Tuesday, August 31, 2010 | By: janet

In Other Words Tuesday

“Because I am loved by God, I can confess my flaws – laziness, grouchiness, self-doubt- and trust God to keep on 
transforming me. I no longer need toappear perfect 
to friends, family, and anyone who attends my 
high-school reunion.”

~ Jan Johnson ~

I will never be an elegant ‘all legs’ kinda woman—even with the highest heels possible.

Despite all the creams, lotions and injections possible I will never maintain a wrinkle-free face.

More than likely I will, at some point, …gasp… find a gray hair.

My waistline will probably increase as I age even though society continues to come up with the latest and always greatest fad diets and diet pills.

(let’s skip the dirty word aka cellulite)

Even with coffee to combat the continued interrupted sleep my moods can still vary.

My cleaning skills, nor my vacuum, will never be able to keep up with the shedding of a Golden Retriever.

Thank God I am not asked or required to be perfect in order to be loved. In fact He only asks that I love Him first and foremost. That I pursue Him. That I humble myself before Him and think of others above me—not beside me, not below me.

I am never going to have the perfect family. Not even the perfect house. Or car. Or hair color. Or waist size.

Thank you God for caring about the real me—seeing me for who I am transitioning into, and releasing me from the superficial pettiness that grips what others think I should or shouldn’t be.

Please head on over to Deborah's Chocolate and Coffee space and check out the rest of the participants!  And as soon as Elle allows me, I'll be visiting them too!

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | By: janet

Random Thought Du Jour

Why me? How did I escape it all? And am I doing enough to honor it?

Monday, August 9, 2010 | By: janet

Forever Changed

I went to a funeral on Saturday. A few times, as tears uncontrollably flowed like raindrops, I thought I was going to vomit. It was Dora the Explorer themed. Never again will Dora simply be “a fun-loving cartoon girl” to me.

I’m still digesting it all. Like the small casket. Or watching a mother say her absolute, forever final goodbye to her daughter. And why this little angel’s days were deemed short. Or why my friend has seen pain and suffering like you and I never have- her second daughter, her second funeral for a daughter.

The Pastor’s message and words were no doubt God inspired. Approximately twelve people accepted Christ on Saturday. My friend also felt the love and support she may or may not have questioned -or even realized she ever had.

It reminds me of the lyrics:
Life is full of light and shadows
Oh the joy, oh the sorrow
And yet He will bring dark to light
And yet He will bring day from night

And just as many of us walked away with our lives forever changed. Changed by words. Changed by a message. Changed by her mother's faith. Changed by an angel’s too short life.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 | By: janet

Coming Back Sneak Peek

I plan to be back Monday.  Until then drool over her sweetness, and ignore my gushy-baby voice.