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Let Go – And DANCE – Anyway!!!

Several years ago – my husband was reading a book by Charles Swindoll entitled, “Improving your serve” – at least we’re pretty sure.  We can’t come up with the book – or this next story – I actually had to look it up online and found that Charles Swindoll was actually quoting a story from Max Lucado’s book, “In the Eye of the Storm”

He came upon this story and started laughing – and just HAD to read it out loud to me – we were soon in FITS of laughter – wondering just HOW this could have happened – and then realized that it is from real life – where we get much of our humor.

Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming.  One second he was peacefully perched in his cage.  The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.
The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner.  She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage.  The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up.  She’d barely said “hello” when “sssopp!” Chippie got sucked in.
The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag.  There was Chippie — still alive, but stunned. Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water.  Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do … she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air.
Poor Chippie never knew what hit him.   A few days after the trauma, the reporter who’d initially written about the event contact Chippie’s owner to see how the bird was recovering. “Well,”  she replied,  “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore — he just sits and stares.”

Ever feel like ‘Chippie’?  I think we all do.  Life just happens and all we want to do (after people have used us all up) – is STARE.

The following video features a dancing Cockatoo – I ‘borrowed’ this from my friend Carla Ives and I hope it will bring you much laughter – as we find the humor in the little things of life – the strange and the absurd – the ridiculous of things gone wrong – and nature’s way of reminding us that we all need to just LET GO  – and DANCE!!!

God Bless

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Birthday Girl

I remember 23 years ago today very well.  I had my first baby – a baby girl we named Ashlee Renee.

It’s funny how some events in our lives we never forget no matter how much time goes by – or things happen to us – good and bad – as a mom – I will never forget the day I delivered both of my babies.  And the first baby is very special.  I remember feeling very ill prepared for the task ahead.  I remember being very emotional.  And I know that was normal – and still today I feel the same when I think about those days.

My labor was not text-book at all.  I was admitted to the hospital because I was a favorite of my doctor – and I think he took pity on me not having any air conditioning in our home.  We lived in New Castle, PA – a VERY hot a muggy summer!  And since it was cool and comfortable in the hospital – and I was having some signs of labor – he let me check in.  At first I was happy – in no real pain and left to watch TV or play games with Greg – talk on the phone to relatives and just relax.  My sister thought it was really unfair that I had no pains and was dilated – but I was pretty happy about it ☺  My mother told her, “they will come”  and so they did – after they had to break my water.

5 hours of labor later – our baby girl was born – 7 lbs 10 oz.  And they put me in a room to try to get some sleep – she was born at 2:27am – and I did not sleep the rest of the night.  I had sent Greg home to get some rest – but then called him back first thing in the morning – and tired though he was – he actually came back!

That very day Greg locked his keys in the car – he’s never done that before or since – so I know how befuddled he was!  Being a first time parent was certainly taking its toil – and the excitement was more than he could handle!

We look back at those early days of parenthood and laugh at some of the silly, crazy things we did – and poor Ashlee was our experimental child – so I know we did many things wrong with her – I’m just so glad she didn’t hold it against us – and in spite of us – she turned out beautifully!

Blessings on my married daughter of 23 – may the next 23 be even more wonderful – filled with parenthood and many other precious memories!

Roots and Wings

Several years ago – after living in our present home for 2 years – we had a major problem with our sewage pipes.  And naturally, like most any disaster – if it’s going to happen – it will be when you have company.  Our daughter’s boyfriend was here from California where he was stationed as a United States Marine.  We were happy to meet Jack and were excited that he came up here to see her for a weekend.  As soon as we picked him up from the airport and dropped by quickly at our home – they were off to a mutual friend’s church party – and left Greg and me at home to do some last-minute chores.  It was a Saturday night and I was trying to finish up some laundry and was working in my office when all of a sudden I heard a peculiar gurgling sound coming from the guest bathroom just down the hall from my office.  I got up to investigate and the gurgling noise became louder until water bubbled up from the toilet and started spilling out ALL OVER THE FLOOR at a rapid pace.  I screamed for Greg who was upstairs and he sprang into action trying to ‘plunge’ whatever had backed up in the toilet.  We could both see that it was a far worse problem then just a simple clog – the water just kept coming – spilling over onto the floor – spilling out into the hallway and making a HUGE mess EVERYWHERE!!  I had every towel I owned in the hallway to mop up the water.  We called someone to help us and thankfully we knew someone in the plumbing business.  Because this was late at night (of course) the problem did indeed have to wait until the next day – so we mopped up the mess as best we could after the water slowed down to a stop and told everyone NOT to flush ANY toilet in the house.  This was not a good weekend to have a guest!  Luckily Jack had family in the area and was not staying at our house over night.

