, Elissa~
We are sharing same routines here~ being a mom and a gardener! Happy Mother's Day to You!

21st of February 2016 03:55 PM
Elizabeth - Home

so good to see these glimpses into your life. i often wish i could drop by and sip tea and visit with you and your kiddos. i sure love you!

18th of February 2016 08:11 PM
Mom/G'ma - Eyota

Wonderful update - you capture it all so very well. Love you all! God Bless

03rd of November 2015 03:32 PM
Teresa - home

I love to grow herbs...we don't have a place for a garden here in this shady yard...but friends from church gave us a bunch of dill weed for my pickles...

~Have a lovely day~

06th of October 2015 03:23 PM


28th of September 2015 08:27 PM
Teresa - home

your herbs looks delicious...I guess your garden is winding down now...
~Have a lovely day!

19th of September 2015 11:51 PM
elizabeth - home

I like the beetle. and i really like the "dear friend" poem. and i really, really like the thoughts about teaching and learning what is really important. and - i like you, my friend. ❤️

26th of July 2015 04:55 PM
Elissa - Home

Ah!! Mari! So exciting! Please email me so I can write you a letter! elissarosin@gmail.com

25th of July 2015 06:07 PM
Mari - Tokyo

The day before after→The day before yesterday. Sorry for making mistake:)

25th of July 2015 06:04 PM
Mari - Tokyo

I have a good news! I will become obaachan(grandma)on Feb next year at last:)The day before after, Daichi's wife Akiko told me that on the phone.I really thankful to God for that from all of my heart!!Masato and I are so exciting now! We can't wait!!

10th of July 2015 12:27 AM
elizabeth - home

hello there friend! i just put up a new post, too. :) i love to see all these bits of your full and joyful life. xoxo

24th of June 2015 10:15 AM
Teresa - home

Happy SUMMER to you! Your garden looks awesome! I love your calendar idea...so neat!...and I can't wait to see the attic!

Have a lovely day!

22nd of June 2015 10:30 PM
Mom - Home

So fun to see the updates and to see Mari's note - wonderful.

21st of June 2015 04:04 AM
Mari - Tokyo

Hi,Elissa!! How are you!? Sorry for not been send you my e-mail for a long time. My family and I are very fine. There were much concern about my mom's and my brother's problem but God helped me each time. Masato is keeping coming to the church with me and listing the preach every Sunday but sometimes he is sleeping over listening it,Oh,no!! I always thankful to God for comming church with Masato together. Your babies are so growing up faster and faster I'm so happy for that!!
Your photoes always make me ease. Plants, feils(hanake in Japanese words)and lovely things in your home...as if I were in your home!:) Oh,Chris!! Tom!! Kyostin!! Aron!! Hi, every one Konnichiwa!! There is much to tell you Elissa. I tell you a lot later soon!!

08th of April 2015 04:59 PM
Teresa - home

That is AWESOME!...it reminds me so much of our time in North Dakota...and Scout skating on any frozen water he could find...

~Have a lovely day!

03rd of March 2015 12:04 AM
elizabeth - home

hi neighbor! :) what fun to see this - and to remember the rink in the yard. i love to see you having fun with your kiddos!

17th of February 2015 09:48 PM
elizabeth - home

hello! dishes and pizza. :) kiddos and you. bits of your life again. i like reading your words.

21st of October 2014 10:49 PM
Mariko - Tokyo

Everyone look so fine I'm so happy for that!!:)I looked wide and big cloud in the sky of Amerika. It's been a quite a while to me. I'm remembering that the kinda same sky at Eyota when I visited your home befor. Your picture and life make me feel ease, thank you:)

12th of October 2014 08:19 PM

Love all of this. Was way excited when Bill told me you guys asked him to be pastoral adviser. Love you all. :)

07th of October 2014 01:42 PM
Teresa - home

I loved seeing all the photos and catching up...

~Have a lovely day!

03rd of October 2014 12:14 AM
elizabeth - my round table

so. much. fun and love and hard work in these pictures! (i love the bunkbeds! and all the outdoor fun. and the paintings.) love to you all!

18th of August 2014 11:49 AM
Teresa - home

small is so good...

~Have a lovely day!

12th of August 2014 12:05 AM
elizabeth - in my cozy small bed, in my cozy small apartment

small is good

24th of July 2014 01:55 AM
elizabeth - home

hey friend! so glad the roofing project went smoothly and safely! hooray for wonderful help! (also, i like dallas's beard - it looks very nice!)

22nd of July 2014 10:06 AM