Monthly Archives: September 2012

Shining Moments

It was a rainy day that my girls and I set out on foot to walk to Foxes Lobster House

   in hopes of getting some food.

What else do you do when you are at the beach

  and it’s raining hard outside?

What else do you do when you have no car and walk everywhere?

So we trudged through the rain that day until we came to the restaurant

placed our order. No line or crowd this day.

Waited until they handed us a big bag filled with fried clams, chicken tenders and fries.

How about some ice cream? someone asked.

I brushed my wet hair back from my face

   looked around at the thick grey sky and softly falling rain

   and decided ‘why not’.

So we walked further up the side street, discovered that Browns was open too

  and ordered three cones.

By now that rain had eased to a slight drizzle but we were soaked.

But it had been years since we were here in Maine

Years since we had had an ice cream cone from Browns.

So it was worth it all. To us.

As we walked back that afternoon

   licking the fast melting cones

   shoes squishing with rain

I noticed a house with grey siding

     one of those big ocean view ones

      to my left.

Over the door was a sign that I will never forget.

“Someday Happened”

Someone had once had a dream

    a longing

     a hope

         to live right there beside the Atlantic Ocean where the waves crash over the big rocks

And

    for them

      Someday Happened.

Joy. Excitement. Celebration.

What hope rings in those words.

My heart wanders back to the things I yearned for when I was young.

Children. My own little family. To be able to touch the lives of others.

Someday Happened for me too.

What about you?

And then my heart looks ahead to the things I still yearn for,

     pray about, seek God’s will on.

SOMEDAY HAPPENED

Like my Father whispering through the fog and the rain that day

  He breathed hope to my heart.

Keep working

    be faithful in saving

    don’t ever give up.

So often we have not because we give up.

Since we have no vision we are easily distracted by other things

   that are frequently good

   and in so doing we eventually let go of our original vision.

The key I believe

   is what is God’s Purpose and Plan for our life.

What has He equipped us to do?

What has He whispered to you in the middle of the night?
He is the God Who still loves that word Impossible.

Don’t let go of your dreams.

Yes, it might take a long time.

It might takes seasons and seasons of scrimping and saving

   but don’t give up.

Yes, I have a few of my own longings that await those words

   SOMEDAY HAPPENED

   being hung over them.

So I will keep working,

     revising the plan, tweaking my focus

      and trust in Him with all my tomorrows.

In His Time

   In His Time

     He makes all things beautiful in  His Time.

Words I softly sung as I waited to bring my daughters home from Russia

Words I keep singing today.

Keep on believing.

Waiting doesn’t mean never. It just means not now.

Be encouraged today

    and prepare to hang that sign.

 

 

Shining Moments

From the moment I saw the little book in Garfield’s at York Beach, Maine,

   I knew that it was special.

Maine in Four Seasons is a collection of poems by 20 poets.

Every once in a while I have thought about spending a year in Maine.

“Oh you don’t want to do that,” folks have said.

“It’s much too cold.”

“So different than when you visit in the summer.”

Autumn would be beautiful with the reds, oranges and yellows leaves.

Spring must be spectacular after the cold of winter.

But winter?

I don’t know.

This Virginia gal might be too soft.

As I thumb through this little treasure today

   I’m struck with how appropriate the poems are for one living anywhere.

When the Year Grows Old by Edna Vincent Millay

   reminds me…

   I cannot but remember

     When the year grows old

October-November

  How she disliked the cold?

Yes the year is drawing to a close, isn’t it?

One gal put up Christmas lights yesterday.

Me? No, I’ll wait awhile for that.

But I am aware that time marches on.

While my heart reflects on the simple kindness of the owner in Garfield’s

   and I can almost taste an Erika cookie from Long Sands Market

I yearn to hold onto the shining moments

   and in doing so to create more.

Yesterday I was surprised by a pair of cardinals in our backyard.

Seems like they took a fancy to the simple birdbath that stands beside our lilac bush.

A simple moment of great joy in the midst of an ordinary day.

Nothing pleased me more but to see them again this morning.

One season after another

   and here we are surrounded by so much beauty.

Slow down enough to see the beauty.

Sit and rest awhile.

Yes, rock in that chair.

Time is meant to be invested. The moments quickly fly.

All of it is gift from the Father’s hands. All is grace.

Open my eyes to see your Glory all around me today.

Surrounded by acres and acres of diamonds.

We are all quite rich, I do believe.

Yes, quite rich indeed.

 

Shining Moments

Waiting can be excruciating.

Day after day

     the phone doesn’t ring

     nothing in the mail

     not even an email or a text.

You pray and give it to God

    remembering all His many promises

    you might even sing a praise song or two

    but then that thought comes again

    and worry.

Why

  Why

     Why

          is it taking so long?

I have been in the school of waiting for many years of my life.

Waiting to have children

   Waiting for a counseling internship

      Waiting to hear from a publisher about a piece I had submitted.

        Waiting for a check that I’ve desperately needed to pay some bills.

Along with waiting

    comes worry.

What if ………..?

Then what?

Did Abraham ring his hands day after day as he waited for the promised son to be born?

Did Mary become sick with anxiety as she waited to see

  how the birth of Jesus would possibly take place?

I don’t think so.

No, in the midst of their thoughts and curiosities about how, when, and where

    God would do what He said

     They had  peace

      that God,

          The Lord of all Heaven and Earth

             Would do what He said He would do.

Yes, they received His gift of peace

    The peace that passes all understanding.

But

   all too often in our fast paced, noisy world

      we do not sit still enough to receive His Peace.

His peace is stronger than all our doubts and fears. It’s not like the peace this world gives.

Why His Peace can still those stormy waves and quiet the raging winds.

His Peace has not changed.

He still quiets stormy hearts that reaches out to Him for help.

Are you waiting today for something?

Is your heart weary and worn?

Reach out to Him

   The One Who longs to draw you close to His Heart.

Be still in His Presence and receive His gift of peace today.

He’ll never disappoint you

  although the wait maybe very long.

He didn’t disappoint Abraham

     or Mary.

He didn’t delay one minute more for Noah.

No,

   and it came to pass.

Yes, God’s time came.

It will come for you to, my friend.

Remember His Faithfulness and Love.

Let this time of waiting be turned to a testimony of worship

   that nothing can shake.

  Nothing.

 Peace be still.