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We Fall Down

I look outside my office window, on this day after New Year’s – and see a frozen pond.  The sky is clear but the air is very cold.  It seems a long time since warm and also a long time since snow.  It is the ‘in-between’ time of year.

Everyone is alive with resolutions, pictures and motivation, but I am at a steady pace.  Filling in my days with students and busy work.  There are many memories of other years that still remind me – cold weather, frozen ponds and ground white with snow.

There are seasons that circle round – warm and cold, wet and dry. Things to distract, fill us with joy and peace – or just annoy.  This too is a part of life.

Back to a routine is good for the soul.  So I am back to doing those things that I do automatically – but there are those things that also cause me to stop and ponder.

I was doing one of these ‘ordinary’ things yesterday going about my routine.  I listened to a song I had not heard for a long time, although I was familiar with the tune and lyrics.  It is a song about redemption.  About falling.  About recovering after the fall.  It is called “We Fall Down” by Bob Carlisle.  By the time the children’s choir joins in at the end of the song with Bob’s husky voice singing ad lib over top of the melody it is just pure beauty and the emotion of the song is fully realized.  I wanted to share it with you – because if you are like me – you have fallen.  And we are all just sinners after all.  And those of us who have been victorious to any degree in this life’s journey – are ones who are able to get back up after falling.  We have realized that we can’t do it on our own.  At all.

So my prayer for you today is this:  If you have missed the mark, been disappointed with yourself or others this past year, or think you just don’t measure up to those who seem to have it all together – all you have to do is get back up and start fresh.  He is waiting for you.  God’s mercy is new every morning – there is enough grace for each new day – and in this case – each New Year.  I pray that you will discover His love for you this day.

God Bless

Say It With Warmth

 

The wind attempts to strip the traveler of his...

The wind attempts to strip the traveler of his cloak, illustrated by Milo Winter in a 1919 Aesop anthology. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day I wrote about being gentle – and posted an old folk tune called “A gift to be simple”.  After I posted it, I remembered a fable with a similar theme.

 

Remember Aesop‘s story about the contest between the sun and the wind? In the fable, the two heavenly forces are debating which of them is more powerful when they see a man walking down a lonely road. They decide to settle their dispute by seeing which of them can get the man’s coat off the fastest. The wind tries first, blowing fiercely at the man’s shoulders. But the man pulls the coat closer, and the wind cannot get it off. Then the sun takes its turn. It shines gently on the man, slowly warming him, until he decides to take the coat off himself.

 

In much the same way, we sometimes take a situation and try to force our way through it, or even (gasp) other people – in order to accomplish a goal.  Now the goal may be very good – even “spiritual” in its origin – but if we are not careful, we can become a Spiritual “bully”.

 

I’ve seen this.  Worse – I’ve actually experienced it.

 

Try kindness.

 

Try warmth.

 

Try love.

 

What you try to “force” can be accomplished much more quickly and effectively by gentleness, kindness, understanding and love.

 

Just saying 🙂

 

When was the last time you were “bullied” – spiritually or any other way?  When was the last time someone motivated you with love instead?

 

God Bless

 

In Like A Lion

Snow Cat

Snow Cat (Photo credit: clickclique)

It is March 1st today and there is no sign of warmer weather in the Pacific Northwest.  I was reminded of the saying, “In like a Lion, out like a Lamb” and sure hope that will be true this year – as we are all freezing here!

I was born in Calgary, Alberta and up until I turned 8 years old.  I am a March baby and  I remember snow on my birthday every year when living in Canada.  But from then until a few years ago I had not seen snow on my birthday here in Washington State.  March is typically rainy in western Washington – but usually not cold enough to snow.  However the weather patterns have been slowly changing and the things I don’t remember in the seasons 40 years ago, or even 10 years ago – are indeed happening today.

And so we make a fire almost every night – bundle up when we go outside to take a walk and try to stay warm in the house during the day – and pray for warmer weather to finally arrive.

And so Happy March to all of you whether you are in cold weather or experiencing spring already.  We will more than likely catch up with you at the end of the month when we get that “out like a lamb” kind of feeling.  Lambs are definitely much more preferred right now in Seattle 🙂

God Bless

The Perfect Storm

English: "Besides disrupting transportati...

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Last week was miserable in the Pacific Northwest with all the snow, ice and then the warmer temperatures and high winds – melting all that snow on trees and caused significant damage and power outages all over the state.  There was a night and day that were LOUD as snow and ice would fall on our roof and branches of trees would snap, crack and gyrate, hitting our roof and sides of our home.  It looked like a war zone in our yard – and the noise was constant.  Our 4 month old puppy, Daisy – did not like it one bit – and we couldn’t explain to her what was going on – or that it was just something normal that happens as things warm up and melt.  She was just FREAKED OUT.

But like any storm, and melting thereof, it soon passed.  Things returned to “normal” around here – at least for her.  Then last night, just before bed – a strong wind-storm swept in and rattled things around AGAIN.  Instead of just ‘hunkering down’ and going to sleep, every little burst of wind and rattle against the sky light and window would cause her to jump to attention and bark – then cower and whimper.  Soon she jumped from the bed and paced from room to room crying and would NOT be consoled – no matter what I did.

