Unpublished Writings

I recently revisited some unpublished writings that I have.  I call them ramblings because they are simply my thoughts poured out upon a page.  I came across a writing from over the summer and I realized I must share it. Let me set the stage. If you have followed me then you know my story but for those of you who don’t I will recap quickly for you.  Last year my marriage fell apart and we sold our home, divided up our things and went our separate ways and was pursing divorce.  But leave it to God in the final …

A Call to Dream

As last year ended, I set and purposefully reflected on the past. Looking at goals I set, dreams achieved and the work God had done in my life.  I even looked at my failures and how I learned and grew from them. Then I begin to dream. I prayed asking God to draw out the dreams He put in my heart and to help me not to dismiss what seems too big or out of reach.  Then I just begin to write about whatever was on my heart. What would my life look like the next year personally, professionally, in …

Back To Your Roots

Over the past few weeks, I have been so busy and distracted that I felt a loss of creativity when I would write.  So last Sunday morning, I felt a need to get back to my roots. I grabbed my pen, journal and my travel mug of coffee, jumped in the 4 runner and headed off to the area where I grew up. There is a bridge I absolutely love not far from where my grandmother and aunts lived.  I used to drive down the old dirt road that lead under the bridge by the river. There was a large rock …

My Redemption Story

It was a Sunday and that means church.  But it was not the usual Sunday. With Christmas around the corner it was time to attend my grandson’s Christmas play.  Our daughter was in town and we decided to all go as a family. We arrived at church and socialized and showed off all our new grandbabies then settled into our seats.  As I sat there holding one of the little guys my heart flooded. I became undone. I looked to my left and to my right and I was surrounded by my family.  Then I heard “this is your redemption …

When He Feels Far Away

As I was getting ready for work one morning, I was thinking about how I felt congested, blocked and separated.  God had been feeling so far away. I knew He was with me but I couldn’t feel His presence. A friend had recommended a Julie True worship CD to me.  So, I went online and purchased it. As I began listening to the melody and words and the song “Enter In” came on.  Those words began to penetrate my heart and soon this dropped in my heart ‘enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise.  You must enter in My daughter. …

Miracle in Your Midst

Sitting this cold winter morning, Christmas music playing in the background, the tree lit and twinkling perfectly.  My favorite coffee mug in hand and a heart focused on Jesus. I sat thinking of the miracle Christmas story of a babe being born out of impossibility.  He was born as a gift to the world, that would actually change the world and save lives forever throughout history.  This was a true Christmas miracle. Fully wrapped in the moment my eyes were drawn to the photo Christmas Card tucked within the pine on my tree of our beautiful daughter, handsome son-in-law and …

He Is Guiding Our Steps

  It was a cool fall afternoon in Endless Mountains of northeastern, PA. The sun was shining and everything was turning brilliant colors all around us.  As much as I love the beach fall is really my favorite season. Maybe because it reminds so much of the season of my life. My husband and I love being outdoors so on this particular day we decided to go hiking at a local state park to see the beautiful waterfalls it is known for. We enter the park and first we select a trail. There are the beginners, intermediate and expert trails.  We …

Seasons Change

  I love fall.  I love sweaters, hoodies, boots, fuzzy blankets, camp fires and cool nights.  Ahh, think about the feelings you have just thinking about fall.  There is something about fall.  There is something so inspiring when the air gets a little cooler and the leaves begin to change color and fall to the ground. This is my favorite season.  God speaks to me and inspires me through the beauty of fall.  I watch the leaves change and I feel joy.  I often think how can a season of death and dying bring such joy and pleasure. All then …

The Secret Place

We all long for a place to retreat to away from the busyness of life, the loudness of our everyday and cares of this world. We all long for a secret place to just simply be still. As the days are becoming shorter and the air cooler and fall  has arrived I feel this longing more. My heart is so inspired by the fog lifting in the early morning hours, the beautiful color of the leaves changing and falling to the ground. Because of this a friend shared this beautiful image with me. It immediately made me think of the …

Baby It’s Cold Outside

The seasons are changing.  The days are getting shorter.  The temperature is dropping.  Dorothy, we aren’t in Kansas anymore.  Yes, summer has officially ended and here in Pennsylvania Fall is in full swing. The temperature outside reveals the temperature inside. In the mornings inside the house it feels so cold until we step outside.  We can better feel the warmth inside.  We can be deceived of our current condition.  We can be warm when we thought we were hot or cold when we thought we were warm.  It takes a climate change to reveal the real and truly show us …

With Every Sunset

I sat watching yet another beautiful fall sunset over the lake where I recently have moved.  If you know me, I am always chasing the sun.  I love watching the sun rise but I find deep soulful moments watching the sunset at night. So this night I caught a few great shots on my cell phone for me to attempt to capture that moment.  I truly love sunsets.  The beauty of God’s creation captivates me.  I love how every sunset is different yet it remains a sunset.  No matter where you are in the world you know the sun will …

A Season of Death and Dying

I stand, lost in the sight before me.  I am looking through the window completely raptured in the thoughts racing through my mind.  As I watch leaves fall to the ground I can feel the cool air radiating through the glass.  One by one, the leaves fall and I notice the beautiful colors of orange, yellow, red and brown.  The leaves have died.  The trees are almost empty now.  I find peace in this moment.  I found comfort even surrounded by death.   Summer is past, we are moving through the season of death, and dying before winter comes.  This reality …