Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hearts Entwined Forever

(excepts from, Just the girls)

They are best friends, trusted confidants, loyal supporters. They are always loving, always giving, always encouraging. They are the girls… and Mothers and Daughters.

It’s a relationship that defies a complete description. But over the generations, many have put pen to paper in an attempt to define some aspect of this unique bond between one woman and the woman who gave birth to her.

                                                                                          Ellyn Sanna

As Daughters, when we share our hearts with our Mothers, we can learn from their experiences.  The art of Mothering is handed down from one generation to the next. Women pass on from Mother to Daughter.. at an everyday level of practical caring and at a deeper level of living and giving..this legacy is a Teacher of Love… the First Teacher and the most important.

                                                                        Rachel Billington

Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so in circles  joined to circles, since time began.

                                                                            Signe Hammer

It is my belief that between Mothers and Daughters there is a kind of blood-hyphen that is finally, indissoluble.

                                                                                 Carol Shields

Our Daughters are the most precious of our treasures, and the Dearest possessions of our Homes, and the object of our most watchful LOVE.

                                                                            Margaret Sangster

My Mother worried about me all of her life.  She longed for my happiness and well-being, and I suspect my illnesses were far harder on her than her own.  I know her prayers were with me wherever I went.

As my own daughters grow up, I know that I too will worry about them until the day I part from this earth.  I cannot protect them from all pain.  But my prayer for them is that they will be strong in Christ Jesus, that in Him they will find their peace.

I can trust their growing up years, their adult-hood, their old age, and even  their deaths to Him. For He will be with them when I am gone.

 

         Thank you Lord for the gift of My Own Precious Mother… Thank you for her love and kindnesses toward me.  I know she is there with you, and I Thank you for her faith that sustains me.

Thank you Lord for my very own Precious Little Girls.. Care for them… Watch over them, and lead them in the paths of truth.  May they always know you are there with them, no matter what the day brings!

Thank you, Lord for creating these wonderful women. I am ever Grateful for Mothers and Daughters!

                                                  Amen

Monday, October 7, 2013

In His Arms

“The Lord God is My strength, My personal Bravery and My Invincible Army.  He makes my feet like hinds feet, and will make me walk, not stand still in terror, but walk and make Spiritual Progress upon my High Places of Trouble, Suffering and Responsibility.” Habakkuk3:19

Yesterday morning I sat behind a young girl and her dad in the worship center during worship time. The girl had on a sundress, though it was very warm outside, it was rather chilly in the worship center…. As I watched, she first of all got her daddy’s hand and held it… then wrapped his arm around herself… and eventually moved up into his lap.

Watching her in her daddy’s lap reminded me of days long gone, when I too would climb up in my daddy’s lap. I remember feeling the love and warmth of my daddy’s arms… holding me, comforting me, whispering his love to me. Oh the joy of children wrapped in the arms of their ‘Daddy’.

I know my own children can remember the times spent with their daddy.. such a loving daddy…

But today, my mind turns to the One who is Truly my Father…

How on those days when I need those Huge Warm Arms wrapped tightly around me… He invites me to come to Him… climb up onto his lap and just rest. Oh the Joy, Comfort and Strength those arms afford me. The Peace that floods my soul… the hope that encourages me to walk on… to face the journey ahead.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly…

His love and encouragement give me the strength I need each day… to live… to love and to encourage those I find along the way…

Always Knowing in my Heart of Hearts… there is nothing that can separate me from Him, for His Love, from His care…

“The God of Angel Armies is Always by my side.”

He is ALWAYS in control!

In Him Always!

Sharon

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Imparting Faith

When I woke this morning, I heard the news that George Beverly Shea had passed away. Hearing this kind of gave me a chill.

One of my mother’s favorite songs was ‘How Great Thou Art’ which is a song that Mr. Shea sang. I can hear her singing that very song in my mind now.

Some days, especially today, I miss her until I ache. I miss her loving ways, her precious smile, but most of all, I just miss my mama.

I miss her steadfast and unwavering faith in our Loving God.  I miss our daily ‘chats’. I miss her hugs, her encouraging words, … I miss being able to put my head in her lap and have her stroke my hair, soothing my fears.

I know that God has a special place for her.. and I believe that she is joining her voice with that of George Beverly Shea today… Lifting their voices in Mighty praise of our Savior…. and that gives me cause to Hope…

“For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and in your mother, Eunice, I am sure that it is in you as well.” 2 Tim. 1:5

My mother caught her faith from her mother and father… I can never Thank God enough that He chose her to be my mother.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art!

Happy Happy Birthday, Mama!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stepping in the Light….

Old age

Recharging my Batteries!!

It seems that we have had a very long, dreary winter, Oh.. the weather hasn’t been that bad. We haven’t had the ice and snow that so many others have had.. if fact for the most part we have had a pretty mild winter.. but we have had some dark, cloudy, rainy days.  And seriously that has been good for our part of the country.. we needed the rain. It just seems we have been closed in longer than usual, which to be honest with you plays havoc with my state of mind. Yes, I know that it does the same to most of us.. the walls just seem to be closing in around us and we get Cabin Fever, BIG TIME!

Papa and I have been dealing with some frustrating issues, and now he is has a health issue and we are waiting for our doctors to decide how to proceed. It’s nothing earth shattering, just needs the right doctor’s attention, which we are finding often takes more time to be seen than ever before!!

So today, when we got up, the sun was out, the temp fairly mild, so I decided to take my cup of ‘Joe’ and sit on the porch in the sunshine!!

