I woke up this morning, just a regular Monday morning. My plan with crawling out super early was to focus on writing. If you really want to be a writer, you must (MUST) set aside time to write. Daily is preferable.
So here I was, sitting with my laptop on my lap, at 4:00 a.m. Monday morning, October 2, 2017. Ready to do the work.
Then a text came in. That is not alarming. So many of my loved ones are back east. It is not 4:00 a.m. everywhere. It was my son-in-law “Are you guys ok?” I just stared at the phone and looked around me.
My patio door was open. Silence there. My husband was asleep in the next room. Peaceful snoring there. No rumbling underfoot. No hurricane level winds. “What happened?” I asked.
Then the news was revealed to me.
The worst mass shooting in America’s history has happened a few miles from my home. Across the boulevard from where we go every Friday night to enjoy a lovely songwriter’s show.
Devastating. Such a horrid loss of life. For what? Nothing. So much heartache. For what? Not a thing.
So, no writing took place today. Just this blurb on this platform where I choose to spill my heart.
Treasure life. Embrace loved ones. Live positively. Love wildly. Speak words of kindness, not hatred. Believe the best. Be the light. Let your beam break through. To everyone with all you have in you as much as you possibly can.
I am reading through the Bible with a plan the church is using. It is kind of fun knowing we are all reading the same thing. I’ve done this before with a group in Illinois, and it was delightful when we got together and discussed it. Lovely.
Today, in my reading I came across the name Archippus. I’ve seen the name before and I guess just skipped right over it. My reading today was in Colossians. Paul says very simply in Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” Simple and profound. Continue reading
What if we really did what the Bible said? Like … really.
For instance, when it says “Be anxious for nothing, but through prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:6) What if we really did that?
Instead of worrying.
Instead of fretting.
Instead of trying to figure things out on our own.
Instead of talking about the problem to everyone around us.
Instead of posting weird, vague Facebook posts about our struggle.
Instead of a thousand other things.
What if we really took it to God? What if we really prayed? What if we sat quiet and waited for peace?
What if we trusted Him instead of convince ourselves it will always be dreadful?
What if we really did what the Bible said? And lived like we believed it?
Things to ponder.
I thought you would enjoy this meditation by a friend from church, Lori Braswell:
No matter what…..those 3 words we use quite often in our day-to-day lives.
Have you driven through a dreadful storm? Rain? Thunder? Lightning? Snow? Fog? No visibility? Rain coming down in sheets where you cannot see in front of your hood?
Sure. We all have at some point. Well, maybe not all.
What do you do then? Continue reading
Or facing a struggle? A test? Trial?
Or something of the sort?
And this is what I have to say to you (and to me):
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.
I have faced challenges before, as I am certain you have as well; but with each test comes the struggle. The struggle of knowing what to do. The struggle of trusting the One who has promised to help us.
So we remind ourselves again of how we managed the last one and that we will not be left alone during this one.
MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.
Life is full of ups and downs. My goal: to smile on the way up and the way down!
Putting on the grins
I remember the day my husband stood between my IV port and the nurse. I have met nurses a’plenty through my years, not many are like this one; but this one was my nurse at the time.
I had had a minor surgery (as if any are really minor). Family was not allowed in Recovery Room #1. I woke up and they game me pain meds through my IV. Not long after my feet started twitching uncontrollably. “Weird,” I thought. Then my hands were feeling unconnected to my body. Continue reading
One of my trips to see my mother took place in January. She lives in north central California, about an hour south of Sacramento.
The flight was non-stop (Yay!) early in the morning. The sun was coming up as I left St. Louis and it was beautiful. During the entire flight the sun was blazing. I wanted to put the shade down by my seat, but I didn’t. It was too lovely. The sun beams brilliantly bouncing off of the heavy cloud floor.
Four full hours of sun later I felt exhilarated and cornea-fried. But I do love the sun, so no complaints. Continue reading
Seeing people do amazing things encourages and inspires me. Hearing a testimony about someone conquering their fear or disability or insecurity and finish something awesome lights a fire in me. Meeting someone who is simply “doing it” absolutely challenges me.
Do you know anyone like that? Have they spurred you on?
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24
I came in contact with www.No41.org through my daughter-in-law. I sat and read every word on their website, then I read their blog entries, then I stared at the pictures of those lovely ladies that have had their lives completely changed because of one dreamer and doer: Tara. Continue reading
Encourager — one who encourages.
Pretty simple, right? If you encourage someone, you are an encourager.
Regardless of how you would describe yourself, an encourager should be on the list.
I had the great delight of meeting Lisa recently. She is an inspiration and an encouragement. Primarily because of what she has accomplished, but also because of her desire to be an encourager.
She is 468 days clean!! Yes, you read that correctly.
468 days! AND COUNTING!