Archive for the ‘Restoring Serenity’ Category

You All Matter to Me

Monday, October 1st, 2007

My best friend in all of this world is Georgia On My Mind. Her mother passed away this past Friday night. I ache for her. She was with her mother while she transcended from this world to the next. For that, I am so deeply and eternally grateful. I could not be with Georgia On My Mind in the flesh but I know she felt me with her in the spirit. We are never far apart…true Soul Sisters never are. I love her and I hope I never miss a chance to tell her.

There has been so much loss and sorrow in my little corner of the universe this year that it would almost be very easy to be swallowed up in the overwhelming misery and begin to feel as if a near drowning was about to occur. Instead, I think it might have taught me a most valuable lesson. Allow me a moment to share.

Grieve, for we must mourn those whom we have loved so dearly and whose presence will leave a hollow too vast to ever truly be filled, but be very careful to celebrate as well. Be very careful to honor and keep every single individual in your world who gives you cause to pause for even one moment of optimism and possibility.

If you love someone even one little bit, for any reason at all, tell them, show them, let them know…now, today, while you still can and they still can. Don’t ever let the opportunity to touch a moment in someone’s life pass you by.

Not ever.

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What If…

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

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Testify

Monday, September 10th, 2007

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Restoring Serenity

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

As I was homeward bound this morning, a song came on my mp3 player that I’ve listened to many, many times before…but…I actually heard it for the first time today and I knew I needed to share it with all of you as the next installment. I kept hitting the “repeat” button as tears streamed down my face. What a revelation.

I am including the lyrics as well as I believe you need to see the words and hear the music to get the full effect. Do yourself a favor…tune out the world, turn up the volume, and let this song wash over you. See if it doesn’t affect you in much the same way that it did me. I’ll be interested to know your thoughts.

I give you Rich Mullins and We are Not as Strong as We Think We Are

 

Well, it took the hand of God Almighty
To part the waters of the sea
But it only took one little lie
To separate you and me
Oh, we are not as strong as we think we are

 

And they say that one day Joshua
Made the sun stand still in the sky
But I can’t even keep these thoughts of you from passing by
Oh, we are not as strong as we think we are

 

We are frail, we are fearfully and wonderfully made
Forged in the fires of human passion
Choking on the fumes of selfish rage
And with these our hells and our heavens
So few inches apart
We must be awfully small
And not as strong as we think we are

 

And the Master said their faith was
Gonna make them mountains move
But me, I tremble like a hill on a fault line
Just at the thought of how I lost you
Oh, we are not as strong as we think we are

 

We are frail, we are fearfully and wonderfully made
Forged in the fires of human passion
Choking on the fumes of selfish rage
And with these our hells and our heavens
So few inches apart
We must be awfully small
And not as strong as we think we are

 

And if you make me laugh
I know I could make you like me
‘Cause when I laugh I can be a lot of fun
But when we can’t do that I know that it is frightening
What I don’t know is why we can’t hold on
We can’t hold on.

 

It took the hand of God Almighty
To part the waters of the sea
But it only took one little lie
To separate you and me
Oh, we are not as strong as we think we are

 

When you love you walk on the water
Just don’t stumble on the waves
We all want to go there somethin’ awful
But to stand there it takes some grace
Cause oh we are not as strong
As we think we are
No we are not as strong
As we think we are

 

Walk on the water
Walk on the water
If we could just hold on
Just hold on

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Those Winds of Change

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

There came a time when God made it very clear to me that he and I needed to sit down and talk for a while. So, I sat and we talked. For those of you who have a relationship with God, this is not surprising I’m sure. What blows me away is the fact that our “little sit down” has lasted for the better part of five years. It’s true…five years.

I let it be known a few posts ago that something was going on with me and that I was searching for the words to share it with you. This is going to be my endeavor to do just that. You see, God sat me down and made it very clear that He wanted and needed my undivided attention to deal with me about a few things. Of course, the decision to be still and listen was totally and completely mine. It’s just that circumstances and life experiences have taught me not to ignore the voice of my Father God. I’m just better off when I listen.

Apparently, it is time for my period of self-imposed exile, if you will, to end. Thus blow the winds of change. During these last five years, I have very much kept my personal life to a minimum. Outside of work and family, I have spent the majority of my time at home…alone…but not really alone, if you understand what I mean.

I have been in a near constant state of meditation and conversation with God. It may sound crazy and ridiculous to some of you and that’s okay…it works for me. I have learned that God really is still speaking to us…all of the time. The real question is…Are we listening? I have found God on TV, in books, in the words of friends and loved ones, in my genealogy research, in the actions of my puppies, in the sounds of a mourning dove, in a rainstorm, in dreams, in tears, in laughter, in anger, on the Internet, in the mail, in an elevator, in the face of a stranger, on the other end of a wrong number, in my own name…everywhere…everywhere…everywhere.

I want and need to try to share some of what I learned, sometimes willingly and sometimes not so much, over the last five years. Some people thought and even said to me that I needed to get a life but what they didn’t know was that I was doing just that and I was doing it at the feet of the Master Himself. I am going to call this series, Restoring Serenity, because that is exactly what it means for me. It is a walk I am still on and a journey I invite you all to take with me.

Won’t you join me?

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