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Five Minute Friday – Wide

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There’s a wideness to open places. Open places of beauty void of traffic noises and powerlines and homework and papers to sign and fundraisers to complete and emails and smartphones and FaceBook and messy houses and… sigh.

Something about being out in wide open places takes my heart back to a place of peace. The calm that comes is expected and yet surprising with each moment gift. A gift that is not taken for granted and is offered up as thanks to a Creator who paints beautiful pictures with each passing day.

Ironically, it is also there in the midst of all the noise and the daily routine of life but often my heart is not on the beauty but on the mundane. And it gets lost in the noise… the wideness. It’s lost. I’m lost.

In the wide open spaces, though, I see it clearly. I see love and passion and care and a deep longing for a relationship. Relationship with a people He created. A relationship I too often neglect as I go through life.

And so I visit a wide open place… and my heart is once again at peace. All seems right and well.

That is God’s love. Wide.

Another mile

“Another hour deeper in the night
Another mile farther down the road
A man can drive as hard as he can drive
And never get as far as his heart was meant to go”

I’ve been listening to this song, “The River”, by Rich Mullins all week on the way to work and back. Tonight it seemed to sink deep in my soul and take up residence there. It’s as if my soul wrote those words. Sounds strange, I’m sure, but for some reason I can understand what it means that your heart doesn’t get as far as it was meant to go.

Tonight was one of those nights. It was my first venture out with a singles group. Strange. I never thought I would be in the “singles group” again, but here I am. Not feeling single, but the lack of a ring and a partner means I am. So there it is. I’m single.

I did have mixed emotions about going. Part of me was excited, because it was something new. An adventure of sorts and I do so love an adventure. I also love watching baseball live. I’m not sure what it is, but it seems to suit me. Maybe it’s because I loved playing softball so much and so I know the rules of the game, maybe it’s because I have such fond memories of my parents taking us to see the Astros when I was little. Whatever the reason, I was looking forward to getting out and doing something different.

As it turns out, I ended up sitting on the end of the row with a seat between me and the next lady. She had brought a close friend so they were busy chatting away. I have to admit that I kept thinking that I should have taken a friend and wondering why in the world I didn’t think of that. Oh well… maybe next time. The game was slow and disappointing, so after the 5th inning I left.

On the way home, I turned up the volume in the car and Rich and I sang our hearts out as we drove another mile farther down the road.

The road I’m on is unfamiliar and I’m sure it will take awhile to navigate it but at least I’m not alone. God was with me tonight and we had quite the conversation during the game and on the way home. He’s a great date… even though I was at a singles event :-)

The Language of the Soul

“Wow, you are beautiful just like me!”- Brooke
“Your porkchops are better than a treat. Can I have some more?”- Kenneth
“Mommy, you rock!.”- Morgan

Words carry with them such great meaning. They can build you up and make your soul soar or bring you lower than you ever thought possible.

Tonight was family fun night and it WAS full of fun. We played wii tennis and bowling and our house was full of all kinds of cheers, affirmations, and joy. Hearing and seeing my three enjoy time together was amazing. Being silly and laughing was just what I needed. As the days go on I seem to truly enjoy them more and more.

Then they asked if we could do it again tomorrow.  I replied, “Sure, you can do the same with your dad. It will be fun!” Kenneth said, “No, we mean as a family.” I explained that we are a family to which he replied, “No we’re not a whole family and it’s all your fault because you wouldn’t talk to daddy.”

OK. Family fun night over. The happiness and laughter ceased and my heart dropped. What’s a Mom to say to that? I just told them it was time to clean up and get ready for bed but inside my soul took a hit.

Sitting at the computer, I remembered the word enthralled. I know, seems random here, but this morning I was reminded that my Father is ENTHRALLED with my beauty. Yep. He just can’t get enough and I feel the same about him. He knows my soul language and what I need. He knows my deepest fears and hurts. He knows the truth.

He also knows the deepest hurts and fears of my children and speaks to their soul in their own unique language that only they can hear.  My prayer for them tonight came from a dear friend…

Please be the God of all comfort to a little boy who is confused and angry. May he and the girls learn at an early age that you are the One they can always depend on and trust, no matter what the world throws at them. I pray that any wounds the enemy of their souls’ tries to inflict, that you would send your angels to combat those plans and thwart all evil in and around Brooke and Morgan and Kenneth.

Lord, I ask this, because you are mightily able to do more than we could ever possibly ask or imagine, and because I’ve seen you do it so many times, that you would bring about amazing and miraculous wonders in and through their lives. May what the enemy intends for evil, God, we trust that you will turn for good, in your way and in your time.

I ask for special forces to surround those beautiful children in their comings and their goings, as they go in and as they go out. And I pray that the pain and the struggles in their young lives will serve only to strengthen and compound their love and knowledge of you. God, bring glory to your name through this circumstance and may everybody know that only you could do it. I ask in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

So now I go to bed… with sweet thoughts in my soul.