Friday, June 23, 2006

Haiku

I really like the depth of meaning that can be found in Haiku poetry. I love the challenge that comes with attempting to convey a picture with only 17 syllables. It's not easy!!!

Here is one I wrote today...hope you like it.

glimpses of the woman
flashing in her child laughter
my heart splits in two

I just dabble in it...I'm not even a novice at it. I just like to try it. It helps to bring in a sense of calmness in an otherwise crazy day. If you'd like to know more about Haiku try clicking here. Hopefully that link will work! :)

Try it out if you get the chance...like I said, it's not easy, but when you get one out it can be very beneficial in relieving stress. If you do try one...leave it in my comments. I'd love to see what you've got.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Insignificant?!? I Think Not!

Ladies and Germs! Please direct your attention to the sidebar and note that I have now been officially labelled an "Insignificant Microbe" by that wonderfully wacky technobear at TTLB. Nevermind that I have no clue what I'm doing, and wouldn't know a ping from a link. Technobear has got me under control! (His name is really NZ Bear, but I think Technobear has a nice ring to it don't you?)

Do not underestimate the power of a microbe! Without us, that juicy cheeseburger you're lusting over for dinner would remain stuck in your esophagus....never able to reach it's intended destination. Without us, dead people would never shrivel up and become fertilizer for daisies!!!! Microbes are important!!!! Microbes RULE!!!!

***NOTE: The blogger formerly known as "Shayne" has taken a short leave of her senses due to mega-amounts of stress caused by a breakdown of her central heating and air unit. As soon as the temperature inside her house lowers to livable conditions she will return. We hope. We apologize to her readers (all 3 of them) for having to be subjected to a not very funny post about nothing. That is all.***

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Light in Darkness

God amazes me. I know that's a really worn out line, and everyone feels that way about God, but truly, He amazes me.

My mother and father are in crisis right now. It looks like their marriage is about to end, and with that knowledge pounding in my brain, darkness has settled into every nook and cranny of my life. The wheres and the whycomes are not necessary. It's exhausting enough just to ponder the fact that 36 years of work and love and tears and devotion are over.

Death in any form is painful, but watching the death of a marriage is particularly excruciating. Smiles should not weigh a thousand pounds. The pain of having to see the fear that lurks in the back of your children's eyes as they wonder if the cancer of Divorce could spread to Mommy and Daddy should be reserved only for perpetrators of the most heinous acts of human depravity. Yet, even here in this evil place, God is making His presence known. He reminded me the other night that He is still here and that He will always be here.

I was out at the end of my driveway. It was around 10 pm, and I was praying and crying out to God. There was no one to answer (so I thought) except the crickets and ever vocal tree frogs. (For those of you who don't know...I live in paradise.)

As I stood there I looked at the pasture across the road and saw thousands of fireflies lighting up the trees. They were going crazy flashing their little buggy behinds off. Even the stars in the sky were luminous and bright. I think some were winking at me!

Everywhere around me light was piercing darkness.

It wasn't much...but it was more than enough.

But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. Romans 1:20 (MSG)

New Blog Discovery

Ok, ok I know I've been a bad blogger. It's been days and days since my last post but honestly...things have not been great on my little side of the world.

I have, however, been visiting all my favorites and have just today discovered a new favorite. Her name is Antique Mommy and she is absolutely fabulous. If you want to laugh and cry all in the same breath check her out.

You won't be disappointed.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Wanted: Desperation


Desperate:

1 a : having lost hope, a desperate spirit crying for relief : giving no ground for hope the outlook was desperate
2 a : moved by despair victims made desperate by abuse b : involving or employing extreme measures in an attempt to escape defeat or frustration made a desperate leap for the rope3 : suffering extreme need or anxiety desperate for money4 : involving extreme danger or possible disaster a desperate situation
5 : of extreme intensity
6 : SHOCKING, OUTRAGEOUS

This is Webster's definition of the word. Still, I find myself asking...what does it mean to be desperate?

Yesterday morning during worship my congregation sang Breathe. If you've never heard it before, it's on Vineyard's Hungry CD. I think Kathryn Scott is the vocalist. Anyway, the song is hauntingly beautiful, and whenever we sing it I just get lost in the Presence of God.

Yesterday was different.

I found myself wondering if I am truly desperate for God. There is an old joke that says christians don't tell lies they sing them. I'm inclined to believe that.

I love God, truly I do, but am I desperate for Him? Would I go to any lengths to please Him? Would I, like the woman with the issue of blood, be willing to get down on my knees and crawl through the crowd just to touch the hem of His garment? Would I be able to throw all of my dignity out the window and scream out His name at the top of my lungs like blind Bartimaeus to get His attention? Would I be willing to endure insults like the Syrophoenician woman? Would I be willing to push past every hypocritical, religious, member of the church just to kneel at his feet and anoint them with my tears? Would you?

I don't want to be a nut or a fruit loop. I don't think that's the kind of devotion that God is looking for. But to be so in love with Him that I can't get enough of Him...that would be great.

