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Growing Wings

Growing Wings offers a creative and gentle experience of a child’s journey through loss and gain in life. Losing a pet, family member, or friend is a traumatic experience for anyone and especially for a child. There are no perfect words to describe the feelings attached to loss and certainly no concrete rules of how to help a child cope with losing someone or something they love.   As a Hospital Chaplain, Kim Crawford witnessed many situations in a level one trauma hospital, where adults told children how to feel in difficult circumstances. Sometimes children were told not to cry, not to express, and to sit still and be quiet. She encourages adults to invite children to talk about how they feel, share their memories of the loved one, and normalize the child’s emotions.

Kim Crawford’s, Growing Wings, beautifully, yet simply, expresses through words and illustrations the excitement a child feels when making a new friend, and the pain and disappointment when this loved one leaves for any reason.

Available on Amazon, or from the author: Kim Crawford: psalm40.123@gmail.com.

https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Wings-Kim-Crawford/dp/1974087220/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502829138&sr=8-2&keywords=growing+wings

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New Year

We rise this morning with the sun into a new day of a new year.

Stepping out of a year that was full of surprises, change, emotion, and fear.

Yet, we see the sun shining.

With each step, we journey into new mercy and grace.

We know there are always unknowns to face.

Yet, we see the sun shining and we have strength.

We speak good tidings to those we meet and greet.

Knowing there is unfinished business to complete.

Yet, we see the sun shining and we have wisdom.

We breathe in crisp air in the cool winter morning.

Breathing this year brought new fears, rules, and warnings.

Yet, we see the sun shining and we breathe more deeply.

We hear the noise of the world beginning again.

Traffic, the news, and voices, can cause emotions to blend.

Yet, we see the sun shining and have peace.

We look at the numbers, stats, and grieve with heavy souls.

We know there are those with such suffering that no words can console.

Yet, we see the sun shining and we reach out

For hope.

We see the sun shining and we step into hope.

Kim Crawford-Meeks 1.4.2021

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Security & Communication in a Relationship

Unveiled & Untangled

1) Safe communication.
The first step to security in relationship is to build healthy and safe communication. Both you and your partner must feel safe to tell each other what you feel and think in your relationship. You must also be able to listen to, understand and affirm what your partner is feeling and vice-versa. This means that you and your partner must learn how to identify, label and communicate your feelings effectively across to each other.
2) Refrain from Pre-Judgment
In the course of your relationship, there will be times when you do not understand your partner, why he/she acted the way they did and/or why he/she feels a certain way that you cannot comprehend. It is important that you stay calm as such feeling is completely normal in a relationship. However when such things happen, you must refrain yourself from pre-judging the event by calling your partner crazy…

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The Light

The Light

God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

He spoke the light into being to awaken life. Each morning we have new mercies as the sun rises to bring light to the world.

There may be darkness, but there is always light somewhere in the darkness. Sometimes a small flicker, and sometimes a brilliant beam of light. There is always light. We must live for the light.

God’s Word is a “lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

God lights the next step we need to take, when we need it, and wants us to rest on the step we are on.

There may be darkness, but there is always light somewhere in the darkness. Sometimes a small flicker, and sometimes a brilliant beam of light. There is always light. We must live for the light.

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” (Matthew 2:9-11)

Wise men from the east followed a bright star to find the new born King. Imagine the brilliance, wonder, and awe as they followed the bright star. A Savior was born into the world so that we would have life. Life here on Earth, life in Heaven, life!

There may be darkness, but there is always light somewhere in the darkness. Sometimes a small flicker, and sometimes a brilliant beam of light. There is always light. We must live for the light.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Oh, but we know this can be a very dark world. We hear and witness stories of people hating other people because they are not the same, or just because they want to hate. Communication seems to be a very difficult concept for people. Talking and listening to reach a mutual understanding doesn’t seem to be a shared concept. Relationships are damaged or dissolved due to habits of fight, flight, or freeze, rather than commit, endure, and be kind. Empathy is so often missing. We grieve the loss of compassion.

There may be darkness, but there is always light somewhere in the darkness. Sometimes a small flicker, and sometimes a brilliant beam of light. There is always light. We must live for the light.

“Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” Psalm 139:12

I was at a campground earlier this year. It was in middle of a forest and didn’t have the playgrounds, activities, and such that many playgrounds have for families. We parked our tiny camper and the sun went down. Darkness rested upon the day and it became night. I couldn’t hear other campers or see them. I heard quiet. I heard crickets and frogs. Even though darkness was a blanket on the forest, what I saw was not the darkness at all. I saw light. There in the middle of the forest were thousands of fireflies, and they were twinkling, shining, sparkling and glowing. It was as if they were shining their tiny lights to the rhythm of the chirping and croaking. A natural symphony of light and sound.

There may be darkness, but there is always light somewhere in the darkness. Sometimes a small flicker, and sometimes a brilliant beam of light. There is always light. We must live for the light.

“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5

I walked into a hospital room one evening. In the corner of the room was a 4 ft. tall plastic vintage Santa Claus shining brightly. I asked if it belonged to the patient. The family proceeded to tell me that Grandma had that Santa for 40 years. They celebrated their mother/grandmother/great grandmother with many stories, laughter, and devoted love. Santa was doing his job as he has for this family for 40 years as he stood there offering joy in their hearts. The light shining through the plastic was a simple bulb, and yet so much more. It illuminated their hearts full of memories as they became children of joy. It was as if the light shone brighter with each word they spoke in adoration of their beloved Grandma as she passed to her eternal light.

There may be darkness, but there is always light somewhere in the darkness. Sometimes a small flicker, and sometimes a brilliant beam of light. There is always light. We must live for the light.

Find your light. Follow your light.

Be the light this Christmas.

Be the light each day.

Know that your light matters. Shine brightly!

Kim Crawford Meeks

12.10.2019

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Agape Weddings, Blessings, & Ceremonies

Agape Weddings, Blessings, & Ceremonies

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Alone in a Crowd at the Beach

Listening to the waves breaking just a few feet from my toes

Feeling the sunshine warming my skin and hugging my soul

Seeing the dolphins innocently jump and play without knowledge of my existence this day

Feeling the hairs stand up on my skin as a I hear a child scream in utter pain

Watching the child comforted by parents as the jellyfish creature is explained

Realizing jellyfish stings surprising playful babes is today’s theme

Sympathizing with the jellyfish who has no ill will or divisive schemes

Wishing the sweet children and the sea animal could be friends

Knowing this kinship will not occur soon, as it takes time to mend

Wondering when it will be an appropriate time to eat my bologna sandwich with mustard

Craving a watermelon, banana, strawberry, ice custard

Sinking the legs of my chair deeper into the sand to steady my position

Contemplating how much people would pay if the beach charged admission

Swaying to the various tunes playing from those who surround me

Blinking back tears when a lyric reminds me of those I no longer see

Tasting sand crunch in my teeth from the spattering of nearby feet running

Braving to leave the umbrella for a moment to try sunning

Smelling coconut in the spray as I protect my skin from the  brilliant rays

Savoring the peace and tranquility that comes with this day

Grinning at the young men having handstand competitions

Scoring them each a 10 for effort and ambition

Laughing out loud as a pirate and shark stroll across the edge of the ocean

Experiencing the surprise as the spectators roar in commotion

Trembling with fear as I see a baby running toward the waters so deep 

Running to catch him and see his mother grab him and weep

Warming my heart is the young couple in love and on their own little isle

Reaching out to hold my husband’s hand knowing a love that lasts mile after mile

Wiggling my toes which are now buried in the cool sand

Adding a note to have more of these beautiful days planned

Observing a seagull with a wing hanging lower than others

Hoping he can fly with his feathered sisters and brothers

Joining the fun as I run in the ocean so green, cool, and blue

Picking myself up as a wave overcomes me, and I never had a clue

Trying again to brave the ebb and flow of the waters so strong

Surging with energy as I  jump and leap, and my heart sings a song

Resting once more on the beach under the shade so very nice

Sipping some lemonade and crunching some ice

Witnessing a family laughing and riding in waves crashing

Noticing a gentleman watching them from the shore without passion

Standing so still and carefully not moving, this man without mission

Panicking I realize I turned my head and don’t see him within my vision

Turning to look I see he is looking for his chair and umbrella

Returning to his spot on the shore and standing so mellow

Purposefully he stands adjusting the string on his pants

Fidgeting with his shirt, yet never moves again or changes his stance

Imagining what his life was like in years past and long gone

Guiding him gently, a young boy holds his hand and guides him toward home

Kim Crawford-Meeks 09/10/2020 copyright

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Mother’s Day 2020

 

Happy Mother’s Day Glenda Rae Garrett Padgett!

