Saturday Night Ramblings

on December 7, 2008
  • I’ve been working long hours so it’s been dark when I go to work and dark when I leave.  Today was a beautiful day.  I still had to go to work but took an hour to go to Porno Park (Liberty Park) and run 3 miles.  Yes I know it was a jog but “run” sounds more athletic. Truth be told – a tall lady in a black sleek outfit was fast walking and passed right by me leaving me in the dust.  But the sun was shinning and I could feel the warmth on my face even though the air was crisp.  And on the curve where there are pine trees I breathed deep and savored the scent.  It was heavenly and the best 50 minutes of the day.
  • I love this quote by Marvin J. Ahston and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately: “My message to you this day is take up your cross. Take yourself the way you are and lift yourself in the direction of the better. Regardless of where you have been, what you have done, or what you haven’t done, trust God, believe on him, relate to him, worship him as you carry your cross with dignity and determination.”
  • I have also been thinking about the scripture Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  There are times this week that I have been overwhelmed and felt burdened with my own weakness, the disappointments I have in myself, and blessings I’ve prayed for that seem to be forever out of reach.  My heart has just felt heavy and tired.  I realized that when I am feeling this despair and heaviness I have temporarily unyoked myself from the Savior.   His burden is light (as in weight and also as in brightness.)  When I feel light I am concentrating on hope and consciously looking for things that are right with life and the blessing with which the Lord has flooded my life with.  No wonder he wants us to take His burden – His light.
  • I stopped at Bed Bath & Beyond today.  They had a display of scarves, gloves, and LEG WARMERS.  I was tempted — very very tempted to buy some.  It took a few minutes to bring my brain back from the Eighties to the year 2008.  I didn’t buy them.
  • My niece Clarissa goes to the “U”.  She always has been an example of having a heart of service.  In high school she helped with the Special Needs Mutual and also visited a local care center every Sunday.  Now that she is in college she still serves.  The institute at the U has a Special Needs class that she goes to every week and helps with.  This last week one of the girls pulled her aside.  In hushed tones she told Clarissa that she need to speak with her and tell her something she had learned.  This is what she told her:  “Now Clarissa, when you get married (pause) you are going to have to tell your husband . . . (Clarissa then braces herself for this sweet girls marital advice) . . .  that Santa isn’t real.   You are going to have to tell him.”

2 responses to “Saturday Night Ramblings

  1. Laurel says:

    I love that YOUR idea of “ramblings” is MY idea of “inspiring”.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts…AND for not buying the leg warmers. As your friend, I would have had to do something…

  2. Tasha says:

    I too express gratitude that the leg warmers were left at the store.
    I spent a couple of days this week sorting thru mom and dads pics to find pics of grandpa for the display at the funeral. It was a great run down memory lane with you (even thought you weren’t there and we didn’t really run and no one walked fast).
    DeAnn, i know we only get to connect thru facebook an blogging because our lives are so busy but truly you were sent to help me! then and now!
    I love you! Thanks for the LIGHT!

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