Why are stories important? How have they shaped our thinking and view of the world? Come follow my stories and see what we have in common. Ducks In My Pool, is about a family of ducks who chose our backyard as a safe place to build their nest. For over ten years ducklings have hatched and swam in our pool. I realized God gave me a metaphor through the ducks to show His love and safety as I trust in Him.
As the light reflects ice crystals in the sun, leaves shimmer and red blossoms freeze in time.
Only in Texas would Red Oak Trees freeze with autumn colors of orange, red and yellow. The tree was planted the year Alex was born in 1990. As I gaze out my window to see the tree it reminds me of how sturdy and strong he has become. The trunk is straight and tall, reaching for the light. The branches flow like an umbrella protecting the rose bush below.
Ice crystals shimmer on the Live Oak Tree of twisted branches.
Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
"Hook em Horns," the crowd roared. "Another touchdown for UT." said the announcer. We visited our son at UT because he is in the fast pace of pharmacy school. He had to carefully plan enough hours to spend the day with us. Each minute counts as you prepare for weekly tests. "They don't have a curve." Michael says.
"Jim you got us great seats for the game." I said. We sat on the top row and it felt like a mountain top experience. UT Band blasted songs of joy as the hardworking students marched to the rhythm of traditional songs. Alumni sat in the stands remembering when they were in school, as they balanced their lives of studying hard and making new friends to last a lifetime. I liked the bleachers because we could stretch our legs and bounce to the beat. The beat of union, the beat of unity, we are UT fans. The Texas Longhorn was adopted as a mascot to show Texas pride in the ranching business. Leather boots adorned the ladies and men as they cheered for their team.
UT is part of the State Capital. Many alumni are in important positions all over the world working as leaders because of their enriching education to build strong minds who ask questions. The UT Pharmacy school is rated 4th in the nation because of the well known research which changes the lives of our planet. Michael worked hard in his undergraduate classes, and enjoyed understanding the deep complexities of Molecular Biology.
I love talking to Michael about science because he is so excited about seeing how our body is interconnected. As a child he has always asked why? I can remember his ant farm experiment scattered on the dining room table for a month. One ant farm was covered and the other wasn't to see if the ants build more tunnels in darkness. It was a family affair as we added more tubing so the ants could travel from farm to farm. I honestly was sad to see the ants go but it was time to gain back the natural territory of our dining room table.
"Mom, do you know what a cell is?" Michael questioned. "I think its the building block of tissue." By the grace of God I remembered that from Anatomy and Physiology. He acted a little surprised I knew and then explained why that's true.
As we visited Michael's apartment he showed his dad and I two computers side by side. One was for having a visual of the slides and the other gave the notes from the lectures. I believe he is taking 9 different classes, each with difficult material to master. He has found friends he can discuss the days information with. The two white boards show his schedule and things left to do. Things left to do is the theme for the first year of pharmacy school but with a balance of time and friends Michael will make it. All things work together for the good who are called according to His purpose.
We left the game with UT Tshirts, pens, mug and of course, Bevo for my classroom. I am officially both a UT and OU fan for both wonderful sons.
The OU band was blasting songs of Oklahoma tradition in the heart of the University of Oklahoma. As we toured the campus the summer before my son's freshman year five years ago, a fleeting thought came to my mind. I wonder if Alex will go to the same law school as my dad? But it's so competitive to get in. Alex had done debate in high school and won a second place trophy the first time he debated his 8th grade year, but OU law school is big league.
Alex graduated from OU with a double major in business and economics and applied for law school in two places. The first place accepted him right away but there was a little test of faith for OU. When Alex found out he was accepted to OU he was so excited we got in the car for a tour of the school. I told the tour guide,"I've seen this library before, oh yes it looks like the same high ceilings with rich wood paneling in Dublin, Ireland. The mock courtroom was large with empty seats in the front for important guests. We envisioned Alex giving his first case in front of his peers and professors.
Fast forward to Alex's second year of law school and it is the time in his life for him to be thinking about how he wants to practice law. My husband and I went to see Alex and we were so proud he was making his grades in such a demanding school. He must read pages each night to prepare for questions in class. One time his battery was dead and he didn't want to miss class so he went to the nearest convenient store and got a ride to class.
