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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