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So, Mother’s Day is a sweet one. Memories kind of fill the air on this day as we stop and remember our moms, and being a mom, and the mom-figures in our lives. And it’s a day to celebrate the incredible gift that it is to be a mom and to have a mom.

But…this year..am especially aware of so many who have an ache right around now. That ache is a  pit-in-the-stomach, ache-in-the-heart, kick-in-the-gut kind of feeling that comes from the void of knowing that their mom is no longer around.

So, I just wanted to share a card that I made for a friend of mine whose wife passed a little over a year ago.  There are very few words to fill the huge void that grief can create, but, sometimes, just being remembered can help fill the voids. So, to my dear friends and loved ones who have experienced the deep loss of their mom or wife or loved one, and it makes Mother’s Day sting, well, just wanted to share that you’re being remembered today.

And, I want to thank you as well. Because through watching others grieve the loss of their moms, and say the words, well, I’m so reminded to cherish the day. To cherish our loved ones. To say the words, embrace those we love, and make the most of the time we do have. Because each day is a treasure, a gift. Even the days that we grieve. Am thinking that the ache of grief and loss, and beauty and gift and of what we have lost can walk hand in hand. Am hoping that the beauty of the gift of who she was in your life outweighs the ache for you today… and that you can remember her with a smile and laughter and tears that cleanse. I have a feeling most moms would long for that for you. Just a few thoughts on this Mother’s Day…

Blessings,

Heather

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December Prayer

I’m determined to remember
I’m determined to forget
On this last day in December
I choose to move beyond regret

For it is often in the choosing
Of what to hold and to let go
for what we focus on will hold us
And what we feed in life will grow

I’ll forget what lies behind me
Those things I cannot change
But hold dear the lessons learned and
Find the beauty that remains

I’ll ‘forget’ the things that held me
The things that weighed me down
The regrets and prayers unanswered
to live a life that just resounds
Of the simple Faith that moves me
So simple yet profound
The truth that God has given grace
The Truth that I, the Lost, am found

So I choose to remember
And I choose to forget
On this last day of December
I know God’s not done with me yet

I forget what lies behind me
I focus on the prize
For so often destinations
are merely where we’ve set our sights

I’m determined to breathe in
I’m determined to breathe out
To embrace the moment where I stand
And pray that God’s grace will allow
Us to see some more Decembers
To make the most of each new Day
To live a simple life that speaks
Of God’s Amazing Grace

For the Alpha and Omega
Redeemer, Lord, and Friend
Was there at the beginning
And will be there at the end
Always endings bring beginnings
When one stops, one must begin
I will journey on just knowing
That He is with me till the end
And then with me…
when…
whatever is next
begins…

So
I’m determined to remember
I’m determined to forget
I’m determined to hold on to the Truth
that I am not Home yet

I pray the days ahead are many
Filled with passion, purpose, hope
I’ll forget and I’ll remember
And pray that others come to know
The freedom that comes-
The joy, the faith, the hope-
in forgetting and remembering
And in trusting God alone

It is He who remembers
It is He who forgets
The Creator of all that lives and breathes
Forgives and forgets
As far as the East is from the West.
Oh my friend, do not forget
The Lord and His benefits.

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Afternoon

Getting lost is no fun.  Take it from me.  I’ve been lost a time or two (or fifty!).  I’ll think I know where I’m going and then, one wrong turn, and it’s a slippery slope of taking another wrong turn, trying to backtrack and forgetting which was the wrong turn, or the right turn, or the left turn or whatever turn, and pretty soon I’m a bit confused. (VERY confused, actually.)   It’s easy to lose our way sometimes… especially once that initial wrong turn is taken.  Remembering the starting point of when we got off track is crucial. Or of course, today, remembering that “Oh, yeah!  My phone has GPS!”   A Global Positioning System can definitely help get back on the right track. We can find our destination when we know where we are and where we need to be….and the GPS will get you there in whatever accent or voice you’d like!

