Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanks...



Some things for which I am thankful:

    Time
     Healing
     Angels
     Nature
     Kids
     Songs
     God
     Instinct
     Virginia
     Inspirational people
     No-schedule days
     Gifts from the heart

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Security...

"I know not what this day will hold, but I know Who will hold me throughout this day." ~C.J.




ONE ~ "Your parents may neglect you, your spouse may be unfaithful, your children may be disobedient and disrespectful, your friends may be very fickle or turn against you, strangers may steal from you, your own body and mind may fail you, you may lose everything you've ever worked for in this life....‎...but there is ONE who will stay with you and never leave you, stand up for you, protect you, comfort you, walk with you, guide you, and love you now and through Eternity....all you need to do is invite Him into your heart and life....His Name is Jesus." ~ C.T.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Which Path?

On this journey called LIFE, would you rather put on blinders 


and travel on the familiar crowded highway with the 


masses...or would you rather travel on the scenic routes with 


their unexpected surprises, views, and opportunities? ~C.J.






"The woman who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd.  The woman 

who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been."  -Albert Einstein




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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

which is worse?

"Sometimes, your words hurt more than a slap across my face would...but oftentimes, your silence speaks volumes..." ~C.J.


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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Heart Knows...

"Oftentimes, the heart knows...
          long before the mind is willing to acknowledge." ~C.J.



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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Face it...



IGNORING IT does NOT mean...


   ...that it does not exist, 


   ...that it will get better on its own, 


   ...or that it will simply disappear. 


                                                   ~C.J.







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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tired?


Did you wake up this morning to a messy house, with dirty dishes, dirty laundry strewn everywhere, toys scattered about, tv blaring or children arguing?  Are you overwhelmed at the thought of trying to take care of everything and everyone else, get to work on time, be chef, chauffeur, banker, nurse, and counselor?


Take a moment and think...

  • You have a home and bed to sleep in...be thankful.
  • You see the mess because you still have your sense of vision...be thankful.
  • You have dirty dishes because you have food to eat...be thankful.
  • You know there is spoiled food to be thrown away because you still have a keen sense of smell...be thankful.
  • You can enjoy a hot cup of coffee amidst the mess because you can feel the warmth of the mug in your hands and you can taste its wonderful flavor...be thankful.
  • You have dirty laundry because you have clothes to wear...be thankful.
  • There are toys on the floor and you receive random hugs from little arms because you were able to have children...be thankful.
  • You know the tv is on and your kids are talking, laughing, or arguing because you have your sense of hearing...be thankful.
  • You can walk to the mailbox to mail out the monthly payments because your feet and legs still work...be thankful.
  • You maintain a calendar, an organizer, a scheduler because you can think and are involved in the lives of others...be thankful.
  • You can be chef, chauffeur, banker, nurse, counselor, etc. because you have been blessed with the necessary material and financial means, the education, and common sense...be thankful.

You don't have to look too far to see others who DON'T have these things...so even on days when you are feeling overwhelmed, simply exhausted, or at your wit's end...you can, and should, be thankful...



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Monday, September 19, 2011

About Me?






"Where words fail, music speaks."
(Hans Christian Anderson)


About me? It's not really all about ME:) I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up... I'm always looking for something to read or study... I love sunrises and sunsets...porch swings and rocking chairs...long walks and weekend trips... I enjoy music and poetry...singing and playing sax... I could spend hours laughing and talking with friends over coffee or tea... I'm not very outspoken, but when I'm passionate about something or someone, you'll know it... I'm very intuitive, discerning, sensitive and sentimental... I love picking up the phone and hearing my sons' voices, hearing them laugh or saying they are having a good day... I don't like insincerity, injustice, cruelty, wastefulness, unproductive meetings, rainy days, excuses or broken promises...

I'm a proud mom of two wonderful sons who I don't get to see often enough.

I don't know how the years have passed so quickly! I wish I could sit down right now with my old friends from high school and college, just relax, laugh, share some coffee or tea, catch up and reconnect...


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11 - Just Another Day?



