Let the rain kiss you.
I'm sure my Gram wasn't the first to say this nor will I be the last to repeat it. These sayings, old wive's tales, or poems each started somewhere and probably were modified along the way from the original wording. Regardless of their origin, it's important to remember they started somewhere.
WE started somewhere, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous -- how well I know it." Psalm 139:13-14 NLT
I believe the Bible and am encouraged to know God chose me and created me, He also selected my parents. Heidi and I were blessed to grow up with parents who love unconditionally and valued their role as Mom and Dad. A Heavenly Father and earthly parents who love us regardless the weather or storms of life.
Rain has a depressing effect on some, while others thrive in the rain. Why is this? Is it our genetic make up? Is it a chemical imbalance? Who knows, I don't, but there is one thing I'm sure off...we have a choice in the storm.
We can dance in the rain or drown. I wish I could tell you that I always dance, but I don't. Sadly, when we let the rain and weather win, the outcome is less than favorable. We need to recognize that a lot of the things happening in our lives is out of our control yet there are aspects we do have some say. I don't know about you but I'm a work in process.
There are times I should keep my mouth shut and don't. There are times I should open my mouth and share, and don't. Then there is the non-verbal talking...yikes...I'm failing there. One thing I realized yesterday as I let the evils of hurt, jealousy, exclusion, and pain eat at my heart...I wasn't looking up or leaning on The One who created me so many years ago.
If I'm to be a witness of God's love, grace, mercy, compassion, and ways then I need to be a good one. I apologize to you all for failing yet I share because we are all human and we fail. We sin. We make mistakes. To personalize this...I fail. I sin. I make mistakes.
Today, with my eyes looking up and my heart and ears open to hear God speaking to me...I choose to seek and share the color of the rainbow, not the darkness of the rain.
Clouds come floating into my life,
What will you focus on...the rain or the rainbow?
I'll start today's blog with a big THANK YOU! Many have posted words of encouragement for my Mom and the family since I shared of her recent cancer diagnosis. Some have sent cards and emails. Even more are praying and lifting her in your thoughts when God places her on your heart. I want to personally thank each of you, you're a blessing I count.
As you've noticed, Mom isn't able to respond to the blogs daily BUT she is reading them via her Kindle. I thought for this week's TOP's Tuesday I would do something different. To encourage my Mom, what if we have a "Share a Memory" or "Offer Words of Encouragement" to my life's greatest cheerleader? I thought you would enjoy joining this celebration...
Mom is getting up daily, walking to the kitchen table, and sitting in her new lift chair. She is enjoying times of reading and visiting. She munches on snacks throughout the day and her positive attitude is an inspiration to family and friends. Mom can't get out and about and we understand the reality of coming home with Hospice but there are also miracles still happening in this world. Hope must be the focus...
To keep hope, laughter, love, and joy the loudest of emotions...will you share a comment? Maybe you have a memory of my mom, Sue Allen, from your childhood? Adulthood? or at Work? Maybe God's placed a Bible verse or encouraging word on your heart you hoped to share? Here is one way you can do this. Mom might not be able to comment but she is reading.
This one's for you Mom...
The prognosis is a limited window of months,
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323