Encouragement, Poems/Songs

Life Happens

 

It is the middle of the night and here I am writing to whomever may read this.

  • Many loved ones (friends and family) are on my mind right now.
  • Life has happened to me and to them.
  • Life has effected even you.
  • We all are on this road that has twists and turns, beautiful scenery but also stormy, difficult and sometimes devastating roads that must be crossed on this journey called Life.

We make a plan, start our journey, see our goals being met and are peacefully enjoying the trip.

  • Suddenly out of nowhere we stumble across obstacles on our pathway.
  • So much of the time, this is the way Life goes.
  • There’s a line from a song that comes to mind...”I didn’t promise you a rose garden.”
  • With roses there always come thorns.

When this happens, what do we do?

  • Some of us too many times make poor choices.
  • I feel safe in saying that all of us at one time or another have wanted to choose what really is a selfish way out.
  • We take the easy road and quit.
  • We give up or make a wrong turn.
  • We live in denial.
  • We grieve and have a life long pity party.
  • We seek escape by working too much or indulging in too many pleasures.
  • We may hide ourselves in front of our electronic devices.
  • We blame ourselves and withdraw from life.

When this happens, what SHOULD we do?

  • The poet Robert Frost put it this way: “The best way out is always through.”
  • We pick ourselves up and STAY ON THE ROAD.
  • Choose a good support system: faith, prayer, family, friends.
  • Talk to yourself in a positive manner.
  • Fill your mind with the things that encourage you.
  • See the beauties of nature and listen to the message she teaches us all.
  • Put the words angry and bitter out of your life.
  • Leave dreary, negative entertainment alone.
  • Always believe in yourself and others.
  • Be of help to someone else.
  • Let your life and love shine.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Keep on, keeping on.

The good news is: no matter how disturbing and restless the night…

  • The morning always breaks through to dispel the darkness.
  • This truth was brought home to me in a very significant and powerful manner.
  • It was a long, painful and tortuous night.
  • At times I felt my heart would burst and I would not survive the approach of a new day. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 kjv).
  • You will make it through.

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark.

At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky

And the sweet, silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind.

Walk on through the rain.

Though your dreams be tossed and blown.

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart.

And you’ll never walk alone.

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart.

And you’ll never walk alone.

You’ll never walk alone.

(You’ll Never Walk Alone: Rodgers and Hammerstein 1945 from the musical Carousel)

This Song has been an important part of my thought life for many, many years.

  • I heard it for the first time when I became a member of the seventh grade choir in Junior High School.
  • The music and lyrics have stayed with me since that time.
  • The words are beautiful, true and challenging.
  • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has in many ways been my “go to” song when Life Happens.
  • I know I don’t walk alone.
  • That thought has been my constant companion through the rough times; the darkest of nights.
  • It can be yours. 

“The strongest people are not 

those who show strength

in front of us, but those 

who win battles we know nothing about.”

–Anonymous

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Encouragement, Life's Journey

Rain

DSCN3147 ……January 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

The fruitful life needs showers as well as sunshine….It rained today.  An all-day, slow, steady rain.

  • God spoke through the rain.
  • It spoke of drought, of storms, of freshness, of beauty, of ugliness, of the future, and of human nature….my nature.

There are some people who complain about the rain because it’s a dreary day or interferes with their plans, it’s an inconvenience to them.

  • But, our state, our property has been dry for too long.
  • Homes, trees, vegetation, animals, and human lives have been lost because of the lack of rain.

As I watched the rain and thought upon the issues of life. 

  • I noticed the trees.  Except for the evergreens, they were barren; their leaves were gone.
  • Their skeleton limbs reached for the sky — waiting for a new birth to once again be clothed in the majesty God had planned for them.
  • It is the same in our lives.  We forget God and the showers He wants to pour out on us.
  • We have a drought in our lives and we become dry and brittle.  Some even die in that state.

The Old Testament in Amos 8:11 speaks of a famine, not of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the Word of God.

  • Today some have the privilege of still hearing His Word.
  • Sadly they make themselves unavailable, or they may hear;  but not with the heart.
  • Jesus said: “they that have ears, let them hear.”

Sometimes with the rain comes storms.

  • Oh, the storms of life.
  • They test us, they break our hearts, they teach us, they strengthen us.

After the storm comes relief.

  • Calmness, blue skies, a freshness to our lives and the birth of a new path for our lives.

Rain is the servant of God’s plans to grow us.

  • As the trees, may you and I always be reaching for the heavens.
  • May His blessings fall on your life and mine.
  • Thank you God for the rain.

 

“Let but thy heart become a valley low, 

And God will rain on it till it will overflow.”  

(unknown)

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