Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tears of Joy's official.....I am touched to the core of my being. Why? Well......struggling with the diabetes issue has been a bugger. Why? Because:
1. I hate being to told what to do.
2. I hate planning anything, particularly food.
3. I did this to myself and I haven't quite forgiven myself.
4. Focus and discipline are the two qualities that I am currently working on and have not obtained in the least it feels that way, particularly related to well, just about everything right now except the fact that I love my LORD with everything in me. why am I touched right now? "Touched" not meaning knocked crazy in the head....but my heart swells with appreciation of the eloquence of the words of others and with the grace and mercy that GOD pours into my life daily.....yes....daily.

So, having given myself a bit of a go on my own with little resources or assistance to adhere to a balanced dietary intake that keeps me feeling light and good and, well, let's just say, it has not been one of my more glorious undertakings. So, after praying this morning what do I stumble over on the web that eluded me previously? Yep.....the exact resources I needed. I guess I was not truly ready for them prior to today. Sometimes it takes the stubbing of a toe to succeed. is good. Opening up the lovely organizer my sweetie gave me at Christmas, I turned to a quote I took down when I started school and it has been quite inspirational to me all this time. It brought tears to my eyes this morning because the gentle nudge the website I discovered gave me about just getting back up and moving forward.....that it was not an unusual thing to "fall off the wagon" and the importance of just moving forward. With that said:

"My energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter.... we persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them."
~William Hazlitt~

I don't even know who this William is, but I am going to find out after I post this.....he said it good, huh?
And then the calendar page from a recent day had another lovely quote on it:

"Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed."
~Corita Kent~

Yet another person I shall check out. Her name is familiar; so is William's. It will probably be one of those "oh yeah, now I remember them" moments. Fun times.....

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ripple Effects of a Life

With each decade of a life come new considerations. This morning a reflective question in my current Bible study in Ruth (which has been absolutely awesome, for sure!) gave me pause. As I began to list my thoughts and feelings about my own legacy, the fact that it kept growing and growing and growing just astounded me. Who knew? I certainly had never given it this kind of thought before. Oh, I've prayed about leaving a legacy that honored the LORD....why else would I be here? My lifelong prayer and focus has been to bring honor to His Name, Glory to His existence, and to be useful to Him to establish and develop the Kingdom of GOD.

And then I saw it....the ripple effects that a life has on all it touches. We never know. We never know. Like the motion the water takes on as the wind or even a slight breeze touches it. The ripples that emit from a bird landing or a fish surfacing for air. The thrust from a boat cutting through the body of the water. And then there is the pebble effect. It is perhaps my favorite. Pebbles have to be tossed in by, for example. I liken the pebble effect to those times throughout normal daily activities we smile at a person, we address someone with a greeting or carry on an uplifting conversation with a stranger. We never know the actual effect it has on their life. Given that the majority of my conversations with strangers these days are held in a hospital, I can only imagine what chaos their lives may be in. The kindness of strangers is never to be taken lightly. I know the effect that a smiling face, a kind word, a gentle touch has on me .... just in passing ... random acts of kindness.......

So, my commitment to always carry light and love, no matter in what dose, everywhere I go is not a light (no pun intended) thing. It has the potential for eternal effects. Ripple effects........
of a life.

Just call me GOD's little pebble.

Sharoni voice to those with none....