Monday, October 3, 2011

October Blue Skies Beckon

I am an imperfect blogger.

I break all the rules.

I've been away for a long time with no guest bloggers and not enough time to pre-post meaningful contributions so no one would notice.

Don't know how to do all the cool stuff the techno-wizards do with their cyber canvas. Mine is a little like me: a bit old-fashioned, we can safely say.

Funny, I never thought I would use that word to describe myself. When I was growing up with one foot in the strident feminist world of a law student in the '70's Era of Empowerment and one foot in a beautiful traditional family in conservative Mississippi, I saw myself as a trail blazer. A pioneer of sorts. One to take on the challenges of the day with conviction and gusto!

Now the pioneer of today is a famously popular Pioneer Woman who can man-handle a ranch, a recipe, a family and run a small empire. What a woman!

And I'm on the eve of another birthday reflecting with deep gratitude for the people I've known, the places I've seen, the life experiences I've shared that make me who I am today: an imperfect, old-fashioned, trail-blazing woman. The trail is not the one I imagined hiking when I was in my 20's, but it is the one I am grateful to walk as I hold the lantern up pointing the way to One who loves us with an everlasting love and will never, ever forsake us. That trail can take more courage and boldness than I ever imagined in a time when Jesus' name is said to be 'hate speech' to some.

Maybe life's stages--like lilies of the field--offer us times for cocooning as buds and times for opening wide to embrace the world that awaits.

Let the Light of God shine brightly from October blue skies to direct your path today!

Lilies by Rhymes Stabler
. Thanks!


  1. happy (almost) birthday! can't wait to hear about your travels.

  2. How beautifully written, my dear trail blazing/old fashioned friend. Happy birthday a day early.

  3. You are not "old fashioned" Marita, you are a beautiful woman of God and you continue to inspire me with you words!