I still see you daily. Thank you Lord.

June 14, 2015

wpid-20150609_173125.jpgFinding dear friends faces in a stranger’s face.

Most people don’t just up and move across the country and leave their friends and family at the age of 46.  But what a tremendous experience it’s been!

Almost daily,  I get a beautiful feeling or thought. Seeing you in another person.

The gift from God is that I get to relive moments and memories of my dear friends daily. There are people who I see today and it will remind me of a moment in time or a funny story. These moments are heartfelt and touching as if not even a day has gone by since I’ve seen you.

I could honestly say that daily I see someone who reminds me of you.

A funny story or even just a smile leads to a wonderful connection to a time gone by.

How can these experiences be anything but from God?

It’s as if,  He wants me to think of you or pray for you at that very moment.

Sure, I miss you but Im ok today. Because I have you deep within my heart. I remember the good times and the rough ones too! The smiles amd the tears. The pain and the sorrow.  Moments that define a friendship . These are the very foundation of a life lived among friends.

A shared experience, a quiet moment or a loud, roaring laugh! Between a laugh and a tear. The sweet spot you might say.

I know your secrets. These Secrets still stored safely away, I’ll  take them to the grave with a personal knowledge of the fears that go with those secrets because I’ve done the same stuff, more times and worse.

Dreams fulfilled and knowing what you dreamed of and how hard it was to believe them at that time.

Yea, I get it. Probably better than you do.  It’s , I suppose easier for me to see the arch of your life because I was watching, listening, paying attention and hoping and praying the whole time. I think I might remember your thoughts and experiences better than you do. Because you shared them with me and I was listening.

Today, I thought of you, Warmly with a smile written across my heart and sealed with love.

I can only thank my God for these revelations, very small moments in time, forever written on my heart.

I think I  understand this verse a little bit better  today.
Philippians 1:3-4, 7-11 NIV

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.   And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Time & Time Zones.

January 22, 2015

Sunrise at Coffin PointclockFor the last few days the image of time has passed through my mind. I think it started out with the fact that I am now 3 hours ahead of pretty much all my friends and family. At first, I really liked it. It was as if I was beating everyone to the starting line. You see, I’m an early riser. Like 4:30 am early! I have a routine which I’ve been doing for almost 2 years now. I wake up early, read the Bible, do a few devotional readings, pray and meditate on what God would have me do for the day. Check my emails, make fun of things and people (mostly myself) on Facebook. I love this time of day for several reasons, including the stillness of the morning, the sheer quiet, alone time with God. I do not wake Laura up and the dogs rarely even notice when I get up. (they do however demand breakfast around 5:45!) And the sunrises here are absolutely stunning. That alone should motivate people to rise and shine early!

When I lived in California, I would often text some encouraging words or verses to a few friends who are also early risers. Well, I can’t do that anymore. Well, not unless I want to lose friends fast. No matter how cheerful the quote, it is not generally well received at 3am PST. I find myself emailing these same friends, but it’s not the same. I don’t get a response for several hours or no response at all.

There, in lies my dilemma. I would love to chat with friends and family, yet our schedules are now so different that I am finding it hard to stay in touch properly. When I’m eating lunch, they are just arriving at work. When I’m settling in for bed, most are just arriving home from work. The other day, my friend Eric called, I didn’t answer because I was just pooped. I know Eric was driving home from work, probably stuck in traffic and this is the best time for him to call me. As lie in bed that night, all I could say was, “You should have picked up, what if Eric needed something?” That’s when it occurred to me. Time is truly our most precious gift.

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

I’m not going to beat myself up over this. I know I will adjust to my new time zone eventually and so will my friends and family. I’ll do better eventually.

If you ever get a text at 4am from me, please excuse me and I apologize in advance for my enthusiasm. To those of you who haven’t gotten a call or text from me lately, it’s probably better that way!

Here’s the text that I didn’t send to you, in case you were wondering.

“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.” – Psalm 13:5-6

Peace be with you.

Robert

 

Barefeet Plantation – A newcomers perspective of The Low Country

January 12, 2015

I will attempt to start a notebook on my life in our new home state of South Carolina.  Let’s see if I can actually write!

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Low Tide clam digging near home. This is a 1 minute walk from home. Oysters and clams can be had for free and a little hard work. Although I don’t eat shellfish,  my wife does. I enjoy the process of collecting the bounty as much as the rewards. 
Solitude was always difficult to find back in  Southern California unless you were up and at it before dawn and the rushing of traffic lined, bumper to bumper with the coffee in one hand and cell phone in the other driver.
Today, I find solitude rather easy to find.  Too easy some days. That is not a complaint about here but more a complaint about me. Where we live, The Sea Islands of South Carolina, is affectionately known as Low County.  As in Low relative to sea level. it is also known as  Slow Country and for good reason.  Things move slowly here. It has taken some getting used to and certainly will take more time.  I’m ok with that today. As a native Californian,  I anticipated this.
After 40 minutes of easy digging in the sand, 100 perfect quohog clams look brilliant in my white bucket! I walk home, remembering that next time,  I will take the golf cart.  The fully loaded bucket is heavy and awkward to carry. Laura is pleased with my catch and excited that linguini and clams will be on the table tonight! 
I thank God for FoodNetwork.com because I’ve never made Linguini and clams before!

Peace be with you.
Robert

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