Saturday, July 23, 2016

Signing Off

This has definitely been one of the strangest years of my life.  Nothing has been as planned.

I'm going to take a little break, but I'll be back at the end of the year.  I'm just going to take some time to try and smell the roses while they're still in bloom.

Signing off ...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Celebrating Uniqueness

I was reading one of my favorite passages this week - Psalm 139:13-14 The Message.
"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God - you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration - what a creation!"

My own kids are the first thing that I think of when I read these verses. I think I have two of the smartest kids I know.  I'm not biased or anything. They are marvelously made even though they struggled through school because they didn't fit the mold. They're unique. My son took more summer school classes than I care to count. It isn't that he isn't smart enough, he just doesn't like school. He's very social and he surrounds himself with an extensive network that will help him get through anything.  That's where he thrives, even though he continues his education. We finally just took my daughter out of school so she could be home schooled. She's very talented and has a strong business sense that just isn't a part of formal education. On her 18th birthday she started her own business and it's still going strong. Most school systems celebrate the standardized, and there's a place for that, but God also celebrates the unique.

I have two completely opposite kids who are ready to embark on life's journey in their own unique way.  They're both still trying to figure it out, but I think most of us spend our entire lifetime trying to figure it out. I started in the business world, then became a 2nd grade teacher, but when my oldest was 4 years old I chose to be a stay at home mom. And who knows what the future will hold?  It's a journey. And we all have a unique journey.

But it isn't just about my family. Every person who God created is unique and marvelously made, and we need each other. One person's strength is another person's weakness.  A perfect complement. I'm better when I'm together with others. It's exciting to see what happens when multiple people put their heads together toward a common goal, but I'll be the first to admit that it can be hard to work together.  Sometimes we misunderstand each other, or just plain disagree. God loves my uniqueness, but what He requires from me is love. I'm not perfect, but this is what I strive for. I hope that I can celebrate the differences, and find common ground in love.  That's when great things happen.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Put Me in the Game

Put Me in the Game

I've made a lot of plans that came to nothing.
I've dreamed a lot of dreams that don't come true.
Sometimes my life is just a fantasy
Until reality brings me back to You.

Put me in the game and let me play
Let me win and lose, achieve and fail, all in the same day
No sitting on the sidelines anymore
I want to swing that bat, watch 'er fly, then run with speed that soars.

I see many of my days pass by empty.
I have nowhere to go, and nothing to do.
Sometimes it seems like all hope is lost
Then I feel a gentle nudge from You.

Put me in the game and let me play
Let me win and lose, achieve and fail, all in the same day
No sitting on the sidelines anymore
I want to swing that bat, watch 'er fly, then run with speed that soars.

I'm finding my way to a glorious day
Things that were lost have been found
It's time to live my life to the fullest
Where endless possibilities abound.

Put me in the game and let me play
Let me win and lose, achieve and fail, all in the same day
No sitting on the sidelines anymore
I want to swing that bat, watch 'er fly, then run with speed that soars.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Priceless Memories

I always say that Mark Lowry is my favorite musician/whatever he is because he's so, so funny.  However, David Phelps is another one of my favorites.  Not only is he a great vocalist, but I really love his lyrics. (And he can be very funny, also.)

When I was walking this morning, Little White Church came up on my playlist. This song reminds me of visiting my grandma's little white church when I was a kid.  My dad always made me play the piano for the offertory when we visited grandma's little white church.  Every time I was so nervous, but the people were always so kind and clapped for me even though they were Baptist. Priceless memories.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Moms and Belonging

The 70's.  (What was my mom thinking when she did my hair?)

I hope all of the mothers out there had a happy Mother's Day! I went to see my mom and took her out to lunch. She may have seemed like the strictest mom in the whole country, but she was the strength of our family and endured terrible circumstances for the sake of her children.  My brothers and I are so blessed to call her mom.

Some of you know that my mother in law passed away suddenly right before Christmas.  Even though my relationship with her was tentative at best, her death has affected me more than any other death, even my dad's.  My husband and I are the trustees of her estate and as we sort through her huge amount of possessions and paperwork, I'm getting a depth of her that I never knew.  I'm seeing such an unhappy person and it makes me sad.  It's giving me a renewed sense that I need to get out there and really live my life to the fullest.

There's a concept in many Christian churches and gospel music that has always bothered me.  It's the idea that I don't belong in this world and my home is really in heaven.  That's so not true, and it can really mess a person up.  The truth is that there are some things in this world that Christians shouldn't participate in... murder, rape... Need I go on?  But God created this earth for people to live here.  It's where we belong until we die.  It's paralyzing to feel like you don't belong, and it keeps people from really living their life.

I was talking to a friend of mine about it this morning.  She has always wanted to travel around Michigan and really see the state that she's lived in her whole life, but she's never even been to Mackinac Island.  We decided that we're going to spend some time this summer visiting a lot of different places around our state.  I'll take my camera and post pictures throughout the summer.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Enjoy it!