Archive | August, 2011

Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Cole

26 Aug

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them
to their desired haven.  Let them give thanks to the
LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.
Psalm 107:29-31

EARTHQUAKES   …   HURRICANES   …   COLE

What do all three of the above mentioned items have in common?  YES!   They are all natural disasters!  Once tomorrow’s storm reaches the region of the east coast that will inevitably bring rain and wind our way, I will be able to testify to the fact of experiencing not just one natural disaster in one week, but THREE! 

Whether you felt the earth move or you simply heard about it, the 5.9 earthquake that hit 185 miles south of our little town in south central Pennsylvania shook us all up.  I had just gotten home from work and was on the phone with our daughter, Kim, who lives an hour south in the suburbs of Baltimore, when she paused mid-sentence.  Her chair was shaking and she said she thought they were having an earthquake.  As I chuckled and told her that it was probably a big truck going down the road, I began to feel our house shaking all around me.  The house creaked and rattled as it trembled for about 10-15 seconds.  This was quite unsettling to say the least.  Taking a quick inventory later, I found that several ear rings had jostled their way off of their organizer and fallen to the dresser top, and two picture frames upstairs in my office fell over.  I have felt tremors before in my lifetime, but nothing like this.  After turning on the news and finding out what, where, and when, I went out and mowed the yard.  Life goes on.

Hurricane Irene.  She has already left a wide path of destruction and devastation.  The very nature of her existence guarantees more damage and upheaval as she travels onward.  According to the forecasted weather map, our little town is right on the edge of severe weather, due to bring heavy rains and thunderstorms our way.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends living along the coastal areas where the brunt of the hurricane will hit.  We are also trusting that our mini-vacation plans for next weekend’s holiday jaunt to the New Jersey shore will still be on the agenda once the storm has passed by.  Whether we will be able to sit out on the beach and enjoy the last hoorah of the summer or not, life will go on. 

Cole in the grocery-cart truck

Cole.  Two years and five months old.  He wears CARS pull-ups, lives, breathes and dreams tractors, can count to 13, and can write his own name.  You may not be able to read what he has written, but he will tell you that in his own left-handed script he spelled C-O-L-E.  He hears with distinct clarity every tractor, digger, mower, motorcycle, Mack truck, helicopter, and cement mixer that is within hearing distance, but for some odd reason he sometimes has trouble discerning direction and instruction from those currently in charge.  He enjoys playing Mimi’s piano, being careful to only push down one or two keys at a time as he sings Jesus Loves Me.  And he still loves to snuggle up next to his Mimi as he is rocked to sleep when it’s time for bed.  Yes, Cole is the third natural disaster that I will have experienced in one week’s time.  This little boy has made a disaster of my heart.  And just like the others, life will go on.  But unlike the others, this disaster of my heart will only get worse over time.

Won’t you join me in thanking God for His blessings of life, of love, His mercies, and tractors?  … Even in the midst of the disasters of life!

Until next time,
Debbie

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in You my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the Shadow of Your Wings
until the disaster has passed.
Psalm 57:1

 

*  For my friends who subscribe to Morsels of Mercy and automatically get a copy sent to your email, check out the blog on my website to see additional photos of my family         https://morselsofmercy.wordpress.com

**  Blog photo of sand castles, ocean & Cole were taken at Bethany Beach on August 3, 2011.

 

 

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I Love You This Big

15 Aug

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,
to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you
of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and
glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Peter 2:11-12

A few evenings ago, in the world of entertainment, my husband and I enjoyed a unique time together as we took the Light Rail into the heart of Baltimore, MD.  Several weeks ago for Father’s Day, our children gifted us with two tickets to the American Idol Summer Tour Concert.  Having been avid Idol watchers for the past 4 seasons, we were excited about this very creative and unusual present. The kids know that we really enjoy and appreciate good talent and wholesome individuals who really desire a chance to do what they love.  We especially liked this past season, for with the exception of only a few contestants, we found it difficult from week to week to narrow down the competition. 

The ride to the 1st Mariner Arena was fun as we sent cell phone pictures to our grandson (via his mom’s iPhone) of our mode of transportation.  He immediately told his mommy that we were to come to Cole’s house on the train.  Sharing the trip with a multitude of Baltimore sports enthusiasts and other concert goers, the journey was already entertaining for me as I people-watched and wondered where they were all going and what life was like for them. 

Our public transit took us to the front doors of the stadium, making our commute nearly perfect!  Once inside, we were immediately surrounded by fans of all ages … little giggly girls wearing Idol t-shirts, teens, moms and dads, older ones like us, and even the senior generation like my mom’s age who enjoy the talent and the excitement of the program.  The smell of popcorn and nachos wafted in from the hallways, but the high prices kept us away.  As the lights were dimmed moments before the show began, I found it quite interesting to glance through the crowd of thousands of people to see the unmistakable glow of cell phones everywhere.  People were no doubt taking pictures of each other and posting them on Facebook, updating their status and letting their world know that they were about to see their favorite Idol stars and Scotty McCreery in person. 

As the concert began, it was great to once again see the singers we had watched, voted for and against, and enjoy the flow of the program … from groups, to solos, duets, and instrumental numbers.  The second half of the evening was by far the best, as the top 6 finalists performed and brought the crowd to their feet.  As Scotty McCreery, this year’s winner, finally took the stage, it was indeed a fun moment!  This young man has a grace about him, a natural niche for the stage and microphone, and a ‘Throwback Country’ charm that will take him places throughout his life.  I stood there, with camera in hand, capturing clicks in time, providing us with memories of ‘way back when Scotty was only 17’. 

