Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

(They are not happy to be snowmen)

No resolutions for me.  If last year taught me anything, it's to expect the unexpected. Among other things, I ended up with an internet problem that turned personal from someone who I'm sure had good intentions. It's hard to know what someone is really like from the internet so let me just assure everyone that I'm fine. Yes, there have been challenges lately, but not any more or less than anyone else deals with. Over the years I've had many opportunities to either toughen up or break down, and I've always chosen to toughen up. I'm not fragile at all. Yes, my heart breaks over things - some from long ago and some more recent. But at the end of the day I thank God for my many blessings and then I cast my care on Jesus, trusting God to work things out for my good, whatever that may be.

So that's how I'm starting 2017. With hope. And I hope for God's blessings in your life also.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

2016 Review

This year was definitely the most bizarre year of my life, from the beginning to the end.  Not bad, just bizarre, strange, and a little disconcerting. The kind of stuff that only your closest friends will believe, which is why only my 2 closest friends know what has happened. Thank God for good friends. However, there were also a few gems along the way that give me hope, and I'm so grateful for those gems.

Sometimes it helps me to write about what's going on so this poem has been a work in progress for most of the year.  I didn't plan on it being so long, but I also didn't plan on this year being so eventful. Here is my review of this past year. 

Getting Nowhere Fast

I'm in such a hurry
Looking for change
So tired of the status quo
Let's get moving
There's no time to lose
Get in the car, "Let's go!"
Push the pedal, the engine revs up
Put it in gear and get gas at the pump.

To the left, then the right
Go this way, then that
Always looking both ways
Over the hill
Under the bridge
Watch out - hit the brake!
Is someone standing in the way?
"Move it, please and have a good day!"

Getting nowhere fast
How long will this last?
The roadblocks seem so vast
I'm getting nowhere fast.

A fork in the road
I veer to the left
Turning around now, I guess
Back to the fork
Now right I go
I sure have made a mess.
Flashing lights and sirens sound
Oh no! I think I've done it now.

I shed a tear
But still go on
Although something doesn't seem right
Hidden cameras
Nowhere to hide
My privacy gone but I won't fight.
I fear all my secrets have been exposed
But some things are only for God to know.

Getting nowhere fast
How long can this last?
The roadblocks seem so vast
I'm getting nowhere fast.

I chug along
A woman I see
A familiar face with a grin
She's more frail now
Her mind not right
Open the door and let her in
I know this has been a wild ride
But I'll always be right by your side.

Hurry up
Then slow down
What's dragging down this Chevy
Too much baggage
In the trunk
This luggage is so heavy
This looks like a good spot on the road
To stop the car and begin to unload.

Getting nowhere fast
How long can this last?
The roadblocks seem so vast
I'm getting nowhere fast.

Around the bend
No end in sight
How long will this trip last?
Now this looks nice
A welcome sign
Should I stop or go on past?
There's something familiar about this place
It's right where I started this crazy race!


Looking forward with much hope and expectation for 2017!

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 ...


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.