Life is like a beach…caotic and stressful, strewn with litter – emotional baggage, heartache, sin, stress, pride, anger – it is so overwhelming.

With schedules and bills, appointments and jobs, school and careers life seems like it would be fulfilling. But instead is messy and stressful there is too much trying to distract us from finding the purpose that God has planned for us. We get too bogged down with the world’s wants and needs and we struggle to fit God into our lives.

My life was like that beach – strewn with litter after the summer season – I was weary and worn to the core. I needed the comfort of my God, to calm my anxiety and stress. My Redeemer sent His Waves of Grace to cleanse my beach.

And then there was one....

 Well it looks like the farm has closed for the season. The past few months has been so busy and hot! I was called to an ice cream craze earlier this summer and when I woke up this morning I wondered…”Where has the summer gone?” In hindsight I can say at this very moment it has been the worst summer ever. Only now am I feeling inspired and content to just accept it all.  

Things have not turned out the way I had expected at all. Earlier this summer we had a unexpected growth in the yard, which turned into a joyous blossoming pumpkin vine. But now I see things are not at all what I expected.  

The heat has just dried up the vine and the grass and soil will need to be turned if we plan to grow anything else again.  I embraced this vine with open arms and a confused mind. I had visions of having a pumpkin table during the Emmaus Halloween Parade. But that won’t be happening I guess. Maybe next year will bring a better crop.  With a lot on my plate; working two jobs, carrying household expenses and wanting to write and create with my three plus blogs I had little time to tend to this little pumpkin patch. All in all it was quite a learning experience and with our one little pumpkin we will have a delicious pie I just know it!  

Not all was lost on our venture we did yield some yummy tomatoes:  

Topsy turvey. I recommend cherry tomatoes for this...

A pot of tomatoes

Still growing and blooming...

Yummy garden tomatoes 🙂

I am grateful that I can share the smallest of blessing with you all! I am trying hard to keep that positive attitude. I am glad that my one lonely little pumpkin will make a yummy treat for Thanksgiving. And I love tomatoes…there is nothing like a garden tomato. Focusing on what we have is so important. Since I threw that pumpkin in the yard and took it for granted. This coming year maybe I will redo this pumpkin patch the right way, time management needs to become part of a list of priorities, and use this learning experience to an advantage. I am still very blessed and ready to embrace life’s changes and unexpected situations.

Spring is upon us, yes and the weather is still quirky, but all around the signs of spring are showing their colors.

This year it seemed that Easter came and went, just too fast. Saint Patrick’s Day was barely over and the bunnies hopped in and out like jack rabbits. Easter was gone, the candy remained in the baskets and the leftover ham still lingered in the refrigerator. The signs of Easter were all around. However, the signs of life are continuing to show themselves.

For many people the bleak blank sights of winter have a way of affecting mood, balance and motivation. We all need color in our lives, we all appreciate color in some form – my favorite color is blue – shades of blue, blue greens, teals, purple blues etc. I truly believe that one needs the soft pastels of spring to lighten the mood and show that hope and life are not dead.

 Just when it seems that the blank, cold gray will never end suddenly the flowers begin to bud and show their beauty. One of my favorite times to enjoy is when the soft little petals blow in the spring breeze – like a spring snow shower – it’s not damp, cold or plain. It’s soft, warm and peaceful. Suddenly, the sun is shining, the birds chirp with joy, the green returns to the grass and the colors of the earth break forth with gladness.  It seems that Easter comes just when we need it. When we just can’t take the darkness anymore and the cold, bitter winter seems relentless, our time of joyful celebration arrives. There is nothing like the sun shine on an Easter Sunday to remind us of the risen Christ.  In our humanness we need the cycles of life and seasons to remember, reflect and reconcile our lives and minds to our Lord. Easter and spring is just the right time and place to remind us of the hope that we still have in Christ.

I could never understand the views of anyone who didn’t believe that flowers and trees were not created by God. No man could create life in its most intricate details and design. Even with our medical science, biological knowledge and botany technology – life and the human body continue to amaze us. Well, I continue to be amazed at how we have been designed and the awe I see in creation. I know that our Lord created us with a purpose and he continues to show himself, however complicated and complex.

 Our Creator God, is not simple, but is complex and our life in a relationship with the Lord seems complicated. HE askes nothing of us except devotion, love and trust – we however are self-driven, self-reliant and at the mercy of the world’s schedule and timing. It was not in God’s design for us to be tied down to the worlds demands. He never meant for us to live in a world with so much pain and saddness, dilemma and confusion. He allows us freedom to choose and asks for our trust – and yet we still take it all upon ourselves in the hope of finding that joy. Time and time again, season after season we are reminded that the true joy, hope and Love reside with Him. He sent us his hope and mercy, when he sent Jesus. We are never forgotten by our Lord, he is faithful through it all. We were never promised perfection, but peace. Peace of mind knowing that our stuggles will be half as hard and life will be twice as good when we are in communion with him. He will take care of all of the struggles if we just let him – if we just let go. He reminds of this in Matthew 6:26. Our heavenly Father cares for us and sends us hope each day and season. So this season, this spring – as you see the beauty in the shades of spring, remember the hope that we have as we continue on life’s journey. Never forget but be reminded of the promise and the hope that is with us always.

    

     My life is in constant disarray,
       But my desk is organized; Is that okay?

I have cobwebs in the corners of my ceiling,
But I can’t shake this happy feeling!

I made a schedule I made a plan,
A decree – all household clutter be banned!

A toilet tissue castle sits upon the table,
They’ll get to the closet, when I am able.

I feel at peace, quiet and rested,
A new day ahead – even if my patience be tested.

There are so many things on my mind;
   Things I can only tackle one at a time.

I pray, Lord, What should I do?
Shall I leave these tasks and worries to you?

I struggle and I fight, I worry and fret,
And haven’t completed a task yet!

I pray for strength, peace, patience and self control,
For you, O Lord, are the lover and guardian of my soul.

Do not worry, you say my blessed child,
These worries will only harm you and steal your smile.

I agree, and hand this list of cares and worries to you,
Now I guess I will go clean my room.

The fears and doubts upon my heart, with care, you take.
Now I have a birthday cake to make <3.

You my Heavenly Father are the maker of all good things,
I will open my hands and heart in praise and sing!

Hallelujah, to you for the gift of this day!
Amen and in your Son Jesus, I pray!

© 2010 /set/Shari Transue.

Hello and welcome! Welcome to my space, my sentiments and scribbles on life; laughter, joy, sorrow and all those things that make life  a smattering – of all things good and bad, rough and easy, happy and sad!

I hope you will enjoy sharing in all that life has offered me. I just turned 30 a week ago and maybe this is my “mid life crisis” but I’d rather not call it that. I’d rather focus on the growth that has taken place over the many (few) years of my life :-).

I welcome you to take part in my musings upon childhood memories, dreams, plans, hopes and challenges.

Making something out of life is never easy – but it is important that you make a mark on the world and a meaningful one at that! I hope you will share with me and add to my knowledge and discussion.

In a nutshell this is where I came up with the theme – name for this blog:

Shari – that’s me
Scribble – scrawl, doodle, draw, jot, squiggle, jotting
Smatter – To study or approach superficially; dabble in
Sentiment – feeling, emotion, response, reaction, attitude, opinion, outlook
Musings – think, ponder, consider, mull-over, cogitate, deliberate, reflections

Come back and visit 🙂

Aloha again!
~Shari~