When Life Is Quiet

 

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When Life is Quiet by KD

When life is quiet
And the phone doesn’t ring
It may feel as if the birds do not sing
Remember you’re not alone

When life is quiet
By your own design
You’ve purposely left some things behind
Remember you’re not alone

When life is quiet
And friends let you down
You look, but they are not to be found
Remember you’re not alone

For in the quiet of life
We learn to hear again
We learn to see again
We remember the sound of our own voice
We remember who we are
We become re-focused
We cry tears long held in
We release burdens long weighing us down
We heal

©2014 KD Corner / KD “When Life Is Quiet”

Reset

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Review
Re-assess
Revamp
Remove
Re-prioritize

Reset.

There are times in our lives when things become cluttered… kind of like our garage or our basement or that one junk drawer or cabinet.  We accumulate things, feelings, attitudes, ways of doing things, habits, that may just be taking up extra space in our lives. There may be things that are not-so-healthy for us that we may need to cut out.  There may be other things we just need to scale back on. We may need to re-discipline ourselves to use our time and talents more wisely.  Perhaps there are people with whom we are attached, that at first may have been okay, but now, we realize ‘hey, this may not be the healthiest of situations’.  Or perhaps the season for which you’ve joined with that person/those people has passed or is now altered somehow.  Whatever the case may be, it’s always good to do a periodic reset.  Maybe it’s turning of your cell for a while, detoxing yourself from social media, or taking more time to sit / think / pray / meditate.  Maybe for you, it’s literally cleaning out the clutter in your home, car or office.  But, whatever you need to do and however you go about it, take time to do this for yourself.

It’s always good to make sure you re-assess where you are on a consistent basis (maybe just once a year, or more frequently if you feel the need).  When we re-assess and reset, things tend to become clearer, cleaner, less foggy.  Perhaps you may only need to readjust a few small things.  Or maybe you’ll need to do a major overhaul.  Whatever the case may be, when we clear out the clutter, we can better see what direction to take next… whether to continue on the same path, but, with clearer purpose…or to begin on a new path.

I hope & pray that as you seek to reset, that you will find clarity of purpose and vision.

Blessings.

© KD Corner / K.D. “Reset”

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Open The Book

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You can look at people every day and you don’t know their story. You can look at people and assume things about them from the way they look, dress, talk…but you really know nothing about them. At some time or another, we all have probably been guilty of judging a book by its cover instead of opening the book to get to know the person as they actually are.

Today, as I went to the break room at my job to get some hot water for tea, there was another young lady getting her morning beverage as well. She always has a friendly smile and we always say ‘hello’ to each other whenever we see one another. What did I assume about her? Just that she was another person who works in Customer Service and makes an average living, etc. What didn’t I know? She’s has an incredible story! Let me explain.

We exchanged pleasantries, each asking how the other was doing. She said, “Could be better, but God is good.” To which I replied, “Amen,” and said a few other words, then I proceeded to leave the break room. Upon my exit, I felt the urge from God to go back in. Why had she said, “Could be better”? God impressed upon me to inquire. I had felt such urges before, and I’m not happy to report that although sometimes I have obeyed, sometimes I have made excuses to avoid such interactions (telling myself maybe God isn’t nudging me, and maybe I’m just making this up, or…’eh, it won’t be a big deal, I’ll see her again later’). Today, thankfully, I obeyed and went back into the break room under the guise of getting something from the cupboard that I had forgotten. I asked her, “You said ‘could be better’, how come?”. She informed me that she had a cold, but, also that she had been going through some major things in her personal life over the last few months. Her daughter had been in a car crash with one fatality. The other girl in the vehicle was thrown from the car upon impact and died. Her daughter, however, came through the ordeal only having to have some plates inserted in her ankle, but, otherwise she is fine and back to work. Her son recently got robbed, stabbed seven times and shot. He survived. He’s doing well now. However, a friend of her son’s recently got shot in the head and died. She said, every time something happened she PRAYED. And whenever she feels the unction or urge, she prays and “God is faithful.” She said that she didn’t understand how people could be without a relationship with God today’s day and age. She reiterated that every time she prayed, God was faithful to hear and answer her prayers. And that He never allows more testing or trials in our lives than we are able to bear at that time. If it weren’t for the trying times, she said, how could we fully appreciate the good times. And she mentioned that though her job was very stressful, how much of a blessing it is to even have a job in these economic times. She concluded, “Since you asked how I was, I just wanted to share that testimony with you.”

