Spring is in the air and I absolutely bask in this time of year. The fragrant smell of spring on a clear (without the checker boarding of the ‘now-too-often-seen’ chem trails), breezy day is so refreshing. The best part is hearing the birds singing away: the cardinals (their presence always gives me hope) whistling, the mocking birds mimicking their neighbors, the woodpecker, well, pecking. It is amazing how they just chatter all the daylong in what I describe as utter perfect praise! Their ‘voices’ are so encouraging for me.
Another thing I like about this time of year is the sound of lawn mowers. That is such a cool sound for me. Ahhh, and the smell of fresh cut grass … I can offer no words describing its fragrance!
Everything about spring effortlessly brings a smile upon my face. The birds, flowers, breezes, storms, clear blue skies and butterflies – they offer, to me, comfort and reassurance that all is well. I see the effects of the wind and I am reminded that just as I don’t see God, I see the effects of His actions in my life – His faithfulness; His goodness; His answering of so many of my prayers; His hands upon me and mine. Continue reading →
Blessings! I know everyone who is a football fan watched the 2015 Super Bowl game. What a game! My team lost, but interestingly enough, Katy Perry’s left shark got just as much media attention as the game!
Wow, another good year, almost gone. The doors to a new year, new opportunities are just around the corner. Time is truly passing quickly. So fast, and we are so busy doing so many things. We are living.
It is during this time of year that I take time out to reflect on the events in my life for the time passed. I ponder about the good things, the unexplainable things, the blessings, the tears and the pain, worries, anxieties, the hope….the journey of my life for the past 12 months.
This year was exceptional for me. I went through some things, many things. I truly tried God and His promises, and He showed His faithfulness, His loving kindness, His mercy. I thought I knew God, my triune Jehovah, but this year, I believe I came to learn to love God in a manner unlike any other time in my life. I sought Him and I found Him in His Word. I believed I was a prayer warrior, but this year, I learned how to let go and truly cry out to Him, and you know He lifted me up every time: He heard my prayer. I say learned, but really He opened me up to learning – I am still learning how to let Him be God in my life – to let Him reign in my life, direct my path and align my every thought, word, step with His will for me. He wiped my tears away. He replaced my despondency with joy. He gave me sleep on countless nights when there was no sleep to be had. I didn’t understand and He taught me, with His word, to lean on Him, to delight in Him, to truly trust Him. For the first time in my life, I am learning what it is to rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit revealed Himself to me in such a way that it changed me. I am learning what it is to truly trust Him and let the peace of Christ Jesus reign in me. Continue reading →
Recalling families that have been labeled ‘dysfunctional’, I thought of how that label was derived; what was its conception. Was it so because individuals perform comparisons and see their family as lacking something, as less than perfect, as flawed – as dysfunctional (not performing normally; acting outside social norms or malfunctioning)?
Then I thought – we are all a part of God’s design. Just as He called into being the majesties of the earth and the heaven, we are placed in our families, by none less, than divine design. Where or what is the dysfunction in that divine placement? Could David’s family be construed as dysfunctional? What about Abraham’s family? But – look how God used their family members. Joel Osteen preached a good sermon the other day: “don’t allow yourself [your family] to be labeled as damaged goods: don’t allow yourself to see your family as none other than good. Being a member of your family, whose actions are sometimes less than perfect, is not a mistake. It is purposed. Nothing that happens in our lives is by chance.” Continue reading →
Whew, this New Year  is off with a bang! Hoping and praying all is well with you and yours.
These past few days have been quite thought provoking for me. This past weekend, I traveled to LA to prepare for my mom’s 80th bday party in just a mere few weeks. Quite unexpectedly, I found myself also preparing for my mom’s only sister’s funeral, who died in her sleep early Saturday morning. Aunt Ola was 82.
It was quite a juxtaposition – delivering birthday invitations, viewing the facility, and selecting a pretty pink and white coffin (with embroidered pink flowers and pink chiffon) on the same day. But, hey that’s life. Death & Life are indeed celebratory. With life we celebrate daily, but really we take life for granted. We take purpose for granted. We take what God has graciously given us – for granted. With death, we celebrate all the time that a person had and what was performed in that time. In life, we truly don’t think of death unless we see it nearing, either in ourselves or in someone struggling with health issues or it slaps us in the face quite unexpectedly. Continue reading →