Angeltime

I would like to share this poem I wrote for those who need encouragement today.

Angeltime

In the morning angels sing.

Tranquil notes so gently ring.

Awake, I rise from sleepy haze.

Amid a melody of praise.

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Afternoon the angels play.

Follow me throughout my day.

Frolic and flutter whirling free,

Angels watching over me.

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In the evening angels fly,

Dancing in the evening sky.

As my earthly day is done,

Angeltime has just begun.

Grandma Grace

Last weekend my mother-in-law Grace, went to be with the lord.  She had been a huge part of my life for over 30 years.  I was so proud of my husband and daughter as the got up together at her funeral and paid tribute to the wonderful woman who touched them so deeply.  My daughter Amanda, wrote a beautiful eulogy that I would like to share with you today.

Today, as we celebrate the life of my Grandma Grace, I would like to reflect and share my thoughts with all of you. I have never felt more loved than I did when I was spending time with my grandparents. I will never forget the constant aroma of cookies and my stomach will never forgive me for how many jars of spaghettio’s I consumed at her house as a child. And I am glad that I had her to step in whenever my dad or uncle would tease me, she would give them a quick slap to the back of the head and tell them to leave me alone.

Being the only grandchild, I was smothered constantly with love and gifts for birthday’s Christmas, and sending cards for every holiday.  Grandma was always asking me how school was and was always persistent on making sure I got the most out of my education. She was my motivation for everything because seeing her happy was one of the most precious sights I’ve had in my 20 years of living. This last semester at college I strove and accomplished by making Dean’s list and I know she was so proud of me.

Her heart was so big and filled with love for not just me but for my grandpa and my whole family. My grandparents’ relationship is one I have always admired because of how evident their love for one another was. Everyone would always tell me how much she loved me and how I was the light of her life; at the time I took it for granted, never thinking twice about her love or her protectiveness over me. But today, I feel fortunate and blessed to have had such a wonderful and caring woman who loved me as much as she did.

I have the most beautiful angel now looking over me and guiding me for the rest of my life. Nothing will ever replace the love I have for her and how happy I am to have had such a close relationship with her. Thank you for being such a large part of my life Grandma, I love you.

The Branch

There’s a story about a king who bought two beautiful white doves to fly above his kingdom. He hired a bird trainer to work with them. One of the birds would soar and fly until the trainer called him back. The other bird would fly low, circle around and land back on the branch. No matter what the trainer did he couldn’t get the second bird to fly very far. The trainer went to the king and told him about his dilemma. The king made a call for assistance and a local farmer stepped up and said he could help. The next day when the king looked up, he saw both birds were flying high above the castle. The king called the farmer and asked, “what did you do?” The farmer replied, “I cut off the branch!”

Sometimes God will march into your life and cut the branch you are sitting comfortably on so you have no choice…
you will either fall to the ground or soar above the clouds.

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Angels Beside Me

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Ribbons of love
Swell in each breath
Angels beside me
Feeling so blessed

Song of the whippoorwill,
singing so sweet
Angels above me
Harmony treat

Perfume of roses
Scents so Devine
Angels around me
Fragrant sunshine

Taste of his glory
Hunger for grace
Angels enfold me
Tender embrace

Wings set a flutter
Beneath Sun swept skies
Smiling and dancing
to God’s Lullaby

Gift of Hope

hopefaithOur lives change – we go through seasons.  Seasons where we want to cry all the time and seasons of joy, seasons of sickness and seasons of health – and it seems that while we are going seasons of hardship we wonder what will get us through, how will we survive the times of trouble and difficulties?  The Christmas story about that little baby born in the manger gives us the answer – Jesus brings us hope for tomorrow knowing that what we are going through is not permanent.  When we are facing challenges / they seem really big– don’t they? Sometimes we feel as though feels like they will never end.

But just as the angels said to the shepherds, don’t be afraid – take the time to pray with confidence and hope for a better future and an easier tomorrow.

You may say, “But look around today—there are so many people who are hurting and so much anguish in the world.  Yes, especially when you look at news reports. But God gives us hope – hope for tomorrow filled with god’s grace.  And the best way to spread this hope – is to grow right where you are planted.  To do what God wants most – show love to your neighbors, family and friends, and not only your fellow believers, but be of service and come to the aid of those whom God has placed in your path.  Help those who desperately need to hear the good news of God’s love.  When we share the Christmas story with others, we restore hope and joy and peace and light and love into the lives of those who live in darkness and have no hope.

