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Just Because

rose1Some days call for the unexpected, a surprise.

When my girls were younger I’d slip a little something under their pillows.

It was so much fun listening to their giggles and squeals of delight.

But no matter how old we get, life is meant to have its uplifts.

Although some bright moments are planned

There’s just something to be said for the unplanned,

The boondoggle,

the looking in your lunchbox and finding a candy-bar moment.

Yes, no matter how old I get, it’s those spontaneous gifts that fill my life with so much song.

This week we experienced it again.

On Monday I happened to mention as I went out the door to my office

“I just ordered something special for you today.”

“What is it?”

“From where?”

“Just give me a clue?”

But my lips were sealed. A surprise is meant to be just that. Smile.

So every day the sun would come up

and with it the question. What was coming in the mail?

Until  today.

Yes, today it came in the mail. A simple brown box holding so much fun.

Rip open the top and there inside were two books.

One specially chosen fiction for my youngest

and the other a book by my oldest daughter’s favorite author.

Just because, I said.

And deep within my heart I whispered thanks for the opportunity to give an uplift

In the midst of the daily homework and studies

To just say ‘I love you.’

Yes, life isn’t long enough to shower the lives of my loved ones enough

but I keep trying.

Do you?

Don’t wait for Christmas or a birthday.

No, it’s always a ‘just because ‘ day.

And once more our Lord writes with big letters His Love across our sky

and hugs us a little closer.

On every side He graces our lives with His surprising touches of love.

The  trees becoming all orange, red and yellow.

The flitting of a butterfly beside the last rose of summer. A turtle knocking at our back glass door.

The sound of a lonely bird outside my office window.

Grace upon grace.

Just because I love you!

Shining Moments

Sometimes the spontaneous moments are the best.

That all of a sudden

    children in the car

    trip to get ice cream cones.

As a little girl I enjoyed the spontaneous adventures.

Root beer floats in tall glass mugs.

A once in a lifetime experience seeing Roy Rogers and gang.

Never forget it

    bigger than life

       for me at nine.

Today I still cherish the spontaneous moments.

They usually follow a dry stretch.

   A period of time where everyone is working so very hard

   But things break down

       Computers malfunction

       Laptops have moods

I see the frustration in the furrowed brows of my daughters.

I feel it in myself.

Like running uphill

    Further and further

      body screaming for a drink of water

      and wondering how long you can go.

Maybe you are experiencing a time in your life like that right now.

If so,

    hold on.

Maybe its time for some spontaneity.

He comes in the midst of the storm.

He whispers gently

    “Peace be still.”  Matthew 8: 23-27

Let Him fight your battles

   Let Him set the pace.

   Let go of the struggle.

And as we lean upon Him He fills us with peace.

Hear His gentle Voice calling above the wind and the waves.

I find that as I hear Him

   I know its time to refuel and


That’s when it’s time to

       go for a spontaneous walk in the middle of the day.

Letting Him gently brush your hair back from your face.

Grab the hand of someone and do something different.

Call that friend

     Write that note

         Give yourself permission to read that fun book.

Learning the art of spontaneity is like growing young again.

The children know how to do it well.

Dimpled faces always loved my spontaneous walks around the school

    when I sensed that everyone needed a lift.

  Yes, the soul of a child reaches toward the adventure

       easily putting aside the task of the moment.

Let’s learn from them

    that there is a time to work

               but also a time to play.

Life was never meant to be all work.

No life is about learning balance

    and knowing the time

    to just kick up your heels and play.

How about you today?

Need a little lift?

Do something different…

     jump rope with a child

     go out with your camera and find that picture

     sing that song out loud.

        and laugh.

Live today fully. You’ll never regret it.