Keep turning the page…

I had a interesting thought, or series of thoughts, as I completed the last book of the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike and I thought I would share them with you.

I’m alway bummed and maybe even depressed when I finish a series that has me turning pages like a mad women and bouncing in my chair waiting for the next book to be released.  The world that you have been immersed in for maybe years is suddenly gone, the characters will no longer exist, the ending is final, and you are left with an empty feeling wanting more.  It almost gets to the point where I almost don’t want to pick up another book because I’m afraid it wont even compare to what I have just completed.  But then I hear murmurs of excitement, or perhaps just my mother asking me to read a book before she releases it to her students, to open up a new book and start the journey all over again.

I meet new characters, explore unknown worlds, and live each moment as the story unfolds.  Sometimes the next book, or series of books, doesn’t compare to what I had previously finished, but I get to experience a whole new world created by someone I have never met before.  What incredible creativity and skill goes into making such wonderful masterpieces.  That is what makes me keep turning the pages and picking up new books because you never know that next book you pick up could be just as fabulous or even more fabulous than the one before.

After this thought my mind began to wander to the new chapters that are coming up in my life.

Change is always hard to deal with no matter who you are, it all depends on how you view the change.  Your life is much like an incredible book series, you continue to turn the pages to see what God has in store for you next.  But then God throws a curve ball and one series ends, maybe it’s the perfect ending you were looking for or maybe the ending leaves you broken.  But just because that series, or part of your life, ended it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick up another book and try it out.  Just like the authors of the books I read, God has incredible creativity and skill that he uses to create his own masterpieces.  If you refuse to pick up another book, or follow another path in life, because you are to scared or nervous that you might not like what it has to offer, you miss out on some incredible experiences.

You will never pick up a book that is one happy chapter after another.  There is always some sort of hardship or pain that the characters have to go through to find what it is that they are searching for, and that is true for life as well.  There are some chapters in my life that hurt like hell, and other chapters that I wouldn’t re-write for anything in the whole world, but no matter the ending of the series I will continue to pick up another book because I never know what new and incredible thing will happen among the pages I have yet to turn.

When You Think They Aren’t Watching

I had a great moment in church today when the little boy, about 2 years old, in front of me proceeded to remove credit cards from his grandmother’s wallet. As he took them out of her wallet he then “swiped” them in the zipper of the purse. Just like mommy.

Remember our children and other’s children are paying close attention to what we do. Be very conscious of your actions and words that you choose throughout the day, you never know when you may have an extra set of little eyes and ears watching and listening.

My C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. List for you

Care, because you never know when someone needs you.

Hear, because even the smallest voice deserves to be heard.

Remember that through Christ all things are possible.

Intolerance only exists because people are afraid of the unknown.

Smile because you never know whose looking.

Tell the person next to you something nice about them, it might just change their life.

Make it your first priority to make the things your care most about your first priority.

Always start a conversation with something positive, you may find that negative wasn’t worth saying.

Share, if you have people in your life that love you, you will always be rich.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you.  I hope that no matter how, what, where, or with whom you celebrate it makes you happy and gives you joy.   God Bless!

ZuZu’s Petals

When you live alone and have nothing to do you tend to think a lot.  It’s not a bad thing entirely but some times the things I come up with are hard to get my mind around.

For example have you ever thought about how your presence in someone else’s life changed the course of their life?  I know very It’s A Wonderful Life.  But I challenge you take a moment and think about that.  Some times when I’m down or a little depressed I think about the people I have come across in my life and if I made a difference in their lives (I know very egocentric) but wouldn’t it be sort of neat to call up Clarence and see what life would have been like?

No worries out there I’m not standing at the edge of the bridge sniveling like George Bailey, I’m quite content with my life, I just recently spoke to someone who changed my whole perspective on this topic.  I was someone to this person, someone more important that I would have ever thought.

No Limits

For those of you who have been following Expedition Impossible know what I’m talking about when I say No Limits!