Today is Sunday, September 11, 2011.  Knowing it was futile to attempt to remain in the bed and go back to sleep, I was up around my usual time of 4:15 a.m.  As I made my way to the kitchen to get a drink of water and put on a pot of coffee to brew, I was keenly aware of the silence all around me.  The only sound I detected was the rhythmic tick-tick-tick of the clock on the wall above the counter.  The floor felt cool against my bare feet.  Standing there in my summer pajamas, I began to get goose bumps on my arms and I realized that it was beginning to feel like autumn and that the air conditioner hadn't come on even once all during the night.  Time to get out the long-sleeved tops, sweatshirts and dreaded winter coat.


I put on my robe, and when the coffee was ready I poured myself a cup, placed it on the small table beside the recliner-rocker, took a seat, and picked up my laptop.  This was my usual routine.  Few people understand, but the very early hours of the morning are "my time", when I am most alert, and I utilize this time to check email messages, read important articles, take exams, pay bills, do a little writing...anything that requires a little sense and clear thinking.  This morning was no different...or was it?


I looked at the date again...September 11, 2011.  Could it be?  Could it be possible that it has been ten years?  It doesn't seem so, but it has been ten years since that horrific day that all of America, and the free world, was shaken and shocked by what took place.  I had been sitting at the counter in my kitchen making out a grocery list, with the television tuned into the morning news, only half listening to it, when the unbelievable break in the newscast caught my attention.  I sat frozen, stunned, paralyzed, and watched the tragic events take place once at a time.  I did the only thing I could, and the same thing I'm sure millions of Americans did in those moments...I prayed and cried out to God and started trying contact my family.


I cannot even begin to imagine what the victims of September 11, 2001, experienced, nor do I want to.  But the families of those victims, along with those who were there and somehow survived, have thought about,  and have continued to have nightmares about it...for the past ten years.  I am thinking of all those who started that day out with their seemingly usual routines, never realizing that their lives on this earth would end.  I am thinking about the families and friends who continue to grieve and mourn the loss of their loved ones.  I am thinking about all the brave men and women who risked their own lives to try to help others on that day.  I am thinking about all the men and women who serve in the military of our country and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make to try to make sure that such a tragedy never happens again.


To honor, remember, respect, and pay tribute, I dedicate my time this morning to all the victims of September 11, 2001, and on this day, the anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the history of America, I give thanks to each and every person who has served or is currently serving in each branch of the military of our country. Without your sacrifice, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy and perhaps we would not even exist...I THANK YOU ♥





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Thursday, September 8, 2011

It Never Ends...


It Never Ends…

Who knows where the river goes
When it flows around the bend
I only know that it goes on...
And like life, it never ends

Sometimes it's shallow, calm and clear
Inviting you to touch
Gently rolling, drifting by
It sings in a quiet hush

But when storm clouds come together
And the rains pour from the sky
It becomes muddy, loud, and ugly
Producing fear as it rushes by

Whatever it touches is changed forever
But never loses its purpose
Whether touched gently as it passes
Or battered by forceful surges

Who knows where the river goes
When it flows around the bend
I only know that it goes on...
And like life, it never really ends







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Monday, August 29, 2011

Why?

Searching for the reasons
That I sit here all alone
No one to know, no one to care
And no place I feel at home

Each time I felt that I was close
To having a happy heart
There I was, knocked to the ground again
With my world torn all apart

Perhaps it's just not meant to be
True happiness for me to find
And I should just be well content
To have a clear conscience and peace of mind


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pride and Ego





‎"So sad to think that people hang onto their false pride and

ego...and it keeps them from experiencing true happiness, 

joy, and blessings in their lives and relationships with family

and friends..." ~C.T.



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Monday, August 22, 2011

Expectations...

"When our expectations (combined with hopes and dreams) 


clash with reality, it can leave us devastatingly disappointed


and wounded." ~C.T.




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Monday, August 15, 2011

Beauty from Ashes?

Today...with heart torn to shreds, dreams shattered, mind like a jigsaw puzzle with hundreds of missing pieces, self-confidence and self-esteem beaten down, body shaking with exhaustion, unable to eat or sleep, I begin to question everything and trust no one...


