Thursday, January 11, 2018

Your Suddenly! It's Coming.

"Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose."   ... Acts 16:26


Only sections of our streets resembled an ice rink yesterday so I declared, "This morning I'll walk to the coffee shop." So after getting dressed (no tiny feat when wearing winter layers), I couldn't find my driver's license--oh no! 

Of course, I don't need it for a short walk, but hey. Forgive me my idiosyncrasies.

Man, I searched through my card stack 3 times, looked elsewhere, gave-up, then even began an online DMV form, when oh! I recalled where I'd put my license. 

Wow. I exclaimed,"Thank-you Jesus, like, four katrillion times!" and my later icy walk to the coffee shop felt like pure celebration.

Yes, mine is a simple life.  😉

The only customer inside the tiny sun-splashed cafe, I liked to think of my entry as an encouragement. I greeted the only attendant, ordered a large coffee and lemon scone, then sank gratefully at my usual Formica table in the window.  I gazed out at the tall hotel and river across the street and thought about all my recent Suddenlies. 

Remember those? Your life is going one (sad-ish) way then Suddenly! A vibrant, glad change happens. 

Suddenly! this coffee shop appeared while I kicked myself for not visiting the defunct previous one I'd actually asked God to bring.

Suddenly! I'm reading like crazy again since Naomi gave me the iPad which I can carry to our bright dining area (rather than Kindle-read in this darkish office).

And suddenly! I recalled my obsessive exciting work on my second online photo book when just last November I'd thought, "Scrapbooks, for me, are so 20 years ago. Bor-ing." 

And you know? Earlier while browsing all those photos I'd experienced another Suddenly! I 'heard' Clarence's voice, you know, the way he told this to George in It's a Wonderful Life--

"You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life."

Yes. Put ol' Debra's name in there and you've got truth. These New York decades shine brightest of them all.

Please rejoice over all your own Suddenlies, ok?

When that cough suddenly disappears.
When your relationship suddenly heals.
When, suddenly, this month's bills all got paid.
When a friend suddenly contacts you after a long time.
When your head suddenly stops hurting.
When you step outside and realize suddenly! It's Spring.
When, suddenly, you recall where you'd placed something!
When you suddenly understand why things happened as they did.

Oh, Life is fluid! Suddenlies arrive, so please, never quit. Never lie down in the road, lingering so to die, for your next Suddenly is rushing to you through the avenues of Faith and Time. And when it comes? You'll be thrilled that you waited.


"But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine dust ... and it will happen instantly, suddenly."   --- Isaiah 29:5

"Then Jesus said to her, "O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed at once."   --- Matthew 15:28

"I (God) declared the former things long ago And they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass."   --- Isaiah 48:3


Aww... This early morning I read that my very favorite Jr. High teacher, Mrs. James, passed away only last August. 

She taught French  and I'd have sworn she'd just deboarded the plane from having lived in France (oh, her classy clothes!), but no, not according to her obituary. Yet always, Mrs. James will represent all things French-exotic, chic, dreamy and kind to me. What a strong influence she was to this timid mouse lots of decades ago. 

For decades and decades she was a dear lady to so many.

And I must add this smile---- 

Whenever someone in French class said, "I'm done with the test," (or whatever), Mrs. James would always quip, "Only cakes get done!"

Oh, the times I've remembered that these past 45 years (and quipped those words, myself. Just ask Tom.).  😊

One more--in 8th grade I crocheted Mrs. James a long brown winter scarf for Christmas and I was thrilled to pieces when she wore it to school one day. As she left for home, she told me, "I'm going to wear my scarf so I'll stay warm."

And that kept *me* warm inside for a month.

(If you'd like to read about Muriel James, please go here.)

(The above photo of Mrs. James? It was probably taken 10 years, or so, after I met her. Wasn't she beautiful?)



Betsy said...

I thought of you last night when we finished the last “Seasons” of Gilmore Girls in Netflix while here visiting Mandy. We’ve officially watched all of the episodes now. For some reason, I didn’t see the ending happening. (Rory’s announcement.)
Mrs. James sounds like such a sweet teacher. I had one like her except she was my 1st and 3 rd grade teacher. I made her a coin purse, a glasses cases and several other things and she used them all. I talked to her when I was in my 30’s before she passed away and she even remembered who I was. Great teachers like that are hard to find.
So glad you found your license. I would love to sit in your coffee shop with you and have a scone. It sounds so Gilmore Girlish!

Debi @ Tuesdays Child said...

What a lovely lady it sounds like Mrs. James was. I also took French class in high school but remember very little of it now, I'm afraid.

I'm glad you got to the coffee shop and I'll have you know that it is because of you that I actually have gotten to mine as well. lol You had written about the coffee shop you were going to visit but it had closed and I'm like you, there are times I have every intention of doing something and then when I finally get around to it - it's too late.

I thought of that [you saying how yours had closed] when we had a new coffee shop come in this past fall [it's only 1/2 block from me and in fact, I can see it right out my window!] I don't go there very often because with lattes' being, I'm thinking it's close to 4 bucks, I can't justify that as a weekly expense. lol

Have a wonderful weekend, Debra! (Hugs)

Debra said...

Oh Betsy! How fun that you finished watching Gilmore Girls. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did and yes! My coffee shop does remind me of Luke's Diner. The tables are the same kind he used and the windows in front are rather large. I'd love to take you there with me!

Debi--wow! I am thrilled that my posts inspired you to visit your local coffee shop. That is so cool! Are their regular coffees cheaper? That's usually what I get, then add my own cream and sugar. But I did get something more expensive once and you know? In the instance of this being my way of giving to others, I believe God will reward me --and everything will be ok. You know, the sowing and reaping thing. He seems to always be ok with that when my heart is right and I use common sense. :)

Thanks for letting me know you went there! Made my day.

Thanks so much, Ladies! Blessings, Debra

Debi @ Tuesdays Child said...

Debra, yeah I'm sure that their regular coffee is cheaper but the only reason I stopped at the coffee shop was just for the latte. lol