Wow! Wow! Wow! She didn’t know how much she was speaking to me. Though I have not been going through physical trials so much as relational and emotional trials involving family and other life situations, I could totally relate. I was immediately ashamed of the complaining that I’d been doing. She touched on everything I feel that God has really been trying to get through to me recently. TRUSTING that He’s in control and knows what he’s doing. Though difficult times come, and they do, He will not allow more upon me than I am able to bear, with His help. And even regarding my job (I’d prefer a new one), at least I HAVE A JOB in these times. Many people do not. I am able to provide for my family. I have everything I NEED. Notice I said “need” not “want”. God provides some “wants” as well, but, always makes sure, when we are in relationship with Him and trust Him, that we have everything we need. And sometimes, He even blesses us BEFORE we get to know who He (God) really is…or even BEFORE we believe in Him. And He really does know the best TIMING for things we’re asking and waiting for. He IS faithful. Completely and utterly. Amen.

If you don’t believe in God, I’m not trying to make you. You are allowed to believe as you desire. But, I will tell you from my own personal experience…He’s real. And I pray that one day you get to know and love Him. It’s worth it.

Toodles! 🙂 ♥

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Life Unexpected

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The other day, word spread throughout the office fast, that a former coworker had passed away. The age…26 years young. Shock and disbelief permeated the office. Those of us who knew him shared and discussed it amongst ourselves. This young man had recently moved out-of-state to pursue another venture. It was said that no one had heard from him for a few days and when someone checked on him, they found that he was…gone. I don’t want to share any more detail to protect his family’s privacy. But, wow. I wasn’t very close with him, but, I knew him and we’d chat sometimes. He was a pretty well-known figure among many of us. And really, it’s something you don’t expect to happen. It’s something that shouldn’t happen. But it did.

Unexpected death brings about varied reactions. But those that are common are reactions of shock and sadness. Immediately my heart broke for his family and very close friends. To lose a son so young….to lose a child at all…is devastating. Immediately I set about the task of praying for God’s provision and comfort for this family. As a bystander, you feel so helpless. You want to rush in and comfort those loved ones left behind, only to realize that you cannot fix it. You cannot lessen their pain. You can only support and help where needed, which can be a blessing to the family.

I apologize if this blog entry seems all over the place or disjointed. I’m still grappling with this news. Immediately I thought of the brevity of life. I thought of my own children. I thought of how precious life is and how this young man likely had no clue that his would end so suddenly. It made me want to scoop up all of my kids and protect them. It made me want to take more time to treasure them. It made my heart break for those parents of that young man. It made me think of how none of us really know how long we have, and how we should make the most of it. It made me think, personally, of my relationship with God, my creator. It made me think – am I living to the fullest? Am I reaching my potential? Am I sharing my faith effectively? Am I doing everything I should be doing? Am I trying to live a healthy and robust life? Am I taking proper care of myself and my family’s health and well-being? So many questions and thoughts swirling around. Events like this have a way of making you STOP. THINK. REFLECT. As much as it lies within me, I want to treasure this gift of life and my children and family and friends. I will attempt to live my life, this gift of life from God, to the fullest and to make it one that pleases Him. That’s my personal goal. What will you do with yours?

I pray that you live to the fullest and make a positive difference in this world.
I pray that you take the time to treasure your loved ones – your family and friends.
I pray that you let go of grudges and live!
I pray that you forgive those who have wronged you and choose to live with joy and peace and laughter and love.
I pray that you don’t let anyone rob you of who you are. God created you uniquely special.
I pray that you comfort and help others and take every chance to “pay it forward”.
I pray that you realize how beautiful and wonderful you are and that you can reach the stars!
I pray that you can be that shoulder for someone to cry on, or that listening ear, or that word of wisdom, or that hug or smile.
I pray that you know how much God loves and adores you and that you get to experience Him in your life.
And I pray that you know that… just as “bad” unexpected things can happen, so can “good” ones. Never give up!