Greg was gone, doing windows at his night job.  Finally when he did come home after finishing his work – he found a very frightened but excited puppy – and his presence seemed to comfort her enough that she was able to snuggle up next to him and finally go to sleep for the remainder of the night.

I was reminded of something while she struggled last night during her ‘perfect storm’ – being distracted and frightened by gusts of wind and rain pounding against our house – that I too often struggle against the ‘noise’ of this world – things I can’t comprehend and things that ‘freak me out’ because they are loud, or feel funny, or just scare me.  How often am I distracted by things that are really just ‘normal’ in the big scheme of things.  Is it a reminder of how BIG God is – and how small I am – and I am not meant to understand everything?  Is my “perfect storm” really just a way of coming to Him, like a frightened puppy does when her daddy finally comes home?

There’s safety trusting in our Heavenly Father – who made the wind, rain and storms.  And He has ultimate control, not only of the physical universe – but of the spiritual realm as well – and can calm my own personal storm by just a whisper.

I’m reminded of the storm in the Bible where the disciples and Jesus were on a boat.  Jesus was tired and had gone down below to sleep and a storm whipped up and the disciples were FREAKED OUT thinking they were going to die.  When they awakened sleepy Jesus they said, “Don’t you care that we’re all going to die”  He simply spoke to the storm, “Peace, Be Still” and it was quiet again.  And they were all amazed.

This same Jesus is here to calm the storms in my life and yours.  What seems difficult for us to understand or wrap our minds around – Is NOT too difficult for Him.

And like a puppy who simply can’t comprehend when it is imaginary or real danger  – so we are prone to get distracted by wind and rain in our own world – thinking that it is the BIGGEST STORM we’ve ever had – when all it is – is just noise.

What is your perfect storm?  Are you in one right now?  Does God speak peace to you through the noise and confusion – or are you TOO FREAKED OUT to hear His voice saying, “Peace Be Still” in your own situation?  If you trust Him and know He is in control of the winds, rain and bad storms in your life – then what bad thing can happen?  

Dear Lord – help me to hear your voice through the distractions and noise of my own personal storms.  Help me to see you reaching out your protective arms of peace and strength.  Help me to be soothed by your very presence – drawing me in to snuggle up beside you and just simply trust.

Amen

First Snow Fall

Snow fall in Bass Lake, California.

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I live in the Pacific Northwest where snow during the holiday season used to be a rare thing.  But in recent years it seems we get snow every year at this time.  As a child growing up in Canada – snow was expected and NOT a treat.  It was really cold from October until well past my birthday in March.  In pictures from my childhood – I can see snow on the ground out the window while celebrating another birthday.

Here in the Northwest we don’t get tired of it – at least at first.  It’s a novel thing and can make you feel just like a kid again.  Especially the first snowfall.

As I am writing this – the snow is falling in a beautiful cascade of different sized crystal flakes – making the street and yard all white and ‘Narnia-like’.  And I can’t stop myself from taking pictures of it – and just staring out the window.  It is truly one of nature’s most AWESOME treats for us to feast our eyes on.

And so with ‘holiday’ music playing on my Pandora radio – I am a very happy girl today – and may not get a whole lot accomplished – but it is VERY understandable – as anyone who lives in the Northwest knows:  It just may not last long – or even be here tomorrow, so we will relish the moment and dream of being a child again – where things like Santa, mistletoe, Christmas trees, surprises, warm crackling fires and hot cocoa were always something fun to look forward to.

And for your listening and viewing pleasure I have added a video of one of my favorite’s from Michael W. Smith‘s first Christmas album entitled, ‘First Snow Fall’.

Enjoy and God Bless!

 

Another Winter

Autumn fallen leaves of Zelkova serrata

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The chill in the air feels familiar

and yet

there is always something missing at this time of year

I wait for something

I sense the anticipation

Leaves hang on

as if they too

are waiting for something

and then they fall

surrendering to their time

surrendering to the cold

And like the leaves

I too – hang on

waiting for something

But in the end

I too surrender to the inevitable

perhaps an echo

of past things

a glimpse of something

from long ago

in this time of the year

when chill and thoughts of snow

fill the air

Another winter season

when something was lost

and something else found

And I realize

I am the leaves

that have fallen

surrendering to the cold

and the winter

and yet…

I am getting up again

crushed but not broken

Another ‘winter’ came

to steal my joy

rob my spirit

and I was lost

But I survived

got back up

and here I am

to face another winter

that feels familiar

but is so different

And I smile

another season

more progress

on my journey

regrets that lessen

with time

and healing

in all things that matter

and I am content

Where Are You Christmas?

Snow scene at Shipka Pass

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Well it seems that SNOW is in the forecast for the Seattle area later this week and I thought it appropriate to post this video from ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ – to get you in the mood!

 

Enjoy! And bundle up!

 

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