Friday, February 28, 2014

When I'm broken

When I’m broken, I don’t want you to fix me.
Maybe I don’t know what I want but I do know what I need.
I need time to grieve for the things I’ve lost.
I need to be heard, please listen.
I need to find my voice so I can figure out what to do.

Give me your ear to hear,
Give me a shoulder to cry on,
Don’t tell me that it will be better
Don’t say you understand
Just be there.

Don’t say I told you so.
Don’t tell me what I did wrong.

I feel bad enough.
Leave me some dignity.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Build a Memory

            Build a Memory

Memories sustain you long after the situation changes.
Often we remember someone from our family or a close
friend who becomes more.
If you are not blessed to be in close proximity, enjoy.
Distance can be a problem, but not insurmountable.
Write them long chatty letters or zip them an e-mail.
Need something more personal, the phone is a great aid.

Every Saturday morning, I called my aunt. We were
a continent apart but the sound of her voice brought joy.
One Saturday, she inquired what I was doing. “Drinking coffee.”
From then on, we had ‘coffee’ and conversation weekly.
With my younger brother, we lived in neighboring states,
once a month we split the difference and got to gather for lunch.

There both gone now but the memories we built, lingers.
Who do you need to connect with?
Find a way.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Set Your Priorities

            Set Your Priorities

            List the jobs you do every day. Jot down all those tasks
that take up so much of your time. Put them all there from the
menial of washing dishes to balancing the check book.

Now number them in order of priority: what has to be done
or the earth stops moving.
Take the top three. Is there any place for worship and Bible study
in there? Can you start your day without turning it over to the One
who created you?
Where did you put time for yourself?
You know, you have to have time to rejuvenate and get things back in
balance. Are you even on your list?
I once thought if I did not show up at work, things would stop.
It was hard to realize that I was replaceable.
There are things that are not, though.  Find them.