Archive for March, 2012

Mar
31

Springtime in My Heart

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It’s springtime in Alabama. The world is so green it almost looks unreal. The trees, the flowers, and the grasses reach for the sky, alive again. Winter is displaced by the rushing forces of spring which refuse to be denied and I smile. The way the earth calls me is almost indescribable. My toes beg for the soft grass. Front porch rockers beckon for long pauses of my soul. Drab gives way to color. Cold days are forgotten. Everything is gloriously alive, including me.

As I drink in the warm sunshine, I think of how the earth is seemingly reborn every springtime. And I think of what someone said to me last week, that it was almost as if I were born again, again. Yeah, that’s a good description of my life right now.

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Categories : Enjoying Life, Hope, seasons
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Mar
18

Positive Influence

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influenceI almost feel I owe my readers an apology. I’ve been quite busy the last couple of weeks. When I have had quiet moments, I’ve been too tired to have a thought worthy of sharing.

Among the busy days, my husband and I were in Houston, Texas, attending a ministry conference.  The weather and the airline grounded us there for an extra day and a half. When we did get home, we arrived to a teenager with stomach virus. So well, life has been a bit consuming.

Last night, we attended the Lauderdale County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame shared stories about their lives. Over and over, themes of thankfulness were the topic. My eyes filled with tears several times as men and women shared gratefulness to those who had deeply influenced their lives. Most of the inductees mentioned teachers, pastors, parents, and coaches.

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Categories : Influence
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Mar
06

The Invitation

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invitationYou are invited…Your presence is requested…I’d be delighted if you’d come…

Whether the invitation arrives by mail or email or is extended face to face, the message is the same. There is an event, an occasion. We are invited to attend. A demand is placed upon us for an answer. Yes? No?

Jesus offered an invitation, an invitation that appealed to the deep longings of those who truly heard, and an invitation that still speaks.

Matthew 11: 28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly." (The Message)

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Categories : Change, Communion
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