I finished painting it, all that I have to do now is the stencil!! The blue is a brighter blue than it looked on the sample - but I still love it, and it is very close to the original color. I have a few little touch-ups that I can see, but . . . I'm finished with the paint. Don't you just love finishing up a project, especially one that is close to your heart? Each day when I step outside my back door, or look out the window, I'll think of my wonderful grandmother. I can remember sitting on this bench with my sisters, or my cousins, watching the birds in her backyard, sorting rocks, eating cookies, reading a book, but always, plotting our next wonderful adventure!
Today in church, we talked about being diligent in all things. The meaning of diligence is:
"A zealous and careful nature in one's actions and work, exemplified by a decisive work ethic, budgeting of one's time, monitoring one's own activities to guard against laziness, and putting forth full concentration in one's work."
We were asked to think of someone who was, in our opinion, very diligent. Immediately, my grandmother came to mind.
She was a school teacher and loved children, especially children who were not easy to love. She was patient and kind and tried very hard to make sure that we felt her love in all that she did. She loved to work - and I mean from the time you got done with the breakfast dishes, until the last supper dish was dried and put away. But, somehow she made it fun, always taking breaks and making sure that there was a teaching moment in there somewhere . . . after all she was a teacher! She was a wonderful cook and loved to have us help her in the kitchen. One thing that I remember so well, is that she loved to cream all of her vegetables - it didn't matter what it was, it somehow ended up with cream and butter on it! Grandma was such a good example for me - she loved the Lord, and she loved her family, and we all knew it - we never parted without saying "I love you". She passed away at the young, old age of 93 - I miss her and know that she will be waiting for me on the other side . . . with open arms, and probably a dishtowel over her shoulder!
I wish I could sit on my grandmother's blue bench with each one of you . . . just for a little while :0)
Have a wonderful and peaceful Sunday.
"Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also."
2 Corinthians 8: 7