Quick Note to My “Regulars”💙

Apologies for being mostly absent from your blogs, and not keeping up as I typically do with comments. 

1) The hot temps have been unreasonable (that’s no typo, I don’t mean “unseasonable”😉). 

2) And I’m engaged in a mission of mercy to assist my neighbor as much as I can…she broke her leg, and is confined to her 2nd floor bedroom…in the too hot temps.

Thus, I’ve run short of time/energy to write posts and read yours.  I would not otherwise abandon my blogging passion, and my dear world-wide family here…but “life happens”, and I wanted to let you know, lest you imagine some personal catastrophe.

As I’m able, I’ll check in to post, read and comment.

Prayers requested for my neighbor’s quick and complete healing—heartfelt thanks, in advance.

NOW, I know some of you are wondering, so I’ll reassure you that “Bedelia” is still bumbling along…her latest episode will be posted on time, at midnight!

Thank you all—love and blessings sent your wayRhen


Glad Game #11 ~ No-Excuses O’Mercy😉

Hello Glad-Gamers!  Happily we’ve made it to another weekend, the world still turning despite life’s vagaries.  For the benefit of new visitors, the Glad Game originated in the classic children’s book, Pollyanna—about the girl who wisely learned early to look for the positive in any less-than situation (or person) and be “glad”. 

I discovered, “better late than never”, that gratitude is key to maintaining soul’s contentment.  So, here’s my list this week.

a) Spurred on by inspiring followers, I decided it was time to “get physical” with my partner, “O’Mercy” (treadmill, pictured above).  It’s manual, can’t be too dangerous…and due to space constraints it’s parked in the living room, partially beneath the “blessed” dining table.  I realized last night that, if needed, I can briefly rest my butt against the table edge.  Gratitude🙂

b) And I’m thankful to have thought ahead and ordered a super fan (it even matches the black treadmill).  This was divine inspiration, as my primary complaint regarding physical exercise is sweating—“ladies don’t sweat, they glow”, so the saying goes…but I sweat, and it’s icky.  So I’ll crank up the fan as I walk my way to better health…if not a svelte new figure🙂

c) Grateful also for the Public Utility Dept’s free calendar.  Pretty ones adorn the walls, this one’s plain/practical, where I’ll record each day’s time ‘communing’ with O’Mercy—minutes, maybe step count.  Last night was Day 1…the clock said 9:20 pm, I figured I could go 10 minutes.  Hah!  I managed 5—better than zero.  Perhaps I’ll do 5 min/day for a few days, till the old-bod recovers from shock🙂 

According to saved calendar, I purchased O’Mercy in September 2014…uh-huh…it was Full Moon, and I was gung-ho for 10 days before the novelty wore off.  I did 20-30 min/day, sweating like a farm animal—a fair cardio workout.  That was 6 years ago, I think I’ll take a more reasonable approach this time.

d) FYI, there will be NO discussion of dieting at this juncture.  The idea is not to kill myself all at once🙂   Last night I ate like there’d be no Tomorrow…who knows?

e) Although the “zoom” meeting on Wednesday failed, I’m thankful the facilitator had a back-up plan, i.e., 3-way conference phone call.  I’ve owned 2 Lenovo laptops with microphone issues:  they say they have internal microphones…perhaps it’s “operator failure” (nothing I attempted to tweak helped one iota).  Easily frustrated and discouraged, I frowned the rest of the day.

However, the third party (not facilitator) also experienced difficulty (she had audio, no video), so I didn’t feel entirely like a tech-osaurus–and we did accomplish the meeting’s purpose.  Stress/irritability aside, I’m glad and grateful.  I may order an external microphone…in case life requires more zooming while we all await Corona’s end.

f) I’m a happy-thankful-camper to have checked off “laundry done”, and “grocery trip without incident”…and I remain pleased with furniture rearrangement, though I forget I’ve moved certain things.  The plus side:  more steps accumulated as I backtrack…if I walk while pondering!

g) Beyond grateful…I recalled where I’d squirreled away an adapter plug, for use with new fan and extension cord.

h) Greatly thankful for intermittent rain showers…a nearby homeowner lights frequent bonfires in his yard…smoke fills up my apartment.  I’m grateful for sympathetic email replies from local Fire District person.  Difficulty breathing is distressing.

i) I’m enjoying an Amazon Prime trial, for speedier free-shipping and Prime Video.  This is a mixed blessing, as I’m a movie addict…which limits hours for such things as sleeping.  I multi-task, but it’s still time-consuming to scroll through movie menu for something worth watching.  So this may prove a “temporary thankful”.

j) As always, I’m more than grateful for God’s abundant considerations and provision—which include my blog family.  I think of, pray for you each day/night…particularly when I’m cooking/baking, wishing you could come over and feast!  Maybe someday in the “sweet by and by”.  For now, remember I’m holding you in my heart—and appreciate your thoughts throughout the week.

