Archive for February, 2012

Feb
25

Do You Need a Friend?

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 “You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running to see you again…” I awakened to the sounds of James Taylor singing in my head. With some good coffee in hand, I clicked my computer over to YouTube and listened to James. Ahh, the words are hauntingly beautiful. Beautiful, because they express a longing for which we were created. Haunting, because we often don’t live in the full reality of that kind of relationship.

One of the comments underneath the song provided a commentary of a broken heart, “This must have been written about a dog.”  We may all smile, but yet most of us know the feeling well for others have failed us in relationship and we have, also, failed in this way ourselves.

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Feb
16

Red Velvet Rampage

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 Red velvet cookieValentine’s Day. Ah, hearts, roses, candy, love….I felt inspired. With my heart riding high on the atmosphere of love, I decided I would do something a little special for my family. Pinterest added fuel to my thoughts and then, there it was… a recipe for Red Velvet Cookies. Yes, that was it. I’d make a batch of the mouth-watering beauties for all my sweethearts for Valentine’s Day.

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Feb
07

Do You Need a Vacation?

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sun soakingMy idea of a true vacation has changed radically in the last few years. I’ve transitioned from loving the busy, busy, busy days of site-seeing, event-oriented vacations, to deeply longing for quiet, rest, relaxation, and restoration. From soaking in multi-colored sunsets to quiet hours of soul satisfying reading to lengthy conversations with those I love, I find joy and fulfillment in being instead of doing.

Whether I am just becoming older or more mature, lol, or I’ve just been there and done that and got the t-shirt, I find that simple pleasures are the best ones.

And yet, life tends to pull me into a stream of busy swirling activity. I must purposefully mark my calendar with times of non-activity. Times to watch movies with my husband. Times to read that book. Times to watch that sunrise. Times for communing with God. Times to watch my granddaughter laugh and dance and play.

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Feb
01

Can You Remember Your First Love?

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first love (2) Ah, the first love. The one who first consumed our hearts, our thoughts, our dreams. What do you remember about that one? Often thoughts of first love are mixtures of happy thoughts of hopes and dreams and painful memories of crushed hearts. Later we may wonder if it was really love at all because we more clearly identify the blind desires with which we embraced another in immaturity. Yet there is a reality of a first love that is true.

The apostle John wrote to the church of Ephesus to remind them of their first love experiences with God. He spoke these painful words to them, “…you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen…” (Rev. 2:4-5).

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