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Shining Moments

I’d like to go overseas and work in an orphanage for a season

     but I can’t.

At least not right now.

I’d like to go and teach thousands about how

    to discover true peace, purpose and passion in life

    how to discover the life we were meant to live

    But the time is not now.

Maybe later

    But not now.

I long to love this world to Jesus

   to love where there is no love

   to dig deep  into the dirt of human suffering

       and to be His Instrument.

And for me, my place is here.

In my little community

   in my precious family

       and in my church 

to daily be faithful in the little things.

One life at a time

    day after day

        serving

        in quiet, hidden ways.

Like you.

 

The other day I was drawn to the quote of Mother Theresa,

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

 

And so while my days are oftentimes filled with small acts of kindness,

    tending the side of one who doesn’t have long on this earth

    listening to one grieve the loss of a loved one

   explaining a concept in math to my seventh grader

    helping another work their way through a family difficulty

these are the places where I must not get tired.

Instead of looking to be removed from this place

  I need to see what I am doing with His Eyes and Heart

       and faithfully fill each moment with real love.

Life passes oh so quickly and all we have is today.

Let’s be encouraged today simply in knowing that

   nothing we do is ever wasted.

He knows and sees and cares.

And let’s love freely

   Nothing held back.

Are you with me?

I’m cheering you on.

 

 

 

Shining Moments

Sometimes it seems that I can almost hear that sound

    though its been many years.

Pages being turned.

Book jackets being removed.

Book upon book upon book.

She was two just turning three when I adopted my youngest daughter

    from Russia.

It had been a long

       exhausting adoption process

         But that only made the joy of having her home even greater.

Cute as a button

   with big brown eyes and an upturned nose.

    Dimples that flashed as if to say,

        “Who do you think you are

            trying to tell me what to do?”

She slept in a white crib those first few months.

   And beside her crib was a book shelf

      lined with children’s books.

When she would awaken in the early morning hours

   she’d reach for those books.

Pulling them one by one off the shelf

   and sitting crossed legged in her bed reading

        or well, at least trying to read them.

Her exuberant spirit was excited to awaken

  while I clung to those last few minutes in bed.

Yes, I can still hear the rustle of those pages

   knowing that when I walked over to her room

    there would be a mountain of books to be placed back

    on the shelf again

   and a pile of book jackets to sort through.

I never noticed when the last morning was.

It happened without my even realizing it.

The crib was replaced with a toddler bed.

Still close by the book shelf.

I’d still greet her in the morning with a big smile

   all the while taking in all those children’s books.

She began to put them back on the shelf

   one at a time.

But then it all disappeared as it were.

That phase passed welcoming in another.

Life is like that, isn’t it?

While we are going through one stage it seems like it will last forever

    But before we even have a chance to savor it

       and say good-bye

   It passes

   All too quickly.

Yes, much too quickly.

We have this moment to hold in our hands

     And to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand;

  Yesterdays gone and tomorrow may never come

But we have this moment today.  (Gaither)

Yes, let’s hold these moments dear

    and not wait for tomorrow.

Enjoy today. Embrace the tender moments.

Hold hands. Make that call. Jump in the leaves.

Yesterdays gone and tomorrow may never be.

Yes, my girl is twelve now

   quite the reader and lover of books

   but that morning sound of those pages turning is only

   in the memory of my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Your Life Story

 

Being a writer, I like to think about my life as a story. It began many years ago in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Although the story has had many unexpected twists and turns, what excites me the most is the part that is still to come. The future.

 I am expecting a future that is filled with love, laughter and life. I am anticipating a future in which I will continue to learn and grow and serve. What about you?

 What’s your ideal future?

 Take a few minutes to think about it. You create today the future you are looking to have. There is no way that I will have a future filled with love, laughter, and life if I am in debt, in poor health and without family and friends.

In order to have love, I must be loving. I must take steps to grow in love. I must surround myself with loving people.

You see, I must intentionally create the opportunities that will give me what I long for.

 How do I begin to create my ideal future?

 I begin each day asking God to direct me, and to lead me in His Path for my life. (Ps. 5:8)

I spend time in the morning reading my Bible seeking to grow in knowing Him and His Ways.

I listen as He speaks to me. I keep a journal recording what I sense Him saying.

 There is a lot in life that we have no control over. But I have found that if I focus on doing what I can, being what He wants me to be and looking forward to create the future that I long for, life begins to flow with a new energy and direction.

 Begin today with the end in mind. You’ll find it makes a big difference.