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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WheReveR you tRavel, Relax!

Spring at Mid-day in our backyard
Walk on a rainbow trail; 
walk on a trail of song, 
and all about you will be beauty.  
There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.

Not much time to write today
due to preparing the house and garden for the 
Golden Hills Garden Club fiesta tomorrow night at 
Leaf's Lake House.  
Instead of dreading the 'spring cleaning', 
I decided to dig in, a little at a time.  
Now I can stand back and admire my clean cottage and 
lovely gardens.  
Rob has been a big help with my spring-cleaning-honey-do list.  
He just gets sweeter as the years go by.  
Well, we do have our moments but we still enjoy 'make-up s--'  (this blog is rated PG so not sure if I can spell out the word sex...
oh well, too late now).
Early morning spring 
After cleaning and gardening, 
remember to pour yourself a cup of coffee or sweet tea or wine, 
and travel down the path to your garden and 
appreciate God's creation.  
Relax and thank Him that you have working hands and feet
--even a bum knee--to accomplish your daily tasks.  
I've always dreamed of having a garden...to sip coffee...to read...
...to write...to dream.  
Mmm, so nice.

Now I must continue re-writing my manuscript 
Lady on the Run.  
Bye for now!

I set my rainbow in the cloud, 
and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between 
me and the earth.  
Genesis 9:13 NKJV

I wish you oceans of sunny spring days sprinkled with a few refreshing showers!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Traveling through Time

Jacquie's 48th Birthday
Me, Jacquie, and Destinee (my granddaughter)

As we travel on life's way, we meet with angels everyday.

Our daughter turned forty-eight last week.  
When did my sweet little girl grow up to become this 
charming, beautiful woman?  
If we could only hold time in a bottle.  
If we could remember every moment.  
But life isn't that way.  

Where was I when I was forty-eight?  
On the WWII ship, MS Restoration, as a 
volunteer on the maiden voyage from Seattle, Washington, 
to Stockholm, Sweden, and 
ultimately sailing to the Black Sea to 
transport Russian Jews to Haifa, Israel.  
Wonderful memories.  
Glad I can remember.

in my little cabin on WWII ship MS Restoration 1994
I'm not feeling poetic today.  
Words are not coming smoothly.  
In fact, my mind is a bit cloudy from all of the 
different directions it is going 
... planning Rob's mother's 90th birthday ... 
... planning our Costa Rica holiday... 
... attending meetings for the opening of NewSpring Church-Lexington ... 
... making doctor's and dentist appointments ... 
... just your ordinary daily activities.  
I have mine.  You have yours.

In the midst of our daily routines, we must 
take time to sit, relax, reflect, meditate, and pray. 
That is where our peace flows from.  
The Lord is waiting for us to calm our minds and focus on Him, even for ten minutes.  
He enjoys our friendship. 

Before I sat down at my iMac, 
I had so many great thoughts to share.  
Now I cannot remember them. 
Happens a lot lately.  
So I write what's on my mind at the moment.  

Take time for loved ones.  
Send a note.  Make a phone call.  
Take a short visit.  Plan a lunch date.  
Surely you can think of a kind gesture to make someone happy.  
I did.

Mary and Me
Morro Bay, California 2013
We haven't changed much!

Mary and Me
Half-marathon day 1982

The other day I picked up the phone and 
called my 90-year-old friend, Mary, who 
lives near Morro Bay, California.  
She was so happy to hear from me so that made MY day.  
We didn't talk long, just long enough to share our love. 
 I love traveling to see Mary.  
You see, she has been my mentor for years.  
We ran our first half-marathon together 30-some years ago 
when we both lived in southern California 
(I write about it in my upcoming book, Lady on the Run)
 That's one great way to bond, wouldn't you say? 

Whether near or far, I see Mary's smile, hear her laughter.  
She loves the Lord, has a glass of evening wine, and has 
stayed active through the years.  
Mary still takes short hikes up the hill behind her house 
(with an escort now).  
She didn't know she was my mentor until I told her on the phone.  
I wanted her to know how much her life had influenced me.  
She was stunned and happy at the same time.

Today's Tip: 
Make someone happy today.  
Has someone influenced you?  
Have you told them yet? 
 Lets remember, it's not all about us. 
I sometimes need someone to remind me of this.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, 
for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.  Hebrews 13:2

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wherever you travel, you are in a battle

God protected the WWII ship and her crew
 from piracy as we sailed
the seven seas in 1994-95

Neither give place to the devil...
Ephesians 4:27

It doesn't take much to see that there are 
wars and rumors of wars all around us. 
 But do you ever stop to think that you are in your own
personal battle?  
It may feel like a cold war, 
but still the battle rages from within, and from without.  
This was brought to my attention this past Sunday.

Pastor Perry gave a powerful message, 
reminding us that we have an enemy, and his name is Satan,
 and his mission is to destroy us.  
He gave the modern day example from the movie, 
Captain Phillips, 
showing scenes from the movie as he spoke.  
It was riveting.  
(pour a cup of java and go to the website below; 
you will be reminded of the importance of being aware of your surroundings, both physically and spiritually.)

(If you haven't seen Captain Phillips, you can Netflex it.) 

In a nutshell, wherever our walk of faith takes us, 
we are not to surrender--give any ground--to the enemy.  
The devil knows our weaknesses and lurks behind the scenes, waiting for the right moment to jump out and exploit us.  
When he finds an opening in our armor (Ephesians 6:11-18), 
he can weaken our effectiveness in what God has called us to do.  The Apostle Paul exhorts us to avoid giving Satan that opportunity (Ephesians 4:27).

As believers we have the possibility of making forward progress without ever having to lose any ground by putting on the whole armor of God.  Unfortunately, there were times in my journey when I laid my armor down and allowed the devil to have a field day with my life.  

In 1984, after being married for sixteen years, 
the process of my divorce put me in a numb state of mind.  
Instead of fighting the good fight, I placed my armor aside, 
so to speak.  
I went about my daily routine of working a full-time job, 
coming home to focus on my two children (ten and eighteen), giving special attention to my mother who had been 
recently diagnosed with MS, 
and to my father who was in the beginning stages of ParkinsinsDecease.  
Three years of ups and downs, 
I finally decided to pick up my armor and fight the good fight.  
Why did it take me so long? 
 I loved Jesus, and I still prayed, but 
I had been living my life according to Sharon.  
Not very smart.  And I was miserable.

So I began my path of saying no to wrong choices, 
wrong relationships.  
I started going to church again, praying more.  
Within a short time I met Rob, fell in love.  
Within a year we were married, and
 suddenly I felt that I was making up for the lost time
 the devil had stolen from me 
(for more details, you can email me OR buy my book, 
Lady and the Sea, a novel based on my true story.)  

A few tips:  

(1) Read Ephesians 6:10-18. 

(2) Keep your armor on.  
(3) Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  
Key word: resist! 
(4) and watch the video!  newspring.cc/watch/noothername/the-one

I wish you oceans of blessings while fighting for your life!