With one of the by lines of this blog being I love to have chats over coffee..this is the next best thing if we can’t sit across the table from one another.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years. Audrey Hepburn

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I need help settling. Because the years are passing, I want the Kingdom of God to be reflected in my soul, not so much ‘what’s next,’ but so much to consider as this 55yro isn’t having a mid-life crisis, because I’m way past mid-life, I doubt I’ll live to be 110.  But an uneasy excitement for the future as my last bird takes flight in a few months. These few words explain exactly how I’m feeling

…the rocky sediment of river water that is swirling around your heart and mind and soul…

Amanda Watters-Homesong blog


How often have I asked, ‘does what I do make a difference?’ Did I choose the right path in staying home and working at home?’ ‘Should I be doing something different?’ I think we all ask questions from time to time regarding the direction our lives have taken or what we should do next when….

I don’t want to get caught in the trap of overthinking life, and agree with Charles Spurgeon when he says

The truest lengthening of life is to live while we live, wasting no time but using every hour for the highest ends. So be it this day.

I want to slow down, reflecting on the creative ways God has gifted me and not compare myself to the way He has gifted others and try to be like them. There is only one Jody Gates and He has gifted me with ideas, passions,  and this one day to live. Real living is not just around the corner after I get married, or have children or land that dream job. I have determined real living is for today, because God owns tomorrow. Proverbs 27:1

Life cannot be compartmentalized. May His Kingdom come in our lives today as we each find the true beauty we were created to be…in the image of our Creator.

All of life is to be our spiritual life. We are to rejoice that as we create beauty as architects, or gardeners, farmers or cooks, we are doing what God made human beings capable of doing. We are made in the image of the Creator, to be able to have ideas, choose among them, and be creative in a tremendous diversity of ways. Edith Schaeffer

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