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DSCN6480I love a good pouring rain, the way it washes everything in its path. I love the freshness that seems to come after it’s all over. Seems like when there’s a pouring rain, the sky clears faster than when there’s just a soft mist or drizzle. It’s like it gets it out of the way in a short period of time and then clears the way for the sun to shine on through. Slow gray drizzles seem to take a whole lot longer to make way for the rays of the sun to filter through.

DSCN6477And I love a good cry. In a friend who needs to let go. In a daughter or son who holds it all in. In a student who has been struggling to juggle all the different area of his life that seem out of control. Like a good pouring rain, a good cry can cleanse, refresh, and make way for the light to shine back through.

DSCN6484As a mom, as a teacher, as a person with two feet and a heart walking this earth I’ve seen the power of a good cry so many times. In others. In me.  And the rain kind of reminded me of that today. It reminded me of a verse and a song. So here they are.  First, the verse:

“Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 62:8

And next, the song. (Not the whole song, mind you, because as Cheryl and Janet used to joke with me, I tend to have a LOT of verses when I write… and this song is so not an exception to that. So I’ll just share a few lines…but I promise there’s way more!)

Pour Out Your Heart

Pour out your heart before Him, lay it all down at His feet

Lift up your soul in surrender, the fragrance that spills is sweet

Pour out your heart before Him, He Knows, He Sees, He Hears,

More mighty than the waters, He will redeem the tears

and like a river He will run

and like the spring rain He will come

and like the pounding of the waves

His power will reign

Pour out your heart before Him, let it go…


Yeah, am thinking a good rain, a good cry, they are both good things. Am thinking that when clouds get too heavy, too dense, it rains. There’s a release for us too…yet I know so many of us try to hold it in… The thing is, that sun often shines pretty bright after a rain. But until the rain pours on down, a heavy gray cloud stays a heavy gray cloud. I love the imagery of the verse: POUR out your heart to Him, God is our refuge….but first, first the verse says, “Trust Him at all times.”  Yeah, tough to pour it out when there’s not a bridge of trust. Thankful that God is so very worthy of our trust. He is faithful. He is compassionate, and He bids us come. With all of it. And He is a refuge in a world that is so not. He can handle the greatest of storms. He can handle our tears. And He can be the Light that breaks through the grayest and darkest of days.

Thankful for that. Just a few thoughts after the rain….

Blessings ~


“So let us know, let us press on to know the  Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn. And He will come, He will come to us like the rain, Like the Spring rain watering the earth. ”  Hosea 6:3

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Silent Sunday

rain and rainbows

“You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain…”

Photo taken June 2, 2015 in Shelby, NC


Mushrooms in the most pristine lawn in the neighborhood.
That’s a non secuitur.

But then again, they are beautiful!
Maybe it’s not such a non secuitur after all!

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…” ~ M.W. Hungerford


It felt as ominous as it looked. The wind had suddenly picked up and the deep blues and dark grays of the clouds swept across the carolina blue sky like a blanket covering all in its path. It’s amazing how a simple one hour drive in the car can all of a sudden feel like a dangerous venture. It did.

This storm was both beautiful and terrifying. It startled me to see how quickly things turned. With lightning strikes moment by moment followed by thunderous booms of thunder, the sky was alive with activity. Wind, lightning, leaves flying, and a downpour of rain which consisted of very large rain drops. The windshield wipers of the car couldn’t keep up with the buckets of rain that were falling so fast. I traveled with 2 teenagers in the car and we went from “Wow! Did you see that?!”s to silence. I turned the radio down. We all listened to the storm and marveled at its sights and sounds. We were literally silenced, awed by the power of the storm.

And then, almost as quickly as it came, it was over. Done. Incredibly Blue skies and sunshine broke through as the storm passed. Phew. Relief. We made it through. Everything looked incredibly bright and beautiful with the shower and rinsing that the storm brought.

So here’s the thing. We all have storms in our lives, struggles and trials that we face. Some come on quickly with such intensity and are gone in a heartbeat. Others come on slowly and linger for longer than we think we can stand. But they pass. In time, one way or another, they pass.

And somehow, when the storms are over, things look a little brighter and more beautiful. We’re more appreciative of the little things because we made it through…through to the other side. I am convinced that some of the toughest things in our lives can make things so much sweeter on the other side…

So, if you’re in the middle of a storm of sorts, keep pressing on… This too shall pass. And in the middle of it, it sure helps to be aware that there’s so much in life we can’t control.That’s just a bottom line fact. But we can always tap in to the One who is in control and has all the Power. More than lightning and thunder. More than the wind. More than the circumstances that can feel so incredibly overwhelming. We can pray through and trust that God is so present. He is. (Trusting Him just makes us more aware of it!) It is but ours to invite Him to walk with us THROUGH the ‘storms’ of life.

And maybe, we will be awed and silenced by the beauty of the truth that He is greater and more powerful than anything that can overtake us. Anything.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

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