So here’s the thing.  Sometimes we lose our way.   We take a wrong turn and then another wrong turn and then find that we’ve lost our way.  Our world looks different, unfamiliar from this vantage point.  The wrong turn could be a mistake… a bad choice that leads to another bad choice that leads to another, and we not only forget our way, we lose a sense of who we are. The turn could be a transition…unfamiliar territories that will take some time to adjust to until it feels like “home”.  In these times, it’s so easy to forget.  We forget who we are and where we’ve come from.   We feel lost.

I’ve definitely had a time or two when I’ve lost my way.  Sometimes it has been the result of sin that weakens and alienates.  Sometimes it’s just been exhaustion that creates voids and chasms and loneliness and an ache for wanting to be known.  Sometimes it has just been transitions that take time and patience and perseverance to get to the other side of before it feels like “home” again.  I’ve needed people to laugh and cry and remind me of who I am…to them…and to Christ.  Sometimes we all need reminders of who we are.  Sometimes we need to remind others of who they are.

And how do we do that?  We tell stories of things they’ve done.  The “remember whens” can bring a smile and a tear and revive a weary heart. We show them pictures of who they are…figuratively and literally. We tell them what they mean to us and meant to us.  We tell them how they’ve impacted our worlds. As crucial as that is …as important as my words, my opinions, my perceptions can be to family members,…the one thing that never wavers is the Word of God and who He says that we are.  It’s like the Word of God is the ultimate GPS…global positioning system.  Where do we fit in our world?  The Word of God fits the pieces together and paves the way ahead.

So, take it from me, one who has been lost a time or two (or 50!).  God’s word is the Compass, the Global Positioning System that can help us and our loved ones stay on track in a world that is like a compass with no True North…always spinning and pointing this way and that but with no true destination.  God gives us a perfect compass and reminds us of who we are in His Word.  In this global climate where anything goes and where wrong is right and right is wrong and wrong is left and left is right…well, we need a True North, a compass, a GPS that will remind us of where we’ve come, where we’re going, and who we are.

Oh, and one more thing.  Scripture tells us to remember a lot of things.  To remember what God has done.  To remember who we are.  To remember, know who He is and to press on to know Him more.  But it also tells us to forget.  To forget what lies behind knowing that we are a new creation in Christ.  To put on new things.   I love that we’re reminded to forget as well to remember. (Just wish that I didn’t do so much forgetting these days regarding keys and numbers and ‘where did I put that thing?” )Anyway, here’s to remembering and forgetting the things that help us press on to know Him more.

By His Grace~

Heather

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

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5,6

“I am the Lord your God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.”  Isaiah 48:7

“How Great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we could be called children of God.”  I John 3:1

Chase first day K3

Well, this week’s weekly photo challenge sure is timely.  “Vivid”is the word.  It is timely because this little guy is graduating from high school today.  But what is vivid in my mind? This image of him starting kindergarten literally feels like it was taken yesterday.  I can remember the missing tooth, the USA baseball shirt, the backpack and the flowers blooming on the front porch.  Yesterday.  Time goes so fast when you’re looking back.

But at this stage for him….when he was five?  Time often doesn’t move quite fast enough when we’re looking forward, especially for a five year old. This little guy is our fifth child, so he waited a long while until it was his turn to go to school.  He had watched his older siblings go off to school with their new shoes and backpacks and school supplies, and wonder when it was going to be his turn.  And one day, his turn came and he was just so excited to finally step into this new venture of going to school. This precious photo was taken that very day…his first day of kindergarten.  Yes, it’s definitely a vivid memory that evokes so much emotion in me…joy and and sadness all wrapped up in one.

Today, as we celebrate this child, rather, this young man and his graduation from high school, we’ll be both looking back and looking forward. We’ll be looking back on the 18 previous years and remember and smile. We’ll also be looking ahead to what’s ahead as he goes to study at college.  Wouldn’t it be nice in the looking back and the looking ahead the same time if the time would just stand still for a little while?

