Monday, September 30, 2013

Song of the Day... "Victory Shall Be Mine"

Just a couple of weeks ago I was driving through town *singing*

If I hold my peace
let the Lord fight my battles
victory, victory shall be mine 

It was a new twist
to an old favorite
and it carried me all through that week...

I recorded it on my phone the following Monday to share with friends
then had technical difficulties...

I re-recorded it that Wednesday on my camera to share with family
then we suddenly lost a loved one...

Everything was put on hold as we took time to...

grieve
and
celebrate 

a life

lived
and
loved

And during that moment of pause I was reminded of human

frailty
strength
resilience

and the song continued to carry me

If I hold my peace
let the Lord fight my battles
victory, victory shall be mine

Then I gained fresh perspective one day as I read about
Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush

God spoke
Moses questioned

God clarified
Moses doubted

God reassured
Moses worried

Finally fed up, God asked

"What is that in your hand?  Use that."

And I heard Moses begin to sing...

If I hold my piece
let the Lord fight my battles
victory, victory shall be mine

I had to laugh out loud as I shared
my discovery with my cousin, the lawyer,
who knows all too well about fighting and winning battles

because

there are times to "hold your peace"

and then

there are times to "hold your piece"

and as

I read
I remembered

that Moses used that same rod many times to

glorify God
perform miracles
bring victory

and just when he thought that his enemy had him cornered 
he cried out to God again and God responded

Why are you crying to me?
I told you to use what you have in your hand!

Well, in this life we face many enemies, and must constantly learn and relearn
how to use what God has given us to conquer them...

Thoughts of doubt and insecurity?
 Trust in the Lord with all your heart... Proverbs 3:5

Thoughts of anxiety and uncertainty?
Cast all of your cares on Him... 1 Peter 5:7 

Thoughts of fear and depression?
God has not given us the spirit of fear... 2 Timothy 1:7 

So go ahead and pick up

your weapon
your Word

for your warfare

and learn how to
hold your peace /"hold your piece"

all the way to victory!

Check out a snippet of the song below...


"Victory Shall Be Mine"


video

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Got a "New" Black Dress... and it Cost $2!

When our local thrift store hosted an "end of season" $2 sale,
I went to see what I could find for the kids
 
Although shopping for myself had not been in the initial plan,
I somehow still managed to end up in the dresses section,
where lo, and behold, what did I find?
 
A new black dress!

I snatched it off of the rack, pulled out two dollars,
and began putting my new black dress to work!



 
And of course we can't forget my same black dress...
 
worn with a crisp white blouse and blazer
 
paired with a skirt and a jean jacket

 
 
and dressed down with leggings and sandals for a comfy casual look


With weather cooling, Fall Fashions should be coming soon!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Detangle With Care

Long play days...
Summer swimming and daily neglect...
Coily twists added to the mix...

That combination must have been what almost had my daughter's hair permanently loc'ed

I had twisted it before I left town, only to return wondering...

How did you manage to get this tangled?

We had found our way back to our hair sessions, life lessons


Come have a seat...
bow your head...
trust me...

as I moisturize and gently run my fingers through your hair
detangling with care

Feeling each knot
and acknowledging it
causing it to slip out with minimal effort

saving almost all of the hair

Knowing that what refused to surrender to my gentle prod was already

dead
shed
and needed to be placed to the side to be discarded

I'm finding that life is almost just like that at times

I have some knots refusing to surrender...

So I must be willing to have them removed and placed to the side

Long work days...
Summer recreation and daily responsibilities...
with life's twists added to the mix...

The combination conspiring to permanently lock me into a situation
that I thought I had under wraps, only to look up and wonder...

How did I manage to get this tangled?

So I go back to what I've learned

Take a seat...
bow my head...
trust as God moisturizes

allowing His hand to gently sweep over me

as He detangles with care

 
Next hair lesson... The Hair Dance

Friday, September 6, 2013

Back to School Blues

I could feel it in the air...

restlessness
anxiousness
excitement

and

nervousness

A serious case of the "Back to School Blues"

We'd been preparing for weeks...

school uniforms
new shoes
notebooks and supplies


and yet it still managed to catch me off guard

It happens every year,
and I know why


a new watch  
a combination lock for a middle school locker

with
football added to the mix

and yet this is still not getting any easier

heart racing
mind roaming
house so quiet I can hear it moan

(realizing that it has the "back to school blues" too)

because
not so long ago there were children running around this place

and now it is...

so still

Five of my former childcare students also entered "big school" yesterday
and it was not any easier

Until today...

as I dropped the kids off at school, and saw one of those former students

backpack in tow

focused
determined
marching off to class

and asked...

"So how was your first day of kindergarten?"

He looked up at me with big brown eyes

and a smile that melts my heart every time
and said without hesitation...

"I survived"

and I knew

from that smile and
those words

that it was God

speaking
reminding
promising

that these

"Back to School Blues"

will
also
soon
fade...

First day of school for 6th grade and 4th grade

Monday, September 2, 2013

Leave Your Mark




He appeared small and insignificant
and we would have missed him altogether had he not left a mark;

a mark signifying the impression of his presence

It was early morning, and perhaps

no one had noticed
no one could see
no one even cared

But his mark was undeniable...

and even though we almost missed Him

He left a mark

an undeniable impression on our souls
(signifying His ever-presence)

His mark is undeniable
and reminded us as we left our house that morning (and saw this mark)

that no matter

how big
how small
how insignificant

we may appear to be

to this world...
in this world...

we should always... always... always remember to leave a mark