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Love Is Something You Do

I knew something was different within the first few seconds I was home.

Downcast eyes, one word responses, walking away.

And suddenly I was met with a choice.

I could ignore those signs that something was wrong

or I could make the time to talk. Alone.

Thankfully I made the time.

Yes, sat on her bed, asked a question and listened.

Really listened.

True. I had a lot to do.

The house needed cleaning

the dishes were dirty

and on and on and on.

But something was wrong.

I knew it and her heart needed tending now.

Again and again I’ve seen that love takes time.

Yes, it takes time to show care and to listen

 and sometimes to stay with the other

in their space.

In our fast paced zillion-things-to-do world

it’s all too easy

to brush aside those relational red flags

and think that tomorrow will do.

But sometimes

sadly, tomorrow never comes.

Love is fragile and must be handled with care.

Love is tender and hearts are easily broken.

Love is sacred and involves many, many I’m sorry moments.

But in the end

its’ worth it.

Love takes time.

Time for hearts to stay in touch.

Sure, it’s easy to send flowers, or candy or some other gift,

But to truly care

takes time and a giving of yourself.

And that’s what can be so hard.

Busy, overworked single parents,

Couples running back and forth

Many times only passing each other before the next activity.

But love cannot be rushed

and love cannot be forced.

Love will demand the very best from you

And even then it won’t be enough.

Human love is so limited.

Gives up, gets petulant. Sometimes keeps score.

But love that is from God has staying power

and the strength to keep giving and talking and

believing again

that love is eternal.

Love keeps in touch with those we love.

Reach out today,

 and ask God to help you love

with His Love.

 

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

Time is strange, don’t you think?

We live in time. Plan our lives with time in mind

   but there are still moments when time seems to stop and moments become eternal.

My recent experience at the beach gave me another glimpse into

   the joys of spending time at the shore.

   I had no car.

   No deadlines

   No appointments to keep.

Every day I got up with anticipation.

As I looked out upon the ever changing ocean I was gripped again

  by that magnetic pull.

Shining moments abounded.

Over the next few days I will share a few of my special moments.

Hope you all enjoy them’

Shining Moments

Many years ago when Noelle was very young  I longed to take her to see the ocean.

It had been a while since I had gone and a trip  to Maine was completely out of the picture.

But Virginia and North Carolina have some delightful beaches so I decided to take her to Nags Head. I’ll never forget her big eyes as she looked out over that wide ocean as I held her in my arms.

Brown eyes dancing.

Arms and feet wiggling with pure joy.

She was only one at the time and I didn’t know how much she would be able to enjoy it.

But children are simply amazing, aren’t they?

She made all my efforts well worth it.

Nana went along with us and I can still remember those moments of sitting on the beach towel watching Noelle eat saltines.

Hands sandy even though wiped off. Black curly hair dancing in the breeze.

Smiling this big smile as she ate one cracker after another.

Trying to be so still at night in hopes that she would drop off to sleep

    and then by the time she fell asleep

     it was too late..

     so had we.

Early mornings up

Breakfasts- always asking for orange juice, her favorite.

While at the beach I paid to have her silhouette drawn and mounted on black paper.

It hangs still in our kitchen today reminding us of that special time so very long ago.

One said to me this week these powerful words

 “Time is love.”

How very true. When we love someone we will make the time to share experiences and build memories.

All too often though we forget how quickly time goes by

  and how fast our children grow.

I have never regretted taking that trip.

It speaks to me again and again of the importance of seizing the day,

   scheduling the vacation

   not allowing ourselves the option to put it off

       for a later time.

That later day may never come.

Today is the day to go on that trip…just because,

                       buy everyone ice cream cones

                       play the games

                           and to hold your children and grandchildren close.

Today

Do it today.

You’ll never regret it.