I didn’t start watching this show until about half way through but the team No Limits stole my heart.  This team is made up of a purple heart veteran who just recently seriously injured his ankle (which he broke in combat),Ike, a blind man, Eric, and one that keeps them all together with an uplifting positive attitude, Jeff.

Watching this team accomplish incredible feats like scaling mountains, forging rivers, repelling cliffs, jumping off the same cliffs is so humbling.  Eric said something that just made me stop a moment, as they were dead last, Ike in serious pain, Eric putting his life in Jeff’s hands, and traveling across an incredible plain in Morocco, he said something along the lines of  this is the first time that I have  ‘seen’ this country for the first time, its amazing how much I missed because I was so focused on the next rock or step ahead.

Isn’t that just so true in life that we focus so much on the rocks or the next steps ahead that we just let everything pass us by.  Maybe some times we all just need to slow down and take in life around us.

The incredible feats that these men have overcome astounds me, each one relying on each other 110%, literally putting their lives in each others hands.  And just when you think their journey is over they never give up hope and keep pushing forward.  These truly inspire me and even if they don’t win they have shown the world that there are No Limits.

Here is the teams bio from ABC.com, “Friends Erik, Jeff and Ike stick together during both good times and bad. Erik became blind at an early age but didn’t let that get him down. In 2001, he reached the summit of Mount Everest. Jeff serves as Erik’s “eyes in the field.” He has been Erik’s primary climbing guide for over 20 years and is a published author and motivational speaker. Ike is a combat engineer officer in the military, earning two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal, among others. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and will deploy again to Afghanistan after completing Expedition Impossible.”

Job… as in the man from the Bible

If you have not yet read the book of Job in the Bible, you should do so.  As parts of it were read in church today I was shocked that God would allow Satan to do these things to Job.  When I got home I finished reading about Job I thought to myself what great friends Job has to try and help him out of his trouble times.  But as I read further they all seemed as they new more than God himself and this bothered me, it took a younger man to put them in their place and then God himself to rebuke Job for the things that he said.

This story shows me that things on earth are about as worthless as a screen door on a submarine and that if we do not remain faithful in the Lord our God who created the heavens and the earth, who brings light to our darkness, and rain to our fields, we are nothing as well.

We are all so quick to condemn God when things go wrong but are we as quick to praise Him for those things that are worthy of praise or do we credit ourselves for these things.  We do not know what God has planned for us but we must rely on Him because He knows all and sees all, He will never lead us astray.  We must all remember that He will always know more than we do, and we must trust in him.

The Old Rocking Chair

This weekend I had the opportunity to help my parents move from what was basically my childhood home to their new home.  Many thoughts flowed through me as I helped monitor the movers, clean the bathrooms, and sweep the floors.  As I drove away from our home on Wolf Run Ct. I felt a little sad, more for the memories that the house held than the actual house itself.

Memories of first kisses, great parties, hot tubbing, laser tagging, sign language, fire escape ladders, school dance pictures, graduations, weddings, Dixie, swim team, babysitting, and so, so much more.  Such incredible memories that I will never forget.

As we drove up to their new house in Wyoming, Ohio I felt the sadness creep back in.  This place was so foreign to me nothing was familiar, there would be no room in this house that was ‘mine’, I hardly knew how I would find my way back when I would come to visit next.  It was sort of my ‘grown-up wake-up call’, saying “Hey Kali!  Your on your own now!”, I felt almost empty as I cleaned the new house and help bring in the boxes.

During my cleaning frenzy, I descended the stairs to go clean the bathroom in the basement, I stopped dead in my tracks as I reached the bottom stair, there in the center of the very empty basement was the old rocking chair.  The same chair that my mom and dad rocked each of their children in, the same chair that had been with us at every house we had lived in, seen and unseen, the same chair that told me its not the house that makes the memories its the people that are in your lives that make the memories, the ones that you love, the ones much like this old rocking chair that will always be there, seen and unseen.

I left that house knowing that because the ones I loved lived there, I would always find my way back, there will always be a place for me, and that there will be many more great memories to come.

 

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