A tender heart
A loving smile
Across every mile
Gentleness and strength
Wrapped up in one
She is always there
Like the morning sun
I love you Mom
Seems so small but true
Your unconditional love
Pours out from you
A million thank yous
Could never show
The love and gratitude
As my heart overflows
For all you do
For all you say
I adore you Mom
Where is the peace that passes all understanding
And the joy unspeakable hiding?
Where is the hope that never ends
And the sparkling hearts residing?
Where is the security of tomorrow
Because it’s almost a brand new day?
Where is the unconditional love
That moves into my heart to stay?
Where are these precious wonderful things
That are near and dear to my heart?
Have circumstances clouded my eyes
To have it appear these things are not apart?
Push the clouds away, let the light shine
And the warm fill our soul with smiles.
There are more than enough of these great things
To carry us through every mile.
What do you think?
Do you miss precious things because circumstances cloud your view?
Tell me your thoughts below.
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- Put a tiny rock in your shoe and walk a mile
- Give a simple sucker to a toddler & watch their world light up
- Try ignoring that fly buzzing about your meal
- Leave that piece of dust under your contact
- Smile widely with a tiny piece of black pepper stuck to your tooth
- Watch what the ants will do with your slice of pie
- Remember the grain of sand that became a gorgeous pearl
- Think about the one smooth stone that took out a giant
- Notice how one spark can consume an entire forest
- One flicker of light pierces the darkest night
- 1 person “going” for it, gives courage to the fearful
- A reassuring smile brings hope
- Gaze at the GIANT oak that was once a tiny seed
- One single tear can soften the hardest heart
- The difference of one second…. That allowed you to miss that accident or plane crash
- Ignore that nail in your tire
- Leave that splinter in your finger
These are just a few that I quickly jotted down!
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I share this with you today because we all feel this way…..sometimes.
The question is, do we stay “here” or do we make the choice to move on – out from under these feelings?
I hope when you are “here” in this state that we all “sometimes” are in, that you’ll choose to move beyond this….regardless of how slow it may be.
Why do we reach for what we can’t possibly get
Why do our hearts take us where our head knows we shouldn’t go
Why do we run towards trouble
Why do we have to be prodded to do right
Why is “IT” never enough
Why does the darkness bring pain
Why does yesterday seem to be forever ago
Why does tomorrow never come
Why does opportunity only knock once
Why does a grain of a mustard seed seem so HUGE
Why does today slip away unnoticed
Why does the sun not warm through the bitter cold
Why does “IT” matter to them
Why do we care what “they” think
Why do we feel like 100% is not as good as 120%
Why do we see the good in others before we see the great in ourselves
Why does it matter anyway
When I think of the love that flows
I know I’m truly blessed
I might not ever know the joy
Of fancy houses, cars and the rest
One thing is certain and without a doubt
One thing I’ll never wonder
Is the fact that I’m loved beyond measure
And that for me HIS mercy and grace will thunder
My heart soars with gratitude
For the gift of grace, love and peace
The unspeakable joy that lives there
Is because I know HIS love will never cease
Do you KNOW HIS love?
I’m in a valley. It’s true. Have been for about a month now AND I love it! I do! I’m working in beautiful Salem Virginia. Mountains are everywhere I look. The ride to and from each week has been gorgeous with the color of the leaves changing to burnt orange and bright reds. Megan even asked me when I started working there, what it was like. My reply was, “I’m in a valley,” to which she responded ohhhhhh, niiiiice! I had to smile because I knew that I’ve been wondering about life’s valleys.
Being in this majestic valley has got me thinking lately about “life’s valleys.”
We all go through the valley in life, there is no escaping it. It’s a matter of when. My question to myself has been why don’t I “look up” at the wonderful surroundings when I’m in life’s valley, just as I’m doing while working here in the valley of Virginia? I know that I’m surrounded by a million little things that make life glorious and I also know the valleys are going to happen. So what is the disconnect?
Could it be that I’m so focused on the issues that I forget to look up and enjoy what is around me? Or maybe the discouragement during that time has put a huge cloud over me and I can’t see the beauty that is all about me? Could it be that discontentment wastes my energy and I have no strength to focus on making it through the valley? Why have I never thought of looking up before?
We all have so many blessings in our life that should carry us from one valley to the next but when we are in those valleys – we tend to forget them, so our stay there seems much longer than necessary.
The valleys of life are hard. I’ve been in many of them and do not enjoy them during that time. I’m always thankful for friends I can come to for help, but like many – I sometimes choose not to ask, for fear of being a “burden”.
I faced another closed door a few weeks back. My heart ached with great pain, discouragement and no music was there. Until I poured out my heart in the following words that day, I sat in silence. No singing, no happiness and fighting back the tears from yet one more closed door.