Blessings ♥

© “Life Unexpected” by KD Corner 2012

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Timing

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Have you ever noticed that some things require the ideal “timing”?
 
Whether it’s that “big break” you’re waiting on, a promotion you’re going for, or meeting someone special at the just right place/time, etc., timing is imperative.  If something happens too late or too soon, you could miss it entirely or perhaps ruin it.
 
Think of baking a cake.  If you take a cake out of the oven too soon, it’s a soggy mess.  If you take it out of the oven too late, it’s overcooked or burnt. Same principle with fruit.  If you pick and eat a piece of fruit before it’s ripe, it tastes terrible.  If you let it become overripe it starts to spoil. With cake or with fruit, there is preparation involved.  If you’re baking, you must take the time to familiarize yourself with the recipe, measure out each ingredient, sift, stir, whisk, etc., and set the oven at the correct temperature.  Then you must prepare the baking pan before pouring in the batter.  Once it’s in the oven you must wait for it to bake, check to see if it’s cooked completely through and at the right time, take it out of the oven. 
 
So, I’m sure most of us do not own orchards, but, let’s say you did.  You’d have had to initially do all of the work of setting up the orchard: picking the ideal piece of land, preparing the soil, preparing for proper irrigation, having the trees planted, maintaining the proper fertilization and watering, pruning the trees, making sure no pests destroy your produce, etc.  There’s preparation, work and waiting for the harvest. 
 
This principle can be applied to life.  Maybe you’re waiting on that “harvest”.  Some of you may be just waiting without doing anything.  May I suggest that perhaps you can “actively wait” by working towards your goal or dream.  Get the training or education you may need for the next phase.  Do your research or diligently practice to perfect your skills.  But, perhaps you may be doing all that you can do to make something “happen” but for whatever reason, it hasn’t happened yet.  Don’t be discouraged.  Timing is a key player in this equation.  I’ve heard many people say to “be prepared” so that when your window of opportunity opens, you’re READY!  But there are other areas over which we have little control, such as perhaps praying and waiting for a mate … or praying and waiting for a loved one to come out of a harmful situation, etc.  There’s no guarantee in these instances, BUT, you can still continue to pray because prayer is powerful.  And perhaps continue to educate yourself on your ideal situation, joing support groups, join a dating site, take a class, etc.  You can continue to better yourself.  You never know where that may lead.  The knowledge and experience you gain from bettering or educating yourself or deepening your faith, can have effects beyond what you can even imagine.  Because maybe you’ll be able to use what you’ve learned to help or encourage someone else in the future.  You can say, “I’ve been where you are, let me tell you what helped me….”
 
For my faith-filled friends, waiting on God’s timing can definitely be hard.  If you’ve prayed and you’ve heard God say to “wait”, it’s important to actively keep yourself encouraged in the process.  Surround yourself with strong, mature and positive people in the faith.  Bump up your prayer life.  Keep little encouraging scriptures or notes where you can see them throughout the day.  Pray with others.  Prepare yourself, educate yourself, etc.
 
And TRUST that:

  • God knows what He’s doing,
  • He has our best interests at heart,
  • Some things just take time and He’s working out all of the details
  • He’s faithful

God works behind the scenes.  When we DO get our blessing, whatever it is, we can often see in retrospect just WHY it took so long, and WHAT factors had to come into play before it to come to pass.  You see how things connected at certain times to lead to the ultimate event.  You see God’s creativity in putting His plan together often in ways we don’t expect.  He’s so creative!

So, let’s trust God’s timing…even when it’s hard.
And when your time comes, be ready, rejoice, and pay it forward. 🙂
 
Toodles ♥
 
© “Timing” by KD Corner 2012

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Being Human

Isn’t being human fun? Haha. I know some of you rolled your eyes…and others laughed. Define “fun” you say. Well, let’s just say that being human is definitely an adventure. We are unique and complex beings.  We are able to experience the world physically and emotionally.  We’re able to interact with others and express thoughts, ideas and feelings in various formats.  We’re able to create things.  It’s really quite amazing! What’s not fun about being human?  Disappointments, death, hurt/pain, sadness.  But, without the yucky parts of life, it’s harder to truly appreciate when things are really good.  When something good happens, you feel joy, relief, elation, etc.  Whether  you realize it or not, you mentally compare the good moment/experience/event to the bad one(s), and you’re extra thankful for the good.  Life is full of challenges.  Situations are challenging.  People are challenging.  Sometimes there are misunderstandings. Sometimes there is blatant harm.  But, whatever you’re going through or whatever you’ve been through, please oh please, allow it to make you better, stronger, more patient, more loving, more COMPASSIONATE, a better listener, a better giver, etc.  Bless others. 
 
