Sacred Tears

February 24, 2010

when my heart smiles
waves of love and joy resound
and your heart responds

~*~

in silent prayers
through sacred tears I thank Him
for the gift of you

~*~

 

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Twitter #FollowFriday Posts

December 4, 2009

Electronic social media is a thing we are so fortunate to enjoy. Once in a while we are blessed with finding people who click with us in such a way that social threads and friendships are formed across the ether. Hearts are good at catching rhythms that harmonize with our own. The world is wide and we are all very different so, obviously, kinship is subjective.

Set out below is a collection of #FollowFriday comments I’ve tweeted relative to some of my Twitter Friends together with their websites, as applicable, so you may see some of the wonder of what I’ve discovered in them. These people have managed to capture my attention in one special way or another, while others have completely captured my heart. 

As surely as time changes, we all change with it. I will update this post on a weekly basis to keep it new and fresh. I hope you enjoy this and invite some of these same wonderful souls into your circle to touch your life as they’ve managed to touch mine.

@Abeeliever Amazing indefatiguable super hero in shining armor with a heart of pure gold. She’s a sage and fierce warrior against huge dark forces. My precious guardian angel (and I’ll bet she has a halo and gossamer wings). She’s an advocate of peace, love & promoter of living large. Outstanding & gifted writer who’s captured my heart. She’s a true friend, ally and life force bringing to light mental health awareness and suicide prevention. We’re joined at the heart and the soul. This humble, precious one has blessed my life tremendously, the measure of which will be disclosed only in eternity.   http://polkadotsarepretty.blogspot.com/  and http://unavitabella.com/
@Adamfyre Pen (keyboard) mightier than the sword… weilds haiku like a ninja. Most chivalrous swordsman. Passionately-driven poetry that whispers sweet nothings to the soul. Admittedly dreams up haiku at stoplights. He inspires poetry in a poet’s heart.
@AlexKaris He’s tenacious and he cracks me up. Good energy. Gracious, motivating and very charismatic! Enthusiastic proponent of getting all life has to offer sans tolerances that keep you from being your greatest YOU. Must follow this one!
 http://www.facebook.com/group.php? 
@AliveinMe Heather eminates the joy of the Lord. Her tweets are a blessing to receive.  http://hiswill4me.blogspot.com/
@Arquecy It’s so encouraging to see a young man wise beyond his years and so in love with Jesus. http://www.myspace.com/Arquecy
@AZBlueEyes Because we razor-sharp, witty, hot chicks who’ve got it together must stick together. Unpredictably funny. She just cracks me up.
@candace14 Sassy sage w/lots of fire, wit & wisdom. Musical candied passion for life & her baby girl. Love her. Always keeping it real. 
@CaronsBeachHs This one reminds me of the restorative power and calming affect of the sea. Cheerful and inviting tweets from PacNorthwest. http://everythingcoastal.blogspot.com/
@CheekyWeePony Wears *the* sexiest face of all (in my humble opinion). One of my main dopamine hits. This one has quickly become the Pony Express of good tidings!!
@chupadupa Good energy & quippy posts.
@civis Epicureous yummy follow. Wanderlust who shares beautiful photos of globetrotting ventures.
@coffeetablepoet Poetic soul who beautifully shares the romantic magic of words. Feeds my regular craving for poetic morsels. Poetic positivity. Consistent and timely bounty of beautiful poetry.
@csrculinaryarts Epicureous yummy follow.
@craigfergfan “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -Shakespeare’s Juliet~~~~<3
@cupcakes5 What a treat she is! Positive, smart, funny, razor-sharp wit & great energy. She found my laugh button. Virtual sweetness — but no saccharine here. Home-schooling mom. What a woman!
@DailyWinePicks Personal virtual sommelier.
@dANGELofLOVE Good energy. Deeply beautiful inspired passion & wisdom. Constant encouraging feed.
@donnasfineart Must follow if you’re jonesing for sass, spunk and great verve. I love her fiery, flirty personality. Infectious energy! Sassy sage w/lots of fire, wit & wisdom. She says to me, “Not only the coolest but we both follow the same God! Can’t get any better than that….” I agree. She’s so genuine and has become a fast friend. Precious lady. Fearless entrepreneur. Brave and passionate mother and wife.
@dpodolskyBecause he’s so farking brainy! Verrrry interesting tweets. He’s a brainiac!
@GourmetNewsEpicureous yummy follow. My favorite source for new & faultless recipes.
@Enchantedheart This one is like a butterfly – fluttering by with beautiful reminders of beautiful things – Sunny Sweetness. Truly enchanting, beautiful, warm heart.
@Eschnak Sensitive compassion. Everyone needs a strong, gentle workhorse spirit in their life. Poetic positivity. Equine friend. Goes beyond self to break through in the name of life.
@faithgoddess7 Thoughtful, positive, beautiful and wise encouragement. Sensitive, knowing and compassionate soul.
@Gidyean Brilliant purveyor of musical candy in all flavors. Sweet audio treat.
@heidiheart Beautiful spirit with a servant’s heart. Encouraging writer. Pastor’s wife.. major kudos there, as it takes a special kind of woman to fill those sacred shoes. http://www.heartconnection.ca/
@ice_simplicity Epicureous yummy follow.
@islandprincess2 She’s just too cool not to love. Like ice cream.. need I say more? Sassy sage w/lots of fire, wit & wisdom. Me thinks she really is a princess — certainly charming enough. WARNING: Be sure you are not drinking anything while reading her tweets.. very funny lady.
