Friday, April 10, 2009

GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER SUNDAY. TOUT VA BIEN...ALL IS WELL.

I love this photo. It's one that I've taken in the past that I actually really like.

I chose it today because of something you'll see at the very end of one of the songs I chose -- CeCe Winan's Alabaster Box.

The first song, though (also by CeCe Winans) is entitled Mercy Said No, and it paints not only a beautiful picture of Easter but also of my life. I so wanted to share it with you.

The same can be said of the second song, Alabaster Box, but on a much more personal level.

We women put on a good face, we apply the makeup, the smile, the great shoes and we forge our way out in the world on a daily basis.

But often, there is the other "us".

The woman who maybe falls asleep with tears in her eyes that no one ever knows of.

The woman who wishes the past would quit haunting her so she could enjoy today -- and the future.

The woman who has never felt so alone -- yet lives every day amid masses of people, chaos, and noise.

Oh, we women know how to stay busy alright. But there are those moments.
Those quite moments when all is not well. And we wish we knew how to quiet the loud, constant nagging sound that keeps steadily tapping inside our heart.


I had one such nagging tap, tap, tap. Like the tortuous sound of a leaky faucet.
I had it all, but had emptiness inside. Do you know that feeling?

Circumstances beyond my control and what I now know as miracles led me to a complete turnaround, though. I've never been the same and the tap, tap, tapping has been replaced with an inner calm and peace (regardless of outward circumstances) that


nothing


else


in


this


world


ever gave.

So, it is on this Good Friday and in view of Easter that I dare to share with you my story -- the reason I can truly, truly say "tout va bien", or "all is well".

{I know it's from Christmas, but its the only photo I could find of my front door for some reason. The enamel plaque on the door is there all year 'round, and it says simply "Tout Va Bien" meaning "all is well". And it is...}




{VIDEO NOTE: IF THE BLOG MUSIC IS ON AUTO-START, SIMPLY PRESS THE PAUSE BUTTON ON THE BLOG MUSIC PLAYER ON THE LEFTHAND TOOL BAR, THEN CLICK ON THE VIDEO TO WATCH.}

13 comments:

LindaSonia said...

Oh Ruth, your words are so touching and the songs you posted (love CeCe Winans) make me equally weep and smile with that joy of 'knowing'.

Blessed Easter to you and yours.

LindaSonia

Simply Me Art said...

Happy Easter Ruth to you and your Family. Jamie

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Have a blessed weekend!
It's Friday but Sunday's comin'!

Pay a visit if you get a chance - love your videos! We're on the same page today!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Bonjour Ruth,
I can't play the first one, the page is taking forever to load (this is my second time here... drats). I do love the second one and CeCe is always wonderful. I'll come back later this evening and see if I can get the first one to play for moi!
Hey sweetie, Tout va bien! I've got that same sign in my kitchen as a wonderful reminder while I do dishes in the petite kitchen.
Have a blessed Easter, Ruth!
xo~Tracie

Andrea said...

Just beautiful! Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter.

Adrienne W said...

Thanks Ruth. I needed this, this morning. As I sit in my kitchen all alone, no kids or hubby here right now, I just sat and wept, tears of joy, knowing all that He has done in my life and I am so thankful that "mercy said no". Happy Easter!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

It's beautiful, Ruth. Well worth coming back for another visit.
Easter blessings to you sweetie.
xo~Tracie

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Ruth,
I just clicked on Adrienne's link after reading her comment above. I sure wish she had a blog where I could leave a comment for this Easter. Talk soon! xo~Tracie

A Vintage Mood said...

Beautiful post, Ruth. Thanks for sharing a part of yourself with us. Happy Easter!
~Ann
P.S. I received the Jinja jewelry and it is amazing!

KayEllen said...

Have a blessed weekend:)

Happy Easter and he has risen!!!

Grateful blogger,
kayellen

Debi said...

Hi Ruth,
I just found your blog and was so touched by your story. I can completely relate and with a tear in my eye.Amamzing, when you think you are the only one, there was your story. I am glad life is better and calm for you.
Happy Easter!
Hugs,
Debi

The World According to Libby said...

This really touched me Ruth. Thank you for posting this. You're so so close to my inner most heart and I hope you know that. I miss you more than you know.
Tons of love to you, sis.
Lib

The World According to Libby said...

Another thing I love about the song is that it's so true, that nobody knows how much our oil cost, for each of us. How many of us go daily with our smiles and no one knows what's inside.
This blog meant a lot Ruhee. Glad you posted it!
Coffee?
Love you!