Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thank you Canada!

Thank you Canada for hosting the 2010 Olympics!  We've been glued to our TV night after night, depriving ourselves of sleep to watch what we could....I'll catch up on sleep this week.

I'll wear my hockey jersey tomorrow to work ~ great men's hockey game tongiht!  There were a lot of bizarre and interesting things happening throughout these Olympics...memories made like the ones we remember of bad vacations over the "nothing so special" ones we had.  These Olympics will be remembered as they enter the halls of Olympics past.  Good and bad.

Thanks for the mittens Mom - I had to use a sharpie to initial them in the maple leaf to seperate the kiddos as they are all the same size!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Question In My Mind

Seeing this old house, half fallen, half trying to hold on to its dignity....just leaves questions in my mind. Like why the blue shingles? Kansas is known for the classic colors of beige, brown, tan, white, grey....maybe if you are risqué you’d use green! So this person liked color – or they were on sale because they were blue and cheap! Now these shingles lay there spent, used up, no longer able to do their job as protector. Aged.

You can see the glimpse of life they had. They must have been bright and glorious in their day. Yup – just like me....I’m feeling like some old blue shingles today.

I especially like the rag stuffed into the broken window....dried and crusty, still hanging on. Then the holes in the side of the house – shotgun or woodpecker?

This old house has been abused, neglected and abandoned. Children, adults, pets; like this house, get abused, neglected and abandoned...I a result of that treatment, I’ve four children! At some point the owners made a decision to not do upkeep, not do the work necessary to preserve or restore what God had entrusted to them. Are we that way? Are we not taking care of the things in our lives God entrusts to us – relationships, kindness to others, compassion, decency, faithfulness, honesty – I believe there are many people out there are like this house? There are many opportunities for us to extend the hand of God.

Psalm 31:5 - Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

It makes me look at my life differently when I happen upon farms like this.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Egg on a Leg

Having some egg on a leg
On a lazy morning start.
Not wanting to depart
From the touch of a Dad
Who makes her heart glad.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Psalm 26:3 ~ for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

To the man I love ~ Happy Valentines Day sweetie! I love you.
Thank you for your love.

Hoping everyone is told they are loved today, hug and tell your children, parents, siblings, friends and grandchilden - the power of those positive words is so important.

The Bible has no less than 697 references to the word form of "Love"
and only 128 given to the word "hate." So I think we know what we are called to do ~ Love.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy 50th Birthday Jim!

As I listened to KD Lang sing "Hallelujah" during opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Vancover B.C. it moved me and made me miss my homeland and family. For some reason, this week has been difficult as I've been grieving all over my brother and the losses of others.

Today, Jim is celebrating his 50th birthday at the table of the Lord ~ I'm imagining the singing for him to be more glorious than anything we humans can procure.

Hallelujah Jim.....we miss you today and always.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Path of Life

Sometimes when life allows a leisure walk, it can be refreshing to ones soul. I’ve been pondering this fall family picture.

Here are my reflections:

I have too many days it feels more like a rat race than a leisure walk of life. Then I think of the well known choices of the fork in the road – which path to take? It reminds me of days like this gone by, when I need to just slow it down, hold a hand and take a walk on the right path.

The boys are always “ahead” of us it seems, eager to go when they don’t even know where we or they are going....but they are usually out front anyway....they can move through a crowd of adults so quickly it amazes me. It reminds me that I need to go slower and listen to God, not just hurry ahead without knowing my direction.

Some lag behind, we have those too when I turn around and say “keep up.” I don’t want them to get lost or left behind, or I’m on a mission that they aren’t on and I’m coaxing them to keep up. I have days I lag too – needing to be reminded to “keep up.” I’m sure God sees that in me and others.....”keep up, don’t get lost or left behind.” Choose that right path!

When I look at my husband, I think of his distinct motion of walk – we all have it, a way of moving that is ours. His walk speaks of confidence, ease and knowledge of who he is and where he is going......I love that about him. He leads us all as the head of our home, giving us esteem to walk our path right. I fell in love with him and that walk.

The girls hang on, one to a hand and the other to a finger. One wanting to be connected by touch for the security of love and the other for the safety of connectivity and guidance over the uncertainty of the bumpy path. Both valid reasons to hang onto a hand or finger. It is a reminder to keep that touch of love going for all. When the path is rough, it will keep us strong.

So, I’m hoping for more leisure walks with the family – I know they’ll keep me whole.

Psalm 16:11  ~ You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Plea to God

Even a polar bear is loving and gentle with their offspring, this picture shows the design that should exist in us too – lovingly nurturing our children.
I’m sad at reading news of drug addicted parents who suffocated their small crying child then passed out; a woman suicide bomber who killed no less than 18 other women and 12 children; Haitian looters who steal rations from women while children go hungry .....the list on this earth is long of the cruelty mankind does to one another.....I plea to God, WHY?

Why do we have to look so hard for goodness around us at times?

Our church message was on “Unity” this Sunday – yet down the pews are people who won’t talk to me, (I’m intimidating in case you didn’t know!  Boo!) and I wondered “are they hearing the same message I am hearing God? Do you expect MORE from me than you do from them?” Yes, I know God is speaking to me......but there are times I want to be like this squirrel and not have to do the “right” is so much easier to put my head in the snow, to turn away.....I plea to God, WHY?
1 Kings 8:52
"May your eyes be open to your servant's plea and to the plea of your people Israel, and may you listen to them whenever they cry out to you.

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