Saturday, January 23, 2016

In Six Months...

Today is my half birthday...
which means that in six months I will be turning 40!


(the party already started here)


And as I review life in my 30's...

lists I'd made

foiled plans
faded dreams

I am fresh

and focused
and free

realizing that my new list contains only four words...

"Enjoy and Just Be"



(sharing this today)

The Difference Between Being Here and Being Present

Remember roll call when we were kids?

And as the teacher "called roll"
we each waited to hear our name

so that we could answer

"here"...
"here"...
"here"...

"present"

(because there was always at least one student that deviated from the standard "here" reply)

to answer

"present"

And today as I rush around...

moving back and forth between
here and there

trying to balance

rules
roles
responsibilities

(with only five minutes until the next move)

I have finally come to understand the vast difference between...

"being here"

and

"being present"

Roll Call... Are you here or present?

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Time is Now

The time has finally come...
and we are ready

to move from one place
to the next

as we've been

talking about this
planning for this
praying for this

for what seems like years now

Even the day our furniture was scheduled to arrive

we waited
and waited

wondering...

where are they?
what is taking so long?
what is the holdup?

until I finally decided to go outside and look


and once outside

I heard
I saw
I clearly understood

that

His delay is not His denial

because the delivery truck had already arrived

The holdup?

The workers were trying to figure out how to unload the stuff (because
their truck was too large to turn onto the side street where we are located)

so they stopped traffic
asked the neighbors to move their cars and
slowly inched along the side of our building

to unload the 200 boxes containing our stuff

And as I watched
I realized that sometimes

sometimes

we are waiting on something from God

a prayer
a petition
a plan

and we are left waiting...

(not because He's slow or unwilling)

but because

the desire
the plan
the destiny

He has in mind for us is too big
for the little side street where we reside

so He has to

stop traffic
move things around
slowly inch along

to ensure that He doesn't tear up our street
while delivering our goods!

So even when it takes longer than five minutes, please know that...

His delay is not His denial

He is simply

prepping us
preparing us

because He cares for us

and the time is now!

Friday, January 1, 2016

A 1976 Birthday Party... 70's Music Mashup

For the rest of you who were born in 1976...
we have officially entered the year in which we will turn 40!

Tondra Denise-  (July 1976)

So I decided to start celebrating early...

remembering
listening and
sharing a song each week

from the music we grew up on

(The birthday celebration began here)

but there were so many other songs
that I decided to add a mashup of some other favorites

to commemorate the late 70's through the early 80's

I call this rendition...

"Back Down Memory Lane... to Good Times"