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Pondering The Old; Expectancy for the New

Just a few more hours until 2018 is a memory.

My goodness what a challenging year it has been for me.

Hold and lose

Give and take

Gather and scatter

Build and remember

Years ago as a young girl in my twenties I discovered Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Her books are beloved friends on my shelves.

Recently I went looking for this small jewel “Gift From The Sea”.

Suddenly I discovered that this old friend touches

   my heart even more now than when I read it years ago.

Shells. Times in our lives. Relationships. The importance of the inner life.

Yes, this year has given me much to ponder. The challenges have settled somewhat

   and so I’m looking for meaning, seeking God’s purpose and peace.

Once more, I’m thrilled how the Lord seems to give me just what I need

   at each season of life.

Sometimes it’s an encouraging word.

At other times a precious hug.

But each gift has blessed my life and strengthened me to embrace life

   All of life-

   the good, the hard.

   the easy, the painful.

  with acceptance and thanks.

He knows the way that we take.

The Lord IS my Shepherd.

Yes, not was my Shepherd but IS.

What a blessed comfort that is.

I don’t know where you are in life as you read this.

Life can be so roller-coaster crazy.

So unexpectedly sad.

So suddenly painful.

But where ever you find yourself remember there is more to life than what you can see.

There is One Who knows and loves you

   And Who reaches into your heart whispering His forever love.

Shells are beautiful and I collect and treasure them.

But there are more shells to be discovered.

More of life to embrace.

More of His Love to know and to wade deep into.

Please know that I pray for you as I write these simple words

   and feel free to reach out to me if you so desire.

Yes, just 7 more hours now.

Let’s welcome the New Year with praise in our hearts

   and expectancy in our spirits.

Together let’s enjoy the gifts from His Hands. 



Moments That Warm My Heart

“Good morning, Miss Brani.”

My heart beat with joy

and instantly I was carried back years and years ago

to a time when I sat at my desk and greeted my first graders each school day.

Smiles and laughter.  Giggles and a chorus of voices.

Moments that I will treasure forever.  Ten thousand special moments.

What I wouldn’t give to be able to experience that again.


But this is what is so amazing.

Today as a coach I am able to work with people who live anywhere

Both here in the U.S. and even overseas.

I am equipped and available to help folks dealing with a variety of challenges.

People who are longing to grow and move forward in their lives.

So if you happen to be one of my former students

or not

please feel free to contact me about coaching.

I’d love to hear from you.


When You Can’t See Anything

It was an overcast November day as I remember it

that somehow matched my mood

so many years ago.

Nothing seemed to be happening

and that longing in my heart

to have my own sweetly smelling little baby

refused to be quieted.

It seemed that wherever I turned women were having children

or playing with children

or carrying children. Sigh.

And although I had surrendered that longing to the Lord Who knows all

many, many  times in the past

somehow on this day

it hurt more than ever.

“Lord, do you see?

Do you care?

Are you listening?”

Silence wrapped itself around my aching heart

and drew me into its loving arms.

“I see

I know

I care,” my dear child.

“Behind the scenes I work for those who love me.”

I smile as I reflect back on that time –

that stretch of long years when I waited

without seeing any indication of answer to my prayer.

Today, I mother two beautiful daughters and my life is full.

But the lesson is etched on my heart with love

and today I give thanks again.

For every ordinary day when nothing seemed to be happening

and every moment of learning to trust when I could not see anything.

Waiting can be so difficult.

Waiting and having no idea of the outcome.

Waiting that leads to greater trust because of a growing love for the Shepherd.

Waiting that tenderly whispers

Will you give me all of your hopes and dreams

and just trust me?

Waiting that draws us to surrender is a sacred journey.

Have you found it to be so?

Give Him all your hopes and dreams

All those broken pieces

and He will show you the Way

that is so much better than you could possibly have imagined.

Are you waiting for something today?

My heart understands so well your longings.

He will never fail you.


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