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Mar
12

Turn into the Sunlight

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I can never quite embrace what others describe as the ‘beauty of winter’. Winter and I are not the best of friends.  I simply endure winter.  I can enjoy the beauty of an occasional snow here in North Alabama, but mostly I just try not to think of how long winter seems and just gather my strength for one more day of it until it ends.

 My daughter and some of my friends actually enjoy winter. They love the snuggle-in-feeling that comes with the dark and foggy days. Visions of hot chocolate, comfort foods, and long talks with friends and family dance in their heads.

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Feb
24

A New Season of Hope and Restoration

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Intimate, precious, sacred are the moments when I meet with God and God speaks to me in such personal ways as if to say, “I know you altogether. I am involved in each part of your journey.”

He is always speaking but there are times when His voice becomes so clear, so specific, that I am left in awe because of His heart of love.  These last few months have been times like that for me. They’ve been difficult days in some ways. Stretching moments. Challenging times.  But in the midst of them, I’ve clearly felt God’s direction and His invitation into the deeper waters of His presence. And there, in His presence, He has responded to my heart with overwhelming love. I am amazed at just how intimately He knows me and is working things out on my behalf.

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Feb
26

The In-Between Place

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This time of year always find me longing. An intense desire for springtime rumbles around inside me. Visions of the beach call to me. I envision wiggling my bare feet around in the warm sand. Short sleeve clothes say, “Wear me!”

The in-between days make me impatient. Is it springtime or is it not?

Sunshine beams into my windows and says, “Yes, it’s spring!” I check the weather forecast. 57 degrees. I put on my open toe shoes and meet the day. Later I wonder what delusion I was under. My toes are like icebergs and I wish I’d made a more realistic decision based on the current temperature of 42.

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Dec
13

Morning Musings on My Birthday

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 It’s here again. Another birthday. I awakened before dawn in prayerful thoughts, anticipating God’s kisses on my morning. My favorite coffee, black syrup my husband says, awaited me in the kitchen. With cup in hand, I sat down here with my computer and my dog who insists on sitting in my chair with me.  A letter from my husband lay waiting on my keyboard, a beautiful tradition of his, his words brought pleasure to my heart and then on to read Facebook birthday wishes. A pretty good start.

With my birthday, Christmas, and the New Year so stacked together, I always find myself reflecting, musing on this day of what the year has been like. The highs. The lows. And I take time to hope and dream of the next year. To connect to my soul’s desires.

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Oct
05

Eating an Elephant

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I’ve never eaten elephant, not do I ever intend to and I imagine that you haven’t eaten elephant either.  Yet, at times most of us ask that proverbial question, “How do you eat an elephant?” And we know the answer is, “One bite at a time.”

The entire analogy is quite hilarious if you think of it literally. 1. We don’t eat elephants. 2. If we did, we would still never be able to eat the whole thing anyway.

Nonetheless, back to my point, or points, which I haven’t even stated yet.

Life can be overwhelming.  When we only focus on the enormity of the task in front of us, we can get shut down emotionally and find ourselves paralyzed, not actually accomplishing anything because we know that we can’t eat an elephant; it’s just too big.

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