It amazes me each time how just those few minutes of quiet, solitude, and peace lifts my spirits. As I sat quietly on the porch, the world around me was alive with energy, and activity. The trees were filled with our beautiful little birds, and they were eating, singing, and calling out to each other.. the squirrels too were busy, digging up the ‘nuts’ they had stored away. The trees are awakening, and the grass, yes even the shrubs are sprouting, Yep, Spring seems to be on it’s way!

For over a week now the little finches have been fussing because there are no hanging baskets out yet for them to build their nest in… as that thought came to mind, a pileated woodpecker flew past and landed on a tree very near to where I was sitting… he called and called, then began to dance up the tree, eating as he did. In the distance I heard his mate call back. He continued his dance for a few more minutes then flew off to another tree in my neighbor’s yard, just as he did, she appeared, his mate.  She flew to the same tree he had just left, hmm, I think he must have told her.. ‘come over here, there are tasty treats in this tree.’. She too ate for a bit, then he called to her and off they flew.

Yep, that will recharge your batteries.. it seemed as if The Lord was saying, ‘See, Sharon, I take care of the least of these. How much more will I care of thee?”  Just another reminder of His Amazing and Almighty Love!  OH, the stories I could tell of how often He has comforted and cared for me!  I love sitting in the Sunshine, and soaking in The Son!!

Will you come join me… in the peace, calm, and quiet that He offers each of us????  Ahhh! Spring, ReBirth!!

In Him,

Always, Sharon

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Celebrating KareBear

KareBearOur youngest daughter has many nicknames…

I call her Kay Kay… Her Daddy calls her Munchkin…

She is also called “The Snow Princess”Kay Kay in the snow

Have you ever known anyone whose Birthday Month just suited them to a T???… if so then you understand.. Our Baby LOVES snow… Last year she celebrated her Birthday in Minnesota! Sadly there was no Fresh Snow! But it Was Cold… she told us she had never been so cold in all her life!

But there is so much more to her than that!

These are some of the things that remind me of her….

Baby Kay Kayfraggle_rock_thumbShe-Ra[3]lady n the tramp[2]

But none more than KareBear! and if you know her you understand why! Yes, the Snow Princess is most known as Karebear… because though she loves SNOW… she has a very warm, loving, caring, giving Heart!

Friday’s Child is Loving and Giving… Born at High Noon on a Friday…

Kay Kay at the Gamecock Nation Parade!![2]daddy's little girl 3

Yep, that’s Our Little Girl, Our KayKay, Munchkin, Daddy’s Little Girl.

“She Walks in Beauty as the Night.” Happy Birthday to our Special Winter’s Gift! Love you Baby!

Always,

Mommie… AKA… Mamacita

Thursday, January 3, 2013

What is That In Your Hand?

“Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2

The Lord reminded me this week of a sermon I heard a few years back, given by David Ring.  You may not know anything about David, but I will tell you that he is a gifted preacher.  The other thing you need to know about David is that he was born with cerebral palsy.  It is difficult at first to understand him, but oh it is so worth taking the time.

I heard David preach on the verse at the top… when he read the verse, it sounded like he said a wad, and not rod, so after letting everyone have a laugh, he decided to call it a stick.

Today I read the devotional book that Dan I use, I was again reminded that God uses people that others might think are inferior.

A lay preacher with limited education spoke at a service using Luke 19:21 as his text:, “Lord, I feared thee for you are an austere man.” The preacher thought the text was referring to an Oyster Man.

He explained how a diver must grope in dark, freezing water to retrieve oysters, cutting his hands on the sharp edges of the shells.  Once he has the oyster, he returns to the surface, holding it in ‘his torn bleeding hands’… He likened this to Christ descending from heaven to this earth, in order to retrieve humankind and bring them back up with Him, to the Glory of Heaven.  His torn and bleeding hands are a sign of the value He placed on us.

At the end of the service, 12 people received Christ.

So today, I am thanking God that he uses ‘”ordinary people'’ and circumstances to bring Glory to His name.

So, I ask you, what is that in YOUR hand?  Is it a rod, a stick, a child’s hand, a computer?

“We are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph. 2:10

Father, I praise you that I don’t have to be perfect to be used by you.  Show me, Lord, just What Is In My Hand??

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Experiencing Life… Together

                 Beloved_thumb_thumb

When it all began……

              Papa and Nana wedding day_thumb

We were just two young kids.. on a path that has lead to 45 years of Married Bliss…

                                                     Papa n me!

Well… we have shared Bliss and we have shared sorrow…but I believe that what has made it work is that we have Shared!  The BLISS and the Sorrow… and counted on Our God to sort it all out.

I have often heard it said that compromise is what makes marriage work.. but after all these years, I have come to realize it’s all about LOVE… lots and lots of Love.. Unconditional Love and understanding. Realizing that men and women are different…and accepting and embracing our differences in order to cooperate with each other as we walk this Path of Life together!!  Each partner bringing their gifts and talents to the partnership.. and embracing the gifts and talents of the other…we have become knit together for a Lifetime.

Easy??? Heck No!! but worth the love we share, the life we share… the loved ones we share…Yes!!

kids n me!Sunset Beach 2010

                               Boys!

and as I write this… many many memories come to mind, the good, the bad… the ugly… but all of this is a part of the story a part of Our Story..…part of our lives together.

We have learned so much and are still learning about how married life works…as we did the “Love Dare” together and Financial Peace.. we have been given true ‘nuggets’ to keep building our lives on…

Understanding that True Unconditional love is what it’s all about and why it is so Important in a Marriage relationship.

Partners for Life… Partners in Life…

and looking forward to many more years of

Life Together.

“Now these three remain, Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

I could write all of Chapter 13 here!!

Always,

Sharon