Into The Wild: Frozen in Time; Acknowledge How Important the Times Were.

Into The Wild: Frozen in Time; 

Acknowledge How Important the Times Were

Can't remember who 'gifted' me this frame?

Can’t remember who ‘gifted’ me this frame?

Substance. That’s what I was missing. A ‘good girl’ who got lost and didn’t know what to do with her life. Living really, day-to-day for my own enjoyment. But I did.not.know. When we don’t know, we don’t know.

My saving grace, in retrospect, was relocating to Nashville, TN. Nashville is where I found myself, who I could be. Finding a good group of like-minded friends and a great church changed my life. Gradually and with fervent prayer, I became someone I liked. Dare I say, really liked?

But let me tell you, it was a journey.  Nashville is chock full of churches. The first one I walked into – well – it was less than stellar. That’s for another time.  Otter Creek Church of Christ and Bobby Harrington, the minister, made the difference. Listening to every.single.word. So very grateful for that time of learning and pruning. Yes, not everyone who attends church can be kind, but so many are kind and loving, and more than make-up for those who are not.

Nashville, Tennessee

Bobby and Cindy Harrington

One of the best books I ever invested in, “The Complete Book of Christian Prayer” along with anything from Oswald Chambers are great devotionals. On November 25, 1996 (yes, I’m that old!) the series Purity of Heart is when my transformation began.

Prayer #575 from “The Complete Book of Christian Prayer”

Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, thou hast made us for thyself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in thee; grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing thy will, no weakness from doing it; but in thy light may we see light, and in thy service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

from St. Augustine, 354-430

My parents always told me I was the most beautiful, most talented with the ability to do anything. I believed them. This confidence made me brave enough to try anything, Seeing God in their eyes, their behavior made all the difference for me. Not only did I have their ‘net’   I had God’s.

Was it easy? Not always. Was it worth it?  Oh, yes.

Next up: Facing WHY were they so important?


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Into The Wild: Frozen in Time; Acknowledge How Important the Times Were.

ACKNOWLEDGE HOW IMPORTANT THE TIMES WERE.

Part One

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Love my good memories, and as we think about these memories it’s easy to see the small conversations/personal memories make the MOST difference. My relationships are and have always been paramount.

A Peek Into My HeartFelt Memories.

GRATUITIES

My Father tipped EVERYONE. EVERYONE. It embarrassed us. If someone he was with did not leave a fair tip he would always make it up to the server. We were taught if we could not leave the proper tip, we should not eat out. Gratuities were part of the cost.

NOW, I understand.

It made him Happy to Give. Now, when giving, I know how he felt. He was so very generous with everyone he met, yet he never took anything away from his family. I love this memory.

Louis Vuitton and Dollar Tree

We were a middle-class family.  Don’t know that we really KNEW it, but we were. My parents were Ying and Yang. My Father came from money, my Mother did not. They were married 43 years when he died. Throughout our lives, both my parents loved to shop. My Father insisted on always buying GOOD shoes. He was a very dapper ‘dresser’ – So, my Mother usually made all our clothes.And let me tell you, she rocked it. Especially with me.  Even today, wish I had a dressmaker. Far prefer well-made clothes to purchased clothing. Have kept one particular suit she made, I felt glorious every.single.time.I stepped out in that RED suit.

They taught me to love quality and enjoy the quest for a great sale. We were a family of shoppers, and if we didn’t find something for ourselves, we could always find something for someone else. An early blog post tells of my love for bargains and Louis Vuitton.                 This is my Ying and Yang! and it SO makes me smile~

— to be continued —

 


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Our Words, Our Actions Will Make a Difference

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Marjie Johnson McGraw

We don’t send one another gifts, we are probably at opposite ends of the ‘pole’ on many issues.  Many issues that is except what it means to be a friend.

Marjie is a friend to me in every sense of the word.  If you read my recent post about the ABUNDANCE OF FRIENDSHIPS on the Arkansas Women Bloggers site:

http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/beautiful-abundance-gift-friendship/  

Remember the question Doug Smith asked?

“Is there anything I can do to make your life easier?”

I was humbled. It was something I will, obviously never forget. His quote and so many others changed me.

There are the Doug Smiths of this world, those working tirelessly to help so many others; and then there are the Marjie McGraws. Grateful to have both in my life.

Marjie is quiet, unassuming and always making my life easier.  She has never been unavailable when I’ve needed her — through both our years as new business owners and later, as we became the main caregivers for our parents.

 Marjie is a friend through THICK AND THIN!  To coin a phrase from Gloria Gaither’s book of the same name……

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She is there – now the only one of us still lucky enough to have her Mother.  She has always understood my need  for conversations of substance in good and bad times.

She is one of a kind.  She ‘gets’ it. She is Important to me.

For the remainder of December I want to share more about those in my life who are threaded through the fabric of who I am. Want them to know what they mean to me,  we can all learn from their behavior as friends…..

and BTW — this is the ONLY photo I can find of Marjie — and she will probably kill me for posting — but I must. Marjie has made the difference in my life.

Next up?  Stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.