Solitude

Hello!

The holidays are right around the corner, family and friends are going to be a daily part of our lives during this time. Trying not to get overwhelmed is a constant struggle, that’s where solitude comes in.

Thanksgiving is one of the most stressful times of the year! Cooking, cleaning, having family and friends over…UGH!! It’s tiring just thinking about it. It’s something we all go through every year, whether we want to or not.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love it when family comes to visit for the holidays. We usually have a big dinner, laugh, have a couple of drinks, talk the day away, then it’s football time!! We all go to the living room, and get ready to watch the game of the day! It’s a lot of trash talking going on..Lol!!

After about an hour, heads start to lean over, can’t keep our eyes open, everyone gets comfortable, instant nap-time! I usually miss the second quarter of the game. Oh well, that’s what happens after a big dinner!

Time to get up and wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen..Yuk!! I can sometimes get one volunteer to help, they soon disappear after a few minutes. So I’m left to do the “dirty work” but, to see them full and happy, it was well worth it.

I know you’re thinking, “when is she going to get to the solitude part?” Right now!

Solitude comes when the family has gone, the house is once again quiet. Now you have time to reflect on the weekend, the food, seeing their faces, laughing to yourself at the snoring going on during the game. Taking time to give thanks for being able to spend time with the people you love.

Solitude is taking time away to look inside yourself, to relish those special moments, and to pray. Even Jesus took time away in solitude to pray and replenish His spirit. If He can take that time away, why shouldn’t we do the same.

Solitude is that moment in time when it’s quiet, nothings moving, silence. Your mind is able to think without trying too hard to remember, thoughts come easily, mind pictures are vivid. It sets your mind and spirit at ease, they can become one.

Solitude can be a favorite place you like to go, a quiet place in your house, even in your mind. It’s where ever you choose for it to be. That one place where you can freely exhale, and relax.

We all need that place in our busy, stress filled lives. Take the time, find that place of solitude. Close your door, exhale and relax.

 

Blessings Always,

Mary

Twinkling Stars

Hello!

We’ve all recited the poem Twinkle, twinkle little star, when we were children, but have you ever heard stars twinkle? Stars are one of the most beautiful and captivating things in the night time sky. I love looking up at them on a clear night. They can take your breath away!

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I’m a hopeless romantic by nature, so the stars are very romantic for me. A guy I dated some time ago,  he was a romantic like me..weird huh! He took me to a boat dock on a cold December night and we watched the moon over the water of the lake, it was simply beautiful!! It seemed like we talked for hours, enjoying the moonlight.

I’m fascinated by the sky and stars. I have gotten up at an ungodly hour to watch the meteor shower!! That was great, seeing the shooting stars streak across the sky, leaving a very colorful trail behind them!

The one instance that really sticks out in my mind was when I went to a cabin for a little rest. I was stressed out and needed the quiet. I did my research, and found the most wonderful place on the planet!!

It was a lovely cabin in the Tennessee mountains, quaint, very clean, and most of all quiet! I brought everything I needed for a 4 day stay. The cabin was fully stocked with the necessities, all you had to bring was food and drink (I brought my favorite wine and tequila). The first morning there, I got up and made a pot of coffee, put on my fuzzy robe and went out on the porch, sat in the swing and watched the sun rise over the mountains, so beautiful!

In the afternoon, I made some dinner, ate, had a glass of wine. I then lit the fireplace, (real wood, no gas) sat in front of it and just listened to the fire crackle, smelled the sent of the burning wood, it was so heavenly. It was night, so I went out on the upstairs balcony,  it seemed like I could see the whole sky. It was so quiet, peaceful, serene, I had never heard anything like it before, the sound of nothing!! Then I looked at the stars, they were twinkling, like little diamonds!

Then I stopped for a moment, and it sounded like I could hear them twinkling!! I know it sounds strange, but that’s a sound I will never forget. I was mesmerized by them!! It seemed like I stared at them for hours trying to see where this sound was coming from. At that point, I didn’t care, they were just beautiful.

That night changed the way I see the stars now. I had always looked  at them before, knowing they were planets, asteroids, but now I look at them as sounds of peace, beauty, never ending hope, most of all love.

Stars evoke a different meaning for all of us. When was the last time you took time to look at the stars? If it’s been a while, what are you waiting for? Put on a jacket, go outside, look up at the night sky. Admire its beauty.

Twinkle, twinkle little star…

Do you hear them twinkling, listen closely.

Blessings Always

Mary

Coffee

Good Morning!

Like most of us, the first thing I want in the morning is my cup of coffee. It’s the one thing I love the smell of…ahhh!! It wakes me up better than a shower…lol!! Just kidding.  I can smell it while it’s brewing, it makes my whole body relax. It puts me in a better state of mind.

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Coffee brings back so many good memories for me. One in particular, of my Mother, (Mama as we called her). She has always had coffee, as long as I can remember. I guess that’s where I got my love for it.

When I got to be an adult, after going to the Marine Corps, (by the way they have the strongest coffee I have ever had!!) I would come home on leave, and spend some time with her. She would always get up before me, and make a pot of coffee. The smell would waft through the house, it would instantly wake me up.

I would sleepily come into the kitchen and she would have the cups on the table, she would pour us some, with cream and sugar for me, she had hers black, one teaspoon of sugar. We would sit and talk until the pot was gone. I loved those times, sadly she has since passed on. I miss her so much.