@jorge Good energy.
@justkel Poetic master of beautifully weaving together haiku and those six word wonders. http://kellijustice-justkel.blogspot.com/
@JoyfulNan All in the name (Joyful). Outstanding drive and positivity!! AND she loves Craig Ferguson : ). Sunny Sweetness. High-energy achiever — all things are possible!
@jshe What’s not to love? She’s a wife, a mother, a teacher and she makes me smile. God bless this one.
@Kim23Supernova This is my twin separated somewhere in time who looked me straight in the eye and smiled with electric energy and magnetic zeal. So happy to be in harmonious sync with this beautiful heart and soul.
@kingsthings Good energy and he’s Larry King!! I love that he doesn’t insult his viewers’ intelligence by dodging the hard questions.
@Kronich Silent wisdom. Very cerebral & interesting tweets.
@LipSyncingScot One of my main dopamine hits always ready with my favorite tweets. Passionate, energized, turbo-charged sweetness… “Remind you of anyone?”
@livinlime This fresh spirit is full of verve and goodness, lots of joy with that added kick of fun!
@LovelyLu Sunny ornery sweetness. Gotta watch those quiet ones.
@Malinky2Stoatir One of my main dopamine hits. *****YouTubular. You’re amazing!  http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Malinky2Stoatir&view=videos  http://remindyouofanyone.blogspot.com/
@MarthaStewart Epicureous yummy follow. 140Wonderwoman!
@MarkShepard Gifted song writer with a great sense of humor and great perspective of life.
@MaxLucado Jesus said, “Above all, I would that you love one another.” Thank you for showing the precious love of our Jesus in all you do. You’re a blessing.
@Mdlstudio2008 This sweet island girl has a wonderful spirit and it’s such a pleasure to see her beautiful smile each day!
@MoRocca Good energy. Too funny not to follow.
@MudStick Loves me my Craig.. thank you for your excellent postings and welcome wit!
@noralmt For witty and compassionate loveliness. Poetic positivity. Lovely lady!
@planethealer She gives consistently positive, healing, encouraging, loving and powerful words that uplift the heart and soul.
@pudditatso Great benefactor of brilliant and fervent poetic verse. And, I love her beatiful Toby kitty <3.
@Quiverymoments Beautiful kindred spirit. Lovely passion and transparent intimacy. http://reflecting.weebly.com/
@quotesnack Love the quotes, blog and writing prompts! http://quotesnack.com Poetic positivity. Thank you for the gentle prodding to write!
@robertomazzoni This is one of the hardest-working man in real estate. Inspiring entrepreneurialism.  http://robertomazzoni.com/
@rubberducknessi Sassy sage w/lots of fire, wit & wisdom. Twitter & DVR junky. Adore the Scottish accent (can almost hear the rrrrolling RRRs) & kiss-my-arse attitude ; ). Yep, I said it.
@SeanMalarkey He’s full of fun surprises. A mixed bag of goodies — you never know what’s next. Cracks me up. Good energy.
@senryunectar Sensational poet with finger perfectly placed on the pulse of love’s various tones.
@SerendipityJane For plenty of sage spark, snark & giggles. Powerfully sharp & vibrant fun! Sassy sage w/lots of fire, wit & wisdom. Hidden treasures found here for sure. And.. she agrees that chocolate is a solve-all. This sparkler will bedazzle you!
@shaboui Sassy sage w/lots of fire, wit & wisdom. Potpourri of fantastic tweets and photographs of beautiful places. Sophisticated loveliness. Tres chic!
@sharepositivity One who’s name speaks truly of its user. Generous benefactor of encouraging words and gentle wisdom; poetic positivity.
@spreadingJOY  Joined me along life’s path and brought me music. Sensational bearing! She brings me joy and prays for and with me. So blessed and thankful for her. http://www.spreadingjoycorp.com/newchallenge.html 
@Spycnsweet Quiet encouragement. Love the positive inspiration of this wonderful woman.
@starlingpoet A beautiful poetic spirit who inspires one to not want to miss a thing. Poetry in motion. Poetic positivity. She says I’m one of her *muses*. How cool is that? Her words speak volumes to my heart. Heart of pure gold and impeccable timing. She’s as sweet as a summer strawberry.   http://www.writingroom.com/Starlingpoet
@StayinPositive Poetic positivity. Inspired beauty. Life champion. So kind, gentle and eveready to encourage and inspire.
@Sugarnspicepix Love, love love the consistent musical sweet & spicy verve of this one.
@SuperGirl Her name speaks for itself. It’s true. Straight shooter with superpower energy! Everyone needs a superhero in their set. Sunny Sweetness.
@Tipperay Haiku master that roars like a lion but purrs like a kitten.
@TwaddictsRUs Beautiful music messenger and welcome fellow Twitter addict.
@twiddledout Sunny Sweetness. Lovely young lady. Gentle positivity. Beautiful inside and out.
@uniqueesa Lovely lady always ready with open heart and cheerful words of sweet encouragement.
@urbancrafter Creative gal, this one. Me thinks she may bleed poetic prose. Her inspired haiku is fascinating to behold. http://www.urbancrafter.typepad.com/
@vanessalammers For consistent positive and friendly vibes. Sunny Sweetness. Adorable & genuine sweet spirit. Love her! She always manages to bless me in 140 or less.
@winerecipes Epicureous yummy follow. Cure all for What’s For Dinner Syndrome.
@winesatoriEpicureous yummy follow. Cure all for What’s For Dinner Syndrome.
@wordmadeflesh Sunny Sweetness. Walking the walk. 
@writinginrain Exquisitely beautiful, inspired writing. You don’t want to miss a thing here:  http://mypoint.typepad.com/blog/
@zoogirltoo I love her transparency and “LuvbabyLuv” panache. Tells it like it is and seals it with a kiss — not sugar coating. 