No, we all know better that the time won’t stand still.  But, in the same way that I have an extremely vivid memory of his first day of Kindergarten, I think I’ll have an incredibly vivid memory of him graduating today.  In fact, I know I will.  And I’ll be sure to take a photo of the once little boy with the toothless grin who is now more of a man than a boy, but still has a grin to melt the heart of this mom. Yes, these are definitely vivid, vivid times.  I”m so thankful for monumental moments to just sit and savor the beauty of the people in our lives…while they are still right there with us.  For one thing is for sure.  Little boys and girls have a way of growing up and moving on awfully fast for sure.

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sometimes

when we least expect it,

we have little reminders of those we have lost

Reminders that make us remember and smile, and appreciate

the beauty that was not lost

but that is just now hidden

from our view

Like forget-me-nots

that emerge from the ground in the Spring

these memories emerge from our hearts and we remember

those who are never forgotten

and appreciate the beauty of their presence in our lives

even though they aren’t seen in full view.

souls are eternal

And ….Easter…is not just a Holiday

It’s a reality of Resurrected Life

Little blue forget-me-nots

not only make the remembering sweet,

but give me hope that what seems gone forever,

like the forget-me-nots over a long winter,

will emerge with a trumpet sound

and their life is  Eternal.

Never forgotten.

Always remembered.

Just a few thoughts as I think of those who have gone on before us this past year.  Missing some very much and feeling for others who I know have lost deeply cared for loved ones. I love the way God speaks in the ‘little things’, like little blue ‘forget-me-nots’ covering the grass in the Spring.

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What is my favorite thing to photograph?

Moments in Time. I love to capture these moments with a lens so that they can be relived over and over and over again.

See the look on Chase’s face? I want to remember him as that ornery 3 year old! That year for this little guy, was the year of “time out”…and I can look at the expression on his face and a wave of memories comes back for sure! We’ve laughed about it and I’m so thankful to have visual proof for him! And the look on Hope’s face? She absolutely LOVED spending time with Mindy. It was precious to see her and this wonderful friend interact. And the flowers in Mindy’s hand? Yes, they were a gift to her from my kids…a gift I would have forgotten had they not been in this sweet photo.

So, moments. They are my favorite thing to photograph, because they can be so easily forgotten. I want my kids and family and friends to see and read and hear and REMEMBER these moments if they read this blog. These moments in time are precious and ordinary and worth being remembered. Life is so short, and our time with loved ones is so precious. Love that we can capture them in a photo to share for years and years to come.

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Any given moment of
Any given day
Of
Any given hour
Any given lifetime
Everything can change
Everything

Any given time
Any given place
We could open up our eyes
From our dreams arise and
see our world’s a different place

But when we stop
And breathe
We will stop
And see
And when we look
We’ll find
We will overcome
Adversity
In time…

As we stop
We see
We remember
We move on
We believe

Any given moment of
Any given day of
Any given hour
Anything could happen
Everything could change

Everything.

Any given time
Any given place
We could open up our eyes
From our dreams arise
and see our world’s
a different place

And as we stop
We breathe
We remember…
We move on
We believe

A tribute to the resilient human spirit that transformed NYC from the nightmare of 9/11 to the beauty of the memorial. This poem was written on that day…September 11, 2001, as I watched in horror with the rest of the world. But I love that that was so not the end of the story.

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Any given moment of

Any given day of

Any given hour

Anything could happen

Everything could change

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Everything

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Any given time

Any given place

We could open up our eyes

From our dreams arise

And see our world’s a different place

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But when we stop

And breathe

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We will stop

And see

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We will look

And find

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We will overcome adversity

in time

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As we stop

We see

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We remember

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We move on

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We believe

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Any given moment of

Any given day of

Any given hour

Anything could happen

Everything could change

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Everything

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Any given time

Any given place

We could open up our eyes

From our dreams arise

and see our world’s

a different place

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As we stop

And breathe

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We remember

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We move on

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We believe.

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Note:
Photos all pulled from Internet. I usually use my own, but obviously these are not originals. The poem, however, is written by me.

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