Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for February, 2012

Eternal Life

Ash falls to ground,

Light, rain

Sun and warmth

Tiny green tops earth

God’s growth reaches to sky

Small miracles unfold,

one by one,

petals.

In memory of my grandfather Robert C. Andrews, Sr. and in honor memory of my father in law, Al Strickland, Sr.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

FOCUSING ON JAMES TODAY, I LOOKED AT MY BIBLE COVER DIFFERENTLY THAN EVER BEFORE.

Azaleas red lavender pink and white line the rail fence beside the path leading to the red roofed cottage.  Blue door stands out in intricate detail of tiny stitches.  Lighthouse stands tall beside the cottage with matching red roof. Crevassed cliff at foot of lighthouse imagines rocky sea below, dangerous waters.

People get to safety of fire-warmed kitchen cottage, mug of hot in their hand, by one of two paths.

The beautiful gently sloped path or the ridged stone cliff.

We find Jesus much the same way.  The easy way or the hard way.

How easy it would be to walk the path to comfort safety and security from the time we are children.  Church, Jesus stories, belief, conformance, faith, wrapped into one neat ball.  Doubts, yes.  Slipping on clutch of path rocks occasionally.

Some do.  Most don’t.  Satan’s lies get in the way.

How many of us choose lies over truth?  Starting at the bottom of the cliff, having been tossed by the waves of sea, driven and tossed by the wind? Beginning of our journey.

Then comes the hard part.  Climb.  Hand over hand, toehold over toehold. Bloody scrapes over skin knuckles knees.  Shedding lies as we climb higher. Reach the lighthouse after battles, war.  The journey so ingrained in our souls as to be the main part of us.  The pain driving us toward Jesus.  Funny, the stubbornness that put us on the cliff in the first place is the stubbornness that helps us reach the top.

Lies.  Truth.  Stubbornness.  Choices.  My mother set my feet on the easy path. Then I became stubborn.

Brothers and sisters, when trouble comes among you, let it be an opportunity for joy.  For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.   Let it grow, for when it is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.  James 1:2 -4

What is your path?

_________________________________________

Linking with Ann Voskamp @ http://www.aholyexperience.com/category/1000gifts/

She is the author of  One Thousand Gifts, and the blog A Holy Experience.  She promotes gratitude journals, and has challenged her readership to count 1000 gifts in 2012 with THE JOY DARE.

13.  A prodigal son coming to church.

14.  My car seat warmer on a cold day.

15.  Having the physical ability to provide horse room service.

16.  Snowdrops in February.

16.  A high school fashion show including my beautiful daughter.

Read Full Post »

Brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.  For when your faith is tested, your endurance has an opportunity to grow.  Let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.  James 1:2 – 4

Endurance.

Perseverance.

Training.

Training body.  Walking on the horse.  Trainer says stand up in the saddle.  Clinch thighs and rear.  Remember, Indians rode with legs, shooting arrows with arms.  Ouch.  Who could have thought it could be so difficult?  Training muscles to remember things yet learned.

Training mind.  Encountering problems.  Issues.  Conflicts.  Jesus says stay in the saddle.  Your anguish will turn to joy.  Ouch.  Who could have thought this could be so difficult?  Training thought patterns to smooth the rough edge.

_____________________________________

Linking with Ann Voskamp @ http://www.aholyexperience.com/category/1000gifts/

She is the author of  One Thousand Gifts, and the blog A Holy Experience.  She promotes gratitude journals, and has challenged her readership to count 1000 gifts in 2012 with THE JOY DARE.

Counting blessings:

8.  See Mr. Sam and shaking his hand at the post office.

9.  Having a car that dings when something is behind me, so I didn’t hit that truck parked behind me.

10.  Getting exercise and having friends when mucking out the barn.

11.  Beth Moore’s study on the book of James, and making new friends.

12.  A good laugh at lunch with co-workers.

Read Full Post »

Real

Joining Gypsy Mama today for 5 minute Friday:  http://thegypsymama.com/2012/02/five-minute-friday-real/:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.

We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.

Won’t you join us?

            OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

::                              _______________________________________________

Real…

He abandoned me.  I call and call, dial and dial, and he won’t pick up.  He has another girlfriend.  Far away in a different city, I can’t go see him.  What will I do?  Go back to my old career as a public accountant?  An auditor.  The job I cut my accounting teeth on.  The job I never wanted to be permanent.  I’ll call his mom, she’ll give me the scoop, or maybe my sister-in-law.  They will let me know the lay of the land.

I wake up.  This is not real, I tell myself over and over.  This is not real.  It is a dream.  Now I must get up and join the real world.   

Read Full Post »