Archive | September 2012

All in a Row…


Yes, that’s how I like it…all in a row. Everything nice, neat and in order. I like it that way, but often times things in my life aren’t so cooperative. I like having the details planned out and all things accounted for. Planning for what is expected to happen and troubleshooting what may go wrong. Knowing A to Z. No Surprises or mishaps. Order. Control.

No, that’s not reality. Nothing has a perfect plan. No matter how much we try, nothing is entirely without flaw or element of the unexpected or the unintended.

Anyway, it would not do us any good in the long run. If everything was fail proof we wouldn’t grow, develop, discover, uncover. We wouldn’t expand or create. We wouldn’t know what is inside of us. Sometimes it is the unexpected, the unrehearsed, the thing that you would have never thought of happening, popping or showing up that gives us the most “stretch” and experience.

Yes, I have to remind myself. I can’t have complete order of everything. I need to plan for what I can and then just go with the flow for the rest.

Order is good, but it can be boring depending on what it relates to. Diversity and change can be a welcomed element at the end of a thing if not sometimes at the beginning.

I can think of countless times of things not happening the way I set out for them to and in the end it worked out for the better. From the simplest act of missing a turn while driving only to find there was an accident on the route I would have gone. If I hadn’t misplaced my keys and left later than usual I would have been stuck in traffic. Another instance was if things worked out where I moved to the states last year, I would have missed an opportunity to travel to the Philippines on a short term medical mission trip earlier this year. It was a matter of being in the right place for opportunity at the right time. Well, now I’m back in the states where I started out a year ago. This time with many wonderful experiences behind me.

So no, life doesn’t have everything laid out neatly all in a row. But do we really want it that way?

What interruptions in your life (big or small) have taken place only to find later that it was actually a blessing in disguise?

As I look and live ahead I must keep in mind that “all things work together for good…” Romans 8:28

That Peaceful Place…



We each have one. That place where we like to go and escape from the busyness of our routine, the busyness of our minds.

What does your place look like?

I have several. Some you can’t even physically get to. Due to the demands of the day, there is a place in my “mind” that I allow to give me a peaceful moment when I can’t get away. A one minute holiday! Works wonders to get yourself back on track, motivated, refreshed and revived. Sometimes we don’t even realize our condition. We just go through treating most things mundane and mediocre. Or we get so bogged down, that the weight of things begin to be too much.

It’s great to have that peaceful place you can go. For some it may only come once a year in the form of a vacation. Others may have a hobby or sport they can routinely participate in. Still others, like me have many “outlets” to provide my escape. Life is full of wonderful places, adventures and enjoyments. We just have to take advantage of them.

So step out and do the things that you enjoy. Take time to smile, laugh, or do something you haven’t done in ages. Go out and seek a place that you’ve never been before. Often times you don’t have to go very far. You’ll be surprised of all that is out there waiting to be discovered. You’ll be more surprised at what lies inside you waiting to be released.

Take a moment, a minute holiday. Take a few hours, a day, a week, a weekend and find that place that will offer you peace and enjoyment. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy you. If anyone else happens to come along…the more the merrier.

Enjoy Life in the midst of life.




Layers and layers…Where’s the real you? An onion is usually what first comes to mind when you use an illustration or object lesson regarding layers. My thought, an onion is too neat. In relation to my life, my personality, my make up, I think of garlic. Garlic, my “Stinky Rose!” Garlic is much more complicated than an onion. A bulb of garlic has numerous cloves attached to one another neatly covered with thin layers of additional skin. Layer after layer you peel til you get to a clove, that is covered in yet more layers.

Yes, that closely describes our make up.

What is beneath the surface of our outward appearance?

We have gifts, talents, dreams, hopes, desires and even fears bulging from within. Just like the garlic bulb they are not discovered til you go beneath the outer skin. We carefully choose what within ourselves we will allow to be uncovered and released. Some layers we don’t want to be exposed. We are hesitant, reluctant, scared, protective. Yet, the clove of a garlic cannot be enjoyed or experienced if left in it’s hidden state.

Even when you leave the bulb whole and you bake or roast it, the garlic softens. The flavor is wonderful when the layers of skin are removed. A little “heat” in our lives (circumstances, situations, experiences, challenges) they too can add substance, strength and character to who we are. We just have to learn to remove the many layers that tend to cover who we really are. When our true selves are revealed others can enjoy all and who we were created to be.

A head or bulb of garlic usually contains about 10 cloves. 1 clove = 1 teaspoon chopped garlic = 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder = 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes = 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic = 1/2 teaspoon garlic juice

…Wow, look at all the equivalents in a clove of “Stinky Rose.” Now think of all the versatility that resides in you underneath all those layers. Amazing!!

A Place to Sit…




Come, sit. Take a load off of your feet. It’s been a long day…a long journey. Come sit down and rest a while. That’s what we must do with our dreams sometimes. Let them sit for just a little while. Put them on hold, but never let go. Delays are not bad, they just interrupt. So take a break from what you can’t yet achieve only to regroup and get started again fresh, new, revived. A seed planted takes time to grow. You must water, fertilize, feed and give it sunlight. Nurture it and watch it grow. Our dreams also must be nurtured and each day you’ll get closer. Just know it’s okay if it takes a while as long as you get back to it. So come on, take a seat and sit awhile. Don’t you just love those seats for two!

I”m Not Real Sure…




Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have often heard this phrase. We each have our own preferences. Yet, we should all be able to find the good, the beauty, what’s right within. Whether it be a situation, a person, an object… if we look hard enough; if we look deep enough we should be able to find the positive. Beauty is only skin deep. This is another popular phrase. But Character and integrity are aspects that are not found on the surface, but deeper. Surface is good, but what lies on the inside at the core of a thing is just as important if not more. Take time to do some inventory. Examine yourself. Purify your heart. Make sure what is showing on the outside is truly reflective of what is on the inside.