God’s gift of Hope:  Hope for a tomorrow with fresh answers to old problems.  Hope in a world filled with patches of darkness that disappears when one person shares the light that God put inside them. Hope in knowing that your situation will change – but your god won’t.  The Christmas gifts we received several years ago have now become obsolete, but God remains current, and his gift of Jesus is always new, never changing. Jesus is the same today to those who accept him and invite him in – as he was to those who trusted him more than two thousand years ago.

God’s Gift is You!  You are the light, you are the love, you are the model for Joy and Peace, You are the hope, and you are god’s gift to the world!

Gift of Joy and Peace

peacejoyWe hear the story of Jesus’s birth and ask, “How does that relate to me today?” How can a baby born over 2000 years ago help me? Until finally you realize that his birth was meant for you – to bring you joy and to grant you peace.

Christmas is a time to celebrate God’s glory. It’s a time when bright stars shine on unsightly stables. A time when angels of God sing to simple, smelly shepherds. A time where the wise take time out of their busy lives and follow him.  A time when we stand up and sing of God’s glory – it’s hearing the story of Jesus again at Christmastime where if we listen closely, we will feel a sense of Joy and Peace.

Unfortunately, this expression of God’s love sometimes gets lost, especially in the hubbub of the Christmas season. We get busy in the trappings and activities of the holidays and lose sight of the fact that Jesus’ birth is the ultimate love story.  Now that the holiday is over, we need to make some quiet time to be with our God, and to sit and re-read his Word – the bible again, take time to clear away the clutter of Christmas, and take a good look again at the love that came down from heaven for us that night so long ago in Bethlehem!

With that night, God offers us an eternal peace, so that no matter what is going on in the world around you, you can find fulfillment and peace knowing that you are loved, that you matter and that you are never alone.  Whatever you are facing today, know that God will give you the strength you need and the words to say, he will bring people into your life to help you, he will grant you opportunities that will allow you to overcome life’s troubles.  Your earthly circumstances have no bearing on your heavenly journey.  The birth of Jesus brings with it Joy and Peace that no one – but you – can extinguish.

God’s Gift of Joy and Peace: A Joy and inner peace that comes from within – a knowing that whatever is happening in your life, whatever struggles you are facing, nothing will be able to extinguish the joy of knowing that Jesus was born just for you.  And that with God’s grace, worry and fear will flee and you can find peace in God’s tender embrace.

God’s gift came to us wrapped in Joy and peace.

Gift of Light

candleI have a few houseplants, when I get new ones, I like to repot them in good soil and then make sure they get plenty of water.  But besides water and soil, plants need light – lots of light to live and grow.  If you doubt this, take your favorite plant and put in in a closet for a week and see what happens.  You know, that’s true of people too.  We need both physical light and spiritual light to grow and survive.

Light is important to our physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. As you know, winter is a hard season for us in New England, not so much because of the cold and snow, but because of the lack of sunshine and light.  In the winter some of us experience a level of depression due to lack of sunlight. Many times doctors will tell us to take a trip to a warm, sunny climate! I heard about a company a couple of winters ago that actually took their company jet and filled it with their employees and all they did was fly above the clouds for a couple of hours so they could see the sun. As crazy as the idea was, the stunt actually boosted morale and performance within the company. It’s an example of how much we need light to live and light to grow.

Bringing light into our life is what Jesus does for us spiritually. When we invite Jesus into our heart – he sends his light into us and transforms us from the inside out.  The story of Jesus’s birth is about allowing him into our hearts and letting him live his life through us. Being a Christian is not a remodeling project, it is a metamorphosis, a change in who we are that happens over time.

The Bible says it this way:  “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old is gone, the new has come.”  Jesus brings light into the darkness.

God’s gift of Light, Given to us in the first chapter of the bible and again with the birth of Jesus.  A light that will overcome darkness.  You see, Jesus is still the light of the world. And the thicker the darkness, the brighter is his light!

Whatever struggles, whatever darkness is facing – remember the lessons of the light and the darkness. Darkness is only the absence of light, if you shine a light into the darkness, it will disappear.  More than that, if you hold onto the light of God through the dark times, your faith will be irresistibly beautiful to those you meet.

God gave us Jesus and God gave us the gift of Light!