Sand, surf and certain hope

ripplespeak
It’s a wrap!
The impossible Spring season
that loomed foreboding on the horizon
is behind us now
~mission accomplished.
I heave a sigh of relief
and squeeze exhausted tears from my eyes
as I pull off the paved roads
and step out into summertime’s back forty,
letting it’s slower, gentler pace
begin to unlock the blue in the sky
ripplespeak

and pour it’s balm

over my soul.As I offload my fatigue into the sea,
I watch the season grow distant
in the rearview mirror,
this thing that genuinely frightened me,
and softly whisper grateful wonder
that we’ve come through.

….and that other caregivers
will tend the gardens I watch and water,
weed and whisper over
for one delicious week
of wallowing in saltwater sweetness
before heading back into the nextbig unknown.

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(this intimidates me too.)

I could bury my face in the sand
(it’s easy here)
but instead I stand,
wave
and call out
“hello,  scary-looking iffy place in my life,
I’ll be there next week.
Just want you to know
I look forward to meeting you!”

And you know,  I’m not bluffing.
It’s real!
Something brave is blooming inside me.
And I take another look,
refuse to live in dread,
remember the oceans of grace that surround me
and dig my heels into sand,
surf,

ripplespeak

and certain hope.

Comments

  1. Jennifer, I love that gorgeous photo of you with the ocean in the background, so vast and powerful, always restless yet inviting. The white sand and the blue sky are amazingly beautiful. I hope that you have a great week. JB

  2. GRACE! Isn't it a wonderful gift Jen!! We were made to have HOPE no matter what has happened or what we've done or should have done or think we can't do etc.. Sometimes looking that scary place right in the eyes and taking that leap is where the fairy tales of our heart really begin.

    Keep swimming in that grace created just for you Brave girl. You make the rest of us want to join in on the swim too!

    Enjoy your vacation week Jen! (what a great profile pic of you by the way)

    Many big hugs,
    Lee Ann

  3. GRACE! Isn't it a wonderful gift Jen!! We were made to have HOPE no matter what has happened or what we've done or should have done or think we can't do etc.. Sometimes looking that scary place right in the eyes and taking that leap is where the fairy tales of our heart really begin.

    Keep swimming in that grace created just for you Brave girl. You make the rest of us want to join in on the swim too!

    Enjoy your vacation week Jen! (what a great profile pic of you by the way)

    Many big hugs,
    Lee Ann

  4. How beautiful Jennifer….I am so glad you had a wonderful time at the beach after such a busy spring…….you could just feel the relaxation in the pictures…..and the added benefit of just letting the fear of the unknown wash out to sea……You bless me abundantly……..

  5. So good to know that you have taken your tired self off to the ocean where it's rhythm will sooth your soul. Beautiful photo especially the one of you looking with such, contentment and expectation into the waves. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy

  6. it's amazing how the sea refuels us and puts our hearts in a position to take on the world…..granted, a scary world at times, but i am woman….hear me roar !!

  7. hello beautiful brave Jennifer!! enjoy your respite at the sea, soaking up and in the beauty that surrounds you.

    xxoo

  8. S. Etole says

    may oceans of grace continue to embrace you …

  9. rachel awes says

    these photos are gorgeous!!!!
    what a place to BE!
    i love the words about unlocking
    the blue in the sky…
    & i hold your hand in facing
    the next unknownness..
    one wave at a time.
    looooooove u. xox

  10. LindyLouMac in Italy says

    Reading this post and the last one has brightened my day. I have decided to try and spend an hour blog reading to calm my whirling brain and visiting your blog has certainly helped. Thankyou so much for your kind words.

  11. PaperPumpkin says

    You are beautiful! Embrace the power of nature and the warmth of the sun! Play in the waves! Be! Aaaaah, so glad you could share this, Jennifer. It made my day! ~kath

  12. sigh… Summer has arrived in Missouri, but I am still waiting for it to arrive for me. This breath of it was peaceful and encouraging for me. Thank you for it. Sending you love.

  13. ShaRon Leaf says

    I spent many months at sea
    and never tired of the beauty and the mystery
    of the vast ocean.
    Enjoy every moment; see you soon.
    Oceans of blessings, dear friend.

  14. Hindsfeet says

    Oh *Jennifer*!! What a *Breath* You are!!! What a breath you *always* are!! I'd swear we dance to the same music, as we always seem to be so in step with one another's journeys, and it is *such* a comfort not walking this road alone……

    Your *words* are the balm pouring over *my* soul…

    Thank you, as always, dear treasure of a friend,
    love,
    Liz

  15. I'm not certain at which wonderful beach you find yourself, but I know if you love the ocean as I do, you are indeed divinely happy! Enjoy and thank you for sharing such lovely words!

  16. i am missing you and sending you wishes for a happy time in the surf and sand …hope and pray you are having a marvelous vacation !! love you friend

  17. wonderful words and nice pics too

    greetings from Germany

    Gina

    Come and see my Flickr sets here :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21484776@N00/sets/

  18. Jessica Vescera says

    Wow! Great perspective and so inviting.

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