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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?

 

 

 

 

Love Gives Itself Away

A chill is in the air here in Virginia. I find myself invigorated just thinking of ways that I can make Christmas meaningful this year. Once again my heart has wandered back to December 1993 and December 2002. Yes, those years are written in red in my heart for those were the times that I adopted my precious daughters.

Today when I look at that treasured pink baby blanket though faded with time I can still see the cutest six month old baby girl with her big brown eyes.

I traveled with love and a suitcase of little clothes. I came home with Love and a heart full of wonder and joy. My life was forever changed.

But there were children that I left behind. Precious little ones that I could not take with me. My heart still feels that pain.

Once again in 2002 I flew halfway around the world and met my tiny little Jenny. She was two years old but very small. I held her in my arms and sipped tea with her. Sang her “Jesus Loves Me” and whispered words of love.

With joy and gratitude I brought her home.

But there were children that remained behind. Yes, behind the door of the orphanage precious little ones remained waiting. Waiting for their forever family.

I honestly believe that God chose to place my children in my care. He gave us a family that loves and laughs and sings.

But we do not forget those who wait.

Christmas is the time when we not only celebrate my daughters’ adoption but also support families who are in the process of adopting, and orphans around the world.

Christmas is when Love reached down with an extravagant Love. Let’s reach out and touch our world with that same love.

Yes, children still wait.

May your Christmas shine with beauty as you give your love away.

What Step Will You Take?

Life is meant to be lived forward. Unfortunately it is all too easy to keep looking back. It happens to all of us. The lost job, the broken marriage, the untimely end of a relationship, the foolish decision. the flooded business. Before you know it guilt and frustration begins to seep into your thoughts and paralysis creeps over you. Why even bother moving forward, you ask.

Life is meant to be lived forward. Learn from the past. Yes, gather the principles and be willing to make changes. But keep moving forward. Mail out those resumes, go out on that date, reopen the doors of your business, make a wise decision to move forward.

It’s the attitude of moving forward that sets in motion the opening of a whole new chapter, a brighter season and a new life.

Do you believe this?

Remember those words “I press toward the mark.” (Phil. 3:14) That’s moving forward.

Ok, what step will you choose to take?