It started as a little thing, a slight lump in my throat
An achy feeling in my bones that barely rocked my boat
I felt certain if I rested for a night or so
I’d wake up in the morning feeling fine and good-to-go
But the next day to my dismay a cold had taken hold
Tho thankfully the short-lived kind that dies before it’s old
Yet in its place a stronger foe much harder to appease
Rose up with a vengeance…I was seized with allergies!
Not the mild “achoo’s” one gets from smelling flowers
But the Richter-scale repeaters that rock your world for hours
Sneezing, wheezing, barely breathing, watering eyes and snotty nose
Eyeballs popping, never stopping – on and on and on it goes
Progress freezing, sanity teasing, nothing easing, nothing helps
Sputtering, coughing, in the offing now your sneezes sound like yelps
Snuffling, snorting, gasping, rasping, fighting hard for every breath
Frenzied fits of screaming sneezes after which there’s nothing left
But to simply wait it out beneath a dampened rag
And hope and pray for better days you don’t look like a hag
Or pause mid-sentence to await with crinkled nose and grimace
The random Twilight Zone attack of your allergic menace
As of this post, I’ve officially completed National Blog Post Month 2014:
30 days of daily blogging
in the month of November!!!!!
In the beginning I wasn’t sure if it was the best or worst decision I’d made in a long time. Now 30 days later, I’m definitely glad I participated. Sure, it was excruciating at times — like having to turn in 30 small term papers in a row — yet in the end, I know my writing life is richer for it.
Here are 10 benefits of NaBloPoMo I’m noticing already…
Learning to write on cue vs. having to feel “inspired”
Writing in small bursts vs. huge stretches
Remembering how much I love to blog
Discovering unused pockets of writing time
The thrill of going from idea to “published” daily
Connecting with a network of fellow bloggers
Gaining new blog subscribers every day!
Interacting with readers thru blog comments
“Priming the pump” for future blog post ideas
Renewing blogging habits for 2015…
I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who read, commented, subscribed, and shared posts on Twitter or Facebook this month. Without you I’d simply be…talking to myself. I hope your life has been enriched in some way, and I thank you for joining me as we endeavor to “find the growing edge” in Christ together.
From this point on, I’ll be blogging weekly rather than daily.
Unless of course…I decide to do NaBloPoMo 2015 next year!
Well, it’s happened.
We’ve opened up the Christmas decorations and taken the first one out of the box.
There’s no turning back.
Christmas season is officially upon us whether we like it or not.
And you know what?
I don’t mind it nearly as much as I expected.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas decorations. Yet this year the prospect of dipping my toe into the runaway train that is Christmas, on the heels of a seemingly endless stream of houseguests, travel, speaking events, and most recently Thanksgiving cooking…didn’t exactly leave me chomping at the bit.
Yet to my surprise, once my hubby pulled the gadzillion “red and green” boxes from the garage, put up a few decorations, and turned on the Christmas music channel, complete with fun factoids about quaint Christmas customs in obscure Scandanavian countries, I gotta admit: I was hooked.
Suddenly I was 5-year-old-with-hot-chocolate-and-marshmallows happy, with shining eyes, a glowing heart, and my feet dangled from the couch for sheer delight. I know that sounds incredibly sappy. Who knows, maybe it is.
Yet even that grown-up smirk on your face isn’t gonna slow me down…
Cuz I’ve rediscovered a life-giving truth I’d almost forgotten: A little childlike joy now and then can sure CURE what ails you. If you don’t believe me, give it a try. It’s positively liberating.
All of which got me thinking…
I wonder how many other simple JOYS I’ve missed because I was…
or too grown up
…to stop and enjoy a happy moment?
It’s worth pondering.
Right after I get a second cup…
…of that amazing hot chocolate!
Twas the day after Thanksgiving when all through the land
Not a creature was resting, child woman or man
With tummies still bloated from yesterday’s feast
They rose before dawn to tackle the beast
Some camped out on sidewalks instead of their beds
While “get-one-free” iPads danced in their heads
Moms in their spandex and dads in their sweats
Would fight to the death for the best bargains yet!
When finally the doors were flung open wide
To let the great horde of shoppers inside
They dashed and they darted, zigged and they zagged
To trample the rest, their treasures to bag
Yet what to their wondering eyes should appear
But “SORRY WE’RE SOLD OUT” signs far and near
They reeled back in horror to hear the clerk say,
“Our Black Friday sale started…yesterday!”
Crazy as it sounds, the phrase “thank you” is as much of a gift for the GIVER as for the receiver.
Wanna give it a try?
Think of something you’re genuinely thankful for and say it out loud.
“I’m so thankful for…”
“Boy I really appreciate…”
“I can’t thank you enough for…”
Feel that little surge of endorphins? Amazing, isn’t it?
Saying “thank you” actually makes it EASIER to be happy!
Turns out even God’s toughest commands are full of love…
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I THESSALONIANS 5:18 NIV
Here’s wishing you and yours the HAPPIEST of Thanksgivings!
Today’s the big day…before the BIG DAY…
Tomorrow in kitchens all over the nation, seasoned (and not-so-seasoned) cooks are braving the oven, stove, roaster, and the deep fryer to prepare the feast of all feasts for Thanksgiving day — and of course the microwave! (to keep everything piping hot til the very last item is ready)
But in truth, TODAY is the day that actually makes or breaks Thanksgiving dinner…
For today is the day of cakes, pies, jello molds, and a thousand other desserts and side dishes — the gooey heart and soul of Thanksgiving that fills in the gaps between the time-honored staples of turkey and dressing.
In fact, one of the easiest ways to tell a veteran from a rookie Thanksgiving cook is that veterans get started today, while the rookies (God rest their souls…) try to squeeze it all in tomorrow!
So as I toddle off to make mom’s famous jello salad and pumpkin pie, I wish my fellow cooks a wonderful day of food prep, flour-covered foreheads, and sampling. (oh yes…the sampling..mmmm!)
To the veterans I say… GO GET ‘EM!
And to the rookies I say… GET STARTED!
For many, today’s the big day…before the big day…before the BIG DAY…
Cuz Thanksgiving is Turkey day…
The day before is cooking day…
And the day before the day before…?
For some it’s food shopping day, loose ends day, or the last day of work before the holidays. For me it’s all those combined.
Yet I’m also dubbing today “releasing and receiving” day.
I recently talked with a close friend who’s going through a tough season. She described her experience of pouring her heart out to God with tears and gut-level honesty — and how it freed up space in her heart for peace, comfort, and encouragement.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good.
Because I often get so wrapped up in responsibilities and concerns and “just one more thing” moments that I forget the simple principle of releasing and receiving.
RELEASING my frustrations, disappointments, and struggles
RELEASING my idea of how things “should’ve gone”
RELEASING my white knuckles of perfectionism and control
And making room for…
RECEIVING God’s comfort, encouragement, and provision
RECEIVING reassurance that God DIDN’T drop the ball after all
RECEIVING a fresh flow of the Spirit for TODAY’s challenges…
And I realize that my tendency to hunker down and just “get through it” may be the very thing that’s making life tougher than it needs to be.
Yes there’s still a lot on my plate today…yet a brief releasing and receiving walk just moved to the top of my list!
How about you?
Hope to see you out there…