Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fabulous Quote for Today!

"Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth." -Oswald Chambers

I love this.

I have no clue what life is going to bring today, tomorrow or this year. Swine flu? Economy affecting our checkbook? Published book or not?

No clue.

But I am clued into the one certainty of my life. God is in control. Period. Good or bad. He's got me. And YOU!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I sold another story to Chicken Soup!

Every time a writer gets published it is a thrill!!! And when I received official confirmation that a story I wrote would be in another Chicken Soup book, it was no exception.

I am tickled to be able to announce that a story I wrote, "A Child's Gratitude," will be included in Chicken Soup for the Soul Tough Times, Tough People. This book will be officially released in June.

The story I wrote describes the moment that my son Noah saw his father in the hospital after John was in a motorcycle accident. Noah's reaction and tears taught me gratitude for life after a horrible incident. When I read the story to John and Noah, Noah said he liked it and then asked, "Do you get paid for this?"

When I said yes, my little guy began immediate negotiations for his cut. :0)

And after much haggling, I am proud to announce that Noah is getting 14%. :0)

Thank you Jesus for this journey!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Worship with a Movie and Popcorn!

On Sunday morning I fulfilled a promise and took my son to a movie. When the trailer for "Earth" came on TV a couple of weeks ago, Noah and I were both enthralled.

"Let's go see that Mom."


I was a little surprised by my 10-year-old's reaction because this movie involves no superheroes or car crashes. It is just God's beautiful creation.

So we sat in the theatre, popcorn at the ready and the movie began.

This is when I did something I don't do often in movie theatres. I worshipped. My heart filled with thanksgiving at the intricacies of God's handiwork.

I laughed at the baby polar bears and the baby mandarin ducks. I cheered for the cranes fighting freezing winds in order to sail over the Hemalayas. I grabbed my son's hand, (yes I did) when I witnessed a pride of lions attack a loan elephant. I sat in awe as the time lapse photography reminded me that our God is a MASTER CREATOR of every plant and every season.

Noah's favorite part was when a cheetah attacked a type of deer (caribou maybe) in slow motion. Took on a whole new meaning to the phrase "Here kitty,kitty!" :0)

My favorite part? The utter joy of being surprised by my Savior. I thought I was going to go into a theatre and enjoy a story with popcorn and my son. I was wrong. God sat beside me. Our divine appointment included tears in my eyes as I leaned into Him and whispered, "Oh My Lord - You do great work!"

Go see "Earth" and prepare to worship!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Only Like He Gives!


As I write this, I am sitting at a Starbucks, sipping on a Grande Berry Blossom hot tea. The music is laid back and not too loud. People around me are chatting quietly, sipping their own drinks, and like me, typing away on their laptops.

It is good to relax. It is soothing to take a deep breath in and slowly let it filter out, emptying my lungs of air and my soul of stress.

It is good to chill out.

But even Starbucks on a sweet Spring day can't bring deep inner stillness. Chilling is fabulous, but it is not enough. It's like straightening up the house versus really cleaning the house. Relaxing can straighten up your soul and give it a nice look, but only ONE thing cleans out the turmoil that life brings.

Like a kid in Sunday School, I easily cry out the answer: Jesus!

He said: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
John 14:27

So as I drink my Berry Blossom and tap my toe to the sweet soothing sounds of Jack Johnson, I also whisper God's name and ask for His peace. Fills me up. Cleans me out.

I love those two lines that many Catholics end their services with:

"May the Peace of Christ be with you."

"And also with you!"


Anyone for a Berry Blossom? Here's to you, Lord!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Shout Out to my Writer Friends!

So I was sitting in my writing group yesterday having a wonderful time. I belong to Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild which meets in Parker, Colorado every Tuesday. I love being a part of this group of fabulous people who love Jesus and words - in that order.

As I sat amongst those writers, the following came to me. A little shout out to all my fellow writers out there. As someone wonderful told me, "Keep your head in the clouds and your fingers on the keypad!"

The Writer's Beautitudes

Blessed is the writer who sits amongst fellow wordsmiths, sharpening their craft.

Blessed is the writer who attends conferences and seeks to be better, one day at a time.

Blessed is the writer who grapples with grammar and wrestles with words.

Blessed is the writer who reads voraciously.

Blessed is the writer who accepts critique with a humble heart, understanding that iron sharpens iron.

Blessed is the writer who dreams big, amazing technicolor dreams!

Blessed is the writer who cheers on other writers, chunking jealousy to the curb where it belongs.

Blessed is the writer who opens rejection emails and letters, only to persevere, persevere and persevere!

