A friend asked me why I hadn’t been posting lately. The short answer – I got nothin’. Lots of drafts, nothing finished. Like soup, still simmering. La de da and you really don’t want to know all the thoughts running through my brain on that one right now (actually they’ve kind of burrowed their way into my heart I think!)
In the interim, till I come up with something worth sharing, here’s a hodgepodge of stuff – a lone flower poking it’s head up through the thawing ground, just to let you know I’m still alive!
How’s this for a great quote?
and every common bush afire with God
but only he who sees
takes off his shoes. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My dad had quad bypass surgery last week. Although it seemed kind of sudden, looking back we can see God’s perfect timing. He is doing well, thanks to my mom’s wonderful care.
My dad is getting a new best friend . . . a Yorkie puppy! My mom read somewhere that people, men especially, who own a pet, have a much greater life expectancy. And voila! They’re getting a dog! I just thought that was so sweet and can’t wait till we’re called upon to dog-sit! Here’s a picture of Sir Buttons!
The other morning I awoke to a terrible surprise. My favorite morning show that I always woke up to was GONE! (That would be Gary and Beth on 92.9 FM for you ‘Burghers!) Gone. Just. Like. That. I remember about 17 years ago the same thing happened . . . Dusty Rhodes hosted a great morning show on what is now WORD FM and one morning he was just gone.
Yesterday my friend went to get us coffee at lunch and ! our favorite place (Caribou Coffee) was no more. Just like that! Is it me? Reminds me of that terrible year in which my doctor, dentist and ob-gyn all quit. They were kind enough to send me letters at least. The coffee shop just closed.
On the topic of going out of business, what do you think when you see this happen? I hate to see it happen but I always think to myself – hey, at least they started something! How many of you have started your own business? Oh yeah, that reminds me – I have! (Really . . . I just need to get busy with it!)
Did you know that traditionally Easter is/was celebrated by the church as a season, not just a single day? Kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean one day people see Jesus hanging on the cross, his body bruised and bleeding beyond recognition. Days later he is walking amongst them, talking and eating with them. Do you think they went on living life as usual the day after the Resurrection? So why should we? Learning to view “holidays” as seasons has been a big on-going “a ha” moment for me of late.
Speaking of seasons, can I tell you how happy I am that spring has finally arrived (although she still seems a bit iffy on a 40F day in Pittsburgh)! I am convinced that the seasons, be they spring-summer-winter-fall or rainy/dry, are God’s way of teaching us how to move through the seasons of our lives. We only get one chance at that, but every year God gives us a refresher course in how to adjust to transitions.
Lastly, speaking of transitions, I came across some thoughts I jotted down from our Bible study last summer that seemed worth sharing (and I apologize I can’t recall the exact source). Some questions to ask yourself when you realize you’re in a time of transition:
What are you grateful for?
What do you need to let go of?
What do you need to take hold of?
And who do you trust?
And to my 2 blogger friends who are still waiting in the wings . . . what are you waiting for, girls? (you know who you are!!) Come on and join the fun!