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Affection

September 24, 2009

During the night, I reach out for You. You draw me into the warmth of Your bosom. I lay my head upon Your chest. You embrace me and quiet the drumming that plagues my tired mind.

Silence, at last.

Your steady heartbeat becomes audible. Your peaceful-self assurance is relaxing yet invigorating. To think, all existence is held firmly in Your control, yet You take time for this intimate moment. You inspire me, my Love. I feel the strength and confidence that is You. Stars twinkle throughout the galaxy in response to Your smile. You kiss my brow with moonlight.

Our hearts beat in unison, its rhythm soothes my restlessness. A blissful surge of peace drives out every debilitating inhibition and doubt. You breathe life into me, once again. I find the sweetest comfort in Your arms.

Your quiet whispers brush vivid strokes of healing over my weary body. Your voice holds the fresh softness of raindrops and depth of thunder. Your Word feeds my hunger for more of You and satisfies my craving for contentment. Each thought You share fills the vaccuum in my soul created by fear. Your consuming love saturates all of the emptiness I felt before knowing You. Your touch relaxes my senses and drives away the pain.

I am safe with You.

Your love is exclusive. Your jealousy tolerates no sharing of Your place in my heart. You shower me with Your ever perfect love, beauty, grace and eternal affection. Humbly, my God, I accept all that You are and reject anything that does not align with Your Word.

You are my Beloved and I am Yours, Jesus.