The next day our wonderful friend (John Beck) came over and donated his time and equipment – a hose with a camera on it – to dig up and diagnose the problem in our front yard.  It was temporarily ‘fixed’ – but a week later would you believe it – the same thing happened – and back John came only this time it was a water line with the same problem – ‘roots’.  This time the WHOLE YARD had to be dug up to run a new water line – And by ‘dig up’ – yeah – well you get the picture.  It was determined that because of all the trees in our yard (we love our shady trees in the summer) we had a ‘root’ problem.  Roots were growing in not so great places – like our sewage pipes and water line – thus creating a nasty back up for the sewage line anything thicker than water.  And for the water line – the same back up and mess all over the house.  Yuck.    Roots had to be cut and our pipes were FREED!!!  Yay!

Two years ago we had the same problem.  It was an emergency of the same magnitude and our friend no longer had the equipment or was in that line of business any more – so we needed to hire someone to come.   It was REALLY EXPENSIVE and we took every precaution since then to make sure it NEVER happened again – including pouring things into the drain to dissolve the nasty roots and to discourage them from growing back.  But those roots are persistent – and it seemed that no matter what we did – they kept coming back!

So today while getting ready to go to church – Greg heard the familiar ‘gurgling’ and ‘bubbling’ sound coming from the downstairs bathroom again – and he thought, “Oh oh” – I was happily taking a shower upstairs and was oblivious to his rushing around downstairs and out the front door – taking a look at the pipes to access the backup.  As soon as I was out of the shower he informed me that he was going to have to rent something – and soon or we were going to have the same problem.  Long story short – after church we rented a snake with cutters on it to insert in the pipe and ‘cut’ the roots and clear the clog.  It worked like a charm – and was ever so much cheaper than hiring someone – like we did 2 years ago.

Roots.  What to do – what to do??  They are with us – they attach themselves to us – we cut them down – they grow back.  They are persistent.  They follow us.  And if roots are grown in the wrong place – they cause damage and clogs – and need to be cut and re-directed.

Roots in human beings are similar to those in trees.  If they are well nourished and have the right ‘direction’ shown to them – then they grow straight and strong.  Roots are the things that grow beneath the surface – the things you can’t see.  You can tell a healthy tree by its roots.  It is not so easy to see this in a person – or is it?  Is there such a thing a ‘bad roots’?  Can they hinder our growth and development?  Can our past affect us?  Prevent us from getting everything we need in this life?  Sometimes because of the ‘voices’ from the past we do not continue to reach and grow – and explore things for ourselves.  The teachings of childhood are always in our heads – good or bad.  We can actually be ‘stunted’ instead of going our own natural way.  Those ‘voices’ can clog our minds until we are not sure what we believe anymore.  Is it because we are taught that?  Is it our belief?  Can we risk believing something different – or new?

Roots – are good things – If you had loving parents and leaders/mentors in your life that spoke great things into your life and instilled beliefs and teachings to help you grow – then you were blessed. But you may not have that legacy.  You may not have had good parents that spoke great things into your life – and your ‘roots’ may be broken and bent.  Regardless of which category you fall into – it is now your responsibility to nourish your own ‘roots’ and to help them grow in a healthy way – to ‘unclog’ the  voices in your head and to clear a path for your life that does not just include the past – but that opens up a way for you to be all you can be.   Ask God today to show you the special things He has in mind for your life – He will make your path clear – as you step out in His unconditional grace.  He will give you  ‘clear’ thinking – and  help you to ‘unclog’ the tangled mess in your mind and replace it with His own sweet presence and love – flowing freely through you and bursting forth with newness, strength and health.

I believe we need to take all we can from our good parents – things they taught us – things we learned in school and what our church taught us.  But I believe it is not enough.  We need to build on that – good past or bad past – it’s up to us – it is a choice.

Be someone today with healthy roots – choose to pass that on to your children and their children.  Allow them to be who they are supposed to be – give them roots – but also give them wings.

God Bless

Becoming Myself

‎”Now, with God’s help, I shall become myself” – Kierkegaard

Yesterday Greg and I were tossing around the above quote.  The simple and yet the profound.  The tangible and intangible truth of the above words – hard to fully process and difficult to wrap your mind around.

The longer I live – the more I am convinced that our lives are in process of ‘becoming’ who we are.  We are born – we have a certain ‘bent’ in our personality – those we genetically inherit and those we accumulate from our environment.  We develop in that environment – have friends in school to measure ourselves against – and if we’re really lucky – have good parents, a healthy church and many people we look up to – like teachers, coaches and mentors.  All of these help in the process of us ‘becoming’ who we are – but that in itself is not enough.

