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The Mother’s Voice

path up hill in the forest

 

I hear the Mother’s voice

In the birdsong and the breeze.

The path is clear to follow

When I walk among the trees.

 

Can her clarity be carried

To the man-made world of woe?

Or can I just stay longer

And let the river flow?

 

There must be a place of balance

Where I hold long this Grace

And challenge the insanity

But still can hear her voice.

 

The Mother’s voice is calling.

Through wind and stormy seas

We must honor her blessings

Or we will cease to be.

 

This was inspired by Sue Dreamwalker’s post, “Golden Paths – Taking Time to Be”

 

 


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What my 80 Year Old Self Wants Me to Know

 

A follow up to yesterday’s post on what I’d tell my younger self:

 

If my 80 year old self

could reach back in time,

Would she tell me things I tell myself?

Don’t worry so much!

Enjoy your life.

Treasure the moments.

Do more of what you love.

Would I listen?

Is she telling me now?

Moving my fingers on the keyboard?

Love is the most important thing, she says.

Don’t waste time on resentments.

Laugh, sing, play, dance!

Enjoy your talents.

Share your gifts.

Blessings are everywhere!

butterfly on clover flower (3)


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#Blesstival Offering: My Soulmate Story

Path to beach

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”     Jeremiah 29:11

This verse gave me hope, like sweet water during the drought after my separation and divorce. I had been married for 20 years and had believed we would grow old together. My world was shattered, like a windshield full of cracks, but somehow still in place.

Miraculously, that windshield held, in spite of foolish choices borne out of vulnerability. The pieces mended together, ever so slowly it seemed, as I climbed out of the pit of despair and learned to love myself again.

Finally, when the time was right, my soulmate found me. He was my first love who I had not seen or heard from in 39 years. It took that much time for us to learn what we needed to learn to be ready to walk through life together again.

My soulmate is now my partner. He wholeheartedly supports my goals to return to gifts of creativity, so that at the age of 60, I prepare for a leap of faith to embark on a new adventure. This is the beginning of aligning with my true nature and a return to my  true self.

We never know what surprises are waiting for us – what blessings are being planned for when we are ready!

May we receive blessings in abundance!

This post was inspired by “Sophia’s Children” hosting a Blog Blesstival for the new year. You can find the details here: http://sophias-children.com/2015/12/23/blog-blesstival-add-your-blessing-to-start-the-new-year/

 


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God Has a Plan!

bird alone at sunset

Lone Bird, by JoAnne Silvia

Psalm 13:

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

How long shall I have perplexity in my mind and grief in my heart, day after day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me?

Look upon me and answer me, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death.

Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him.” and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.

But I put my trust in your mercy; my heart is joyful because of your saving help.

I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt with me richly. I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.”

This psalm takes me back to the grief…the pain of separation after being married for 20 years, followed by an unexpected divorce. I believed that my husband and I would grow old together, that when the kids were grown, we would travel across country in an RV like my parents did.

The grief was most intense on August 18th, the anniversary of my first marriage – the one I believed would last until death parted us. I could not understand how God could have let this happen. I felt deserted and confused.

Even I didn’t know what a wreck I was after the divorce, until I woke up from the nightmare of a sick rebound relationship.

In the years that followed, I wondered what was wrong with me, that I couldn’t find anyone right for me to date, let alone, marry. It seemed like I was alone for a long time, but in retrospect, it wasn’t that long, and I was never alone.

Good Shepherf Window

It was love at fist sight when I walked into my church and saw him over two decades ago.

God was with me the whole time. My guardian angel walked beside me, shaking her head in exasperation. And Jesus, the Good Shepherd, was always there, lighting the path of love, that led back to the fold.

Jeremiah 29:11 was my life preserver.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give your hope and a future.”

Maybe God wanted me to be single so I could accomplish more, because relationships do take time and effort, even the good ones.  And the unhealthy relationships, well, they can be insanely distracting, taking us way off course…

(Or maybe not off course, but learning what we need to change to be ready for the gift.)

What I know now is that I had to work on me, and be a better parent, and draw closer to God.  I had to love myself and do what was right for me as a single person.  I kept going to the church where I felt accepted and cherished. I kept working and learning, singing and enjoying creation.  I kept putting one foot in front of the other, loving the family and friends who walked beside me.

And God did have a plan!

Now, August 18th is just another summer day with the love of my life. God has dealt with me richly, with many blessings, including bringing my soul mate to me when the time was perfect.

In times of uncertainty, I must remember God’s mercy and let my heart be joyful!

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Heart Cloud, by JoAnne Silvia


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From Misery to Miracles

The song below, by Laura Story, reminds me of the darkness and grief I felt when my 20 year marriage ended. That was about 13 years ago. I wanted to die, but I had to live for my kids…and for the possibility that time would heal my pain.

God does not want us to suffer. But God can turn our misery into miracles. Sometimes the most wonderful miracles grow out of our deepest despair, when the time is right – when we’ve learned what we need to learn to be ready for the blessings. (See “About Me,” for example.)

 

Blessings are being prepared for you!