As Scotty pulled out the stops with his infamous rendition of the song “Gone”, I remembered his reaction to one of the judge’s comments following his first performance of this song during the year’s competition.  Having been told that up till now he had been a Puritan and tonight he had danced with the devil, Scotty turned to the camera during his 15 second re-cap and said “I didn’t dance with the devil … I love Jesus!”  Another week when a very controversial mentor had given some off-colored advice to Scotty, he grabbed the cross necklace that was around his neck and said, “I just feel like I need to kiss my cross to say Lord this is not my doing.”   It does my heart good to recognize faith-raised, wholesome morals, and a love for Jesus that shines through the muck of Hollywood. 

Scotty McCreery

The words to Scotty’s debut single describe earthly love … I Love You This Big.  I love you to the moon and back, deeper than the ocean, taller than the pines.  But as he stood there on that stage and sang the words to the chorus and spread his arms apart, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus.  He also held his arms open wide, nailed to a cross, and died for our sins.  I love you this big, He said.  In the days ahead as you scan through the radio stations in your car or sit down for a meal at LongHorn Steakhouse and you hear the warm bass tones of this young man’s song, join me in allowing this love song to remind us of God’s unfathomable love for you and I.  I LOVE YOU THIS BIG …

Until next time,
Debbie

Remember me for this also, O my God,
and show mercy to me according to Your great love. 
Nehemiah 13:22b

For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Psalm 57:10

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness
known through all generations. 

Psalm 89:1

 

*  Scotty’s debut single  ~  I Love You This Big          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVq8nEHCKd4&ob=av2e

*  Scotty’s GONE performance on May 4, 2011          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x82v9PdyOHE

*  For my friends who subscribe to Morsels of Mercy and automatically get a copy sent to your email, check out the blog on my website to see additional photos of my family         https://morselsofmercy.wordpress.com

**  Blog photo of sand castles, ocean & Cole were taken at Bethany Beach on August 3, 2011.

Four Generations

4 Aug

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God;
he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love
to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. 
Deuteronomy 7:9

  

4 Generations

Hot sandy beaches, warm ocean waters, delicious food, and lots and lots of fun!  We are on vacation!  Blending in with the other thousands of people who are visiting the Delaware coastline this week, we are unique in that we are the only one that has ‘us’ in it.  We have 8 people in our ‘us’, and we range between the ages of 73 and 2 years old, with a lot of precious life in between.  Four generations fill this beach house with the noises of life, laughter, and love  ~  and here I am … right in the middle of it all. 

Sometimes I wonder how much love one person can experience in a lifetime.  The first love of my life, obviously, would be my mother.  I felt the comfort of her beating heart long before my tiny ears could hear anything.  Still to this day, the sound of her voice puts a smile on my face and a sigh in my spirit.  Mom!  I consider it a privilege to have her by my side this week as together she and I enjoy my family, each other, and God’s signature on the beautiful east coast. 

I will never be able to fully express my heart and the love it feels when I think of my own two children.  Next to Jesus and the salvation He offers to me, there is no greater gift I have ever received than Kim and Ryan.  Thousands of miles have sometimes separated us, but I keep a connection through continual prayer that welds my heart to theirs.  I daily claim these two promises …

The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
 Deuteronomy 31:8

For I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able
 to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.  
2 Timothy 1:12

To share this week with Kim and her husband,Troy… and Ryan and his girlfriend, Brittany, is beyond words for me.  I will, on purpose, soak in every morsel of time spent with them and tuck it away inside my heart for another time… to once again feel the joy of their love and being with them.

Mimi’s love is like no other love.  It’s reserved for the little one who resembles so many different people in his life, but yet tie all of that variety into one bundle, and you have Cole.  His silly antics, his fresh new perspective on life, and his HUGE love for tractors and his Uncle RyRy have been the best entertainment of all!  But I consider myself blessed beyond measure to be me … and to observe his parents, his Papaw, his Uncle and Brittany, and his ‘Mimi Wells’  all experience Cole’s wonder, his excitement, his trust, and his love for life.  I have the best seat in the house … to watch everyone else enjoy my little grandson.  What joy!!  Of course, he and I have our own special moments together.  I volunteered for afternoon Mimi duty. Leaving the middle generations at the beach, my momma and I have been bringing Cole back to the house for lunch and his nap.  This allows some special snuggle time for Mimi and Cole … and special quiet time for mom and daughter.  Sigh …

Sharing all of this week of family fun with me, of course, is Tim.  He reaches a milestone of life himself this week as he turns 50 years old on Friday, August 5th.  Sharing his birthday with our daughter, who will be 28 this year, has always been a unique time of celebration ~ this year being no exception.  What fun to do so with our entire family gathered around to sing, give gifts, and to be festive in honor of these two people we love. 

As the week is beginning to wind down, and everyone will be going in their own direction of home, my heart will be full and overflowing with gratefulness to my God who has so graciously blessed my life with being me  … right in the middle of 4 generations.  To be loved, to be needed, to need, and to love.  Thank you, Father, for the morsels of mercy, of life, and of love. 

Until next time,
Debbie

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
Psalm 89:1

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5

 

*  For my friends who subscribe to Morsels of Mercy and automatically get a copy sent to your email, check out the blog on my website to see additional photos of my family         https://morselsofmercy.wordpress.com

**  Blog photo of sand castles, ocean & Cole were taken at Bethany Beach on August 3, 2011.