• Journeys,  Random

    Hello December

    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving 2019 is already behind us. As I was reading my daily devotion today, I realized that there are less than 30 days left in this calendar year. How can that be? Time is such a strange thing. There are times when the minutes may seem to drag (particularly when I’m forced to wait!). Then, whole days fly by in the blink of an eye. Do you think time actually stays the same tempo, or is there some mischievous timekeeper who speeds things up and slows things down? Anyway, as I sit at my desk at work, I am struck by the fact that my…

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    Seasons Changing

    November in northern Texas is a time of transitions. We have gone from weeks of days over 100 degrees to a rainy, windswept vista. In some ways it’s refreshing. It’s fireplace and chiminea weather! Much of my life this year has been in transition. At first I dug my heels in, not wanting what I knew deep in my heart was the proper and even blessed course of action. Now, as I sit at my desk on a blustery autumn day – I know the sun is shining, even though I don’t see it clearly. My vision is blocked by a very persistent blanket of rolling clouds. Ah! How like…

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    Horizons

    I have turned over a new leaf, and I’m going to document it here. THE GYM. Yes! Years ago, I was a gym rat and loved it. Life happened, and I kind of got away from it for a while. I love my job – but it demands I’m at a computer for several hours a day. I told the trainer at the gym that if all I do is sit around, all I’ll be able to do is sit around! Now that I’ve settled a bit at my job, it’s time for a new beginning. So – it’s get up and move. Thankfully, my health insurance has a deal…

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    Surprised

    It’s been a while since I’ve written. So much has happened, I almost don’t know where to begin.¬† I guess I’ll start with the Source. Today, as I sat in my backyard listening to the birds, the sun was just starting to creep over the horizon. It was glorious. I’m glad I didn’t miss it.¬† tried to sleep in – but no dice. It was peaceful and the sense of gratitude filled my heart. I have an active imagination. However, I did not anticipate this. So many pieces came together so fast it nearly takes my breath away. The job. The move. The house. The yard. The music. The GRILL!…

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    Roots in the Ground

    I love trees. I love watching them go through the seasons – how their leaves and limbs change with the weather. How they spring back to life and blossom after the cool of the winter. How each one is slightly different, even when they are the same variety. When I was little, I used to think the wind was generated by the trees themselves, and that was how they spoke to each other. Wind language. I was fascinated watching the wind start in one place and roll to the tree after tree. The joys of living on a farm, I guess. There are still moments of fancy when I think…

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    In the Night

    I call it “busy brain”. That noisy chatter in my head in the middle of the night. I mean, it’s usually always there, but in the daytime it’s not as annoying as it is at 2:00 AM. There are a lot of unknowns in my life just now.. I find it unsettling. However, if one really stops to analyze things, none of us really KNOW what is going to happen moment by moment. Of course, that goes against the grain of our micro-managed, have-everything-hooked-to-Alexa world. “Make ice.” “Turn down the oven.” “Turn up the air conditioning.” “Remind me to pay…” Whatever. I didn’t use to think I am a control…

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    Mother’s Day Questions

    It was a calendar event I used to dread. Mother’s Day…a day filled with sentiment, blessings, and perhaps for some compounded¬† and needle-sharp grief. Thankfully, I have harmonized the dissonant notes and come to some very positive conclusions and want to share them. Because I feel very strongly about this, I’m posting it now. Maybe there is only one other person who might be encouraged by this – who knows? Maybe there are more… Are You A Mother? Hug your child or children, if they are close. If not, call and tell them that you love them. One day, one of you might be separated from this life, and I…

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    Thinking about Thanks

    This is going to be one of those posts that rambles – a stream of consciousness, if you will. For the past couple of days I have been thinking about the power of gratitude. I know that is a fairly consistent theme of mine. In this case, there are tangible reasons why. This week I had someone I love very much seem disrespected. Rather than be at least a little appreciative for their efforts, they were told in a rather high-handed manner of “demands” without any sort of decency. Why, oh why is this so? Then – there is my response to this. Ah! Gotcha – or more appropriately –…

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    Journeys,  Random

    Mysteries and Majesty

    There are so many things all around us that happen, and we march right through them. A friend recently told me he stops at the end of the day and takes inventory on what has happened. He asks what can he be thankful for at the conclusion of this day? So – I’m going to tell you 3 things I’m thankful for today. I wrote them up and put them in my blessing jar, because I want to be reminded on 12/31. My church gave everyone 14 and up $50 and asked us to pray what to do with it. I prayed and was very convinced I knew exactly what…

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    Rambling Thoughts

    This past weekend was great. Have you ever really been in a zone? I know sometimes sportscasters talk about players hitting free throws or three-pointers being in the zone. Obviously I’ve never experienced that! My zone this weekend was completely different. My zone was my 5th book. It was like I opened a door and walked back into this world I know and love. I really love it when that happens. It feels as though I am there. I can’t really explain it, but I have friends who have seen me in the midst of it and they understand! After getting some feedback on the historical / culture accuracy of…

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    Changes or Not?

    There are things in life we can’t change. Very basic parameters – like when we are born. Or, where we are born. There are several factors that frame our existence. One of them is our parents. I would like to take few minutes to write down a few memories of mine regarding the people I call Mom and Dad. Both of them worked hard without blinking an eye. I really can’t recall either of them ever complaining about their work, their co-workers or duties they had while they were at work. They also made home a lovely place. The farm we had was a rambling old place built in 1863.…

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    Soul Time

    Today was a day for stepping it back, listening to sounds that aren’t man-made, opening my heart to hear what God has to say. It was splendid. Sammy and I drove to a park about an hour away. It was a brisk 35 degrees when we left, but the sun was dancing a solo in a crystal-clear blue sky. Sammy loves to travel,. She was eagerly looking out the back window as we cruised down the highway. Traffic was light. People in Texas think 35 degrees is wicked weather. We arrived at this magical park, and basically had the entire place to ourselves. I saw 4 people the entire time…