Monthly Archives: March 2014

Live Today

spring flowers1It doesn’t take much to cheer the heart and warm the soul.

No, not much at all

when you think about it.

Winter can be so long

and depending on your particular situation

it can seem even longer.

It has been so for me.

So this morning when I tied on my running shoes

and went outside

my heart flipped with excitement at the warm breezes.

Instead of running I found myself looking all around

at the thousands of little signs of spring.

A carpet of delicate blue flowers

a fragrant purple hyacinth

a forsythia with freshly opened yellow blooms.

The more I saw

the more  I began to see.

It’s always that way isn’t it?

Once we begin to see something

our vision clears and we begin to see more clearly.

Winter lasts only for a season

but Spring always comes.

Do you see the signs of Spring all around?

Is the Winter of your life changing into a time of new life and possibilities?

We need the winter –

that time to be quiet and rest in His Care. The time to grieve and to be still.

But like the changing of seasons

ever so slightly we notice new life

hope

opened doors

new strength.

This is your time to sing, my friend.

Pull out that idea and begin again.

Make that call

Send that email

Explore the markets

and above all take action.

Winter has gone and Spring has come.

All things are become new.

What about you?

Anything you had laid to rest during the cold of Winter?

May His Life fill you with wonder as you begin again.

Those little blue flowers sing a glorious message.

“Live today

with all you’ve got.”

Join me today in doing that. Won’t you?!

Steppingstones To A Rich Life

books 1From as far back as I can remember I have loved books.

Childrens books.  Biographies. Fiction. Non fiction

I will never forget the day that my Dad bought  a collection of five thousand books at an auction

and instantly we had a library in our home.

Shining moment all over.

That upstairs library was filled with all kinds of stories that carried me away to new places and people.

“Yes, you can borrow anything as long as you put it back in it’s place,” I was told.

So I satisfied my love for adventure and learning

by hours and hours of reading.

My older brother and I discovered an old copy of a book of Amos and Andy skits

and we spent hours and hours of fun

learning our lines and selling tickets to our hilarious plays.

My parents always encouraged us in not only our acting but also to read – yes, to read widely.

From a young age I had my own bookshelves in my room

and my own beloved copies of Little Women, The Secret Garden,

Anne of Green Gables and many others.

Words cannot begin to describe my pure joy of curling up with my pillow and a good book.

As the years went by I got more shelves in my bedroom and of course more friends.

Then when I was in high school my Dad opened a book store in Owego, N.Y.

Greenmantle became a well known place where you could find a treasured book

for just that special person or occasion.

About that time I began writing on  small pieces of paper.

A reflection here

A poem there

A story from time to time.

Most of these are long since lost but I will never forget that poem that won a prize while I was in school.

“My Old Home Town.”

Thoughts of familiar people who brightened up my world

and large, familiar homes with huge front porches .

Leaf covered sidewalks and the beloved Susquehanna River.

Snow piles and  colorful parades. Yes, these memories and more were woven into that simple poem.

It became my first of many writings.

Yes, following in the steps of those writers whose works filled those bookshelves

I wrote and began attending writers conferences

meeting other writers and editors and developing my gift.

Yes, books became not only a pleasurable past time

but also a stepping stone to a world of adventure and more.

It would be many years until I finally went abroad myself

and saw with my own eyes

places that I had read about as a young girl.

In many ways our world is different today

but I still thrill at the sound of turning pages and the smell of an old familiar book

and I still cherish my writer friends who hold such an important place in my life.

Yes, I’m forever grateful for this love of books and writing

that my father passed down to me so many years ago.

It continues to shape my life

and give light to each season of life.

How about you?

Does a book hold an important place in your life?

If so, you are rich beyond words.

 

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It’s Time To Spring Into Action

iceThe drip drip drip outside my window reminds me that warmer weather has come

and my heart rejoices and sings.

For days the temperatures have been bitter and the winds harsh. My lovely daffodils covered with ice and snow. But I know that in time

Yes in time

Spring will come.

Spring always comes

for you and for me.

Life’s seasons can be hard for people too. Have you noticed?

The stoop of that man is more severe

the light in her eyes has faded

the bounce in his step is missing

and her song has not been heard for days

or weeks or sometimes months

Aging like a harsh winter storm can slow the step and quench the joy.

Loss after loss can suddenly freeze the very heartstrings

that used to sing so easily.

But suddenly

In sometimes the most unexpected ways

the warmth of God’s love shines forth with healing love

because He knows.

Yes, He knows our deepest need

and cares. He bends close and wraps us in His Light and Love

whispering words of encouragement and hope.

Sometimes He uses the kind words of friends and family.

Sometimes even a simple comment

to warm the heart that beats but with painful effort.

“Winter is not forever,” He gently whispers.

“Spring is on its way and then everything will bloom once more with vibrant color and pulsating life.

You’ll see. Listen to the drips.”

And so I do.

Drip, drip, drip out my window today. It is warmer and the ice is beginning to melt.

Big chunks of ice are rapidly melting

while the birds flitter and sing  all around.

All nature knows

and we must too.

Spring always comes!

Life looks different through the lens of winter.

Bleak

Hopeless

Forlorn

Empty

but truth is often hidden as deep beneath the surface

life awaits for just the right time.

Springs always comes, my friends,

and with that in mind

plan the gardens, make those vacation plans,

order the swimsuit  and buy those flip flops,

take out that outline and blow off the dust.

It’s time to do something with Spring in mind.

For it will come. Yes, it’s just around the corner.

Let the Sun of His Smile move you to action today.

Spring always comes. So with that in mind, what will you do today?