Saturday, September 29, 2012

what do you run to?

Who do you run to?
Where do you run
when your heart hurts
and your soul is restless and seeking....
When there is a great big empty space in your heart
that hurts and won't be still?
This world that we live in
 has nothing to satisfy our craving for 
in our innermost being. 
None of these work....
their pursuit may bring temporary relief
but the hurting heart remains,
the pain rising once again to the surface
when the panacea is over.
The God of heaven created us for Himself.
He knows the frame of mankind.
He knows that we are happiest and most content
when we are seeking Him.
For myself,
and I have learned this in the
 "Life School of Very Hard Knocks,"
the only way I can
quiet my soul and bring peace to my heart is in
His Word.
I run to it and let it soothe
as nothing else on this earth can do.
Read God's word....
It fills the empty void with truth.
You will know God's plans
and why things are as they are in this world.
The believer's life will still be difficult
because this earth is not our permanent home,
but your life will be filled with
the joy of the Lord
 which is utterly indescribable.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

gathering my thoughts

You guys are so great to keep checking my blog.
When I fell
all of my thoughts
tumbled out of my head
and I am just now starting to be able
to gather them up again.
Working on getting the blog going again...
Thanks for your patience.
"The principal prayer
and aim
of all Christians should be that ...
'We walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
 being fruitful in every good work,
and increasing in the
knowledge of God.' "
AW Pink ~ Colossians 1:10 
Working on that verse as it applies to my life.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

bleach it girl!

This is for
Amanda and Erika and myself
and all you other girls out there who
couldn't keep house without
Clorox Bleach.
This is also to all of the new
and nearly new outfits
that have been ruined in some form or another
 by this same substance.
Bubba's Aunt Dottie
always complimented me
on having the whitest whites
she had ever seen.
I did share my secret with her and now all of you.
I just love this picture and had to share.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

happy first day of fall

There has been a lot of talk about "fall" lately.
The seasons they have changed once again.
Where did summer go?
Seems like it went by in a flash.
Fall is nice if summer has to go.
Lovely weather for the most part,
but the days are getting shorter and shorter
and winter is coming.
It makes me shiver just to think about it.
whoever they are,
say it's going to be a really cold one this year.
I posted the picture above as a haunting reminder of
"the other fall."
The bike and the scattering of fall leaves....
fitting I would say.
Bubba is trying to encourage me to get
back on my bike.
"Not yet," I said.
I want the goose egg on my forehead to go away....
I want to be able to eat right
and walk without feeling like I'm going to stumble over.
I want all of those things that were
shook up in my head
to be quiet and still for awhile.
I want to feel normal again.
One day real soon I will,
but not right now....thank you.
"For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again....."
Proverbs 24:16
The above verse is speaking of another kind of "fall,"
falling into sin.
When we fall into sin,
we are able to "rise again"
because of the shed blood of our
Jesus Christ.
(needed to clarify that verse.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

love & light

Once upon a time,
when I was a little girl,
I had a playhouse out in the backyard.
Every day it was my job
to go out and care for my babies.
Most days
my friend Loucinda joined me
 and the two of us played
 until the sun went down and
we couldn't play any more.
Isn't it funny that we never played
I guess it was too far ahead
 for a couple of eight, nine, ten year old girls
to imagine themselves with
gray hair and,
grown children,
who had their own kids.
I say all of that to say this....
Earlier in the week I got this in an e-mail from Lou.
I hope you don't mine if I share.
I want it here on my blog for posterity.
It touched me in a way few thing do.....
"Dearest Girlfriend Grammy.....
I had been waiting for that photo of the Fab Five
(referring to the picture of the children I posted a few days ago.)
I knew you would post a picture of those kids together....
Those babies/children,
those beautiful,
utterly unique
Cleland grandkids.
I laughed out loud and felt in my heart when I saw those faces......
My friend Cathy's beautiful babies....
they will always be our babies."
I love this and I love you dear friend.
Why do you think we never played
(both pictures taken by Erika....can't you tell?)

