Posted: 5:46 pm Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
By Staff Writer
One of my earliest garden memories is of planting peas with my grandma.
She showed me how to place the tiny hard seed in the ground, and cover it with a bit of soil. The rains of western Oregon kept the spring soil wet, and daily I would go out to check the seeds. I expected to see sprouts within hours, at least within a day or two! I had to learn patience… After a few weeks, the pea plants were as high as my chubby knees…and after a few months (eternity to a child) they were ready to be plucked from the vine and eaten raw.
So it is with seeds of faith, seeds of hope, and seeds of love.
You plant them and tend them, water them with kindness and consideration, and wait patiently to see the fruits of your labors. To be honest, you may not see anything for years, but they will come.
I recently received a note on Facebook from a young woman name Moriah. She’d been a child that I knew some 20 years ago when she was 11. Her mom had issues and they were without a place to live one summer, so Moria came to stay with me and my two kids in Rochester NY.
Moriah had a rough life and the walls of protection around her heart were a mile thick. I did what I could to bless her and plant those seeds of hope. After the summer ended she went home. Their phone was disconnected shortly after, and I didn’t hear from her again, until now:
Oh my gosh its been so long! This is Moriah, I was an avid listener who called the station to made a tearful dedication to my long lost older brother.
You made every effort possible to reunite us, unfortunately that didn’t happen. You brought me into a loving home and showed me what a family is. I really want to thank you for taking me in, even for the short time that I was there, you made a large impact in my life.
It’s been about 20 years since then, and I’d like to tell you that I am doing very well. I found the love off my life, we have been married since 2009. Ive got the most amazing family, and I praise God for everything he has blessed me with. I hope you and your beautiful family are doing well.
Thank you again,
Great Summer Reading!
There are so many AHHMazing books out! Here’s another list of 5 great reads to tuck into your beach bag, have on the sun porch, keep a stack of on the coffee table…
I hope your summer is off to a fantastic start, and the longer daylight hours at least make it FEEL as if you have more time in the day. Take advantage of that extra light, pick up a book and read!
Jesus Always | Sarah Young
Over 17 million people have been impacted by the writings of Sarah Young. Now Sarah invites you into a joyful new way of living with Jesus Always. Written in the same style as Jesus Calling, these devotions will bring joy for each day and strengthen your relationship with Jesus.
Finding Gobi | Dion Leonard
My June pick for Delilah’s Book Club!
The miraculous tale of Dion, a seasoned ultra-marathon runner, who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 77 miles.
Dion found determination, a change of heart, and a friend, when he found Gobi.
The Little Things | Andy Andrews
Evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything. That’s right… Absolutely everything.
New York Times bestselling author, Andy Andrews, is known for his strong storytelling and unequaled perspective on principles that empower the human mind and spirit.
Andy proves that ‘sweatin’ the small stuff’ is what adds value to our lives in his book, The Little Things.
The Turquoise Table | Kristin Schell
The Turquoise Table’s a wonderful, heartfelt book about finding community.
Kristin, desperate for a way to slow down and connect, put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her.
Kristin’s says it’s time to be front yard people.
Of Mess and Moxie | Jen Hatmaker
New York Times best-selling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures listeners they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.
Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right”.
Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive.
Magnolia Story | Chip and Joanna Gaines
My November pick for Delilah’s Book Club!
The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, dynamic duo of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Here, they offer their fans a detailed look at their life together.
From the very first renovation project they ever tackled, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today with their beautiful children.
All told sincerely, honestly, and with humor, just like the Chip and JoJo America has fallen in love with!
The Home Depot | 20th Anniversary of Kids Workshops
Remember when summer vacation was decidedly non-electronic?
20 years ago, The Home Depot started their Kids Workshop, where hammers, saws, and screwdrivers are the trending “apps.” I’m helping my radio sponsor celebrate this anniversary by encouraging you to take your kids to the July workshop.
They’ll come home from this FREE event with their own orange apron, commemorative pin, certificate of achievement, and a most awesome bug house; built with kid power – no screen time involved!
This summer and all year through, unplug and recharge a kid, at The Home Depot’s Kids Workshops!
My foreign exchange student, my son, Antonio returned to his family in Valencia, Spain this week.
Our hearts are sore and our eyes are red and swollen. In 10 short months this young man made such an imprint in our family’s collective being. He became son, brother, cousin, nephew, friend…
We gathered the morning that we had to drop him with the rest of the exchange group for a few more shennanigans, a few more laughs, a few more hugs, a few more hugs, and a few more, yes, hugs.
If you have a little corner of your house where an exchange student might have a bed, and a little corner of your heart you are looking to fill, host an exchange student. They become forever family, even continents away.
Friends, plant those seeds of faith, hope, and love and one day you will reap a harvest of love your heart won’t be able to contain!
When I write to you again, Independence Day will have come and gone. The beloved day of fire pits and fireworks…
The family and I, and dozens more no doubt, will gather at our spot at the ocean and watch the birthday of our great nation celebrated in what could never be described as style, but gusto and daring-do surely apply! We’ll eat ’till we can eat no more, roast hot-dogs and marshmallows, and munch our way through corn-on-the-cob and slices of juicy watermelon.
Sparks will fly, but only in the best of ways!
Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, whatever you do – Be safe, be happy, and be grateful that we live in the…
Land of the free and the
home of the brave!
God Bless you all and God Bless America!