Naive

Can believe how naive I am at my age. Sequestered too long, I guess. I had no idea that condemning others and making fun of others is very common. How sad. How heartbreaking. Why can’t people love each other?

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Such an Apt Song!

This song by Sanctus Real is so very apt right now:

“Whatever You’re Doing (Something Heavenly)”

It’s time for healing time to move on
It’s time to fix what’s been broken too long
Time make right what has been wrong
It’s time to find my way to where I belong
There’s a wave that’s crashing over me
All I can do is surrender

[Chorus]
Whatever you’re doing inside of me
It feels like chaos somehow there’s peace
It’s hard to surrender to what I can’t see
but I’m giving in to something heavenly

Time for a milestone
Time to begin again
Revaluate who I really am
Am I doing everything to follow your will
or just climbing aimlessly over these hills
So show me what it is you want from me
I give everything I surrender…
To…

[Chorus]

Time to face up
Clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out
That I’ve wanted to say for so many years
Time to to release all my held back tears

Whatever you’re doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but I believe
You’re up to something bigger than me
Larger than life something heavenly

Whatever you’re doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but now I can see
This something bigger than me
Larger than life something heavenly
Something heavenly

It’s time to face up
Clean this old house
Time breathe in and let everything out

 

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Oh, the Wonderful Cross…..

The other day there were no tables in the dining room and I had to eat my lunch in the chapel…on the communion table…at the foot of the cross…now, that’s awesome!

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We Can’t Live In a Snow Globe

“We Can’t Live in a Snowglobe”

I used to love Thomas Kinkade’s paintings, snow globes, night lights, mugs, etc. I used to want to live in one of those gorgeous houses in one of his snow globes or crawl into one of his paintings of a quaint, little cottage by a stream. But that’s not realistic as I realized when discovering that he lived a dark life behind the paintings, a dark life that spiraled into a tragic end. If we think we can live a life as shown in paintings and snow globes, we are greatly mistaken. You see, life is hard. It batters us each day, but we can’t hide from it, cry over it or be one of those angry people who lash out at others because of our circumstances. And we can’t lie in the beds that we made that resulted from our mistakes and bad choices. We must stand tall with feet apart like a captain on a ship who doesn’t allow the wind and waves to knock him over. And if he does get knocked over, he gets right back up again, spreads his feet apart and leans against the force that threatens to knock him down again. We cannot hang onto ourselves and we cannot hang onto undependable people. We must hang onto God in the midst of the daily troubles. I know someone who says, “Life isn’t Skittles and rainbows.” He is so right! At this point in my life I wouldn’t paint a portrait of a beautiful country home with a sunshiny lane where Mr. Darcy waits at the crossroads. I would paint a portrait of a little woman whose blonde hair is standing up in the winds of life as she reaches up toward the sky and finds herself smiling in spite of the hard times. And I would paint the people she knows hanging onto the fence beside her, smiling because they, too, know we can’t live in a snow globe.

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Calming Waters

So good, so calming to finally reach peaceful waters. Like that white blanket of snow outside. Like a ship coming out of a storm to find the tall, crrashing waves are gone, replaced by blue, tranquil waters and a wonderful breeze that fills the sails, pushing the ship onward. God truly goes before! He is always at work, ahead of time and then while things are happening. Jeremiah 29:11 is so very true—one of God’s endless promises: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” He plans for us even while we don’t know what is going to happen, before we find ourselves submerged in the unknown. And when we find ourselves in the unknown, He will hold our hand—if we will let Him—if we turn to Him instead of trying to rely on ourselves, on our anxieties, on our fears. He will turn those negativities into calm reliance if we give them over to Him. He is truly our anchor and our guiding Light.

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Long, Long War

So much, so much for so long. I’ve been leaning on the Lord and on His Word so very much, for so long. It’s been a long, long war with daily battles. I couldn’t have made it without Him, and as always, He has proven Himself for me. He has shown off for me. He has had me wait for Him, all the while teaching me patience and endurance. And as one door has opened, another is closing and the war is nearly at an end. I don’t know how that war will turn out, but He knows. He has proven Himself my Leader, my Warrior, my Commander. He has proven Jeremiah 29:11 to me. Oh yes, He truly is the Lord God Almighty and all things are in His hands. He loves and He blesses. He cares. And He uses all things for good. Joseph found this out. And so have I.

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The Climb

Today I climbed a mountain, grasping rocks until my fingers bled, toeing crevices until I thought I could do it no more. Push ahead and do not stop—-the summit is in sight. Yes, you are weary. Yes, the climb feels like it will never end, but you are not alone. He lifts you up, He carries you the rest of the way. You see, the climb is not meant to be done alone. The climb is meant to be shared. Do not fear. He is always with you.

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