It takes many years of growing – getting through adolescence and young adulthood – to even begin to see our own unique gifts and personality.  We make shifts and adjust our likes and dislikes – to get married and have children.  For years we are lost in our lives – raising children – working outside the home – or in my case – in the home (being self-employed) and little by little – the years go by until you wake up one morning and your children – (that took over your life) – are all grown up and gone.  You get ‘judged’ or criticized for ‘just being yourself’ along the journey and little by little you make the adjustment and ‘pull yourself in’ so that you won’t stick out – be different – be wrong. After years and years we forget what it really was that made us unique – and made us ‘who we are’.

So the question is this:  Were we being our full and true self when we were younger?  Before anyone criticized us for being that? – Were we ‘ourselves’ when we were busy raising children – or going about our daily routine?  Or does becoming ourselves mean that we are on a journey – learning things from each of our experiences and taking it into the next step of our journey?  Does it also mean that I can be ‘real’ and ‘authentic’ – not hiding behind a facade of who people really think I am?   Because it’s easier?  Because it’s safer?  What if people don’t accept me for me – or even like me anymore if they find out who I am?

When you’ve spent most of your life in ministry situations like I have – you find many types of people out there.  Many that present a ‘face’ to others because it’s easier and ‘safer’ to just go along than to risk being different.  It was easier for me too.  Hiding behind a ‘title’ and a facade is much easier than risking rejection because we are who we are.

I believe the ‘with God’s help’ part comes in to play when I first acknowledge Him as the Lord of my life – allowing Him to refine and change me – my attitudes and my ‘old nature’ to become more like Him everyday.  But I also believe that God – through that process allows me to become who I am – and takes into account my personality – my strengths and weaknesses and surrounds me with people in my life that will help me and encourage me the most.  If we live lives that are dedicated to Him – and truly pray for His guidance and blessings on our daily activities and the people that we come in contact with – and those we will come in contact with – then we need not fear becoming – and being ourselves.  There is no fear – it is ‘safe’ to be me. We don’t need the ‘approval’ of man any more.

Whenever people tell me about their lives – troubles times and circumstances that brought them to this point  – they are discouraged (as we all are from time to time) and wish life could have been different – wish they could go back and make different choices. I am always quick to remind them that God used those trouble times of pain and frustration in their life – to help them become who they are today.  It is because of those circumstances – no matter what they are – that they are standing and talking about it today and they would not be who they are without them. Those very things helped to shape them into becoming themselves.

My prayer for you today is this:  That you would allow Jesus to lead you and guide your life – talk to Him about navigating through those rough patches (we all have them) and submit to the process of ‘becoming who you truly are‘ as those circumstances happen to you.  Be able to look clearly back over your shoulder at your past and say, ‘I can see now how God used that disappointment and hard time to make me stronger and set me on a different path’ or ‘I can look back and see His hand on my life during my journey.   See His hand in your life as He allowed different people in your life to help and encourage you –  and be convinced of the fact that He has been there every step of the way – in your past – here beside you today – and will continue on that road with you until you have learned everything there is to know about your journey.  That you would feel ‘safe‘ being yourself.  Let that be our prayer – all of us, to allow God to help us – as He gently leads us into the great unknown of becoming who we are.

God Bless

I Believe

This was originally sung by the great Stevie Wonder – but I found this version sung by Art Garfunkel and because he is one of my favorites I thought I would share his version.  Hope it brings back many fond memories for you – of your past – your youth and your wonderful dreams of love.

Shattered dreams, worthless years,
Here am I encased inside a hollow shell,
Life began, then was done,
Now I stare into a cold and empty well

The many sounds that meet our ears
the sights our eyes behold,
Will open up our merging hearts,
And feed our empty souls

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

Without despair we will share,
And the joys of caring will not be replaced,
What has been must never end
And with the strength we have won’t be erased
When the truths of love are planted firm,
They won’t be hard to find,
And the words of love I speak to you
will echo in your mind

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever

I’m so glad that I found someone to believe in again,
I’m so glad that I found someone to believe in again

God surely answered my prayer,
God surely answered by prayer,
You know God surely answered my prayer,
You know God surely answered my prayer,
God always will answer your prayers,
Believe in one who will answer my prayer,
Thank you God

Come on, let’s fall in love,
You’re the woman I’ve been waiting for,
Come on, let’s fall in love,
You’re the girl that I really adore,
Come on, let’s fall in love…[etc]

Remember Yesterday

Heard a great song on Pandora Radio yesterday sung by Joshua Payne called “Remember Yesterday”  and tried in vain to find the youtube video for it!

These lyrics are powerful and the music haunting.  It got me thinking – as I have been a little ‘nostalgic’ in the past day or two.  Oh you know what I mean – you hear something or see something and you remember. Usually it’s a great memory from something in your past that makes you smile – but sometimes it makes you sad.

