Don’t Stay

 

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It only takes a moment

To slip into the deep.

The darkness, though familiar,

Your soul it mustn’t keep.

 

For if you found a way within,

There’s surely a way out.

The question is, Will you leave

Or will you linger about?

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Just Me

Wondering why, wondering what if -
A trap craftily concealed -
Ensnares the unsuspecting.
To the weak and wounded it appeals.
 
Undetected by its captive,
The entanglement’s hold is fast.
Each doubt, each fear, each question
Only tightens its greedy grasp.
 
Struggling now, fighting for air,
The trap becomes apparent.
Is it too late to escape
The damaging thoughts inherent?
 
Silencing lies, silencing the fears -
The only way to break free -
Shedding all misconceptions
Until I’m left with only me.
 
The me who can learn from my failures
The me who can laugh at my fears
The me who can see the beauty
In my scars, in my pain, in my tears.
 
The me who must stop wondering why
Who must smile and simply move on
Holding tight to all I’ve learned,
Believing it will make me strong!

Reason to SMILE #162: Change

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I do not like this thing called change.

I do not like to feel so strange.

I do not like to try new things.

I do not like the fear it brings.

 

I would not like it even if

You sent it to me with a kiss.

I would not like it with a SMILE;

You can’t make me with your guile!

 

“Oh,” you say, “Change may be good

You should embrace it if you could.

Change may be just what you need.

You will like it. Try it and see.”

 

Yes, I know it may be time

To mute this stubbornness of mine

And keep my mind open to

The SMILES that wait for me and you.

 

Change – it’s a fact of life no matter how hard we try to ignore and resist it. Which is exactly what I’ve done for the past few weeks knowing my older son would be moving into his own apartment this weekend – away from home, away from me, out of my reach, on his own, fending for himself, in a strange city, where he knows only his roommates, where he has no one to call on in an emergency, and if he called me, it would take entirely too long for me to get there. That’s it! I’m going back to get him!

<SIGH>

No, like I said, change is inevitable. And although change can seem like the devil in disguise, if we give it a try, change could be the catalyst that pushes us toward the great and wondrous works that God has waiting for us. I know my kid is headed in the right direction and God has great things in store, says the sobbing mom as she desperately tries to reassure herself that God will take care of her firstborn!

<SOB, SOB, SNIFF, SNIFF>

Change – it may be hard but the SMILES you’ll find on the other side of it are worth every chance you dare to take.

P.S. I seemed to be channeling Dr. Seuss with this SMILE. Oh, well. It’s been a rough day! 😉

Let It Go

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Cast off your burdens:

Hurl away your troubles;

Force out your worries;

Get rid of all your cares;

Abandon them into the hands of the Father –

No strings attached,

No fingers crossed,

No take backs,

No 50/50 split –

Let it all go.

Then,

Walk away;

Don’t look back;

Keep pushing forward;

Enjoy the peaceful rest while HE carries the load –

No strings attached,

No fingers crossed,

No give backs;

No 50/50 split –

He will take it all.

 

And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬

A Year of Smiles – Day 288

Reason to SMILE #288: CAMPFIRES 


There’s nothing like sitting around a campfire watching the flames dance and the embers glow to calm the nerves and ease a troubled mind. Tonight’s crisp air begged for the warmth of a fire. My husband obliged and I’m glad he did.

I needed to hear the cheerful crackle of the flames. I needed to gaze into the fire’s soothing glow. I needed to feel my burdens float away with the ashes as they drifted through the air and disappeared into the night.

Sigh. 

What a relaxing SMILE!

There is one thing that could’ve made it better, though…

Marshmallows! If I’d only had marshmallows! 😉

A Year of Smiles – Day 234

Reason to SMILE #234: WATCHING THEM GROW (and learning to let go)

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He’s nineteen today and he’s standing on the edge of his future. I want to keep him close, stop time, somehow hang on to my little boy. After all, he is my firstborn, my first baby. But he’s no longer my “little” boy. He’s become an amazing young man, a man who makes his momma proud. The possibilities for his future are vast and the world awaits. Though tears may fill my eyes, a SMILE will always be in my heart as I watch him become the man God wants him to be.

A Year of Smiles – Day 134

Reason to SMILE #134: BEING A MOM


Top ten things I’ve learned from being a mom:

10. First steps, first time sitting up, first time on the potty, first birthday, first Christmas, first bike ride, first day of school, first good grade, first bad grade, first homerun, first real friend, first night away from home, first movie, first girlfriend, first date, first car, first dance, first day of college – your child’s life is filled with firsts. You don’t want to miss any of them. Take lots and lots of pictures. Then post them all over social media and embarrass the heck out of them! That’s one of the great joys of motherhood.

9. For the first 10 or so years of your child’s life, there is only one determining factor in choosing restaurants – the toy that is being offered in said restaurant’s kid’s meal. And here’s a side note to all the fast food joints out there: if you’ve run out of toys and you fail to tell the mom who is ordering the meal at the drive thru speaker, don’t be offended when she refuses the meal at the window and drives away. Remember, you’re not the one who has to go home with her kids!

8. There is a black hole somewhere in every household that sucks up socks, shoes, earbuds, phone chargers and remote controls.  If only I could create some sort of device to detect these black holes, I’d be the richest mom on the planet!

7. When asking your kids to go search for all those missing items, detailed instructions on how to search must be given. Failure to give a step-by-step guide on what is required in a thorough search for a missing shoe results in the child walking to their bedroom door, glancing in for a moment and returning to you with a bewildered look while saying, “I can’t find it anywhere.”

6. “Because I said so” is a perfectly valid argument for the question “Why?”. Further, when your child refuses to give in and answers your argument again with “But why?”, your trump card will forever be, “Because I’m the mom, that’s why!”

5. Regardless of your resolve and any promise you ever made to yourself, you will at some point find yourself making awful sounds like “aahnn!” when you see your child reaching for the scissors or hot stove or attempting anything he or she shouldn’t be doing.  After all, there is no better deterrent for bad behavior than sounding like a angry mother goose!

4. The words “I need” are code for “I know I can live without it but I really, really want it so I’m gonna bat my lashes, poke out my bottom lip and tell you I need it and pray extremely hard that you believe me even though it hasn’t worked the other 147 times I’ve tried it before.”  Too bad, kid, I tried that one with my parents. Didn’t work with them either!

3. Hearing my own words spoken or seeing my own action emulated by my child can be either a blessing or a curse. They’re always watching and listening – even when you think they’re not! Those little boogers!

2. Although my job is to raise independent and responsible young men, actually letting them go out into the world and prove I’ve done that job is the most difficult thing for me (and probably any mom) to do. They’re still my babies!

1. Of the many things I’ve learned and am still learning from being a mom, the most important thing is that no matter how hard I try, I can never hold a candle to my mom. She’s the best mom around and I’m thankful God made her mine!

I love you, Mom!

And to all you moms out there, keep SMILING!  We’re all in this thing together!!  Happy Mother’s Day!

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