Friday, June 29, 2012

5 Minute Friday



Here is my attempt at free writing for 5 minutes....the only thing keeping my blog afloat during this busy time of transition.  Thanks Lisa-Jo!

Today's topic:  Dance

butterflies perform a minuet around the lantana bush

disco dance of fireflies in a backyard

ocean waves rumba with the sandy shore

waltz of grey clouds heavy with snow

God's rhythm moves nature.

Sondie

Friday, June 22, 2012

5 minute Friday


It is that time again!  Time to write for 5 minutes, unedited, and post whatever rambling thoughts travel from my brain to fingertips.  You can read more here.

This week's topic:  Risk

The very word scares me.  Am I risk taker?  No.  I like life in a safe little bubble.  How Godly is that?

After  9-11 I realized there is no such thing as a "safe little bubble".  As much control as we think we have, well really we have none.

I'm on my first youth group trip as a chaperone this weekend.  One of the really cool parts is that the adults get recreation time...outdoor challenging games....as well as Bible study time while the kids are in their groups.  Today we talked about the sovereignty of God and I gotta tell ya'....there is great comfort in that.  I can rest in that.  I can risk in that!

No matter what happens He has it under control.  God is not in Heaven wringing His hands, pacing with worry or anxiety.  As my twin reminded me, He doesn't freak out about things.  He has this.  He has me.  Even during the 9-11 times, during the Red Sea times, during the manna times...all the time!

He risked it all....he paid it all...I can get out of my comfort zone and risk failure...risk "exposure"....risk
vulnerability...risk speaking truth...

The opposite of faith is fear...maybe there are times that the opposite of faith is risk?

Sondie

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Need to break out of your recipe rut?




I've been in a recipe rut.  Ever happen to you?  I love to cook but have been in mundane meal, survival mode for far too long.

I recently found a site that looks delish!  I have enjoyed hanging out in the Smitten Kitchen ... I'm planning on trying the broccoli fritters soon!

Happy cooking,
Sondie

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scripture of the Week





Then he said to them,"Go your way.  Eat the fat and drink the sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for the day is holy to our Lord.  And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
Nehemiah 8:10 ESV

This has fast moved up to my top 10 of favorite verses!

This was the scripture attached to the beach house we stayed in while on vacation with my husband's family.  What a great name for a beach house, Celebration, and what a great verse.  My sister in law found the house and we all enjoyed it!

It is a reminder of many things...God calls us to mark occasions with celebrations....to enjoy His gifts....to share what He has given us with others....that the joy of the Lord is our strength (joy trumps happiness with roots that run to Him)....wow.

This verse has compelled me to read the book of Nehemiah and I'm really enjoying it.  I'll have to give you feedback about that soon!

Sondie

Friday, June 15, 2012

5 Minute Friday



 Here's the topic from Gypsy Mama's 5 minute Friday challenge: Path

For some reason I'm drawing a blank on the topic today.  One thought is the great stand by "The Road Not Taken"...I love this poem!

Another thought is the scripture about standing at a crossroad and praying I seek AND walk the good way...Jeremiah 6:16

This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.
    But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’


My main thought is about my friend who died 2 years ago today.  Her life's path wasn't always what she thought it would be, didn't always take her where she thought it would go...but she died in the arms of God, of that I have no doubt, and her eternity is with Him.  The ultimate destination for our souls.

Sondie

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Number 81


I'm so excited!  I finally found an old boot scrape after 2 years of looking through a multitude of junk upscale antique shops.  Buying this old boot scrape is actually #81 on my (10)(10) list so I really feel like I have accomplished a goal. Why an old boot scrape you ask?

To remind me of an old friend, a true "stone of help"...to remind me of the beauty that lies beneath a sometimes rusty old crusty old exterior...to remind me to invest in others as my friend did for me...to remind me that my own exterior gets rusty and crusty... to remind me that God created me for a purpose beyond my personal happiness.

The icing on my cake is that I found it in the same little seaside town where my friend found hers while on a shopping trip a few years ago. This friend greatly changed my life through her investment me prior to her death 2 years ago this week...she is still changing my life today.

An old boot scrape to some...an Ebenezer Stone to me.

Sondie

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Message from my daughter....



 My daughter was so excited for me to see her message in the sand to me....complete with her footprints...and I wondered "how much longer until the U is replaced by some little boy's name?"

I wanted to capture the message and keep it close to my heart as a gentle reminder of the sweet girl living beneath the "Tween" persona she is developing....a gentle reminder that she will need her dad and I to see potential hazards and to guide her around them as much as possible whether she can understand it or not...a gentle reminder that it is God's love that sustains our family no matter the seas that we must navigate.


Sondie

Friday, June 1, 2012

5 Minute Friday-See





Free write for 5 minutes about:  See

Laughter is very important to me...it is a gift from God which science may never truly explain.  There are even references in the Bible about laughter-think Isaac.

A few years ago while going through a period of dark grief I realized just how important laughter is.  I missed laughing. 

When my parents died a few years ago the "command to laugh" was part of our death bed conversations.  First was serve God, serve others.....right behind that was "Enjoy the life God has given you.  Laugh."  This was surprising to hear from my dad who battled clinical depression, which is more my tendency,  less surprising from my mom who's testimony in life was her deep and always obvious joy that led so many others to God.

While going through the grief process I had to seek laughter.  I had to look every day for reasons to laugh, and if not to laugh then at least to smile.  Now it comes easier to me, and I have uncovered the joy that was hidden beneath layers of life.

God has gifted me with joy...with laughter....I love it!!!!

SO with that I encourage each one of you to SEE THE LAUGHTER that lives around you and more importantly within you!

Sondie