Saturday, November 29, 2014

I'm an English Teacher

I'm an English teacher, by degree - Don't Hate!  I have a love for writing - I think I
always have.  When I was younger I would write poetry and short stories - as I grew older I enjoyed the process of research and learning - as I earned my degree I loved to teach grammar.  Not so much because I love syntax but because there is a soundness to it.  There are patterns and rules and rights and wrongs.  (few of which I follow in this blog) The English language, although complex, can be easily understood (says an English speaking person).  When it came to teaching, I would  teach grammar over literature any day.  I even volunteered to teach for a friend on maternity leave and teach her 9 week grammar lesson.  Not because I am a saint, but because I like order and it came easily.  Fast forward - 25 years..... I am reminded I LOVE to write.  Not because of the rules and order - but because writing tells a story.  Without words - without expression, without passion, we don't live, we don't share, we don't relate.  A good story can be told again, and again and again.  A good story can bring generations and cultures together.  A good story, much like a good song, (which is a good story with a beat) can create gut wrenching emotion.  God has been showing me over the last year that my story matters, that your story matters - that we all have a story - not a soap opera -- A STORY.   A redemptive story - a story that takes all those characters, and plot lines and sub plots and it culminates with a grand denouement.  We may all have a different beginning, we may all have different characters but we all have an end.  And at the end I want my story, I want your story, to be a story of Grand redemption.  A story with a hero - that rescues us all.  A story that creates a passion beyond, a story that is so far out it has to be true.

A story about a life that was created, to live in a world that was corrupt, to know a baby that grew to give His life so that we may all tell of redemption.   I have a story, you have a story - will you tell of your redemption?  Will you share your story?

My inspiration for story has come from -
@neighborstable -- where dear sweet Sarah brings people together to share and live their stories!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Redeemed... REdeemed...REDEEMED!

Almost a year ago my husband and I attended a seminar - not the one I thought I was going to but the one I needed to go to - the seminar was Storyline #Storyline #DonaldMiller - I thought it was a writers conference - well it wasn't - it was a storywriter's conference - but the storyline was mine - WAIT - WHAT????? The jest was - we all have a story - we all have turns negative and positive - we all have stories that can be redeemed.   A year ago, OK six months ago, I was not ready, nor willing to go there - I thought I was going to a writers conference.  I thought I was going to learn to write great stories, stories that would WOW the world - stories that would make people say read this!!!  I .... DID... NOT... PLAN... TO ... BE... CONFRONTED... WITH... MY... STORY!!!  -

Here I sit - my story, not really even sure what my story is - not even really sure what I know - not even really sure what I want to know - but this
These are my babes - the bust me, they move me, they break me - everything that I am surges with pride and joy - pain and laughter - there are no words to explain, to discect, to imagine all that is or that will be -

Everything that I was, that I am, that I might be - is shown to me in these beings - oh the pain, the glory, the revelation.  God in HIS goodness shows himself to me - EVERY SINGLE DAY - that I could look on these people and see - that each and every day can be redeemed - no matter what we have been through, no matter where we may go - God can redeem it - He can heal it - He can provide and He will prove His love again and again -

 They bust me, they move me, they break me- they are my story ....... stay tuned!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me?!

Wow - let me just say the last week of my life totally understands this saying -

Where are you God is my cry - where have you been and WHAT is going on???  Are you not in the mode of protecting? Where is that Superhero I need??? My GOD, My God, --- I guess that really is the question - Who or What is my God??   In times of prosperity, or times of content the My God is easy oh so easy.  But in times of trial do I know who My GOD is - or do I desire it all to just be okay? 

Let me tell you friend, I can not be my own God nor can I be yours - but if you know the God of Jacob, the God of Abraham, the God of Elijah - the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ - then in those times of trouble - may you know the peace of - There is purpose you just do not understand.  May you know the joy that comes from knowing HIM - when nothing else is real - May you be aware that there is a greater purpose than any you can create or dream of - My God My God may your love stand firm and your peace be everlasting!

Friday, May 16, 2014

A roll of scotch tape

I want to be the fun mom - I'm trying to say yes more - I'm trying to leave a legacy of JOY - so this morning when my 10 year old asked, "Do we have scotch tape?" I stopped myself from saying, "yes, but you can't use it - don't waste it - it cost money."  I did not say any of these things - instead I found a roll of scotch tape and handed it to him with a smile.  I then had the opportunity to watch him play, create and delight - all because I said YES and handed him a roll of .69 cent scotch tape to do with as he pleased.   How often in our adult lives do we stop ourselves or others from playing, from delighting in the everyday - because we have some preconceived notion of what might be right or can't get past the what ifs?  How many times do we tell ourselves NO - to a vision, a dream, a creative thought - isn't time we started saying YES?  Yes, to the idea - the dream - the creativity.  YES to a roll of scotch tape just to see what comes up - today I say YES.  Now for a trip to Costco to buy tape in bulk.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Are you IN or are you OUT?

In the last several months, meaning last several weeks - this statement has come up for me several times.  I have been in the awesome position, of once again, coaching high school track runners, at the same time have gone through an experiential seminar, at the same time have helped a friend walk through life changing decisions - so the question that keeps arising is ...... are you in or are you out?  When playing poker (as little as I have played)  - I do know that that is the question that is always asked - are you in, or are you out?   How long are you playing the game?  Well, let me tell you friends, should you have asked this question 3, 6, 12 months ago I may have answered I don't know.  But today, today, I know --- I'm in - I'm playing this game to the end --- I'm playing with you to the end of a broken marriage, I'm playing with you to the death of a child, I'm playing with you to a new beginning, I'm playing with you ---- I'm playing....... Why, because God delights - God delights in  new beginnings, God delights in failed newness, God delights and friend so do I.   So do I.   So I play, I'm in - all my chips, I'll I have - no judgement - no knowledge - just the cards in front of me ALL IN - are you ready to play --- I say I'm IN!
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