Monday, January 2, 2012

The Vog, a Red Sun, and Late-blooming Flowers

It's been a long day taking down Christmas. The tree is dead and bare in the living room waiting to be taken away in the morning. Piano lessons are starting back up tomorrow, and I'm taking this last day to clean and to organize, hoping that being tidy will somehow make me more ready to tackle another year of teaching. 

Today, the vog (volcanic fog) rolled in from the south-east, covering the limits of sea-horizon in a voggy veil (forgive my affinity for assonance). The sun set early, vermilion beneath the haze. 


Life has been busy the past few months, and to be honest, New Years Day felt rather same-old same-old to me. As if nothing ever changes, as if there were no hint at how the year would turn out. And then today, I came across John Wesley's Covenant Prayer on the blog A Defined Life

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.

My New Year's resolution: to make this attitude my own. I pray that I may be God's, wholeheartedly. With Him, each day brings change in my own life. I pray I am always willing to change for the better. 

Although I have quite a few things to balance right now, I'm hoping to have more time for blogging now that the holidays are over. Writing online is important to me as a creative outlet, and I'm thankful for each of my readers. If you have time and enjoy fantasizing about England as I do, please check out my other blog In Love With England

To close, in the midst of winter, sometimes a very late blooming flower surprises you.


  1. So enjoyed reading this post and have felt the same way about the New Year. I'm glad the covenant prayer spoke to you. I feel I have to live that way and truly be willing to accept anything or nothing as God sees fit to use me in his kingdom. I pray you will have a blessed year and that you will see God at work, even in the little things like the vog!

  2. Happy New Year Rose!! I loved the prayer that you shared. I know that so many new things are opened up to us when we trust in Him, this is something I need to work on. I so enjoy your posts and writings and I hope you can get back to what you love, the holidays are so crazy sometimes.
    Enjoy your week my friend!!!

  3. My wish for 2012 is very similar to yours! To continue the journey of surrender... and letting go of worldly attachments (things, outcomes, comparing, etc. etc.).

  4. I hear you about New Years. It was just another day. I hope 2012 is an awesome year for us all!

  5. I am just catching up with your blog. I always feel rest here...I can sense your simple island lifestyle. My desires for the new year are almost always along these lines. I want to remain hidden in His wounded side forever. Abided in Christ. Best wishes for a new year of teaching.


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