To inspire you, I recently saw Alicia Keys perform a song on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show (I couldn’t find this clip but I found another performance).  The song is called “Brand New Me”.  It’s on  her new album “Girl On Fire”.  The song stopped me in my tracks.  This melancholy melody blossomed into a chorus of strength.  It seems to be about coming out of an unhealthy relationship, but, can be related to other things as well.  Please take the time to read the lyrics below and listen to the song here –> “BRAND NEW ME” (note: She does a piano solo at beginning.  If you want to skip this, the singing starts at approximately 2:50 minutes)
 
Brand New Me – by Alicia Keys
 
It’s been a while, I’m not who I was before
You look surprised, your words don’t burn me anymore
Been meaning to tell you, but I guess it’s clear to see
Don’t be mad, it’s just the brand new kind of me
Can’t be bad, I found a brand new kind of free
 
Careful with your ego, he’s the one that we should blame
Had to grab my heart back
God know something had to change
I thought that you’d be happy
I found the one thing I need, why you mad
It’s just the brand new kind of me
 
It took a long long time to get here
It took a brave, brave girl to try
It took one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don’t be surprised, don’t be surprised
If I talk a little louder
If I speak up when you’re wrong
If I walk a little taller
I’ve been on to you too long
If you noticed that I’m different
Don’t take it personally
Don’t be mad, it’s just the brand new kind of me
And it ain’t bad, I found a brand new kind of free
 
Oh, it took a long long road to get here
It took a brave brave girl to try
I’ve taken one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don’t be surprised, oh see you look surprised
Hey, if you were a friend, you want to get know me again
If you were worth a while
You’d be happy to see me smile
I’m not expecting sorry
I’m too busy finding myself
I got this
I found me, I found me, yeah
I don’t need your opinion
I’m not waiting for your ok
I’ll never be perfect, but at least now i’m brave
Now, my heart is open
And I can finally breathe
Don’t be mad, it’s just the brand new kind of free
That ain’t bad, I found a brand new kind of me
Don’t be mad, it’s a brand new time for me, yeah
 
Toodles ♥
 
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© “Being Human” by KD Corner 2012

Don’t Be Afraid

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch, and you will see the wonderful way the Lord will rescue  you today. The Egyptians you are looking at- you will never see them again. THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU, and you won’t need to lift a finger.” (from the Bible [‘The Book’ version], book of Exodus, chapter 14, verses 13-14)

I’m not launching into a Bible study. But, as I was reading this, it spoke to me. There are times when God lets us go through tough trials, yet He is there with us. But there are also times when God miraculously takes care of everything! He fights our battles FOR us. Woohoo! He orchestrates things in such a way that could only be explained by Him working on our behalf. He hears our prayers! He’s close to the broken-hearted. (Psalm 34:17-19)  He cares. And when He performs miracles, it’s an amazing thing to behold.

“But, I don’t even believe in God,” you may be saying. Hey, that’s okay. I’m not trying to make you. This is what I believe. I’ve experienced enough of God to know that He’s real. He loves me. He loves you. He’s amazing. He’s patient. Even if we’re ticked off at Him and choose to ignore him or if we just don’t believe in Him, none of that – and I mean none – decreases, nullifies or erases His love for us. His love is so enormous that it cannot be fully comprehended with our finite understanding. Yes, we’re highly intelligent beings. But even with our vast amounts of intelligence, we do not have infinite understanding. My opinion.

That being said, let me go back to my point – God will fight for you. Don’t be afraid. Keep your head up. Stay encouraged. He is mighty to save.

PS- Random side note: Speaking of Moses, you gotta love the “old-school” film of the Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston playing Moses and Yul Brynner playing Pharoah (love Yul Brynner!). Classic! (Charlton as Moses pictured above)

Toodles ♥

© “Don’t Be Afraid” KD Corner 2012