Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hanging in there...Random thoughts...

I thought about calling this 'Letters to my World.'
It's a pretty random piece that I felt compelled to write,
for some unknown reason.
So maybe somebody, somewhere needs this...

I been so busy of late it seems I scarcely have had time to tell the people in my life how much I love them and appreciate them. 
How much I love them, as much for their similarities, as I do for their differences.

Life is busy. 
But amongst the moments of turmoil, when it seems as if we hardly have time to breathe.
Please know each of you are always in my heart and prayers. 
I am blessed.

 So today, I want to throw some random thoughts into the wild, blue yonder.

life is hard. 
It just is.
We can thank Adam and Eve for this fact.

we all make mistakes. 
We just do.
We can also thank Adam and Eve
and God's gift of a free will for this fact.

and most importantly,
we are not alone!
We can thank God for this fact!

Each of us has been wonderfully created with a purpose, 
a purpose only we can fulfill.
Nothing happens by chance;
Nothing is out of the Father's Hands,
Thank goodness!

Good and bad, 
happy and sad, 
we are held so tightly that we are engraved on the palms of his hands.


Not just the "good" ones of us, 
not just the "holy" ones of us,
for we are all as filthy rags...
God sees us through the veil of Jesus blood,
which makes us perfect; 
and He never lets go!

So in Him I am perfect...
and so are you.
Apart from Him, there is no good thing in me.
Alas, there is not.

So for all my dear friends and family. Hang in there during these tough times. 

During moments of disappointment, 
only those who never try,
never fail...
but at what cost?

Teddy Roosevelt one said, 
"It is not the critic who counts,
Nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;
Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
Who strives valiantly...
Who knows the great enthusiasms,
The great devotions,
And spends himself in a worthy cause;

Who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement;
And who, at the worst,
If he fails,
At least fails while daring greatly,
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls,
Who know neither victory or defeat." 

So may we all have the pleasure of striving valiantly in our lives for something..
May we all have the pleasure of great enthusiasms and great devotions.
And may we all dare greatly...
for of such grand and glorious stuff is life made.
One ordinary life can make an extraordinary difference to someone, somewhere.

During moments of heartache,
remember, this is only the beginning of something much, much better,
that lasts much, much longer... One of my favorite quotes by Peter Marshall reads,

"Those we love are with the Lord,
And the Lord has promised to be with us.
If they are with Him,
And He is with us,
They can not be far away..."

So hang in there!
Whoever you are, 
doing whatever you are doing,
we all cause ripples in the pond of life.
Somewhere your ripple has touched someone, somewhere.
May it be a good one...

And remember...
You are loved,
and appreciated,
and important...

Lastly, I love this photo by Jurvetson.
Look at the mama cat.
She is calm as she looks upon her kitten hanging on for dear life.
The kitten is clearly panic-stricken!
However, Mama Kitty knows what her baby can not.
He or she will land on their feet
and they will be just fine. 
Yes, they will,
just fine...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

" Tut, tut, child! Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it." The Duchess, Alice in Wonderland

"I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I'm not myself you see...
I wonder if I've been changed in the night?
 Let me think.
Was I the same when I got up this morning?
 I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.
But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?
' Ah, that's the great puzzle!"

These quotations are from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 

Did you know there is a modern day Alice?
Yes, indeed.
She is quite adorable;
her name is S.C. Modern Day Alice.
Shout out to this sweet, southern girl
with a well written and insightful blog called,
 For a Pessimist , I'm pretty Optimistic!

This is a great read for mom's who feel as if they don't recognize their college age daughters anymore!

Who are you and where is my daughter?

 Also, for the college age daughter, living in wonderland,
where everything is vastly different than at home.

"It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits."

 I am hooked.
Wonderland never seemed so charming.

Also, don't you love the photo from katmere at Fickr's Creative Commons?
It's graffiti!