I kept journals in high school and still have them.  As I was thumbing through them the other day I was reminded that much of me – what I was doing and thinking – is in those journals – my past.  It is important to see where we’ve come from in order to fully embrace the present and then to see clearly – the future. I cannot simply dismiss events and people in my past – just because they are no longer a part of it. It doesn’t always work that way in our heart and emotions.  Instead I salute  those things and people who brought me to this point.  And if I am a little melancholy some days – it’s okay.  It means I loved deeply – and miss special people who made a difference in my life.

Remember  Yesterday

Nothing ever lasts for long
I can’t believe the time is gone
I’ve tried all I know to say
I can’t give up on yesterday

Searching all my life
Finding love to make it right
Loving you I found a way
Take me back to yesterday

And love, learning how to hold the time
And knowing you I’ve come to find
That even if we let it slip away
It won’t be long
Love will remember yesterday

Giving over to the sand
A solid room to hold you in
Promises my love to stay
But I won’t give up yesterday

And stretching out across the miles
Horses running in the wild
Beckon the moon to keep you safe
Don’t give up on yesterday

And love learning how to hold the time
And knowing you I’ve come to find
That even if we let it slip away
It won’t be long
And I know it won’t be

Nothing ever lasts for long
I can’t believe the time is gone
I’ve tried all I know to say
Love will remember yesterday
I can’t give up

Chasing the Sun

Yesterday Greg and I took advantage of having no Sunday obligations.  It’s been years since we could do this – in fact – we never could because of church staff positions all of our married life – and even going back to childhood.  I don’t mean that we never got Sunday’s off – but they were seldom – usually limited to two a year.  Now we take off whenever we want.  Much of this is because with Greg’s job he is ‘on call’ 24/7 for emergency funeral services and even last-minute weddings – and when you’re self-employed – you keep your cell phone ON and don’t turn away any work.  This has been our life now for the past year and a half – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  So when we get a day that I’m not teaching – we often jump in the car and just GO!

Because our weather has been unusually cold this year (we’re even having to turn our heat on in July) we longed to ‘chase the sun’ and find out where summer had gone.  Everyone told us – “go over the pass and you’ll find it there” – so we jumped in the car and headed out to find summer.

Going over the mountain pass is a higher elevation and the weather soon dropped down into the 50’s – not too much different from Seattle – but that 5 or 10 degrees can make a big difference – especially because we dressed for ‘summer’ and had high hopes.

After an hour or so and now out of the mountain pass – we discovered that the temperature was only in the upper 60’s – not too much different from Seattle.  These little towns were usually HOT this time of year!  What in the world is going on??? – we thought.  Good Grief.  And to top it off – it’s REALLY WINDY in Ellensburg – which added to the chill in the air.  Well – we didn’t want to drive another hour to Yakima – where the weather ‘promised’ to be a balmy 75 degrees or so – so we had lunch – in the wind – and drove back stopping at a fruit stand to buy some cherries.

As we headed back over the pass to Seattle – it started raining – perfect for the 4th of July – nothing like a little cold and rain when watching those fireworks.  Our searching brought us nothing – and we came back exhausted from the ‘chase’ and wondered why we even went at all.

I got to thinking about this.  We sometimes ‘chase’ things in our lives – opportunities, family connections, approval and wealth – only to realize that once we are done with the chase – we are often left with disappointment and even resentment at the things ‘lost’ – things that we could not claim.   There are things we can’t ‘chase’ after – and sometimes we spend a lifetime discovering that.  And sometimes – the things we were ‘chasing’ after – don’t really exist at all.  What is real and permanent in our lives – and what will last – and what is important – are the things closest to us.  Not the ‘great unknown’ that we often look for and try to find.  All the ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’ can play around in our head if we’re not careful – and our fantasy life can become very real to us – causing us to lose sight of what is right in front of us – all along.

I believe we do need to go after our dreams and dream BIG – but I also believe that there are some things we cannot chase after in this life – and there are roads we should not go down to find them.  Take a look around you and find the ‘secret’ of being content that the Bible talks about and your eyes will open up to discover wonderful things that are right in front of you.  It is only when we are ‘content’ not to ‘chase’ other pathways – that we begin to find the secret of being truly happy and fulfilled.

Oh –  and that cold and rainy weather for the 4th?  It stopped raining but it was chilly enough that the men in our family built a fire – and we sat around it down at the lake to watch fireworks with family that live here – and out-of-town.  It was cozy and warm and fun – and we  made smores and laughed together.  We would not have had that opportunity if it had been hot.

Some things we ‘chase’ are not worth ‘chasing’ – no matter how cold and raining it may seem.  There is always a blessing – even in the storm.

God Bless

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