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What We Need, When We Need it. Learning to Trust God

This morning, I awoke early, riddled with anxiety from a concern weighing heavy on my heart from last evening. I tried praying my favorite Bible verse, “Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything,” over and over in my mind, but the more I prayed, the more restless I became. After thirty minutes of tossing and turning in bed, I glanced at the alarm clock which read 7:01. I sat up in bed, stretched my legs, slipped on my tan wool slippers, and greeted Red Dog who was by my side, with a pat on a head.

As I pulled the cord to open the vertical blinds in our bedroom, I gazed up at the moon, still high in the cornflower sky, with hints of waking from a cold Midwestern night. The sky delighted in a canvas of cornflower blue, and silhouettes of barren trees painted the serene landscape.

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As I purveyed the entrance to our clearing, a single deer appeared. I moved quickly through the house to locate my Nikon camera in the dining room. As I moved back through each room, I glanced out windows as I passed, and spotted two more deer, for a total of three. Two does and one fawn meandered gracefully west to east along the back yard of our property. At the boundary of our neighbor facing directly east, I snapped several photos. The creatures were bending, sniffing the ground, and looking up on alert. They traveled at a leisurely pace, repeating their routine. Parts of the ground were frozen and snow-laden, while oaky-hued ground laid the foundation.

As I pushed back the sheer curtains in the dining room’s bay windows, the dogs quietly whined when they noticed the deer, and Momma cat kept a tune with a low growl, her sleek body all the while brushing the windowsill.

I watched as the deer entered our neighbor’s yard directly across the cul de sac, and disappeared in the wooded area behind their home.

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I had hoped they would come full circle, and perambulate our yard a second time, enabling me to capture a few more snapshots. So much for wishful thinking.

I prepared my breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon, pumpkin bread, and English Breakfast tea. Rather than follow my routine and turn on the Today Show, I opted to sit and ponder my ‘wake up call’ by appreciating the wonders of nature outside my kitchen door.

The exquisiteness of the deer, the moon, the snow, and the trees, was just enough inspiration to take my mind off my troubles and anxieties. It forced me to slow down, and funnel my energy in a positive manner.

And although I received thirty minutes less sleep than yesterday, what I received in return was even more valuable and rewarding. My concerns are still near, but I soon realized I needed to replace my worry with trust.

God gives us what we need, when we need it. We just need to figure out how to use it.

God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

Now go have a blessed day!

Peace out and Love,









Folly Beach Dances going to print

Sorry I’ve been remiss about my blog posts.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the second proof on our ‘healing’ coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances – The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore.

Well, it finally arrived yesterday.  It’s gorgeous.  My book designer Kristy Makansi did a fine job on the layout, and in choosing a font that captures the essence of the book.  Thanks to my contributors Pat Wahler, Patt Hollinger Pickett, Mary Horner, Marcia Gaye, and Tina Solomon.  And my photographer husband, Russell.  I love you guys.

Thanks to all who inspired and endorsed me along the way – my church family, my crazy cousins, writer and photographer buddies, the barristas at the local Starbucks, my hairdresser, my neighbors, and new acquaintances made on vacation.

Last night, after reviewing the book, Russell shared “I’m so proud of you.”

I can’t believe the project is almost over.  But I’m glad I took on the challenge.  Now comes the task of marketing the book.  Another mountain to climb.

My mission for the book is of ‘healing’.  For everyone to take care of themselves, and go forth in this world with a positive impact on those around you.  Maybe even pay it forward.  Smile more.  Laugh often. Love alot.

In June 2012, I was diagnosed with low-grade lymphoma – which is manageable and treatable, but not curable.  A portion of the books proceeds is being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

With that said, remember to dance.  It just makes you feel good.

~ Sheree