Another time that sticks out in my memory, is one November, it was cold that year, I went to see her as usual, she made coffee and we sat on her front stoop, (she lived in an apartment, not much of a porch). She said,”it’s snowing on the mountain.” I looked at her and said “what do you mean, it’s snowing on the mountain.” Where her apartment was you could see the hills, and it was a white haze in the air. She lived in Knoxville, Tn, and you could see a long distance from where she lived. I said ok, kind of halfway dismissing it. Later that day, I looked out side, to my surprise, It was snowing!!

I was excited, I said “mama, it’s snowing!!” She said, “didn’t I tell you it was snowing on the mountain.” We both laughed. From that day forward, when she said it was going to snow, I believed her!

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This is my Mama, as you can see, we were at the Casino! We had so much fun that weekend!! She was my best friend. So how does coffee tie into this?

We shared so many moments, had long talks, ate a lot of food, laughed, and sometimes I cried to her, all while having coffee. Whether it was at home, at Waffle House, (my all time favorite restaurant!!), or when we were traveling, coffee was the common factor.

If you love coffee the way I do, do me a simple favor. Next time your mom calls and wants to have a cup of coffee, clear your schedule, go and have a cup of coffee with her, just sit and take the time to talk.

Believe me, it will be the best cup of coffee you will ever have. A lifetime of memories will be built over that cup of coffee.

Here’s to that next hot cup of memories, I can smell them brewing now.

Blessings Always

Mary

 

Angel Eyes

Good Morning,

I was watching the news report today, and they were showing the city from the news helicopter. The scenery was beautiful, a bird’s eye view. My imagination kicked in, I started thinking…is this how Angels see us?

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I know there are plenty of people that don’t believe in angles, but for me, I do! I looked up and wondered, do they see how silly we can be at times, are they fun loving creatures, how are they visible to some and not to others?

Have you ever been around someone’s baby, and the child seems to be playing with someone or something we can’t see? I don’t mean an imaginary friend, no, this is totally different. They giggle for no apparent reason, make sounds like they are talking to what they see, and when you pick them up, their gaze seems to stay on what they see.

Strange, but beautiful at the same time. I have heard older people say,”they are playing with the angles.” Maybe, maybe not. It’s obvious that babies are in tune with something we adults can’t…or won’t let ourselves see!

I know we all have heard of our “guardian angel”. The one that is assigned to us at birth to protect us. I think we all have them, whether we want to believe it or not. I think it’s comforting to know you have an angel hovering over you.

I have also heard that animals can sense their presence. I’m not real sure about that one. Animals tend to be more aware about things around them, than humans are.

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I guess angels are here, we either believe in or not. It’s not a question of whether they’re real, it’s a question of how much do you believe they exist. I can’t tell you how they look, because I haven’t been blessed to see one. The Bible says they have wings, and are robed in white. How can I dispute that!

To me Angels are heavenly creatures, beautiful, loving and protective of us. They’re not here to harm us or cause chaos, but they are here to protect our spirit. To watch over us while we’re sleeping, and to protect us from eminent danger.

There are plenty of stories of people who have been in terrific car crashes, and lived through them, only to say it was because an Angel saved them. House on fire,  people were standing around outside, before the firemen got there, the occupants of the house said they were led out by a fireman, the chief told them there was no firemen in the neighborhood at the time the fire broke out.

Coincidence, maybe..imagination, possibility…skeptical, hmmm! I suppose you’re wondering if these things I’ve told you are true..I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Angels have been a part of our lives since time began. They’re on Christmas cards,  on postage stamps, in paintings, there are even beautifully carved marble statues of them. How can we not believe in them?

Just know that Angel eyes are always watching over us.

Blessing Always

Mary

Love Letters

Good Morning!

I was going through some old boxes in my house the other day, and I ran across a box of old love letters. I haven’t seen them in quite some time. I thumbed through them, this was a fond trip down memory lane.

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These were letters, that I had written and that were written to me. Cards, of all types, pictures, and just simple notes. They were all personal, funny, heart warming, an example of love from one person to another.

We all have that example of love letters we see each day.  Our children’s first papers in grade school, when they learn to write their names, that notepad of our teenage daughter, scribbled the name of her first crush over and over again.

The hand written thank you note, from a friend thanking you for the lovely wedding gift, or the note inviting you to a holiday party, written on themed paper. All of these are symbols of love letters.

They are expressions of deep feelings, thanksgiving, and admiration for someone, in a simple and uncomplicated form. Letters, whether they are hand written, or typed have a deeper meaning than an impersonal text or email.

In today’s time, everything is so on-demand, fast, gotta have it right now age, it seems old fashioned to write a love letter to someone. Believe me, when you write a love letter, it shows a closer connection to that person, you’re able to put thoughts on paper in such a way, that the other person can actually feel when they read it.

Writing touches more than just the writer and the reader, it can also touch the soul. I have read books, poems, verses from the Bible, that have all touched me in some way. All of these were written to people that had some sort of connection to each other. I consider them all love letters.

When was the last time you wrote a love letter to someone special? It’s been a while..huh. Well, today would be a good time to write that letter, to let that special someone know how you really feel about them. It can be your parents, children, brother, sister, husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, it really doesn’t matter.

Write them a love letter, tell them how much you care for them. How your life is so much better with them in it. It can be as simple or as detailed as you want to make it. When you start to write, you’ll realize just how much you really love them, and how much they mean to you.

I think it should be a holiday…National Love Letter Day!! Time to spread lots of Love through letters.

This is my love letter to you.

Blessings Always

Mary