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GOD BLESS YOU AND GRANT YOU HIS PEACE UPON ENTERING THIS SITE



She had been shopping with her Mom in Wal*Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful brown haired, freckle-faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the tops of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the Earth it has no time to flow out the spout.

 




We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Wal*Mart. We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I get lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child come pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day. Her voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in. "Mom, let's run through the rain," she said. "Let's run through the rain!" She repeated. "No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied. This young child waited about another minute and repeated: "Mom, let's run through the rain." "We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.

 




"No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm. "This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?" "Don't you remember? When you were talking to daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!'"

 




The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

 




"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said. Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes through the puddles.

They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And Yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories....... So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories every day!

~"They Ran Through The Rain..." By ©Bob Perks~












There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
- Phyllis Batt



Minds are like parachutes, they function only when open.
- Anonymous



Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
- Edmund Burke



Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye




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Be Calm knowing God is With You.

I walked into a Starbucks one recent morning to find myself in a very long line of sleepy people looking for just enough caffeine to get them through their mornings at work. As I waited, I noticed, just to my right, a newsstand with a variety of newspapers. Each paper's headline tried to outdo the next with negative stories on the direction of the Dow, foreclosures, the jobless rate, budget cuts, mid-term elections, political fear, posturing, infidelity.

I soon found myself looking around the crowded coffee shop and into the eyes of those living out these headlines, or at the very least living with the results of them. Some eyes were dim, some bright, some masking anxiety, some lost in thought.

"What are you going through today?" I wondered, as I looked at each face, young and old. A carpenter in jeans, men and women in work suits, a mom with a toddler. "What are you going through today?" I wondered. Behind the counter were college-age students and a woman in her fifties. "What are you going through today?" I wondered.

In surrendering all our anxieties and fears, or insecurities, we find calm as He has the answers, we can be at peace, still our beings in surrendering to trusting His will to be done in our lives always.











"~Somewhere In Time~"
~Soft Melody~


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