Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Sky is Crying

I awoke far too early this morning, unable to fall back asleep though the sound of rain pattering on our roof often acts as a sleep aid for me.  Perhaps the numerous thoughts prancing about inside my head are partly due to waking up too early and feeling sleepy at present, but just the same, I felt the need to make a post. To share some of the thoughts so that they will run off onto this "page" and out of my head.  Perhaps then I can take a little nap and truly rest!  :-)

The sky is crying today. I know not what for.  Its tears have been falling since last night, apparently there is something to cry about.  The yard is land of miniature lakes now, every leaf awash and twigs acting as lonely ferries as they slowly move across the face of the each tiny pond.  The air looks heavy even from my window, and the heavens sigh as the tears fall fast.

I love a rainy day.  I do.  Many folks I know hate rainy days.  But I have never seen the sense in that.  We could go with the old adage (I think it's an actual adage? Or perhaps I just thought of it? I don't know honestly), if we never had rainy, gray days then we'd never fully appreciate the dry and sunny days.  But I love the rainy days for themselves.  There is something almost magical about a rainy day.

I wouldn't want to have rainy days all the time. After about 4 days to a week of rain, I also grow weary of the gray, dull light and the constant wetness that seems to seep into every corner and sort of absorb you into its cloak.  But for a few days, even, I can love it.

The sky is crying.  I know not what for.  But as I sit here and listen and watch its tears fall, soft and steady from the swollen clouds above, I hope that it knows that someone appreciates its tears.  Someone listens, watches, is grateful and understanding.  For whatever reason, the sky is crying.  And it is a soothing sound.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Life is Good?

Hello Friends! 

Life is Good.  We hear this often enough.  A phrase toted about by people in a good mood, when everything in their life is falling into place and they couldn't be happier if they took a free flight to the moon. Right?  Life is Good.  There is even a company that makes their living mainly off this phrase with their apparel and accessories. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the stuff that company makes, I have a little backpack and a shirt of theirs and both are sweet, optimistic, and cute.  But here is my thought today, as this statement becomes more of a question: Life is Good?

What about Life is inherently Good?  Nothing.  Now before your eyes grow wide and you gasp in shock at this "pessimistic" pronouncement, let me explain my line of thinking here.

Life, in and of itself, is not good.  Think about it . . . how many times have you found yourself battered, broken, barely breathing and clinging on to the last piece of driftwood floating by you on the tumultuous "sea of life"?   How many times have you been dealt a sudden blow by "life" that you couldn't have seen coming in a million years?  What about when something dreadful has happened to you or to a loved one of yours and someone shrugs it off with a simple, "Yeah, well, that's life"??

Life, in and of itself, is rarely ever good.  That is just reality.  I have been there, seen that, and am sure you have too.

Now for the bright side of this thought: GOD IS GOOD.  God is Good ALL the time.  Life CAN be good because GOD is good.  Without God, life is nothing, life isn't pleasant, life is extremely far beyond difficult, life is often unkind, and even more often unfair.  Am I right?

So as you go about your day today, do us both a favor.  Don't simply think to yourself when things are looking up and the sun is shining and your relationships are smoothly sailing along, that "Life is Good," as if Life has any way to contribute anything worth having on its own.  Let me re-emphasize, on its own.  Rejoice in the fact that life is going well for you . . .but think about the ultimate fact that the only way our life is good is because we serve a God Who is inherently GOOD.  Think to yourself today, "God is good! That means my life is good! I can rejoice in God Who makes my life good!"  And give thanks to the One who makes our lives good.  Good even when the storms are raging, and when we are tossed about with the latest squall and feel like we cannot take another step in the right direction. Good when we wake up with a song in our heart and words of sweet encouragement on our lips. Without Him, the phrase Life is Good would be an appealing phrase but ultimately, a lie.

 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:16,17

(italics my are my own)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

11 Facts About Me! And Check Below in Case You Have Been Tagged!

My dear blogger friend, Evelien from A Glimpse of Me tagged me when she recently made up the list of 11 facts about herself!  So I'm going to attempt it too and at the end will tag 11 people so look for your name to continue this fun post!  :-)  Thanks, Evelien!

So here are the rules of this tag:
1. Post 11 things about yourself on your blog
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you and create 11 new questions for the
people you tag
3. Choose 11 people to tag and link them on your post
4. Go to your page and tell them you've linked them
NO tag backs! 

11 Things About Me . . . . . 

1. The state wherein I reside is also the place I have lived for the longest time of anywhere, EVER! 
2. I am married to a wonderful man, namely my husband Joe who loves and inspires me.
3. I do not like to say goodbye . . . so I say "see you soon," instead.  
4. I actually like precious gemstones such as ruby, emerald and blue sapphires MORE than diamonds! 
5. I am an avid reader.
6. I like to play Sims 3!  :-) 
7. I have TWO dogs and TWO rabbits for pets!  And, random fact - rabbits have DOUBLE chins! They're just called a "dewlap"!  hahaha 
8. I love Jesus! 
9. I love the color purple almost as much as I do my favorite since I was little, the color blue! 
10. I want to visit Italy someday. 
11. I would be THRILLED to live in San Diego, California or close by! 

Now for the questions Evelien asked me. . . . . 

1. My favorite dessert is a toss-up between Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake and Lemon Cake.  
2. I am a full time graduate student studying to be a counselor (psychologist). 
3. I do have a husband! Married almost two years now! 
4. I celebrated the New Year by watching the ball drop in NYC on t.v. and snuggling with my husband!
5. I live in the Southern USA. 
6. Definitely prefer reading the book 9/10 times!  However, I can also enjoy a good movie! 
7. My favorite room . . . .probably living room. Because I can snuggle on the couch and read or watch tv!
8. I play piano!
9. Oh just one blog for a favorite? That's hard! Well I love LeAnna's blog, ThoughtsnWhatnots.
10. I guess I do like tag-posts! This is my first! 
11. The only thing I might not like about blogging, is when I do NOT blog due to time constraints, or lack of energy or motivation!  :) 

Here are my questions for the folks I will tag:

1. What is your favorite breakfast food?
2. What is your least favorite food? 
3. If you had to pick the worst color you could wear, what would that color be for you?
4. What is your favorite genre in books? 
5. What is your least favorite genre for movies?
6. When was the last time you gave someone a hug?  Who did you give it to?  :-) 
7. When did you last see a sunrise? 
8. Can you say the alphabet backwards?
9. Where do you live? (again, no addresses please!) 
10. Are you married or do you have a special someone? 
11. Do you have any pets or wish that you did? 

Now for the people I am going to tag!