Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Issac Storm Surge...

Tuesday 28 August 2012
Looking to the left of the path, you can see the sea grass line where the water had been at high tide.
Trooper does not understand why I won't let him go swimming today.
To the right of the path, at high tide this morning.  The storm still wasn't as close as it will get over the next 24 hours.
Tide out.  The grass showing in the water is normally not even touched at high tide when there isn't a storm in the Gulf.  During Hurricane Ivan back in 2004 the storm surge brought the water all the way up to the bottom steps that are in the upper right corner of the picture.

Wednesday 29 August 2012 5pm-ish
Almost back to normal.  Still a high tide, but not as bad as yesterday.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Power-full...

     I was on the phone earlier this afternoon arranging to sell the (P.O.S.) car to a junk dealer because since it came back from Alabama something has broken that will cost more to repair than what I have... and I can't afford insurance on it anyway to be able to legally drive it.

     But anywhos... I'm talking to this rockin' powerful Woman of God about general light conversational things... about being authors (she is part of a group of 14 women who are recording spoken word stories ~ which is just so important and incredible) and from there we got around to the current speed bump in my life.

     There are times when I can feel God moving in my life in such an incredible way that it just makes me burst into tears.  Talking with her was like that.  Towards the end of our conversation, she prayed for me and it felt as if I was being lifted out of my chair and into God's hands of protection.

     He is so powerful.  He IS.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lessons in Trust...

     I just got off the phone with my mom.  We were discussing "trust" issues... specifically that of my dog, Trooper.  He lets me "play" vet on him.  Like most big dogs, he has calluses on his elbows, and sometimes on one of his elbows, he actually gets a painful "pimple" when his pores get blocked with dirt.  Every few weeks, I try to get it to open to relieve some of his pain... a process which generally causes him more pain.  I hold a hot (but not scalding) washcloth to try to soften it, then roll it around trying to get it to open naturally before I put any pressure on it.

     Trooper just sits or lays there, patiently being a patient.  Eyes closed, he seldom even flinches, but I know that I'm causing him pain.  Even last month when a spider bite on the inside of his hind leg became abscessed and I had to frequently wash it with peroxide... he just stood and let me.  That one was a nasty wound that took almost two months to heal with the help of a maggot that got into it (yes, I know... GROSS!!! but even modern medicine uses them and leeches at times).

     Trooper trusts me without question.  He knows that even when what I am doing causes him pain... I wouldn't be doing it if it weren't for his own good.

     This morning I was reading in the Jesus Calling devotional book that my Aunt Nan sent to me.  In today's reading, Sarah Young wrote that we were to trust our loved ones to Him and release them into His protective care... that He will give them rest.

      Coming on the heels of yesterday's blog, my conversations with my mom this morning... I know that this message on trust is one that is meant for me to learn from... that I need to also trust Him with my heart and know that even when the trials I am going through cause me pain... they will be turned to good.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Colossians 3:13

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

     In this journey through the New Testament, I have found it amazing that so often the scriptures I have chosen (in advance) are perfect for where I am each month.  I suppose amazing isn't the right word since there are no coincidences... all things happen for a reason.

     This has already been a month of reconciliation for me.  Forgiving... and being forgiven.  In doing so, I have found that I am able to let go of some of the pain of my past, and the weight of holding onto the pain caused by the rift between me and another.

     One person most of us forget to forgive, however, is ourselves.  We all can be our worst critics, holding ourselves to a higher standard than what we hold others to.  When we make mistakes... as we all do... we can often forgive someone else for the same mistake easier than we can forgive ourselves.  It is often the one "rift" with ourselves that causes us the most pain and the most discomfort.

     Whatever you are carrying on your shoulders today, whatever burden from mistakes you have not been able to let go of... forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Forgive yourself as the Lord forgave you.  I think when we are reminded to "love one another as I have loved you" we are also being reminded to love ourselves.  The first step to loving ourselves is learning to forgive ourselves.

     Forgive yourself.  Love yourself.  For you truly are worthy.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cabin fever...

No cable TV for a month.

No Internet at home for a month.

468 games of Solitaire later...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Om Pug Loo Pug

     Poor Henry.

     Since we've been back in Florida he has been tormented by skin problems because of the fleas.  I've used flea baths, treatments, and collars, but nothing seems to help.  I can only give him so many baths before his skin becomes dry and causes more problems.  I've also let him swim in the bay occasionally since the salt water helps to clean them.  But he still goes crazy scratching and itching.

     When we walk in the vacant field across the street, he loves to roll in the grass and dirt to scratch his back and occasionally winds up rolling in some of the orange clay that was imported for a failed construction job.  Hence, my Om Pug Loo Pug...
      This was a digitally altered pic [since my camera was stolen when I was being a nice person to someone in July] but you get the idea.

     Needless to say, he got another bath...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What do you wish to create?

     What do I wish to create?  Creation is bringing life to something... whether it is words on paper, colors on a canvas, a garden from seeds, or a living, breathing, miracle.

     Creation can also be remaking ourselves... lifting ourselves out of the ashes of our lives and rising again.  Rising above our past, our mistakes, our regrets, shedding our skin like a snake, or peeling off layers like an onion.  Creating our lives.

     I wish to create a new life for myself... to vanish from this place where I am now, disappear, and emerge a new creation in a different space and time.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What do you wish to experience?

     I have had many experiences in my life.  Good, bad, and somewhere in-between.  Life is like that, and most of the time, it is only with hindsight that we realize an experience was truly good... or that what we thought was a bad experience was an opportunity to learn and grow.

     Lately I often think I am stuck in the middle of a bad experience, but as each day passes, I realize that they weren't as bad as I thought, and each day has its own blessings, lessons, and good in it.

     What I wish to experience ... and what I have been experiencing ... is the peace and serenity that comes with knowing that no matter what each day brings ... all things work together for good.  What appears to be bad when I first see it, or feel it, has been turning into good.  I wish that experience of bad turning to good will continue in my life... and in yours.