God, make me desperate for You.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Am I Living The Same Day Over And Over?


I'm not sure what my title means, but it sounds good.

Actually, my pastor brought up that point in his sermon a couple of Sundays ago. He said, "Have I lived 57 years, or have I lived the same year 57 times?"

Well, it got me thinking. What am I doing? Am I just treading water, or am I living my life to it's fullest potential? Unfortunately, I think my hands and feet are all pruny from being in the water so long.

I'm not saying that I have to learn to go skydiving or anything like that, but it would be nice to take the time to lift up my head every now and then and enjoy the moment, instead of always waiting for something better to come along. So I am devising a new plan.

I am going to take a moment each day and take a look around. I'm going to attempt to really see my surroundings and just enjoy. I live across the street from a cow pasture. It smells wonderful this time of year, because there aren't any cows in the field (which means no nasty cow pies) and it's overgrown with honeysuckle vines and blackberry brambles. Delicious. I can watch the lightnin' bugs at night and just listen to the crickets and frogs carrying on. I live in paradise actually.

Anyhow, I'm going to take 60 seconds out of my day to look, take a deep breath, and give thanks to God for blessing me with such a beautiful environment. I may even take those 60 seconds to hug my daughter. I'll set the egg timer and make her let me hug her for the whole minute. I've done it before, and sometimes a hug like that can penetrate her spirit more deeply than spoken "I love you's." I'll just look past all the eye rolling and pay no attention to the whole "Mom you're choking me" thing. Or, I might take that 60 seconds to have a farting contest with my son! We'll laugh 'til we pee on ourselves. Maybe we'll hold DramaQueen hostage until she joins in with us! It's gross, but gas works better with guys than hugs do. Go figure.

Oh man ya'll...life is so good. Let's not miss it! I don't care how bad your circumstances are (I didn't say life is perfect, I said life is good) I challenge you to take one minute out of your day to look up, look around, and give thanks. Even if the only thing you can truly be thankful for is the air you're breathing. I'll bet whatever load you're carrying will be a little lighter.

Try it for the next 7 days. You have nothing to lose except 490 seconds of your life. Do check in with me and let me know how it's going! If you want...share your ideas for 60 second life refreshers...I'd love to hear your ideas.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I'm A Chick!

Well, I don't know about you, but all this blogging craziness has just got me bleary-eyed. First I change my template (which I really like), then I get tagged, and now...I'm a chick. Words just cannot express.

I actually dreamed about blogging last night. Is that an indicator that I'm spending way too much time thinking about this? Am I nuts or weird or anything? Have any of you all experienced this phenomena? Drop a comment and let me know. By the way, do check out the Blogging Chicks Blogroll I have installed. Bloghop to your little bloggy content. Ciao ya'll!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I GOT TAGGED!!!!

I'm in. I've made it. I am here, baby!!! I got tagged! Nevermind that I had to beg like a shameless hussy for it...I got tagged! Thanks to Theresa the YewNorkBabe (what a great name!) we're going to talk about 10 little words friends and neighbors! That's right! It's time to play:

TEN SIGNIFICANT WORDS THAT START WITH THE LETTER "S"

1. Sunshine - love it...gotta have it.
2. Salvadore - one of my favorite Christian groups
3. Shayne - it's my name, it was a pain, when i was a kid so...don't wear it out!
4. Scrumptious - See post below.
5. Snickers - my favorite candy bar
6. She-Bop - a song I used to love to sing when I was a kid. I recently found out what it really meant though and I was ...
7. SHOCKED - That's right. I had no idea that she-bopping is...well...what it is.
8. Sing - that's what I love to do
9. Smalls - the name of a character in one of my favorite movies The Sandlot. "You're killin' me Smalls!" Favorite quote from aforementioned movie.
10. Sally Sells Sea Shells By the Seashore - I'm not sure if that qualifies or not, but I got in trouble for saying it one time. My brother and I were having a contest to see who could say it the fastest. Well, you try it and see what comes out! I couldn't sit down for dinner that night I'll just tell you!

Well...that's it. That's my super scrumdiddlyumptious "S" word list. Betcha thought I was gonna say a wirty dord dincha? If you wanna be tagged let me know. I'll think up a letter for you!

Oh Look, A Meme

I stole this from Everday Mommy. Hope you like it.

BERNARD PIVOT
And, now from that insufferable beacon of self consumption, Inside the Actor's Studio, the Bernard Pivot MEME!

What is your favorite word? Scrumptious
What is your least favorite word? Snot
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? A starlit sky in the summertime, with the smell of honeysuckle thick in the air.
What turns you off? Children who talk back to their parents and parents who allow it.
What is your favorite curse word? Crap
What sound or noise do you love? My son's laughter.
What sound or noise do you hate? Children cursing (I really don't mean to pick on children...I just hate to hear something so ugly coming out of something so precious)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Veterinarian or Obstetrician.
What profession would you not like to do? Ditchdigging.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Good job kid.