We visited his old fraternity house and got a ride with a freshman KA to the game. The float was celebrating the theme of Peter Pan. It's time to grow up and find you destiny.
But Peter Pan wants to keep neverland alive. Where boys have fights with Captain Hook and almost get pushed off the plank. He wants to keep Wendy on the island of make believe.
It's game time!!! People cheer, fight fight fight. Ten more yards, ten more yards, Go Go Go. Never give up, never give in, Go Go Go!!Thousands of people in the stands yelling for a common purpose, we have school pride. Alex will find his purpose and destiny because God has brought him this far and will continue to help him. Go Go Go Alex
O Lord, there just aren't enough choir boys
to sing what I feel,
There aren't enough trumpets to blow,
I want to dance in the streets of Bethlehem!
I want to sing with the heavenly host!
For unto us a son was given
And he was called God With Us
For those of us who believe,
The whole world is decorated in love!
I read this poem today from my Women's Devotional Bible. The poem is by Ann Weems who cried out to God for help because she lost her son an hour after his twenty first Birthday. She wrote poems of sorrow to God for the grief she felt because he was taken As she cried out tears of heartache to God night after night she was comforted by His peace. The peace that passes understanding. The peace that comes like the wind blowing in the breeze. Sometimes you feel a blast of peace because of the beauty of the world. If you see God's love in nature the whole world is decorated in love!! I love this line of the poem because God loves me through my beautiful back yard. The roses are blooming now and I feel it is Jesus's way of saying I love you Sandra. You are precious to me. I see you and I know your heart. God sees everyone's heart and knows each painful memory. God wants us to rejoice because he can take away pain and give us peace. Supernatural peace that can only come from His Holy Spirit. His peace is a gift to us. All we have to do is ask and believe in His Son, Jesus who was sent to the world to Be With US. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace.
My husband and I discovered the talent of Joseph Topping playing at the Royal Oak in Edinburgh, Scotland. There was a special concert at the lower level filled with fans wanting to hear his magical chords.
He wrote many of his songs along with Scottish ballads that tell a story. Joe is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist . He has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.
As a young boy he was surrounded by music. His dad Tom ran a folk club and showcased blues musicians such as Blind Jessie Fuller. Perhaps that is what inspired him to take a 1,400 mile solo walk across America.
He had an old Gibson guitar strapped to his back and walked from Chicago to his final destination of New Orleans, the land of Jazz. On his journey he traveled through St. Louis, Nashville, Memphis, the Mississippi Delta, and Baton Rouge. Sometimes he found rest in the cornfields or patches of cotton.
Joseph met musicians and characters along the road which inspired the lyrics to many of his songs in his album called, Ghosts In The Shadows. His gift of story telling reminds me of the legend, Bob Dylan.
After three pairs of shoes he finally made it to Louisiana with a desire to benefit story tellers and musicians in the Jazz community He achieved awareness and funds for New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
After his trek to America he accepted the invitation to join the band Elbow Jane. They have played the main stages of many British folk festivals.
Ghosts In The Shadows is a must have album to be inspired.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.
Congratulations William and Kate, It's A Boy!!!! The royal baby weighed eight pounds and six ounces of joy. Prince William did not leave Kate's side while delivering their new baby boy. It's the beginning of the new royal family. He was born July 22nd at 4:24 p.m. William had been born in the same hospital in 1982 as Diana first saw her precious son.
The child is now third in line to the British throne. He will become Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The infant is a living link to Britain's history.
Kate has eased into royal life to become more comfortable in the spotlight. She played a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.
Her first months of pregnancy were not easy because she had horrible morning sickness which left her weak and dehydrated.
She took excellent care of herself and recovered well. She made public appearances up until the final weeks of giving birth.
William and Kate plan to raise their precious baby boy in the renovated quarters at Kensington Palace where Will spent much of his childhood.
Kate's desire is to give her child a normal upbringing just as Diana wanted to give William the pleasures of childhood. William supports his wife with love and devotion as they are so happy they have a new baby to adore.
The world cares about William and Kate because it's a celebration of family, love and royal history. Families are the cornerstone of our societies and human race. A new birth is a symbol of hope and a new beginning. It assures generations are to follow in our family name and tree. It doesn't matter what nationality you come from, families are the foundation of who we are and where we are going.