Friday, February 28, 2014

solace in the silence ...

Last summer I signed up with Tyndale Publishing's rewards program [here], and within just an hour of answering surveys and signing up for newsletters, I had earned enough points to "purchase" this Bible.

It has been the best meditation for me each morning to read the day's passages from the Old and New Testaments as well as Psalms and Proverbs.

Reading the entire Bible has always been a goal of mine, and with this structured daily reading, I will have accomplished that by the end of July this year.

Whether you are new to the Bible, or someone who has studied it extensively, I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed my journey so far with this daily reading program.

It has truly given me solace in the silence ...

5 minutes: choose ...

Choose what is important today
GO:

I didn't choose the word for today, but it is a word that has been heavy on my heart this week.

Choose.

Choose before your choices choose for you.

Choose this life ... or that life.

Choose what you want ... before everything you have is gone.

Choose who you are ... before your choices make you something you don't want to be.

It seems like letting your choices choose for you is sometimes the easy way out ... but in reality, it takes away your choice.  Like the song ... if you don't choose to stand for yourself ... you fall for anything.

Choose life.  Choose love.  Choose to live right ... live clean ... live strong.

Choose ... before you lose.

STOP


Thursday, February 27, 2014

darkness ...

daylight fades
and the cold sets in
robins take to the trees
keeping close to stay warm
night brings
emptiness and darkness, a
silent aching in my
soul


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

inspiring ...

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Hello You,

Thank you for inspiring me.  Yes, really.  It is you, reader, who inspires me to write.  I know we may not have met yet, but just knowing that I am not alone in these struggles gives me the courage to get up and write.

Some mornings it is the orange glow of a sunrise on a dew laden spider web, glistening as I walk my dog that inspires me to write.

Some mornings it is the sound of rain on the skylight and aluminum roofing over my serenity deck that inspires me to write.

It is the sight of a bald eagle sitting high in a magnolia tree, watching over me as I walk ... or the soft sway of Spanish moss from the old oak trees.

It is the whispers in the waves as they hit the beach ... or the sound of a glacier cracking and calving in an Alaskan lake.

It is life that inspires me.  Clinging to it, fighting for it, and celebrating each day.

"Those who live at the ends of the earth
stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
you inspire shouts of joy."
~ Psalm 65:8 NLT ~ 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

shoes ...

I noticed the other day that my favorite pair of cold weather shoes have almost had the soles walked off of them.   They were made in the U.S.A. by Sebago, and it looks like they have expanded worldwide.

I tried to figure out just how old my Sebagos were ... and was a little on the amazed side.  I think I bought them in late 2007 or early 2008, which would make them about seven years old now.  Real leather uppers.  Just getting that soft, worn look and feel.  I need a shoe with a wide width, which always makes it hard to shop for women's shoes, and found these online.  I paid about $80 for them, which is the most I have EVER spent on a pair of shoes.

I have loved them to pieces.  Literally, apparently.  My Sebagos have just been so comfortable that even wearing them for 12-14 hours a day when I work overtime, my feet don't ache at night and my heel spurs have become almost painless.  I can certainly tell the days when I'm wearing other shoes or going barefoot.  I could almost sleep in these.

Unfortunately, they no longer make this style, or very many wide width shoes for women, so I'm on the hunt again for a pair of comfortable cold weather shoes.  I'm not really an Imelda Marcos kind of shoe shopper, so when I find a pair that I love and that is comfortable ... I wear it exclusively.

I've certainly gotten my money's worth out of them.  A pair of Danskin tennis shoes I bought at Wal-Mart last July have already cracked both of the soles and leak water into my socks whenever I walk Trooper on the beach or in the rain.

[and in case you are wondering ... this has not been a "paid endorsement" or a sponsored post.  I'm just amazed at how well my Sebago shoes have held up with all that I've put them through in the past seven years.  I believe in sharing the joy, and when I find a product or service that I believe in ... I'll be more than happy to promote them.]

Sunday, February 16, 2014

sunday

slept late
under mounds of comforter, dog and cat
nestled into the warmth of his body
daylight peeking between the curtains
another day comes and goes
yesterday a distant dream

Saturday, February 15, 2014

love is ...

love is ....
not always pretty ... or kind ... or patient
sometimes it is proud ... and boastful ... and envious ... and sometimes it is selfish

love does not come with a clear definition

it can be [this] or [this]
or even something we don't even think we can relate to because

love is

one of those things that no one person can define or describe or box in or explain  ...

and no matter what it is for you ... love is what you cling to in the darkness

"If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love."
~ 1 Corinthians 13 MSG ~

when I grow up ...

I love listening to Wally on Way-FM in the mornings.  His was the radio program that gave me hope in 2012 when I had lost almost all that I had.

I'm at another crossroads in my life where I am wanting to make some changes ... yet not sure how to get there from here.

The other morning, Wally and his band of merry makers on the radio station took a Buzzfeed Career Quiz [click here to take it too!].  For grins, I took it also ... twice because on some of the questions, I would have  chosen more than one answer if I'd been able to.

The results I got were surprising ... because they are careers I would like to be able to transition to full time.
At the same time ... they were not surprising at all because I think I've always known that this is who I am.
Now to figure out how to get back to myself ...

Friday, February 14, 2014

5 minutes: garden

Five Minute Friday GO:

gardens come in all shapes and memories ...

Holland tulip mazes
wild dogwood trees in the Appalachian mountains
wildflowers on California hillsides
Austrian and European castles
daisies on the side of the road
dainty roses bushes
azaleas ...

and love

of all the gardens I enjoy, it is that last one I enjoy the most today.

STOP

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Exodus 4:13

But Moses said, “O Lord, I ask of You, send some other person.”
~ Exodus 4:13 NLV ~

Why me?
Sometimes when we are faced with a difficult task,
or a painful choice,
we wish we could push it off on someone else.

Why me?
But sometimes the only answer to that is ...
Why not you?

Challenges make us stronger.
Trials make us harder to beat down the next time we face them.
We learn.
We grow.
We become all that we are created to be.

Pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones,
our boxes,
and our boundaries is sometimes the only way
we learn that the answer to that question
is really ...

Because I believe in you.
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