Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Soul Surfer

Last night Ron and I watched the movie Soul Surfer... based on a true story of a young Maui surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack.

The love and support of God, her family, and friends along with her sheer personal convictions and determination enabled her to surf and compete again against all odds.

We were both moved by this movie and I now carry this message of accountability:

There is a risk in busying myself doing the things at which I'm good and miss God's message of love and redemption not only in my life, but in the lives of others as well.

God can use the tragedies in our lives to open our eyes and hearts to see and embrace the world around us in more deep and meaningful ways. When I die, will there be anything of eternal value that has passed through my hands while on this earth? For these are the souces of blessing and influence that have lasting value.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from this movie:
  • Love is bigger than any tidal wave or fear.
  • I don't need easy. I just need possible.
  • I don't know why terrible things happen to us, but I have to believe something good is going to come out of this.
  • It's hard to look at things that are too close.
  • A small step in a good direction
  • Compassion can drive us to do amazing things and give us perspective.
  • Normal is overrated
  • When you get in the Impact Zone, get back up because you never know what's over the next wave.
  • I could have never embraced this many people with two arms!

I'm going to leave you with this scripture verse found in Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," Declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." May we all rest on this promise to help see us through the difficult times.

I encourage you, if you haven't already, to watch Soul Surfer, for its message is certainly worth savoring!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Two Weeks Ago...

I took a two-week "sabbatical" away from blogging...

It's in the nature of our family to wander up, down, and all around the many hills and valleys of life. About 2 weeks ago, we came sliding down one of those hills on our backsides to an abrupt halt. As we stood, brushed ourselves off, and looked around we found ourselves in a dark and dismal valley (we enter these now and then).

Two weekends ago, my brother-in-law passed away from lung complications. Due to the distance between us and our work responsibilities, we were unable to be with our family during this time of loss. It's always hard to lose a loved one no matter how you look at it.

In addition, we celebrated our son's 20th Birthday 2 weeks ago. He was truly delighted to see that metallic blue scooter with his name on it! Finally... he was 20 and MOBILE!

Josh didn't have his scooter for 2 days and it was stolen by a heartless street thug. Josh has lived his life at the mercy of others.  Am I the only one who looks forward to an eternity in Heaven... watching my son frolic along with friends who care about him and witnessing our Christ throw His arms around him and love him will be reward enough for me!

Two weeks ago marked the onset of a trek through some muck, but there is a hill in sight, praise the Lord!!! Our time on this earth is a mere vapor... so, we will continue to muddle, climb, wade, and levitate through the good times and the bad as we await our Eternal Home. Thank-you, Lord, that You have gone to prepare a home for us... we look forward to dwelling with you in perfect joy forever and forever more... in the meantime, we will snuggle into the palms of your Almighty Hands!

Monday, September 5, 2011

I'm "Blogged" Down

Do you ever get "blogged" down??  I sure do... there's spending time with the Lord,  my family,  my friends,  working full-time,  and then there's... blogging!

If I were to align my priorities appropriately,  this is the order in which I would place them.  This being the case,  the only time I have to blog is late at night during the week and because I'm back up in the morning at 5:00 a.m.,  it's not the best option for me. This leaves select times on the weekends when my husband is working for me to sit down and type out my heart to all of you...

In a perfect world,  that would work just fine,  but what happens when I sit down to blog during the only time of the week I can cram in a couple of hours of writing,  and I have writer's block?  I'm clueless!  I don't want to bore my readers to death and waste this precious time...  hence,  I feel "blogged" down.

For me,  I want blogging to be an enjoyment,  a hobby,  something I enjoy and look forward to and not a drudgery. To this point,  I've really enjoyed sharing life with all of you. Some stories are silly and some stories are very near and dear to my heart and you have pulled me through some very emotional times... I thank you for that!

In a nut shell,  I think it's important for us to pray for one another and to be patient with one another if we are not blogging every day.  Some bloggers have the luxury of staying home and blogging all day.  Others have full time jobs,  families, and many other obligations that are pulling them in all directions and blogging is an escape for those people.

This is a wonderful way to social network and meet people you wouldn't ordinarily meet.  For me,  it is a true blessing and I wouldn't trade my blogging community for anything!

Thanks to all of you for meandering back my way to check out what I've had to say and for being patient with me when I get "blogged" down (as I will always return the thoughtfulness).  As with any other set back in life, a new beginning is just around the corner!

Looking forward to many more wonderful years of blogging with YOU!