Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Brighten The Corner Where You Are

I've loved singing since I was a child. I grew up going to Sunday School with the "ideal" teacher, Clara. She loved everything we said and did, well almost everything. (Sidenote: I remember when she had to talk to my Mom because another little girl could no longer attend SS because of my influence.) Truth be known, I was a closet playdough and white paste eater. Now for some of you, you may be thinking, now that explains everything.

She taught me many songs with her autoharp. It is amazing the things we store in our minds and our recall. A lot of those simple songs have come back to me as an adult. Simple songs, big messages. The songs I especially remember have to do with light, "I'll Be A Sunbeam," "Brighten The Corner Where You Are," "This Little Light of Mine," to name a few.

Everyday I do not go out my door thinking warm "sunny" thoughts but I am trying to be more intentional with my thoughts and actions. As I have sung the lyrics to myself, it has made me aware of the many people I meet each day, that I have the option what I want to reflect.

For me, it all comes from the spiritual source in my life, God. I do not want to legislate my beliefs or criticize anyone for theirs. I just want to live out a life that is consistent with what I believe.

Today I choose to "brighten the corner where I am," how about you? I

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Julia and Julia inspired

It is funny when I least expect it or how I have schemed in my mind, how God may answer my prayers.....he surprises me. Now, this is a good kind of surprise because his ways are so much higher than mine. I would settle for so much less. Less in who I am, in how he provides, how he whispers to me at times and then others puts a bullhorn in my ear.

Julia and Julia, was such a God blessing to me. Did Nora Ephron know when she wrote it, or Julie Powell that wrote the book, "with the language" know the laughter and blessing it would be? I don't think so but for me it was just what I needed.

The older I get the more I see "what I don't know" and how much I need to learn. Sometimes I can be so "thickheaded" in showing God my blueprint for my life. I am sure he has a good laugh and then says, "we'll see about that"