A gift from artist Jane Crosbie
How many horses do you see?
The house sold….

Bittersweet but a good thing…love the family that bought it and hopefully they will love it as we have. We’ve been truly blessed with God’s gift of this home.

On to the next plan….

Although I do not blog or paint daily, the next few weeks will be busy, busy, busy. I will try and blog the journey….

Throughout life, people pass in and out of our lives. There is a poem that floats around with different versions(there’s actually a rap song with these words but needless to say I will not pass the other words along…) but the poem says-“some people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime”.  Do you ever think about YOU being the one who is the season, reason, lifetime in a person’s life.

I can reflect back on so many people that have walked with me for reasons and seasons and some who continue hopefully for a lifetime…I can name many names and some I never knew their name but at the time I felt their presence. Or, I have even looked backwards and “duh, thats why that person was there”….once a college professor, once a group who met nightly in a little bar at M.D. Anderson, to hash over the day, let our guards down, cry. Just so we could go to sleep and be loving caregivers the next day. We truly were in  each others lives for a reason and season. It can be that person sitting on the seat next to you in the airplane. Who will have words of comfort when you breakdown over news you’ve heard about a family member. At times, without the support I would have collapsed, or I would have missed the laugh or failed to gain the wisdom, the insights, the joy.  Some, I learned lessons from and grew wisdom and knowledge, but honestly could have done without them in my life!!!! But we learn and grow even from aggrevating situations, if we examine ourselves and openly look for the lesson.

I am coming up on my 40th high school reunion in a couple of weeks. There are friends that I will see, who have been in my life since elementary school We have shared all the big moments in life. Although, we rarely see each other due to different directions, we still are within reach of a phone call.

But, I love when someone is placed in my life out of the most unusual circumstance. You may not know the impact immediately but you’ll one day look back and know the reason, reflect on the season, or share the lifetime.

The old saying is “there are no coincidences”, don’t know if that’s true or not. I do know there are seasons, reasons, and lifetimes.

The above painting was painted as a gift to me from one incredible woman. Our meeting is an incredible story. It was a brief 4 days but I think it will last well beyond a season. I count her as a true friend in many extraordinary ways. She is an artist with such amazing talent, an extraordinary writer, and so spiritually grounded. I continued this blog in part because of her encouragement. She opened my heart to the “real” reason for me to continue. She too, is on a journey of launching three blogs. Once they are in place, I will put her links on this blog.

Thank you Jane….

Today’s song/poem

People come into your life
for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON. . .
It is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are!

….
Then people come into your life for a SEASON….
Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

…..
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons
: things you must build upon in order to have
a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all
other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Unknown Author

Blessings and hugs…..

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at, Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” I Samuel 17:7


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