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Dreams

Possibility

My son is doing what I always wanted to do. Yesterday he flew to Colorado with one bag, a backpack, and no job. Last year he drove from our home in Alabama to a little town in Texas. He had a job waiting there but that was all. After the job ran out, he came…

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Someday

Someday I’ll write that book. I’ll travel when I have more money. Next year I’ll learn a new language. I’ll go back to school when I have more time. I’ll reconnect with my friend soon. Monday I’ll start eating healthier and exercising. Someday I’ll patch things up with my dad. Tomorrow I’ll apologize to my…

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Mama

Mom’s wait was over one year ago today. Her last breath left her while all of us were gathered around her at home, holding her hands, telling her we love her, crying because we knew we’d miss her, but rejoicing that her fight for breath was finished. We lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee when I was…

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Float

This photo was taken on an extraordinarily beautiful day in September. Septembers are normally hot and humid here in North Alabama but this day was more like a mild Spring day. I noticed a tiny feather stuck on a long blade of grass. A baby bird probably lost it when he took flight from the…

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Decide

I like to have a plan.  Even if I don’t have it written down I like to have an idea about how I’m going to accomplish something.  Sometimes I hold back from making a decision because I don’t have a detailed plan.   I’m not going to do that anymore.   Don’t let the absence…

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Write

Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird  “To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care. You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life…

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Disturb

I read this prayer by Sir Francis Drake years ago and fell in love with it. I found a copy of it recently when cleaning my nightstand. On top of my nightstand is a beautiful mess of favorite books, Bibles, journals, and pens. A notebook that I don’t open often is there too. It stands…

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More

I want more. Sometimes I don’t want more. Sometimes I’m fine with how things are. Then I’m reminded how much more I need by my angry shout or judgmental comment. A dark thought or harmful words. Not doing my best. Not giving my all. Fearful or prideful. Careless or hopeless. Lazy, stingy, or controlling. Thinking…

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Wait

Mom told me last week that she feels like she is on hold. In a season of waiting. All the time. She waits for the Hospice nurse. She waits for her bath and for someone to get her meals. She waits for her daughters to call and waits for someone to visit. She waits for…

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Daddy

Luke 1:68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. Daddy struggled with an addiction to alcohol most of his life. Twenty four years ago he refused to let alcohol beat him so he beat it. With God’s help, he never took another drink.…

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