Sunday, December 19, 2010
My daddy. He doesn't recognize me anymore. I looked into his eyes and knew he was confused about who was looking back at him. He heard my voice and called out my name, "Deb!" I went to him and touched his delicate, bruised hand that was covered with a band aid from his fall. He recognized my voice but when he looked at me all he saw was a grown woman staring at him, not his little girl. Confusion gave way to sadness.
Growing older is an oddity. My eyes (and my mind) are not as sharp as they used to be and gravity is causing everything to slide south! But instead of a mid-life crises, I am experiencing a mid-life awakening. The beauty of watching my children turn into young adults I am proud of. The resposibility of taking care of my parents as much as I can from a distance, and celebrating twenty-five years of marriage to a boy I had a crush on from church back in high school. I can face all these changes in my life when I trust every step of this journey to be taken with my Lord and Savior. For trusting is not a destination but a life long pursuit that will bring great joy along the way. Trusting that no matter how difficult this journey may be, God has purpose in the pain, the laughter, and yes, in growing old.
No matter how old I get, I will always be Daddy's little girl. There are a few things in life that don't change!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in everything you do and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psam 28:7
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:18-20
Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
A reality of life is that typically things don't run smoothly and that is when our moodiness can set in. When we allow circumstances, usually beyond our control, to zap our joy, time and energy. But even when circumstances are beyond our control, God is still completely in control. He gives us several ways to cope with our female moodiness. It's called P.M.S. -- positive mood solution. One positive mood solution is the Holy Spirit. He gives us the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace........ remember? When we let the Holy Spirit control our lives, we will better be able to manage our moods, through prayer, talking to Him and telling Him everything.
Another P.M.S. God gives us is the sisterhood. They are our sisters in Christ around us. The girlfriends we can be ourselves with and they love us anyway. After we go to the Throne, we can go to the phone. It's great to have a friend we can share our moods with and sometimes that's all it takes to snap us out of it.
Give God your moodiness then start your own sisterhood club.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point our anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Been every place emotional
Trying to hear a new word from God
And I think it's very odd
That while I attempt to help myself
My Bible sits upon my shelf
With every promise I could ever need
And the Word was
And the Word is
And the Word will be
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast."
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say by John B. Dykes
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Catch a fire fly * Make home made ice cream * Gaze at a starry night * Thank God every morning he gives you * Pray for others * Go to church * Read a good book * Nap in a hammock * Tell your family you love them every day * Think positive even when you don't feel like it * Remember life is not all about you * Forgive * Wear sunscreen * Say your prayers * Turn off the television and sit outside * Love deeply * Behave as if God is watching (He is) * Smile at strangers * Cut fresh flowers * Keep faith in hard times * Relax * Take a walk * Live everyday as if it were your last.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
You rule the oceans.You subdue their storm-tossed waves. Psalm 89:9
Monday, July 12, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Toby Mac plays on the radio and I start my version of a forty-seven year old white rapping mom. My son pleads for me to stop. What?! Am I not allowed to be silly? Too bad, it’s in the blood. My ninety- something year old grandmother used to do the hula for us and shake like Elvis. She also use to speak her mind whenever and wherever she saw a “long- haired hippie”. Just for fun, she used to stick her tongue out of her toothless mouth at other drivers while at an intersection. I don’t condone this behavior now, for fear of being shot, but she did love being silly. It seems I inherited it!
Laughter is great medicine for the body and soul. All throughout the Bible is recorded times of singing, dancing, and laughing with shouts of joy! When my husband and I were going through a particularly difficult time in our young married life, it was suggested to us to find something to laugh about together daily. We took this seriously and it really worked! It doesn’t make problems go away, but for a moment it buffers any hurt or fear you may be experiencing. It’s okay to be silly.
I saw a woman today in her sixties and she was toting a hot pink and turquoise bag that read take a giggle break. How true it is! I think it's even more crucial as we get older to hold this philosophy. if not, we take life way too seriously! That's no fun.
How do you find ways to be silly? What makes you cock your head back, wet your pants, laugh 'til you cry? Am I alone here? Are there any other middle- aged white rapper moms?
Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we'll skip and dance all th
e day long. Make up for the bad times with some good times; we've seen enough evil to last a lifetime. Psalm 90:11 The