Archive for February, 2012

River Seridó
River Seridó (Photo credit: grungepunk2010)

Thank you God for the many blessings in my life, and the joy that has filled me up as I walked out of past struggles with your guidance.

I live to walk the path you want for me, and need to KNOW only your voice, your whispers to guide my every step, every thought, word, and action throughout each day. Keep me on the right path ~ to step confidently over each rock across the river, over any narrow road, any times where I cannot see where I’m going, and guide me to choose the right way in any fork in the path.


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Tonight I want to share this special post by Michael Cogdill.  Michael is a kind and caring man, who is also a gifted writer.

Cheers to a Life Among Thorns
By Michael Cogdill

I work in thorns.

They grow across every working day, twist and lacerate through the news I report. An inhumanity so sharp and hard it nearly runs hope straight through to its doom. Bloodletting seems the autograph of the news.

Yet after 20 years of working at its scarlet hand, I am more than hopeful. I am witness to goodness, to beauty. I write here to remind you the cutting thorn patch of the news is but the undergrowth. There is a bouquet. It is a transcendent, immeasurable love, made strong by the scars of thorn. It is humankind’s only hope. I am here to say humankind carries it well.

When you see or hear or read a story of sadistic violence, you’ll seldom see the first responders who held a child or widow in its wake. Oh, you might catch sight of one, but they’re easy to miss. They don’t vaunt themselves. They just work that same thorn patch with a quiet, world-changing kindness. They do it for strangers. They would for you.

But such love runs out beyond this. In neighborhoods swamped by despair, with families cut in two by terrible acts and events, the neighbors and the strangers come out. They come in. Somewhere someone in the throes of grief will get surprised by a love they didn’t see coming. I’ve not only witnessed such love. I’ve interviewed it. I’ve put it on television. I’ve watched it change the world.

I more than believe in it. I long to become it. To wed my spirit to its balm, its way of healing not merely the soul it touches but the souls who stand anywhere near and watch.

Despair can become a voice, a whisper in your quiet times, trying with primal might to pull you into a tangle of believing only the worst. If you hear such a voice, do not believe it. Don’t let its discord bleed you of your hope.

But do not hesitate to live among thorns. Someone near to you now walks around with a wound you can’t see. Find a way to place the hand of your heart upon that wound. In this way of life, we all find our way.

Socrates said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” The beauty of fully living is this — the harder you swing at clearing the wilderness for someone else, the fewer the thorns in your own backside. And, yes, you’ll find there’s someone near, willing to pull yours out for you!

Let us battle the thorns of this wilderness life together – believing in the hope of human arms, slung together, winning the war.

Check out more of Michael’s posts http://michaelcogdill.wordpress.com/

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Valentine Flowers from my brother photo by Ann Marquette

I am grateful for my brother in my life, and it was so sweet of him to get me flowers for Valentine’s Day last week.  His thoughtfulness brought a smile to my heart and joy to my spirit.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first of 40 days of Lent.  To think about the purpose of this time and where it takes us is a reminder that Jesus died willingly to save us.  I am so thankful for his personal sacrifice for us, and I will continue to strive to become a better, kinder, more loving person.

Today was a lovely, quiet, peaceful, and prayerful day.  My gratitude for all the many blessings in my life could never be big enough, but I try.  I am especially grateful and joyful for all the wonderful people who have been in my life, those currently in my life, and all those yet to come in and sit awhile…or stay forever.

Blessings to all of you.  May you enjoy the photos of the flowers my brother gave me.

Flowers from my brother photo by Ann Marquette

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It has been awhile… 🙂

Much has been going on, including family house sold and closed last week…yippee!  Another chapter of life closed, and I am ready for a new one.

The best part of last week was spending some good quality time with my brother, who I love very much.  On Friday we took a trip to Rockford, MI to see a cousin who mother cared about and wanted her to have a little something from her Trust.  We took her to lunch and presented her with the surprise.  That was fun for me and my brother.

After spending a little time walking around the quaint shops with our cousin, in the snow, we headed back in order to stop about half way to meet up with other cousins and one remaining aunt (92 years old) at a restaurant for dinner.  On the way there the snow had made the ground (not highway) and trees look like a winter wonderland.  On both sides of the highway it was mostly farmland with open land in between tree lines.  We happened to look to the right and experienced an amazing site…a herd of deer running from one tree line to the next; about 25-30 deer.  And immediately following was another herd; at least 50 in all.  It was a beautiful sight.

We…me and my brother, are so grateful for the sale of mother’s house, the good time spent together, and chance to see a few of our relatives.  Certainly joy to our hearts.

But…I really miss him.   I wish we didn’t live so far apart.

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White Flower
White Flower (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Life is not always perfect, but  I find moments of joy in being kind to me. Time to refresh myself in order to give to others.

Taking time to just sit and be quietly happy within, to work on my writing, listen to beautiful music or read is wonderful.  Sometimes I treat myself to some flowers for the house.

I also remember how grateful I am for so many blessings. The most precious blessings are the people in my life, even those who come through for only a short while.

It is a beautiful new year, with each day to be grateful and joyful.

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Just Know

Vision of the senses

The soul senses something coming
The spirit feels it is wonderful
The mind sees signs of change
They don’t know what
Or how
Or when
They just KNOW…

We know
We rejoice in anticipation
We are at peace
The soul becomes still
The spirit quietly waits
The mind is at rest
We just KNOW…

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February is usually a month of the year that I have had bad things happen to me personally.  So, I have learned to make it a special time for me, to be especially grateful for the only true love, unconditional love in my life…God, my heavenly Father.  He is the only one I can count on to be there every time I am in need of anything.

It is a good time for me to reflect, pray, meditate; and ask God to show me how I can be a better person and walk the path He wants for me.

For anyone who reads my posts on a pretty regular basis, I may not be posting much this month.

I wish you all a very happy and blessed February.

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