Monday, September 17, 2012

weaving an intricate web

The light was brighter than any I'd ever seen.
The doctor had on a pink shirt and a tie
with tiny ballerinas all over it.
Later he told me that it was his daughter.
Standing over me,
with the light creating an aura, 
it looked as if he was weaving an intricate web.
Over and under...
to this side and that,
back and forth
and then up and down.
he was sewing my lip back in place.
The impact when I hit the ground
split my bottom lip wide open.
Even with numbing,
it hurt like crazy.
was watching the procedure
from the foot of my bed.
Over and over,
I kept saying to myself,
"Thank You God."
"In my distress I called upon the Lord,
and cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
and my cry came before Him,
even to His ears."
Psalm 18:6
God got me through....He always does!
Thank You God.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Harry #5

This little boy is as sweet as they come.
He has been a joy in our life for five years now.
At the same time that my mom and Bubba's mom passed on from this earth,
Harry was born and came to be with us.
His life has not been without struggles.
None of us can imagine what pain he endures.
He has many hardships to overcome....
but we do know that he lives
 with a smile on his face
and love in his heart
for all of us that hold him dear.
Harry had his Spiderman party while we were at
Hilton Head.
He got Legos for the first time.
He and his dad went right to work building them together.
Harry is overcome with joy
when he gets his gifts.
He is in so much awe that he is rendered immobile for a while.
I like that in him...
He savors the moment and holds it dear.
Harry is growing tall and strong.
He got rainbow sherbert at the ice-cream shop last night.
He got to sleep in his sleeping bag all week in the same room with his cousins.
I love you!
You give me hope.
How sweet it was of God to give you to us!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

the fab five

For my friends who are not on facebook
I share this photo with you tonight.
Amanda & Erika
had a photo shoot last night
and this was the first shot taken.
Thought you would enjoy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

the tale of the ill-fated bike ride

It was an idyllic morning...
very early,
when Lucy and I set out to see the alligator in the lagoon.
Our ride had been pleasant,
On the turn to come home,
we were laughing.
I was telling her that Lindsey called alligators
alligingins when she was a little girl.
All of a sudden she turned right in front of me.
She had spotted a circular driveway that looked enticing.
When I hit the asphalt with a thud,
I knew it was bad.
I was on my hands and knees
with a huge amount of blood pooling beneath me.
Lucy was asking...
"Grammy, are you alright?"
I told her I wasn't sure.
I had not brought my phone.
We were in a secluded area.
I knew I had been knocked "ku ku."
I knew I was bleeding profusely,
but there didn't seem to be any broken bones.
A car finally passed,
I rose up to wave,
the driver only waved back and keep driving
even though my hoodie was soaked with blood.
It finally dawned on me
that I would have to get
 on my bike and ride back to the beach house.
By the grace of God
we made it!
It was truly supernatural strength
that enabled me to get to where help was.
No one could believe I had ridden all the way back home
in that condition.
"The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
and He delights in His way.
When he falls he shall not be hurled headlong;
because the Lord is the One who holds his hand."
Psalm 37: 23 & 24

Thursday, September 6, 2012

holding on a little longer

Not letting go of summer quite yet.
Going to go live by the ocean for a week starting on Saturday.
Nice weather is predicted...
still warm enough to swim in the water but
cool enough to ride bikes
 all over the island.
As most of you know,
I am a beach girl through and through.
God is magnified in the vastness of His ocean
and His love rolls over me like the waves crashing on the sea.
So summer stays on for a little longer......
Beach chairs
buckets & shovels
flip flops
bathing suits
noodles for the water
sun screen
moonbeams shining on the beach
lazy days
sleepful nights
riding on our bikes
God is so good to allow us to have this time together.
All glory goes to Him who made the heavens and the earth and all that there is therein.
Praise Him from whom all blessings fall.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

for you who are suffering tonight...

"When you have lost your health
or your loved ones
or your money,
when everything seems to be taken away from you,
 you are left alone,
 helpless as it were.
There is nothing that you can look forward to in this world,
and that.....
 drives you to look at what God is preparing for you.
What a wonderful thing tribulation is.
It worketh for us a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory;
It makes us think of the marvel and the glory of heaven
and the certainty of it.
Heaven is beyond description!
That place will be life with Christ;
it is a mansion that He is preparing;
it will be glory everlasting.
Even your body will be glorified,
with no defect whatsoever."
martyn l. jones
Think of this....
God has not failed to keep even one of His promises to us in His word.
Praise Him! Praise Him!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

the new family

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Edward O'Quinn
September 1, 2012
with Cameron.
A brand new family.
"May the Lord bless you
 and keep you
and cause His face
 to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you
and give you peace."
Love to you guys.