One-Liner Wednesday: Keeping Christmas

“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”

                                                                                         Charles Dickens

angel-gloriaOne-liner Wednesday is kept alive by Linda G. Hill, author of All Good Stories. You can find her by clicking this link:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/12/21/one-liner-wednesday-hiding-or-trapped/

Here are the One-liner guidelines:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

 

 

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One – Liner Wednesday from the Grinch

 

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store….”   Dr. Seuss 

 

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Visit Linda Hill’s blog for more wonderful one-liners!

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Here are the rules which I break from time to time:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Being Held

“You are being held so strongly and so deeply, that you can stop holding on to, or defending, yourself. God forever sees and loves Christ in you; it is only we who doubt our divine identity as children of God.”

                                                                       ___ Richard Rohr in Breathing Under Water.

 

Coping with Holiday Loneliness

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JoAnne Silvia

I remember holidays bringing a special kind of loneliness when I was single. The first Christmas and then Valentines day without a partner were particularly challenging, especially after having been married for twenty years. As the single years went on, I became better at acceptance, and the loneliness ache became smaller with time.

Here are some things I’ve learned about coping with loneliness:

1.Be the best person you can be for you. This may be the perfect time to work on you. What negative habits do you want to extinguish or minimize? What’s one step you can take in that direction? For example, if you smoke, stop smoking in the house, walk for 10 minutes three times a  week, catch negative statements and reframe them to positive or neutral statements, make a gratitude list. What good qualities do you want to nurture and strengthen?

2. Connect with people (or animals), places and things that are good for you. Go places, or create events, where you are likely to encounter positive, nurturing people. Consider volunteering, not just on the holiday, but as the holiday approaches, or as part of your weekly or monthly routine. Visit a nursing home and ask if there is someone who needs a visitor. Ask residents to talk about themselves and their lives. They likely have interesting stories to tell.

3. Focus on friendship. Really get to know someone as a friend before you jump into a romantic relationship. Being lonely made me vulnerable which led to unhealthy attachments. Meet at coffee shops for a while before going to lunch. Take it one step at a time.

4. Strengthen your relationship with your higher power, through prayer, conversation and meditation. You are never alone. You are deeply and profoundly loved, forever by the one who created you. Tell your Creator what you want and let that Power greater and wiser than you and me work on this for you. We don’t always get what we want. But sometimes we get something better than we ever imagined!

May you know for certain that you are deeply and profoundly loved, forever!

Healing At The Speed of Time

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Having children makes time zoom

like the blur when you look out passenger window

from a fast moving vehicle without fixing on one object.

When their father left,

popping the distant bubble

of traveling across the country

after the children were grown,

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heavy with grief,

seemed to stop.

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originally posted to Flickr by Frenkieb at http://flickr.com/photos/77961177@N00/14911155

 

The double bed

Shared for twenty years,

felt like a football field

at midnight. Game over.

Each heartbeat echoed

blindly through the darkness.

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“It takes one year of healing

For five years of marriage,”

said the support group manual.

Would Golden Girl reruns

get me through the next four years?

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Then came the rebound from hell

And time twisted

like slimy vines,

letting me fall

down into the pit

Of sludge and rat droppings.

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Sick and confused,

I knelt and begged,

to be rescued

by the Shepherd’s love.

His arms wrapped around me

like a safe, warm blanket.

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Time evened out

As I learned to love me,

Like the Shepherd loved me,

One day at a time.

Now, time is like a water slide

Cool and sparkling

In the sun.

Remembering Faith

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I forgot again, didn’t I?

All those times You rescued me.

All the times You carried me

Through the self doubt,

Like a parent

Teaching a child to ride a bike.

Guiding me.

Letting me fall

So I could learn.

And Always, You were there

To help me get back up

and try again.

I still make mountains out of molehills.

But when I remembered to trust You,

To lean into You,

When I let You be my strength

on steep rocky paths,

My life jacket

trudging through swamps and puddles,

When I remembered You had my back

as I stood firm against darkness and drama,

The journey became less difficult,

My burden lighter.

My joy is multiplied

And my spirit sings

When I trust You.

You are my

Creator,  Redeemer,  Sustainer.

 Hawk