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Four Simple Words That Changed Everything

At the time it hardly grabbed my attention.

My heart was broken in a zillion pieces so I didn’t see the significance.

Empty. Dashed dreams.  Pain beyond words.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would walk this lonely path.


I remember the kindness of the man who listened that day to my heart.

Like soothing ointment on a deep gash, he softly spoke words of hope and encouragement.

“You could always adopt.”

That was it.

Four simple words.

At the time I pushed them away.  That idea didn’t fit the vision of my life.

White cape cod with a picket fence around it. Happy children looking out the windows,

A mother and a father.

No, it didn’t fit what I thought was God’s plan for my life.

So at that time after shaking my head and making some dismissive remark

I never gave any more thought to it.

But sometimes –

Many times

We have no idea the significance of a simple conversation

or phrase

or word.

Four months went by. An ordinary day.

Still empty. Hurting. Struggling to heal. To go on.

Suddenly those four words came to mind –

Seemingly out of nowhere.

You can always adopt.

Strange but this time I listened

and wrestled within.

Me? Me, Lord? Could that possibly be Your Will?

And that was the beginning of my long journey to adopt.

A journey that led to Russia.

A journey that showed me the Father’s Love in an unmistakable way –

healing my broken heart and bringing beauty for ashes in so many ways.

Four simple words.

So I ponder again our simple, day in day out conversations and writings.

We never know, do we,

the impact we are having on another life?

Speaking and writing behind the veil so to speak

our insight is limited

but nothing is insignificant.

Words are remembered whether spoken or read.

Ideas are planted for good or for bad.

So may I embrace each day with a sense of the sacredness of life

and speak and write with understanding, wisdom and compassion.

Who knows the very power our words might have to change another’s life!

Humbling. Awesome.

Guided by the Unseen One.

Used for His Divine Purpose.

One conversation can change everything.

The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take. Psalm 37:23sunrise december 1








Dare To Believe That You Can

He was young as I remember it.

Only twelve or thirteen but with serious eyes that made him look at least five times his age.

We’d had only a brief encounter but that short conversation haunted me for days.

“I’m just afraid about everything.”

How was if possible that a young boy on the verge of manhood should be so hopelessly tangled up with thick ropes of fear?

Why this was the time in his life

to step out and try new things

to experience adventures

to grow in his understanding of himself and others.

But unfortunately instead of opportunities and adventures

he saw danger and devastation.

Instead of growth he saw risk

and so lived a narrow life

not willing to see what possibilities were right within his reach.

Young as he was this boy had already experienced deep loss and sadness.

So as he saw life

the best thing to do was to try to prevent anything bad ever happening to him.

In life terrible things can happen. Sadly true.

I squeezed his hand in encouragement and acknowledged his feelings of fear.

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
― Frederick BuechnerBeyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith

A part truth.

But there is more.

More to life that I longed to have him see for himself.

There is beauty and goodness,

joy and adventure

faith and courage and walking on water moments.

There is hope when it appears to be no hope.

There is life that springs up from ashes.

Yes, so much more.

I prayed as I shared groping for the very words.

Trapped in fear

is not truly living.

To break free from fear opens up an amazing adventure.

“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”
― Aristotle

Do you find yourself tempted to choose the safe way

instead of that other path?

Do you sometimes long to take that next step but then shrink back

unwilling to try?

But you can change.

Yes, a fearful, shrinking, ‘shaking as a leaf about everything’ person

can change

into a courageous, faith filled moving forward with passion individual.

Voices might tell you no

but I’ve no only seen it

I’ve experienced it.

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
― Francis ChanCrazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

What’s holding you back?


 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10












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One Single Red Rose

It was an ordinary day

turned extraordinary in a second.

When he handed me the single red rose suddenly

it was as if  the world glowed with brilliant light.

He had no way of knowing. To him it was a rose.

But to me it was a glorious, gorgeous, beauty.

As I held the crimson beauty memories of other red roses came to mind.

Each one significant.

Each one unique.

Each one a cherished gift. But that was then and this is now.

Fragrant beauty of all flowers.

Majestically spreading its rich aroma all around.

One single rose.

Gracing my life with beauty.


The power of one.

My life – a rose.

Like light shining through the fog of confusion.

Wherever I am planted

blooming in His garden. Blooming in a slum.

It matters not.

Trusting His care and provision.

Knowing that there is a plan and a purpose

for this single rose.

Grateful to be His beauty.

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