Blessed is the writer who prays to the Author of All first and then sets about creating.

Blessed am I to be among the wonderful lot who call themselves writers!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Here's Some Sauce to Marinate In!

Jesus Loves You, this I know...

I do!

Check it out:

"I have loved YOU with an everlasting love therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn YOU!" Jeremiah 31:3

"The Lord Your God is ALWAYS with you! He is mighty enough to save you. He will take GREAT DELIGHT in YOU! He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

"YOU are priceless to me. I LOVE YOU and honor you." Isaiah 43:4

"For GREAT is YOUR LOVE to me..." Psalm 86:13

"How great is the love the Father has LAVISHED on us!" 1 John 3:1

Jump in Jesus's Pot of Love and Stew, baby!

You'll come out all Juicy and Joyful!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Acceptance is the Key

Today is April 17th, Friday. It is springtime. I'm looking for my friend the sun.

And yet, snow falls gently outside my window. The branches on the tree just outside are filled with tiny caterpillar like blossoms. Today those caterpillars are covered with snow.


I want to fight it. I want to deny it and say NO! It can't be snowing, it's April. California, my home until 2 1/2 years ago, seems more than a few states away. Today I am dreaming of its endless sunshine and hot breezes. Today I want to move away. At least get on a plane and fly towards sunshine.

I mentioned this to my husband and he said, "Sorry."

That was it. He didn't jump on the poor me pity bandwagon. He didn't agree that life is not fair when it snows in April. He just said "Sorry."

In 12 step groups there is a line that is SO true and SO valuable to me today. I am trying desperately to let its truth seep into me and flood me with the one thing I am lacking - contentment.

The line? "Acceptance is the key to a happy and joyous freedom you might otherwise never know."

Sigh. It's time to stop fighting what I have no control over. It's time to accept that Denver has April snow. That's just the way it is.

When I begin accepting the weather I can't control, then maybe I will find myself enjoying the white flakes. I'll walk Scooby and be once again amazed at how a blanket of snow muffles all noise. The silence touches me with its call to beauty. And to breathing in the moment.

So I will keep praying. God wants me to stop fighting and enjoy His creation.


Contentment will come if I choose to accept what the Lord has for me RIGHT NOW.

Maybe it's time to throw a snowball.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What is Real Love?

I found a treasure yesterday.

I am a writer. I journal all the time. But during the last year of my mother’s life, a precious year I spent with her, I wrote very little.

This week I am in organization and spring cleaning mode and I have found some wonderful things. Including the following poem. A poem I wrote during Mom’s illness. It was during a time when the cancer had metastasized to her brain and she wasn’t herself at all. When I found this I cried and grieved all over again. Not only for my Mom, but for my Dad. That was the year he taught me the definition of real love.


A vacuum of emptiness
Fills this room.
Laughter and warmth
Once occupied this space.
Now a human being’s mind
Dances to the tune
Of an unknown song.
Foreign melodies in her eyes.

Where is my mother?
Her smile still radiates
As a child looking at
An undiscovered place.
Her gaze stills my soul.
Thoughts crowd my mind.
Personality is gone.

Like a tidal wave separate
From the ocean,
How can personality be separate
From the total being?
Yet I see the separation.
It hurts.

At 30 years of age I thought
I knew what real love meant.
I envisioned it as warmth,
Laughter and intimacy between two.
Commitment, marriage, togetherness
All were definitions that came to mind.

But now I know.

Love cannot be defined in words, rhetoric, poetry.

Love is what I observe and feel between the two of them.

The way he holds her hands as her wrinkled fingers shake with fear.

The way she clings to him as the doctor speaks.

The gentleness in his touch as he trims the hair she no longer has.

The laughter they share as she vows, “His will be done.”

The comforting smiles as they struggle to go through all
The medical bills and insurance piles.

The tears on his cheeks as her mind dances away.

Love is NOT a movie.
It is NOT a romance novel.
It is NOT a perfume commercial.
It is NOT two people making promises.

Love is the unspoken bond that ties two people together,
When the world and its circumstances try desperately to tear them apart.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This is a Fantastic Video!!!

I watched a video over at Kay Day's blog -

Inspiration! If you have a dream and are facing any kind of uphill battle, this video will motivate you to go for it. Follow your dreams! Your success may shock others, but don't let it shock you!

I wanted to embed it here, but couldn't so go over to Kay Day's blog, and click on her April 13th Monday video!

