Hopscotching Through Life…

The heat wave that has bear hugged us until we can’t breathe has kept our family indoors most days. Morning time has been outside playtime, and afternoons….well…too hot even to go to the public pool.

Today was more pleasant than our most recent weather, although still a scorching 95 degrees and holding.

We took to the grass and sat in the shade and decided not to let this heat ruin our fun.

My two oldest ran around with binoculars all around the outside, hiding behind bushes…sneeking around…playing spies…

My two-year old and I managed to keep our wits about us as we chose to draw a hopscotch game on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.

I love to watch him jump on the hopscotch path. He throws the rock…it lands on a number and he hops, skips and jump on all of them…not even avoiding the number the rock landed on. He just giggles and loves every second.

As I am often reminded of life situations when seeing my children play or interact…I was one again intrigued in this moment.

As people, we grow into adults and follow the paths laid out in front of us…sometimes we don’t…some of us rebel from the path…go a complete different direction…either way…there are often barriers, hurt, anger, the rocks in our lives that land right where we are supposed to go…and sometimes in places we weren’t meant to go.

In life it’s easy to see big rocks in our path…sometimes they are boulders really..and we avoid them…walk around them…sometimes run…often hide until the rock is gone (we think it is)…and then continue on through life. Even the small pebbles, they may not obstruct our way, but soon, if not moved from our path…it becomes almost impossible to get through…

I’ve learned that it is imperative that we don’t run from those boulders or even little rocks that get in the way. Even small issues can completely snowball into something that changes who we are and how we deal with life and it’s situations.

I’ve spent my life running around the boulders that have blocked my way. Viewing them as a hazard, and avoiding the emotions and irritation it often causes. I was neglecting the need to process it the way God intended.

God knows these rocks by name…He knows where and when they are going to fall.

He’s just waiting for us to talk to Him. He wants us to daily seek Him so that we might be made aware of possible obstacles, and be ready when they land in front of us.

So as my sons rock landed on number six along the hopscotch board….he didn’t think twice..he just jumped…I want to so fully trust in the Lord that I can just jump and know completely that He’s carrying me right through it, no matter the size of the difficulty that lies in my path.

Don’t run away, rely of God’s mighty power…He is our strength and shield…our helper in time of need.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts   in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.~Psalm 28:7

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Beauty In The Dark Of The Storm…

This last week we’ve been the receiving end of some major thunderstorms during sleeping hours.

The grass has been sopping wet and the ditches full.

With these storms came something beautiful.

The rhododendron in our back yard has been blooming in a gorgeous way the past many days, and with the hard rains and wind a few branches had broken away.

Although they were broken and taken from the bush…the flowers blooming remained and in tact and maintained their beauty.

I went and retrieved the blossoms and put them into a pitcher on my kitchen table. We have enjoyed their beauty and lovely fragrance.

I was reminded of times in life that storms come…the thunder may boom…the lightening may flash…

Yet beauty can come through the dark clouds…and we can enjoy that beauty if we just reach out and grasp it…

At All Times…

Throughout my life there has been a plethora of moments that have been the deciding factor on which way my life will go…which direction…

 Will I choose right or left…will I choose to sit on the fence on this decision or make a solid choice?

Most choices were made for me at a young age…as I aged…I made them…but sometimes still allowed others to choose for me  by caring too much what they would think of me…and I was left with the crumbling pieces of a decision that I wish I’d grasped and had made with God’s guidance.

Learning to make a decision and feel confident about the choice sometimes ends in a dramatic result that we wish we could have forfeited.

As I have made it into the thirties of adult life…I have discovered more than ever to be in prayer about things at all times.

This little decision we think so unnecessary to pray about…often are those choices that can completely change the direction of our path with each little choice…and each little step and footprint. Each choice leaves a mark or impression on the future and the choices we will make.

Prayer is not for just acquiring what we want or wish for…its about relationship…a consultation with the Savior…a conversation with your best friend…

He knows what’s best. We do not…yet we take it upon ourselves to add more to our life description than God intended when He created us. We than stress our minds with things that should be placed in the hands of the Almighty…for our hands are not big enough or strong enough to hold all the weight of life decisions.

We are not in charge…no matter what we think or say…we did not create ourselves…we are known by God…loved by God…and wanted by God as those who love Him back and choose Him above all else.

