Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Today my thoughts have turned towards communication. Why is communication so difficult? That statement makes me laugh - it sounds ridiculous, doesn't it. I believe one reason is because we think we are communicating when we share information the best way we can. And the truth is, communication does not take place, until the person we are sharing with comprehends and understands. Communication ultimately takes place when the information is truly understood. We often assume we have communicated - when we haven't. We sometimes blame the listener. If we honestly want to communicate, we may have to find various ways to get the information across. We have to be willing to keep trying until we know for certain we aren't just having dialogue - we are communicating. Without communication - there are misunderstandings and hurts. I am praying for those I know who are suffering from miscommunication. I'm so thankful God communicated His love to me and to everyone in this world through His Son, Jesus Christ. I am trusting Him to help me and those I love communicate His love to each other and all those we meet. I am glad He is big enough to even help us with the daily communication that is so necessary for us to be successful in all we do. That is my heart today.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. All week, I've received one forward after another about how marvelous Moms are! Amen! My husband has spoken numerous times about being at Wal-mart in the card aisle and seeing rough looking men - searching through the cards for that perfect card for their mother. It's one of the busiest days of the year for phone service and florists. There's just something about Mother... I have a wonderful mother and most of you would agree. Even those who struggle in their relationship with Mom, want to honor her on Mother's Day. Proverbs 31 says, "...her children arise and call her blessed" Tomorrow is a special day. We have 8 mothers in our family this year. It is Jill's first mother's day and we are all praising our wonderful Heavenly Father for this miracle! Mother's Day has always been a painful day for her...until now. Tomorrow she will be rejoicing and we'll all be rejoicing with her! Thank you, Lord.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Finishing Well

Friday night my daugher, Jayna, graduated with her Associate's degree. She started this journey almost 4 years ago. Although married and the mother of two - she took her ACT again, scoring high enough to win a scholarship. Then she discovered she was pregnant. In March of the next year, Joylyn was born. This was just a detour for Jayna. After Joylyn turned 1, Jayna started the process again of enrolling and starting her college education. It has taken a great deal of determination and persistence - but Friday, it paid off. She graduated with a 3.85 gradepoint.
I was reminded that scripture admonishes us not only to finish, but to finish well. Jayna finished this leg of her journey quite well. Looking at my children rejoicing over her accomplishment on Friday night, I realized again that I am growing older! It's hard to believe, but it's true. LOL! I've been on my journey over 57 years and like everyone else, I've no idea when my journey will end. I am determined to finish well.