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Incomparable

September 15, 2009

You quiet my noisy mind with whispers of hope and peace. You promise a future – eternity with You. Your words are not empty. They are sure and proven, over and again. All power is in Your Word. Time and space are Yours. There is neither power nor thing not under Your command. The seas thunder and roll passionately, yet honor Your periphery. The sun remains in its place, burning fiercely and constantly… a reminder of Your faithful love. Nothing compares to Your love, my Lord. Nothing compares to Thee.

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Haiku: Promise

September 15, 2009

Creativity
You breathe on my life, Father
Your inspiration

Your divine favor
Your heart yields adoration
my life’s in Your hands

You hear my prayers
I feel Your Holy Spirit
brooding over me

Safe in Your solace
I am sheltered from life’s storms
Precious Beloved

You quiet my mind
with whispers of hope and peace
forever with You

Jesus

May I Have This Dance?

August 29, 2009

Today was especially challenging. I woke up lonely. Had it not been for the kids needing breakfast, perhaps I would have spent the day in bed. Not because I was tired, but because my heart was too heavy to get up. How does this happen? I have it all, so it would seem from the outside looking in. I’ve been tremendously blessed… indeed, but I’ve made tremendous misjudgements. As a result, the proverbial bar is raised to a very high standard. As such, sometimes life is a little lonely. It’s okay. Exclusive selection is a process and such a process often takes time.

Time. Precious time.

I peeled myself off the sheets and set about my course for the day, eventually arriving at a yard sale down the street on my way to the Farmer’s Market. There were odds and ends all across the property, large and small for treasure hunters abounding the neighborhood. As I approached the gate to enter the property, my eyes fell upon some framed art displayed along the iron fence. I stopped in stunned amazement. There propped amongst the framed pieces was a print of The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano — my very favorite piece of modern art in all the world. The original painting is a back view of an elegant lady in a stunningly beautiful long, red dress and contrasting bare feet as she is waltzed on a sandy beach by an equally elegant gentleman dressed in tux and tails. They are being serenaded under cover of an open umbrella by a singing butler. Hence, the title of the piece, I would imagine.

Sight of it literally stopped me in my tracks. I stood there, gaping. This print served as a vivid reminder that I am in Daddy God’s arms. This is His dance. The serenade is that of His choosing. Its timing. Its tempo. Its duration. He has given His angels charge over me. He will not allow my foot to slip. The ocean waves can only come as far as He allows. Being the gentleman that He is, He asked me if He could have this dance. I accepted. I follow His lead.

I am quite confident that the artist did not have my metaphoric ideal in mind when his brush graced the canvas, ultimately gifting us with his beautiful masterpiece. However, art  being subjective and all, I adore the piece, holding precious the imagery it inspires in my heart every time I see it.

I bought the print.

One day, in Daddy God’s perfect timing, He is going to allow me to finally waltz with that beautiful man whom He has purposed for my life. Only He knows for sure when and if that will be. God is perfect, you know, and He will not be rushed. I trust that He knows what’s best for me. I know I am precious in His sight. He is so loving to remind me, in ways that only He can, that I am never alone.

I am my Beloved’s and He is mine.

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Choose Happiness

July 23, 2009

ladybug_fingertipWhen a ladybug lands on you, make a wish, make a wish! Then, before blowing it off your skin, say:

“Ladybug, Ladybug….”

The whole concept and morbidity of the rhyme always made me sad for the poor, helpless ladybug. Why would she want to fly to her home if it were on fire? By the time she’d get there, what horror and devastation would she see? And, Dear God, what of her children? In the face of her horrible misfortune how could I dare to breathe a wish for myself?

I’d watch the poor creature crawling around on my skin, hoping that all was truly good and right in her ladybug world.

Ladybugs look happy.polkadorts

Are polka dots not the epitome of all things happy and carefree?

Take in a deep breath of fresh air. In with the good… out with the bad.

I don’t want to just look happy — like a ladybug. I want to be happy.

I choose happiness.

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No Fear

July 21, 2009

The most sincere words pour from my heart only to feel searing coals thrust upon my shoulders immediately following the release of them into the atmosphere. Apprehension scorches down my back from not knowing how my words will be received.

Oh, the pain. The pain of unknowing.