The Closed Door
Sometimes the hurt is too much to bare
Even though you say I can, I feel I can’t share
The Load is heavy, the road is long
The heart is weary and has lost its song
I know there’s hope that never ends
But for now it seems my life won’t mend
I just want to be held, I’m tired and weak
I’ll simply rest in silence, as I can’t even speak
You are strong, I’m not. I can’t even try
I can’t stop the tears from falling from my eyes
This is me, this is all – there is nothing more
Such is my life – as I stand, facing the closed door.
Will I remember this in my next valley? Yes. Will it make a difference? I honestly don’t know. Will I struggle along alone? I hope not. I hope that I will have the courage to ask for help that day, but it takes courage for that, and I’m far from courageous.
What do you think? Why do we not look up when we are in life’s valley? Why do we struggle alone – without asking for help? We have great friendships and tons of resources, yet we choose to limp along through the valley – alone.
Tell me, what is the disconnect?
I wish I knew what was going on
I wish you’d let me see
I wish I could bring you smiles
Just the way that you do me
I wish I could melt the hurt away
I wish you’d let me in
I wish for you great happiness
And that your heart will soar high again
I wish away the sorrow
I wish away the dread
I wish you a thousand blessings
Upon your life instead
I wish you every kindness
I wish you joy and peace
I wish you amazing laughter
And great love that’s within reach
I wish these great things for you
And even a million more
And for every one that’s granted you
I wish for hope restored.
What do you wish for?
Have you ever wanted to help someone and didn’t know what to say or do? What did you do?
LOVE wrapped around you so tight
WARMTH when your heart feels cold
PEACE when the ocean within you rages
A SMILE when the tears flow
COURAGE when fear abounds
FULLNESS when the soul feels empty
DELICIOUS when the world tastes bitter
HARMONIOUS when your life is out of tune
HEALING for the one that is grieving
KINDNESS in the midst of hatred
STRENGTH for those weakened by the journey
WISDOM when confusion is all around
ENCOURAGEMENT when you feel defeated
PURE JOY when happiness is hiding
A WELCOME HOME after the day has been cruel
REASSURANCE when all confidence is lost
CERTAINTY when all is unsure
PRICELESS when the heart feels worthless
EXTRAORDINARY when typical over throws the day
MYSTERIOUS as the miracle of its uniqueness takes form
A WHISPER – I love you
What about you? What is a hug to you? Have ever received one at just the right moment? Have you encountered a hug that was a smile from across the room that helped to dry the tears?
HUGS – Do you cherish these priceless miracles?
**got to thinking, I should add a picture of the BESTEST hug I have received all year!! ENJOY**
When I was growing up and dreamed of getting married, having children and being a Mommie, I never really knew what all that entailed. I knew that Mom’s did so much for so many and always loved and respected my Mom for all that she has done for me over the years.
Even though I am a wife – I may not always be one. I will, however, always and forever be a Mom!
Moms wear so many hats and I’m often amazed at what all we can accomplish when we set our minds to it!
We are wife, mom, gourmet chef, short order cook, doctor, referee, entertainer, taxi driver, organizer, event coordinator, slayer of horrible monsters that lurk in closets.
We provide miracle kisses that heal all scrapes, scratches and other injuries that do not require stitches or casts.
We are alarm clocks to get the day started and the light switch when it’s “lights out” for the day.
We are the believer of dreams, encouragers to the end and the gentle shove out of the nest when fear arises.
We are a constant reminder that can’t never could and that won’t never will but if you think you can, then you probably will.
We are a light in the dark and the sunshine on a rainy day.
We sacrifice great things of the present for even greater things in the future.
We cry tears of joy as well as endure the tears of sorrow.
We handle untimely disasters single handedly while always knowing where the other shoe is.
We know that the book you need is on the 2nd shelf to the left – if you’d just look there, you’d see.
We multitask better than the most powerful CEO and can whip up a school project hours before it is due.
We will believe when no one else around will and keep pressing towards the prize when everyone else is at a complete halt.
Even though we hate it sometimes, we are also the bad guy in this story of life. Hindering our children from doing what they “want” to do when they think it is ok.
We are the policeman that strives to keep order and peace as well as the Security guard that keeps watch in the night for dangers that are lurking.
We are the backbone when they are weak, yet softly praying that when the kids are older they will have the courage to do what is right on their own.
We are determined to preserve and protect and will face the greatest danger for our children – all because we are always a Mom.
Even though the kids may think of us as strict, mean, aggravating, ridiculous, uncooperative, hateful and just plain behind in the times – we will always be MOM.
I used to tell my Mom that “I’ll never say that to MY kids!” When ever she said “Because I said so.” Did that hold true? NO, absolutely not. In all honesty I probably said everything she said and then some.
That is why I LOVE the video that is below. It reminds me that I am not alone. Other Moms say the same things to THEIR children.We are always a Mom and these things that Moms say will continue to be said by Moms all over the world!
Thanks Mom for always believing, loving and for giving me something good to grow up to be…just like you!
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