Thursday, October 19, 2017

YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO START SOMETHING NEW


 YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO START SOMETHING NEW!


FOR YEARS I'VE WISHED that I could play a guitar! For most of my life, it was just that, a wish! 

DURING OUR TIME AT CROSS TIMBERS, my son-in-law, Glen, and my friend, Charles Washer, helped me turn that wish into reality when Charles began teaching a few of our members how to play and Glen loaned me his Baby Martin guitar to practice on. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

THE HEAD KNOWLEDGE was exciting and easy to learn, but the physical skills and mental alertness required to work and stretch my fingers to make the chords and to switch between those chords was quite a challenge. 

I WAS INTO IT and remember pouring all I had into practicing, and over the course of a few weeks, amazingly learned how to play the major chords and to play and sing Amazing Grace and a few other simple songs. The thrill of hearing myself "play" and "sing" kept me motivated to stay at it for several months, but then, other things came along to take priority over my new
musical adventure.

A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, my interest was sparked again, and I began a new stage of my musical journey. I found a website that offered guitar classes and enrolled in the Fundamentals 1 course for beginners. Two months in, I'm amazed at all that I've learned and can play. 

I LOVE THE TEACHER of this fundamentals chorus and that I can pull up the lessons at my convenience and play and replay them until I "get it"! I can even keep up with my progress as I complete the lessons and master the skills! 

I STARTED OFF USING THE LITTLE GUITAR I bought for Summer a couple of years ago. A few weeks into my lessons, I felt I needed a guitar more suited for my size, and after much researching, decided on this Martin that I'm just lovin'! 

MY PRACTICE SCHEDULE reflects my commitment to stay with it, and my Progress Chart keeps me motivated to keep practicing and learning! 

AT 70 YEARS OLD, I'm testimony that age doesn't need to be a hindrance to beginning new things and making steps to realize the dreams that have long lay dormant in our hearts.

MY CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY SUMMER, are so proud of MA for
my accomplishments, and even stop to enjoy a little "concert" once in a while.

I ALWAYS BEGIN AND END EVERY PRACTICE SESSION thanking God for enabling my mind and fingers to work together to make the music I love playing. His touch makes all the difference! 

N2MUSIC AND LOVIN' IT!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY BE INTERESTED, HERE'S THE INFO:
GUITAR TRICKS // guitartricks.com // I clicked on Beginner Lessons // Level 1 Fundamentals // Teacher for this course is Lisa McCormick // I pay $19.95 per month // Can stop at any time // Has certainly been worth that and more to me // 







Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MAKIN' MEM'RIES and LEAVIN' a LEGACY







MAKIN’ MEM’RIES and LEAVIN’ A LEGACY 

This week Summer celebrates her 10th birthday. Ten years ago, on August 9, 2007, she arrived, making me a grandma!  I can still remember the joy my heart felt as I caught my first glimpse of her, the first time I held her, the first time she smiled at me, and the day she named me “Ma.”  I never knew my heart could feel so much love.  

Of all the hats I’ve ever worn, I cherish most the one that says “MA.” That role has challenged me to be at my best, making the most of the time we have together and creating special moments that will make a treasury of happy mem’ries for her to look back on.

As she stops to reminisce, I pray that she will remember a grandma who always had time for her, reading and playing and laughing and singing, and all the while passing down to her a legacy of love and faith and hope that will anchor her and enable her to know throughout all her years - Life At Its Best.

Somewhere in her first days, I sat down and wrote out a list of things I wanted to pass along to her as we journeyed along together, things that would prepare her for life and equip her for making a difference in her world, things that would show her glimpses of eternity, and expose her to the God who designed her and has a special plan for her life.  These are the things I wrote:

First of all, I would pass along the collection of biblical truths and spiritual principles that have given my life meaning and direction and purpose, aware of the awesome thought that just perhaps, some of her first impressions of who God is could be what she sees of Him in me.

I would teach her the importance of a relationship with Jesus and that God’s Word and prayer go hand in hand in nurturing that relationship, her spiritual growth, and her usefulness to Him.

I would teach her that she is God’s special creation, the only one of her kind, gifted to do the special work that He had in mind for her to do before the foundation of the world.

I would teach her the importance of attitude and her outlook on life and encourage her to live beyond the level of mediocrity, choosing to soar through life, modeling excellence in all that she does.

I would hand down to her a strong work ethic based on one of my life verses, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23).  I pray that work for her will never be a burden but a blessing to enjoy.

I would hand down to her a grateful heart, an attitude of gratitude, and a positive spirit that will enable her to see and appreciate God’s goodness and blessings.

I would teach her to trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
I would pass down a tender, caring spirit that would make her a help and blessing to others and always look for the best in them.

I would pass along a special love for animals, that she might know the joy and companionship of animal friends throughout her life.

I would teach her the importance of character, integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, pure motives, and to choose the right even when it’s not popular.

I would teach her to be an observer of life and nature and an eager learner throughout her years.

I would teach her to stop often to smell the roses, to find pleasure in the simple things of life - the sound of falling rain, the blue of the sky, the beauty of a rainbow, the smell of a magnolia blossom, a sweet gardenia, and honeysuckle, the warmth of a fire, the taste of hot chocolate, the touch of a hand that says, “I love you.”

I would teach her to be a player in life instead of a spectator, to explore and find her interests, to follow her leanings and develop her gifts, to find her own special place at home and school and church and within her circle of friends where she can blossom and make a difference.

I would help her discover the gift of solitude.  In a noisy, fast-paced world that doesn’t place a lot of value on silence, I would remind her of the need to pull away from the busyness of life to enjoy time for rest and reflection and renewal.  

I would pass along to her a love for the sound of music and an appreciation for the songwriters and singers and musicians who write and sing and play the music she loves to hear, so that perhaps one day, she’ll be making music of her own.

I would teach her that God has planted eternity in her heart and has created a special place in it to be filled by only Him.    

I would teach her the Bible stories and verses and songs that I taught her daddy many years ago, praying for her as I prayed for him, that one day she’ll walk in the truth she’s been taught, a beautiful child of the King.  

Out in the margin of every Bible I own, I have written Summer’s name, alongside her daddy’s.  Forty-five years ago John’s words best expressed the longing of my heart for him, and again, now, they express my heart’s desire for her:  “I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.”  

As I write these things again, ten years later, I’m thinkin’ - these are still the things I would choose to pass along to her, and I’m wondering - How have I done?  In my heart I feel we’ve made good progress in these ten years.  On Friday morning, May 26th I was so blessed to be with Summer to hear her pray to accept Jesus as her Savior and Lord, and now, she’s ready to be baptized!   I could ask for nothing more!