I am not responsible for how I am received. I am only responsible for the manner in which I give.

Yet, time has proven over and again that I am my own worst critic, as my words have often been the salve which brings healing to a broken heart, the evasive lyrics to a beautiful melody, the answer to a quandary gnawing at one’s heart and mind. My words, when spoken in kindness, have been the keys unlocking bolted prison doors freeing one from prison walls where others before me have captured and held hostage a loving heart for reasons beyond my knowledge and understanding.

Even so, often, I keep my words locked deep inside… deep down inside… for fear moves me to reconsider my inspiration and I remain paralyzed in the clutches of fear. Fear often moves me to keep my arms reservedly at my sides instead of hugging a soul who needs to feel their battered body and wounded heart wrapped in a compassionate embrace.

God give me the discernment I need from Your heart and mind to move me in the path You have set for me. Move me as You are moved by compassion for the love of Your creation. Help me to understand my fear when it is merely fear and not decorum or propriety but rather, my pride. Help me to know when it is fear that ridicules me as I am indeed good enough, smart enough, rich enough, clever enough and beautiful enough to move at Your Word.

I am Your Beloved and You are mine. I have nothing to fear.

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Possibilities

July 16, 2009

3641175070_6c290acdccThe familiar klink of stainless steel being lifted off its hook —  the beginnings of a favorite kitchen symphony. Will it be dinner? Will it be tea? Will it be for colored eggs or sterility?

Tap water fills the pot, clear and deep. Silver pot placed carefully on the stove for the umpteen thousandth time. Pot sets quietly as the flame burns beneath its base.

What is it for? Possibilities are endless. Boiling water… it can be the beginning of just about anything.DSCF1435

Cook has done her part. Flames of fire take over in this familiar routine. Slowly and steadily its cadance begins, clicking and popping in response to the flame.

Tiny air bubbles form inside the pot — silent effervescence — growing in number.
Bubbles rise one by one to the water’s surface. Delicate vapor ascends and falls beneath the task light spot. The crescendo builds to a rapid boil. Rolling thunder!

Boiling water… endless possibilities.

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The Romantic

July 15, 2009

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Romance is in the life we live
with every breath we take
within our every movement
with the ticking of the clock
in the little clinks and tinkles
coming from inside a home
pouring out of windows for
those with ears to hear

jingling of daddy’s keys
as he returns home from work
my darling sweet

mommy’s heels
walking across a wooden floor
my honey’s feet

as dinner sizzles on the stove
sloshing of a washing machine
the fine pages of a Bible being turned in a parlor
sheets ruffling early in the morning
a clicking switch of a lamp at the end of the day

Romance is woven throughout the fabric of life
beheld only by Romantics

One is a Romantic
or one is not

Romantics do not choose to be born as such
like one does not choose eye color
or stature
hair texture
or parents

Romantics have been dipped low
and held tightly to the bosom of God Himself
He kissed slowly and deeply on the mouth
the passionate Romantic before loosing
that one into the world
having left His sweetness on the lips
his stars of wonder in the eyes
his wings of hope upon the feet
and song of love in the heart
of the Romantic

He opened the ears
of the Romantic
to understand the language of love and life

He gave strong arms
to the Romantic
to bear and embrace the wildly mixed load
of burden and blessings
along life’s way

He inspired curiosity
in the Romantic
to seek out answers and beauty
to crack codes of hidden mysteries
where others see only quandry and rhetoric

He gave the Romantic
a bubbling fountain for a soul
to give abundantly to others
according to His purpose
which He doesn’t always disclose

Romantics give all they have
over and again
because the more they give
the more they flourish
drawing from the very heart of God

Being a Romantic
is not always wine and roses
it is a tremendous burden of proof
finding a way
when there seems to be no way

As the Romantic draws closer to God
the more loving and creative a Romantic becomes
for the sake of someone else

Romance is never self serving

My Beloved is the ultimate Romantic
Faithful and True
showing His love anew
with every sunrise and sunset
in every twinkle of smiling eyes
each warm embrace
every single hue of color
every single musical note
every whispering willow
every roaring thunder

My Beloved has not neglected any sorrow
He has saved every tear drop
His promises make perfect
the sweetest wine
to be enjoyed in this waking life
and for certain
in eternity with Him

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