Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Why I Wear "Eau de Peppermint" and not Chanel No. 5

It never fails to happen. I'm in a store. A doctor's waiting room. A church pew.

"I smell peppermint," the unwitting victim says, glancing at my mouth to see if I am sucking on a candy.

I smile.

"Isn't it great? It's my perfume of choice!"

"Uh, yeah" is the most common reply.

Hold on. Give them a second....wait for it...

"Wow, that brings back memories!"


Monday, November 17, 2014

Been in a plane crash lately? It's never too late!

Today is the Christian Writer's Blog Retreat at The Cove in Asheville.

I wanted to be there. So much.

But cost and commitments nixed that dream.

So, I did the next best thing and read the main speaker's book entitled...

Ready for this one?

"Start." By Jon Acuff.

Well, it really has a longer title than that..."Punch Fear in the Face. Escape Average. Do Works That Matter."

There, that sounds more interesting doesn't it?

It's proven to be one of those books that, when I'm immersed, makes me not want to pay attention to anything or anyone around me. Sorry Hubby. But he understands.

So, I'm at this section where Jon starts talking about plane crashes. How he always wanted to be in one. Not the terrible, fiery, all-are-dead kind. Those are horrible.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

And all God's people said...THANK YOU!

The sun comes up, there's a new day dawning...

The song rambles through my mind as I sit in front of the computer screen, frequently glancing up at the darkened windows, eager for signs of daybreak.

Up since 4 am....courtesy of the Hubby who has some very early repairs to make at a local pizza shop. Had to get it done before they can open. God bless him.

I am by nature a creature of light. I come to life when the sun is exploding the colors on the trees...the birds are out and about at the feeders...the coffee is made and all is right with the world.

None of these things are happening at 4 am.

Little rumblings of grumblings begin in my mind...I'm going to be soooo tired today! How will I get everything done? How does he get these crazy jobs? And on and on and on...

My pity party is squelched when a box pops up on my lower screen.


I look closer. Seriously?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A love that allows us to suffer

It was time to get up.

Sometimes you  just need to give in and stop trying to sleep.

Coffee. Coffee would do it.

Turn on the lights. Take out the dogs. Make the coffee. Sit with the coffee. A normal start to my day.

The newspaper hadn’t come yet, which was a good thing. I usually like to get the bad over with first... read it...and then wash it with the Good News of the Word. Cover it with Truth. And Justice. And Hope.

Eyes still bleary, I did one of those, open-the-Bible-and see-what-happens things.

Hmmm....Lamentations. Not feeling it but let’s see what happens.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

All the way He leads

This morning I spent time searching for a book that would be of help to someone.

I knew it was there...somewhere.

It had once spoken healing into my life and I trusted it would do the same for another.

My fingers traveled over the spines of hundreds of books...all books I have read. 

Books I have loved. Books that have challenged me. Inspired me. Searched my soul.

I picked out several and opened their covers, consoled by their familiarity. Each took me home a time in my life that was once so important.

They were familiar friends. Unlike earthly friends that have come for a season and then disappeared, they have always been there...available…giving freely of themselves.

Warm tears suddenly filled my eyes. An unexpected catch caught in my throat.

Then the truth gently washed over me...I am the person I am now because of these books, and thousands more. Books used by the Lord to break me. Mold me. Call me home to His heart.