Monthly Archives: April 2019

Are You?

Are you making each day your very best?

Are you pouring into the lives of those close to you?

Are you reaching out with care and living your life on tiptoe?

Are you?

 

It matters how we live each day.

It matters what we do and say.

It matters.

But sometimes in the rush and hurry

we forget.

Never realizing.

Never knowing.

Never seeing.

 

We leave undone the loving things

and end up doing the things we shouldn’t.

All the while saying that life is fine

But is it really?

 

Is the life you’re living a masterpiece?

Does it sparkle with love and kindness to all?

Is it filled with friendships you nurture and tend?

Is it focused on speaking a kind word everywhere?

Do you smile?

Do you stop?

Do you make it a point?

To make your life a masterpiece?

Each day. Your masterpiece.

Are you?

Sometimes It Hurts

Every change involves letting go of what has been

to embrace the new.

Now I don’t know about you but that’s sometimes been a process for me.

Letting go of the beautiful pink flowered bedroom in Kansas City

for the ugly yellow bedroom in Owego.

But it didn’t take me long to get it repainted.

Saying good bye to one career to start another.

Memories of that long walk down the school hall one day

a few years ago.

Lump in my throat. Tears stinging my eyes.

Alone.

The only sound – that of my high heels on the floor.

The end of a most enjoyable season of my life.

Yes.

Sigh.

To start building a small private counseling practice.

Something I had no background in.

But to do it I had to be all in.

Invested.

Committed to helping the people I served.

Letting go of the comfortable and familiar to embrace the strange and the new.

Every change involves letting go of what has been to take hold of the new.

Not easy.

Many times involving a season of grieving.

Although I had prayed and thought it through

the selling of my beloved white cape cod house

to move a long way away

was very difficult.

The actual time of signing the papers and pulling that door closed the last time

was painfully  hard.

But through it all God was there.

He smooths the rough places and gives strength to the weary.

He leads us gently from one place to the next.

From one season of life to another one.

There’s a time to let go

And a time to embrace.

  There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:..A right time to hold on and another to let go. Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 Msg

Like a child clinging to his favorite toy

I’ve sometimes been guilty of clinging tightly to what I’ve had and enjoyed

so tightly that it was hard to imagine ever feeling at peace again.

But the truth is I eventually was.

Each season has its own color, its own fragrance, its own song.

Let God have that cherish toy you are grasping to yourself

and trust Him to provide for your next season of life too

He will not fail you. He understands.

Every change involves letting go of what has been

to embrace the new.

Don’t miss the new because of fear of change.

Place your hand in His Big Loving Hand.

He is Faithful.

 

It’s Your Turn Now

 

March Madness has brought lots of hooping and hollering at our home.

Yay UVA!

Holding our breath- cheering them on.

But it’s easy to watch the teams play. From the comfort of my home.

Sitting on the couch. Groaning at times.

But I knew it took a lot of skill and practice to bring them to that place.

Lots of skills.

It’s one thing to know that but another thing to shoot hoops yourself.

This morning my daughter and I went out and threw basketballs.

I won’t tell you how many years since I’ve tried to make a basket.

But let’s just say it’s been a few years.

It  took me back to high school gym class when I loved getting a basket.

 Get the basket in view and shoot it. Easy. Not at all.

Smile. Well today I started out tentative.

Stretching to make a basket.

Trying again and again.

Aware that what I’d been seeing on TV during the playoffs

Was much harder- much harder than it looked.

I was thrilled when I finally got a basket.

Overjoyed. Not by skill but I think just luck.

Back and forth we played

 getting better as time went by.

Oh, not real good but better.

A few went in and some didn’t make it.

Easier to watch than to play.

Its true, isn’t it?

It’s all too easy to critique from the couch- whether it’s basketball, or a speaker, or musician.

But when we step up and move in to actually do it ourselves

we are suddenly faced with the challenges.

Practice is important. Having a coach makes a huge difference.

I don’t know about you but I loved shooting hoops today.

I came away invigorated and alive and have already planned to go back.

But more than the fun of playing today

I came aware with a fresh sense of how much skill it takes to play

a whole game

with other players all around you

to get a rebound

to steal the ball

to keep focused.

And my admiration for the basketball players is high.

What about you?

Maybe it’s time to shoot a few hoops,

or try something you might not have done for a while

if ever.

Step out of your comfort zone and stretch.

You just might come away with a new appreciation for what others do too.

Let’s be doers – not critical spectators.

Working to understand and encourage.

 

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. James 1:22-25 Message