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A Mighty Wind

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.  
                                                                      ~ Seneca


 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
                                                                    ~ Romans 8:1-2
Mothers Day brought a mighty wind. 
It blew blue haired, lace stockinged moms
sun-dressed, barebacked moms,
mother-daughter pairs in too short shorts,
hair wrapped moms,
stand-in dads,
bless-ed aunts,
a plethora of children,
and those who wanted for them.
It blew the petals from 
past-bloom tulips, flame red and yellow
in our path, chocolate ice-cream drips
from an over-packed cone
and an under-quick tongue.
The sparkle came from moistened
eyes, pregnant good-byes,
warming words, longing sighs,
mothers gone, children far
and near, meals shared.
Some say it was the mighty wind 
blew through Mothers Day.
I say the wind began with You.

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One at a Time

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

     ~ 1 Cor. 6:19-20

Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy 

     ~ Author Unknown

     There are so many places where it is easy to overdo.  Vacation, credit, food, drink, talk, you name it, overdoing can be easy.  We recently went on vacation and found that the advice we were given before we left proved to be the best, “Just eat two meals a day and you should be fine.”

     It is precisely what we did, and we got left over “boxes” everywhere we went and used those leftovers right up until the night before we left.  Great food, too much, every time.  That, coupled with over 3300 miles of travel made us very conscious of just what our bodies could and could not take.  

     I know that I am preaching to the choir when I say any more than this.  Suffice to say that we honed our skills in knowing when we were full, tired, and in need of less “outside” stimulus  and just required some rest and reading and relaxing. 

We were safe, careful and conscious of what was needed.  I think some of that was because we were so far away from home.  Now, if I can just apply these same guidelines to today, tomorrow, and the future, one meal at a time, one conversation at a time, one purchase at a time.  Today, be safe, slow down, and be good to yourself as you go forward.

Because of Him,


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Traveling Mercies

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.  

     ~ Anatole France
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.
     ~ Ephesians 5:25
     My childhood travel was usually composed of the same route to Massachusetts.  I can nearly recite it even now.  Once one crosses into Massachusetts, it’s 90, 290, 495, and off to Clinton.  This was my dad’s preferred way to do things.  Same regular, predictable route.
     However, local travel would always find us exploring.  Especially if it was up to my mom and she was driving.  She was fascinated by looking down country roads, alternate routes, new roads.
     Let me add that at the time of this travel, there were no electronic assists of any kind.  It was the map, or one’s “gut” that guided our travel, and maybe an occasional antique store.
     My husband  is often a delightful combination of these modes of travel; his “gut” is nearly unshakable, his “inner GPS” on the money 99% of the time and his sense of traffic is mostly only questioned by himself.  He wants to get there, and he wants to have fun doing it.  We often stop for bookstores, and my favorite travel restaurant in Massachusetts.  He loves me in the travel adventure (though he doesn’t always agree with my methods when it is my turn to drive…)
Today, love someone as you travel.  See how it unfolds, even if it for a short walk down a hallway, or around the corner to get coffee.
Because of Him,

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