Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Sun Always Shines

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Virginia. Sun shining. Flowers blooming. Warmer temperatures. Yes, it was definitely a take off your coat and throw open the windows day.

I expected another day like yesterday.

My plans were set. I even had in mind just what I would wear for the day.

But I awoke to the drip, drip, drip of rain.


By ten o’clock the heavens had opened and covered us with a ‘build your ark’ rain.

Changes had to be made.

From different clothes to be worn to another plan of activities.


When it is raining I like to think about the girl over on the West Coast who is basking in the sun. I remember the joys of flying and rising high above the clouds to where the sun was still shining. Just remembering that the sun shining brightly right at this very moment is an encouragement to me. An uplift as I run in and out of our home trying to dodge the pelting rain.

Changes of weather are part of life.

Change is part of life.

Yes, we all are creatures of habit. We like the same pews, the same foods, the same friends, etc same……

But like the sun that always shines, God is the only One Who never changes.

Yes, I oftentimes long to prevent change and draw my favorite things close to me like a mother holding onto her children. But I know my efforts are futile.

Change will come. Change is now.

Maybe it’s more important to think about ways to deal with change when it does come rather than trying so hard to stop it.

Every change that comes has a purpose in our lives if only to draw us closer to the One Who never changes.

‘Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not’. (Great is Thy Faithfulness)

Rainy days. Sunny ones. Spring. Summer. Fall and Winter.

His Love shines brightly drawing us to Himself.

Rest in His Unchanging Love today. He will never fail you.

Remember that precious truth when all around you is like rainy weather.

The sun always shines.




Shining Moments

There are those special moments in life that shine with encouragement and sheer wonder.

I experienced one of those a few months ago and it changed how I looked at life.

It was an ordinary day. I stopped by the mail box before and discovered a small brown envelope with handwriting that I did not recognize. My eyes went to the return address.West Virginia? I knew no one in West Virginia.

Curiosity arose as I walked into my home and put down all the other things in my hands.

“What’s that?” I overheard one of my daughters say. I shook my head and began to open the envelope.

Slowly I took out the mysterious contents. Various sizes and shapes of paper with writing on them. Some typed. Others handwritten. Then I saw a simple handwritten sheet with my name on it.

Dear Sharon it began.

As I read my heart was strangely moved. Years ago I had written and had published an article that had encouraged this woman who had sent me the package. She had not only kept the article but had continued to write poems to lift the spirits of others.

Somehow she had come upon my address and decided to send me some poems to thank me for how her life had been changed as a result of my writings.

‘I hope you will be encouraged today knowing that you made such a difference in my life.’

Waves of thankfulness swept over me as I read her words.

No, I never would have thought that I had done something that helped a dear woman in West Virginia.

She in turn greatly blessed me in sending me the letter and her beautiful poems.

We never know, do we?

It seems like an ordinary day. But in truth you have no idea how much you have helped another on life’s journey.

Many of you have touched me in very special ways.

Your words. Your comments. All those little things that are really not so little after all.

Life is not long enough for us to let others know, is it?

Every deed of kindness has a purpose with ripples that spread much further than we could possibly imagine.

Look for those shining moment today. They are all around.

Don’t Look Back

Early this morning my girls and I headed to the nearby park. It was clear and cool. Just the right temperature for an invigorating walk. As we rounded a curve on the trail, my oldest daughter spoke.

“Remember when I fell off my bike?” She pointed to the place where the trail curved sharply to the left.

“What happened?” Jenny wanted to know. It was years before we had adopted her into our family.

“Oh I was going too fast.”

My mind traveled back to that Sunday more than thirteen years ago. Noelle was about six at the time.  Just learning to ride her bike. Training wheels off. Black curly hair flying in the breeze.

We had decided on the spur of the moment to go to the park for a short ride before she went to church to be an crocodile in the children’s musical at church.

I was walking quickly behind her trying to keep up. Her confidence was high. Her joy of learning to ride over the top.

Just as she neared the curve, I saw her head wearing the pink helmet look back at me.

My heart stopped.

That was all it took.

The bike wobbled. She panicked and down she crashed bike and all.

In seconds I was at her side, scooping her up into my arms. A young boy appeared and offered to help. We often speak of him as her angel.

“Please take her bike to your white car. Over there..” I pointed.

Her mouth was bleeding and I saw the hole where a tooth had been.

Somehow I managed to carry her to the car. Get her to the dentist who came in to his office to see her.

Hours later we drove back to the scene and were overjoyed to find the missing baby tooth.

“What did you learn?” I asked this morning.

“Don’t look back.”

Great advice that applies to many situations in life.

Yesterdays gone…and tomorrow may never be.

We have this moment to live. Keep pressing forward.

Have a great day!