Tomorrow...I know I will be made strangely and unexplainably calm, beautiful, and stronger...in spite of and yes, quite ironically because of, all the scars from the expected battles and mostly unexpected and unjustified assaults and ambushes from all the yesterdays...



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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where Do I Look?



I seek the Lord, not just occasionally in a building made by man...but constantly, in the beauty and wonder of His creation that surrounds me, in the faces of the people I encounter, in the warm touch of a caring friend, in the sound of children's laughter, in the miracle of a baby sleeping peacefully, in music that praises Him, in His Word that gives me hope, in a knowing glance where words are not necessary, in words spoken that soothe my soul and touch my heart.  ~C.J. 



"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven
and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands." (Acts 17:24)



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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Direction...



Help me, please!
What do you want, my child?


I am so lost and alone!
You're not lost...and you are never alone.


But I feel like I am!  I feel like I am adrift with no sense of direction.
Take a deep breath, open your eyes, and listen.


Okay, I did that.  I feel a little better.  And at least I know that I am still alive...but I also realize that I am alone and feel as if I have no control, no purpose, no sense of direction.
Go on...


Why was I even born?  So many trials, tears, hurt, pain, and difficulties...
Remember what I told you many years ago?  And you will have complete knowledge one day.


Who is in charge of my life anyway?
You are.


How can I be in charge?  I can't even make the simplest decision anymore!
You need to shut out the noise and confusion of the world.  Listen to your heart.


Who decides which direction I should go?
You do.


How can that be?  I didn't even choose the boat that I've found myself on!
No, but you are a survivor - strong, adaptable, flexible, and capable of taking control of the course it takes.


How do I make this vessel go in the direction I've chosen?
I've given you the tools and instructions throughout your life...just stay calm and follow them.  And the most important thing to remember...is to follow ME.




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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Upper Room

(Upper Room of Wilcox Chapel, A-B College)


It's just a small room in the top of the chapel
but there is something so special about it
No words can describe what happens 
when I enter and sit facing its beautiful window

The light from outside comes streaming through
casting multicolored hues across everything in the room
It is peacefully quiet
 a refuge from the noise and activity of the day

As I sit and breathe deeply in and out
I feel my body slowly relax
and a sense of calm comes over me
I barely notice the voices and music outside the room

I sense that even though I'm the only person here
still, I am not alone
There is a sweet presence that surrounds me
and it knows my every thought and my heart

Then, as if being whispered  to me
the Word of God comes pouring into my mind
"Be still and know that I am God"
"Behold I am with you always"

It is then that I realize
that today is "Pentecost" Sunday
the day that Christians remember the last great miracle
the blessed gift of the ever-present indwelling Holy Spirit 

That powerful Holy Spirit sent by God
that came rushing into that upper room
and first fell upon the people on that day
fills my heart and stirs my soul at this moment

A companion like no other, ever-present
He fills me with a joy that cannot be explained
He takes away doubts and calms my fears
He gives reassurance and peace beyond human understanding

After a time of reflection, praying and rejoicing
I take a deep cleansing breath 
and I thank God for reminding me
of the significance of this beautiful "upper room"



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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Let Me Be


When my time comes to leave this earth
just let me fade away
like a star that slowly disappears
just at the break of day

I want no big announcements
no fuss and no commotion
no one to feel that they must come
to pretend and feign emotion

But this I pray, dear Lord above
when I'm gone, some will say
"She left a mark upon my heart and life
that will never go away"

"Her kind words brightened my day
her smile it gave me cheer
she never made me feel 'less than'
and with her I had no fear"

I pray that when they see a star
shining brightly in the night
they'll think of me and remember
each time I shed some light

And let it be a reminder
that although they may not see
forever still there will exist
that bond between them and me

I didn't always say or do
the things I should, I know
but I'd like to be remembered 
for the love that I did show

So let me be that star that shines
and bathes them in the light
gives them hope and reassurance 
that everything will be all right

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Monday, June 6, 2011

An Obsession





Why do I have this obsession with seeing every sunrise and sunset?  
When I see the sunrise, I know I've been blessed with the gift of another new day...
When I see the sunset, I know that I have survived another day no matter what circumstance or situation took place...
and I am thankful. ~ C.J.



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