As a nurse

I realize I haven’t blogged much lately.  The beginning of (middle of, and end of …) the semester gets hectic.  The last few weeks have been no exception.

As a nurse, I often deal with things I won’t discuss in a blog. Private things, personal reactions, and stories that are really others.  I see some nursing sites these days that honestly bother me…. they talk about the “don’t like” things about their jobs. I don’t find them helpful. Everyone has things they “don’t like” about their job. Why not let your words heal……..

So as best as I can, I try.

My job has always been about children. Caring for the most vulnerable, sharing what I can share. I treat and have loved them all as if they were my own. I know they’re not, I know I only get them for a few moments…… but I love them anyway.

This week some friends lost their child, and I can no longer hide behind a professional mask. It hits hard, and it hurts. Another young life taken too soon. Another child lost in hopelessness and despair. Another family devastated by grief.

My words seem far to inadequate.

So I share this post today for those who’ve lost loved ones and children……  I share a link to a site that has helped me.  It’s a page where people discuss their grief and their coping…  I hope sharing the website, sharing a place where people talk and share, may help others who are struggling.

The website is called “The Grief Toolbox” 

Not every piece may help, but there will be ones that jump out, and you find you relate to..

Best my friends.

Hoping your days are filled with peace.

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It snowed yesterday…

It snowed yesterday.  I mean – yesterday was the middle of 24 hours of non-stop big fluffy flakes falling from the sky.

Put’s you in the Christmas mood!

And the light man – came to put up the Christmas lights….  It’s a sign -and I don’t mind one bit if Christmas comes early.

So here’s our start….  enjoy.

Pentatonix:  Mary did you know…

Looking up

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Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

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Just like my garden, my heart needs water.

Just like the flowers, my heart needs sunshine.

It is impossible for most things to grow in the dark, cold places.

Oh they may start there, but eventually sunshine is needed.

Our hearts need love, hope, truth, and peace.

Our hearts need grace, forgiveness, strength, and purpose.

Truth is like water on thirsty ground.

Friendship and kindness are sunshine and hope.

Then hope produces purpose.

Seeds of kindness become acts of mercy.

Love overflows.

and a beautiful harvest feeds many.

Lucky Boy

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Lucky Boy

About two weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the Belize Zoo (again), and meet Lucky Boy.  Lucky is a black beautiful jaguar (pictured left).  He had been abandoned by previous owners, and left to starve and die.  He wasn’t in good shape when he got to The Belize Zoo, but animal expert Sharon Matola, nursed him back to life, and Lucky Boy is now strong enough to have visitors.

The day I met Lucky Boy, 5 or 6 people at a time were allowed into a small enclosure, while Sharon brought his morning snack.  There was a strong mesh fence between the area where we were, and where he was, but that is all.   When Sharon called him over he stalked over one tentative step at a time.   Sharon laughed a bit at his jaguar style approach, but when he was finally close enough for his “snack”, his paws were up on the bars, and Sharon was treating him almost like her pet big kitty.  She talked, she sang.  The bond between cat and cat savior was plain.

Lucky boy was majestic, powerful, and beautiful all at the same time.  It was something to behold.

The interaction reminded me of the kingdom and Savior promised in Isaiah.   It’s a picture of peace and perfection and I saw a glimpse of it, at the zoo that day.

Isaiah 11: 1-6

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.