May God bless you hugely with His protection, provision and Presence of Peace, as we continue moving through this troubled season which “came to pass, not to stay!” 

Take courage, be of good cheer ~  Love, Auntie L💝

Text & photos: ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Grappling for Strength


Grappling with onslaught

Bleak fatigue… ‘how much longer’

‘How much more’ to bear

Pandemic, early heat wave…

Domino effect topples


Thoughts become assaults

Imminent betrayal sensed

Denial’s shield cracked

Faith stretched to hope’s fraying strands

Gratitude begging relief

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations,  2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Image: Pixabay.com

Unity (A to Z Challenge)

It’s about loving

Whole world as we love ourselves

E’er working for peace

Diligent heart-choice, actions

With view beyond scope of ME


Entire law of God

Isn’t merely commandments

Too, His love letter

Grand desire to embrace globe’s

Every individual


Peace which wraps us all

Unites within Light He brings

Defeating darkness

Which is each soul’s enemy

Cruel robber of hope’s healing


Multi-colored ties

Have diverse history, customs

Vast banquet table

Where we sit together, serve

Love’s glad generosity


Banner of peace wafts

Prayer’s caring chorus merry

Grateful unity

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

“Rather, serve one another in love. The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14, Berean Study Bible

Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’…” Matthew 22:37-39, Berean Study Bible

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12, New Living Translation

“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” Ephesians 2:14, English Standard Version

“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” Mark 9:50, NLT

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9, NLT

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.…” John 3:16-17, Berean Study Bible

Delight ~ A to Z Challenge


Do I delight in the Lord?  Yes!  He is my treasure


Even my precious silver.  Blessed am I, to relish the Almighty and look to God’s unfailing


Love which comforts, surrounds me with tender mercies so I may live.  His


Instructions are my joy, and profound relief when I long for His rescue.


Greatly do I rejoice in His commands, they direct my path.  I commit everything I do, to


Him because He helps me.  He will give me the desires of my heart because


Trusting Him implicitly, I have made the Lord my primary delight.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Scripture Verses (New Living Translation and New International Version):

Psalm 37:4-5; Psalm 119:76-77; Psalm 119:174; Psalm 119:35; Psalm 112:1; Job 22:25-26



Alabaster ~ A to Z Challenge

Exquisite alabaster jar

Holds expensive perfume

A woman, disdained for

Immoral reputation, seeks

Jesus as he dines

Wordless, she anoints

His feet with costly fragrance

And her tearful kisses… In

Sweet-spiced aroma swirl

Her reverence, love, gratitude

Mingled with the Lord’s

Gracious mercy…

His public declaration

That her sins are forgiven

Put guest’s censorious

Judgment to shame

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Luke 7:37, “When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume.” New Living Translation

Slow Learner’s Story & Sunday Song

I’m starting with a song that’s So Good…I’m soaking in it.  I hope it will bless you too…and then there’s my poem 🙂


Slow to catch wisdom

Received more years than wished for

Learning how life works

My sins ever known by me

Pride can never boast nor judge

Another’s path, grace deserved


Blind, this stony heart

Lacked vision; deaf, would not hear

Living Words offered

Paid high cost of rebellion

Still recall exact moment

Day I chose to disobey


Were it not for Cross

Crimson rope, Mercy’s rescue

Pulling me to shore

Eternity waited empty

Bleak reward, apart from God

Grateful to 2nd-chance Lord


“Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
    which you have shown from long ages past.
Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
    Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
    for you are merciful, O Lord.

The Lord is good and does what is right;
    he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
He leads the humble in doing right,
    teaching them his way.”

Psalm 25:7-9, New Living Translation

(Italics mine; scripture text:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+25&version=NLT

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.


Before I breathed

Those first few breaths

Before newborn eyes

Could fully focus

Before arms held me

You have been my God


Before any person, place

Or happening became

A page in my life story

Long before I had a clue

Before I knew I needed You

From mystery’s beginning

You were present, though unseen

And I’m more grateful everyday

That always, in every way

You have been my God

“I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born.” Psalm 22:10, New Living Translation

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.