Enjoy. And DREAM!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Father's Gift to His Girl

A while back I left teaching after nineteen years in the classroom. An artist friend, the late great Rick Faust, drew my caricature (notice my gap between my front teeth :0)), including the tears I often shed, on a going away card. (At the bottom of the card it says "To the teacher whose tears are as big as Texas.")

Yep, I cry. I was thinking about my penchant for spillage the other day and I remembered my Pop, Walker Floyd, crying. He teared up at the end of certain movies. Said he had a sentimental heart. I’m married to a man like him in that way. John cries at almost anything moving and patriotic. I cry at anything that has soft moving music in the background. Um...yes. I'm glad elevator rides are brief. :0)

But the moment I remembered was not of my dad crying at the end of a movie. In fact, we were in church. Daddy didn’t go to church often, but we were visiting my older brother Perry and he was preaching so Dad went. I noticed him crying during the service and assumed he felt guilty about something or another.

Afterward I asked him, “Daddy why were you crying in church?”

His reply: “Well, Rob, when you are in the presence of the Spirit, what else can you do?”

I love that memory of him. Tears were a natural part of my Pop’s worship. My tear ducts are a heritage from him. People worship by sitting quietly, dancing, standing, raising hands, closing their eyes, clapping their hands or not. Why not tears?

Thank you, Pop!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Family Joy!

My son Noah said this last night: "Jesus is Risen, I got a great Easter basket, I ate lunch with my cousin AND the Captain got rescued?!! Super day!"

I agree. God is so good and lavishes His love on us consistently! Today, let me share some of the joy He's given to me through some pictures of our Easter church and lunch!

We went to two services. One Saturday night at our church, Jubilee Fellowship and then Sunday morning we joined my brother and family at their church, Southeast Community.

Noah and his cousin Hunter sat in front of us and I took this picture. What a blessing it is to have a great older cousin pouring his life into my boy.

Noah and Hunter, who he adores, at lunch. We ate lunch at Haciendas. It was raining so Mexican food was perfect. And deliciose!

My little man and his Easter basket!

Two of my favorite people in the world. My brother Phil and my sister-in-law Lory. What a pair of truly loving, fun folks! And I get to be related to them!

Phil was wearing these shoes...I have no words. The picture says it all! :0)

My wonderful, HEALED man!! I am so grateful to our Lord for what He's done! (I have rain hair in this picture :0) )

May each day be a celebration of God's love and power!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thank you for the Cross, God!

The Cross symbolizes so much including sacrifice and love beyond my imagination.

For God to SEND His only son to die for us blows my mind. And it should.

To take for granted what Christ did is to lessen our gratitude for the JOY of second chances. A second chance to live life fully with freedom. A second chance to live an adventure, one specifically designed just for me. A second chance for more second chances, given to me by a God who IS mercy and forgiveness and love.

The Cross symbolizes my second chance...and third...and fourth.

God of mercy, Lord of love! Thank you for the Cross.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Maundy Thursday Thought

Today is Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, a day Christians commemorate the Passover Meal Jesus ate with his disciples before His crucifixion. It is also the day that Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and anguished about what was to come.

Luke 22: 39-44 says:

"Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, 'Pray that you will not fall into temptation.' He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 'Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.' An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."

When I think about this day, I don't usually picture the last supper, although the symbolism and love He showed in that meal is momentous. My thoughts always land on Jesus in the garden, sweating blood and truly anguishing over his upcoming death.

And He says, "Not my will, but Yours be done."

Jesus set the ultimate example for how we should live our lives. No self rule. No being "god" of our own existence. Fully leaning on the love and guidance of the Father. Your will God. Your Way. Not what I want, but what You want.

This kind of surrender can only be birthed in faith. Do I truly believe that God exists and that He loves me and has my best in mind? Is God truly FOR me?

My answer is YES! Like that old song says, "I have decided to follow Jesus." I believe. I look at Christ in that garden on the Mount of Olives and I am grateful that He showed me the way. As He does each day.

Not my will, but Yours be done. Painful, Challenging, Rewarding.

Thank you Jesus for that Thursday long ago. And for today.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Ding Dong - The Wound Vac is Gone!

The Wound Vac is gone! After wearing this miracle device for one month, John's leg is wound-vac free! John still needs to wear a dressing on his wound, but he is on the way to a beautiful scar.

We are very grateful for this burping mechanical device, and we are very grateful to put in a box and send it back.

God continues to heal John! This is the first week he has gone to work every day full time - Woo-Hoo! December 28th was 102 days ago, but who's counting? :0)

God is Jehovah Rapha - The God who Heals!!! Blessed be the name of the Lord.