At all times…ask His strength to be with you…At all times…lay your life at His feet…

At all times…ask and it shall be given….At all times…seek and you shall find

May the Lord not just be a part of your decision making…let Him make it for you.

The Gift Of Time…

Time is precious…it moves on and never stops…the sun comes up and goes down in the same breath of a day…time continues…

Reserve time for friends and family.

Make it happen.

We never know how long they will be here. Every second counts, and with each tick of the clock life can change course, it can change everything.

Never take time for granted…

Always take an oppurtunity to share time with a loved one.

Although we seem to control so many things in life, time is a dimension that is out of our hands.

The Lord knows us before our first breath and after our last…Although unbelieveable beauty lies before us in Gods beautiful Heaven…our hearts still cling to those we’ve crossed paths with, those it’s seems we’ve known forever and those kindred spirits that grab our hearts and remain special in our lives.

Let us appreciate the gift of time God’s given…and never lose sight of its importance and significance.

Dead Grass…

It’s that time of year when the birds are singing…the lawn movers are roaring and kids are running through the grass squealing and playing.

Even with all the rain and dew that we wake up to in the mornings, we still see brown patches in our lawns on occasion. What do we do?  We try to figure out the source of the problem…grubs? What could it be? Is our soil infected with something killing our grass…? Some dig up the dead grass and plant new…but sometimes scraping off the surface and spreading new seed isn’t always the answer. Sometimes we call the professionals…they come…they push around those little carts filled with “professional” lawn care products. In hopes that this will be the answer.

So often when dealing with a situation in life we tend to just pull back the first layer of unforgiveness, hurt or sin not dealt with in our lives. Sometimes we try to cover it up with something, something new..thinking it will change the course of our circumstance. Often what occurs is not pretty. We’re okay for a small while…but yet the issue lives on and the grass of our lives is brown and dry once again.

Tending to our soil…nurturing it and filling it with the necessities and needs for growth…Digging deeper when the soil is rotten or infested with something that

can’t be removed without shoveling out to bad and filling it back up with the good.

Do you have brown  spots of dead grass in your lawn? Are you tending to it or just trying to cover over what lies beneath. Those brown dead spots in our beautiful green lawns of life will continue to return until dealt with.

1 John 1:8-9 ~ If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

AND KNOW  when you dig up and remove all the ugliness from beneath…here is a reminder of what can lay over that new soil in place of the old.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Be encouraged…take heart…you can do it…I am too

The Unpredictable…

As I look out my window this morning…in disbelief I stare…I blink to see if really…it’s snowing. 

Isn’t it Spring? Wasn’t it 80 degrees just a few days ago? Total Weather Confusion!

I am reminded as I watch the white snow drift through the sky…

although the weather changes unexpectedly …it can be totally unpredictable…

I am so thankful that I have a loving Lord that I can rely on…He is my one constant…

the same yesterday…today…and forever…

No matter the changes in the weather…or in my life…My Lord Jesus is there to catch me when I fall…to hold me on His lap and hug me when I need comfort and compassion…

He holds my hand and walks me through the unpredictable…and sometimes He even carries me…through the most unplanned  and unwelcome weather….

Kind Words, Kind Hearts…

I am so often telling my boys to repeat what they just said, but in a kind voice…with kinder words…

I truly feel as that though I am writing lines to a play as I try to teach kind communication them.

I also try to back off just as often and let their practice of kindness to take hold of their hearts. I desire for it to come naturally and purposefully.

Have you ever heard it said that “What comes from your mouth is whats in your heart?”

I think this is so very true, and also such a great reminder to all of us…of all ages.

It’s never too late to improve on you “kindness” vocabulary. Think before you speak and be certain what will be said will either be neccessary and uplifting, or lacking in neccesity and innapropriate. We have no right to tear others apart with our mouths.

I’ve told my children many times “Once said, words can never be taken back”.  One can apoligize for their folly, but those distructive words can hang in the air forever in the mind and heart of the offended. Once hurt, some find it difficult to look away from what words were said and might even begin to believe those harmful things about themselves.

Let our words be those that please the Lord. Words that lift the hearts of others…whom He has also created in His Image. Words are powerful and we must choose them wisely, for they are a reflection of our heart.