-Christmas tea (excellent).
-Cedar incense - again (magical since cedars have popped up in my Bible readings this week).
-Johnny practicing tabla upstairs.
-Harley asleep behind me; a heating pad for his pillow. He likes to sleep nearby or with me, sweet cat.
-I'm lazing around (before I do laundry), resting, and thankful for recent, generous gifts from friends & family. It is a blessing to look up from a book, or walk through a room and see a beautiful object from a friend or relative. It reminds me of our friendship and causes me to thank God; to pray for that person.

Some of those gifts:

[that amazing bird]

[bird vases!]

[a lovely bowl for the fireplace mantel]

[Moleskines to record quotes from novels or favorite Bible verses. The avian daily planner will keep me organized - much-needed!]

[inside the brown Cahier Moleskine - I love a personal touch]

[the top of this ornament is a beautiful origami crane]

Also while reading this week, I decided that Isaiah is one of my favorite books of the Bible. It has been for quite some time along with the Psalms, Proverbs, Luke, John, Acts, Ephesians, and well, many others (they're all good). But Isaiah is such an encouragement, full of promise after promise of redemption: Jesus. Light nearly leaps off every page.

For instance, today I read:

"Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
In the day that the LORD binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound
[Isaiah 30:26]

As y'all know, I crave light - sunlight by day and candles by night. I love to read such verses because the truth is, Jesus is that light, brighter than all there is (even the sun and moon).

Which reminds me, I gave this icon to Johnny and he loved it:

This last one is a little gift to myself from my favorite shop in Houston - The Blue Hand. It is a coaster I admired last year and it waited for me:

I sure do love a good Assam tea.
Enjoy this day, y'all! Do you need something good to read? How about this review of a favorite movie - The Lives of Others.
Books & Culture is a great publication. I used to subscribe; maybe I should again.


Christine said...

Mmmm, a peaceful post. Love the ornament. I don't want to take my tree Your house is becoming quite the aviary! :)

jenni said...

No, I don't want to take our tree down, either, but we're gonna tomorrow. Epiphany is on Sunday!

jenni said...

Whoops, I meant we'll take down our tree on Saturday...

Kimberly said...

Where did you get the bird that's on top of the bookcase? I just adore it.

jenni said...

My friend Holly gave it to me. It is from Cost Plus/World Market. I adore it, too. :)