Treasures in Snow

I missed my post last week because, like most other people, I was caught in the whirlwind of change set in motion by a pandemic. The classes that I teach at UA Little Rock suddenly had to go one-hundred-percent online. Online instruction is not the best way for some classes to be taught successfully and American Sign Language is one of those courses. Plans that I had for my own research projects went awry because my observations were set to take place in the community. That means that I have to rethink both of my projects and I’m more than halfway through the spring semester. If I dwell on it too much, I really start feeling sorry for myself.  While I can complain about the stress that I have been experiencing over the past two weeks, what I am going through pales in comparison when I consider what other people … Read more

Promises

You never said it would be easyYou never said I wouldn’t fallYou never told me that trials wouldn’t comeOr that my back would never be against the wall But you said run this race with patienceYou said endure until the endYou said no weapon formed against me would ever prosperYou even called me your dearest friend You didn’t say that pain would never happenYou didn’t say that storms would never rageBut you said you would never leave me lonelyAnd You’ll always come through and make a way Your word is “Yea and Amen”What you said will come to passYou’re not slack concerning Your promisesYour every word is meant to last So I’m gonna stand up on your promise I’m gonna claim the work is doneI’ll declare that it is i settled And the battle is already won

Rest in the Storm

I grew up in south Louisiana and I always said there are four seasons: Gumbo, Crawfish, Summer, and Hurricane. I only ever remember leaving for one hurricane when I was a kid and that was Hurricane Andrew. It seems that Andrew took a turn and headed toward the place where we took refuge. After that, I do not remember ever evacuating again.  Last year, my friend and I took a trip to Louisiana to visit my family and friends. On our way home, we took a detour and went through New Orleans to have a look around. During our stay there, the sun was shining and it was HOT, but the day that we were leaving, clouds started to roll in. We decided to head out a few hours early and the rain started pouring down. Driving in Louisiana rain is not an easy task. Sometimes it comes down so … Read more

The Masquerade

“She had blue skin and so did he He kept it hid and so did she They searched for blue their whole lives through Then passed right by and never knew.” Shel Silverstein This is one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein because it speaks volumes to the masquerade where so many of us find ourselves. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one definition of masquerade is “an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show.” It is easy to hide hurt behind a smile and physical appearance behind social media. Instead of allowing people to see who we really are, we wear a mask of idealism. “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30 Humans have an innate desire to be “normal” that causes them to go to great lengths to hide their natural self. … Read more

Surrender

When my heart is overwhelmed And my mind can find no restWhen fear overcomes me And my heart pounds in my chestI look to YouTo You I yield my heart, my mind, my soulI surrender allI’m letting go for You to take control When it seems loneliness overtakes me And my spirit feels disconnectedWhen sorrow has overstayed its welcomeAnd grief lasts longer than expectedI look to YouTo You I yield my heart, my mind, my soulI surrender allI’m letting go for You to take control When I am lost in the whirlwindsAnd I’ve reached a place called hopelessWhen the load I carry is too cumbersomeAnd I find no relief or solaceI look to YouTo You I yield my heart, my mind, my soulI surrender allI’m letting go for You to take control I look to YouThat’s where I find rest, I find hope, I find peaceI relinquish all and look to youYou’re all … Read more

Pace Yourself

“Rather than grind yourself into the ground, learn to pace yourself properly, so you have the staying power to get everything done.”  – Laura Stack When my little brother was in elementary school, he was one of the fastest runners in his school. He ran in a competition and my family was allowed to attend. He had a tendency to start out strong and run hard, then lose steam over time. Some of the runners who started out full blast would stumble early on, some even just a few steps into the race. When the whistle blew, Shannon took off running at full speed. One of his teammates was clearly concerned because she started yelling at him, “Pace yourself, Shannon! Pace yourself!” I don’t know if he heard her or not, but he did slow his pace.  There were a lot of kids who started off ahead of him and … Read more

The Mother of Us All

Chubby little hands held my swollen face, deep hazel eyes looked earnestly into mine, “Mommy, I don’t care how fat or skinny you are, I still love you and think you’re pretty!” The words of my firstborn son melted my heart. Our third child was on the way and it seemed as though nothing could relieve the angst or discomfort, until those words were spoken. In his eyes, mother would always be perfect. Mother, so much sentiment wrapped up in one word. Often we think of the gentleness, tenderness, the nurture only a mother can give. Mothers always know. They know what is needed, when. Mothers can look at the faces of their children and know. They read the hurt, decipher the thoughts, sense the deep and intimate, translate the unspoken. The lady that brought each of us into the world has perhaps the biggest heart, for she loves each … Read more

Treasures

Do you have a favorite book; one book that you enjoy reading over and over again? There are a lot of books that I only read once and then never touch them again, but there are some books that I have read multiple times. “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom is one of those books. This book makes the reader think about how the choices they make and the ways they behave affect people they are connected with, whether by direct or indirect contact. I enjoy reading this book because it makes me think a little deeper about my actions and recognize that they do not only impact my life, but also affects other people. When it comes to the Bible, of course, I have my favorite stories. I love the story of Joseph and how is he was Israel (Jacob’s) preferred son, yet he was … Read more

Empty the Trash

A couple of months ago I was working on my computer when I got an alert saying that there was a system update available. When I clicked to begin the update, I got an error message stating that there was not enough memory available to continue the update. I am usually someone that is one step behind on the technology guru scale, however, I did know how to check to see what was taking up so much of my computer’s memory.  I had approximately eight gigabytes of memory available on the computer. My first solution for cleaning up space was to empty the trash bin. I thought it was a good place to start since the items were already deemed unnecessary. Once the bin was empty the memory increased to about 20 gigabytes of free space. What!?!? 12 gigabytes was trash!?!? That means that there were about 12 gigabytes worth … Read more

New Year Goals

Out with the old! In with the New (Year)! 2019 has arrived! Each year January 1st begs a most popular question, “What is your new year’s resolution?” For many people these resolutions are made haphazardly with no apparent strategy. Some of the most popular new year resolutions are: 1.) Lose weight/get healthy, 2.) Exercise, 3.) Save more/spend less (or get out of debt), 4.) Get organized, and many more. What is a resolution? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it means, “The process of finding the answer to a conflict or problem.” It also means, “a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent…” Any time I make a resolution, my main goal is to make myself feel better. I promise myself that I will do something and in that moment, I feel good about myself. The euphoric feeling that a resolution brings is only temporary and I give up on it. … Read more