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Breathe Grace

Breathe Grace.

Scientists at University of Virginia and Harvard conducted a research on stillness, meditation, and prayer perceived by many as doing nothing, a waste of time. They asked their students to sit alone in a room for 15 minutes. No phone, no gadgets, no tv, no books, no companion. They were shown a button that, if pressed, would deliver a static shock to their ankle. When left alone with nothing else to do, 67 % of men chose to shock themselves, and 25 % of the women did the same. One person pressed the button 190 times! The author summarized their findings, “Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative.” (July 2014 Issue of Science)

Take time to be.
Be aware of love.
Be aware of self.
Be aware of breath.
To breathe.
Breathe grace.
We feel yesterday but can’t change it.
We dream of tomorrow but can’t touch it yet.
We are right here. Right now.
There are 86,400 seconds in a day.
86,400 opportunities to receive grace.
86,400 opportunities to give grace.
Inhale grace. Exhale grace.
Breathe grace.
Be.

Kim Crawford Meeks 04/21/2020

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God Shines

It is in the shimmer of the morning dew.

God shines.

It is in the calm of the roaring of the waves.

God stands.

It is in the flight of the butterfly.

God is present.

It is in the sunshine the day after a devastating twister.

God remains.

It is in the rocky, crooked path I try to travel.

God leads.

He gives drink to the blades of grass and flower blossoms.

He composes symphonies of ocean waves and tells them when to rise and when to fall.

He miraculously weaves cocoons around chubby caterpillars and with His paint brush adds wings to make it flit and fly through blossoms of Spring.

He blows away the twister and tells the warming sun to shine once more.

He plucks the rocks from my path, carries me over the trenches, places His cloak over the puddles, and makes my crooked path straight.

He is God.

When I realize my limitations (yet again), God shows up and is limitless.

Kim Crawford-Meeks 05/08/2010; revised 04/20/2020

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Tornado No. 5 on You Tube

The link above is the video version of my story of Tornado No. 5.

Blessings,

Kim Crawford-Meeks

4.4.2020

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A Real Woman

I’m a real woman you see

Petite. Sweet. Concrete.

I’m not 6′ 3′ and 105 pounds

My legs aren’t longer than the lineage of the Crown

I’m just 5′ 2, and my eyes aren’t blue

My eyes are green, and some days I don’t have a clue

Why I feel the way I do, or why I try to do too much

I stay so busy, and yet it’s my crutch

I lean on doing, going, and goals

I’m surprised to see I’m growing old

Deep down inside I’m still that little girl

Who wants to sparkle, shine, spin, and twirl

With dreams of Prince Charming sweeping me off my feet

So, please don’t view me as a woman to compete

With all the “perfect” women at the center of dreams

I don’t play games and devise crazy schemes

I give my heart, my time, and my care

When I love you, there is nothing I won’t share

I believe in others and want to cheer them on

If you know me long enough, I’ll probably write you a song

I cry during romantic movies, and Andy Griffith shows

Sometimes I cry hard, when nobody knows

I try to lift everyone up and see the best in them

I want others to see in their mirrors a gem

For I see inside you something created intently

And want to push you toward your awesome, but I do so gently

I love to cook a good meal and here you say “Yum!”

Even if it tastes so badly, that after you chew gum

Just like my sisters, I need to know your word is true

That you purposefully try not to make me blue

I need to know you mean what you say

And will be honest and real, even on a gray day

I have scars from childbirth, surgeries, and life

I am resilient and determined, and speak peace within strife

I don’t tolerate laziness, being crude, or demeaning

Pouting is something I ask you to do as you’re leaving

I have wrinkles, and aches, and sometimes I’m tired

But never, not a day, am I uninspired

I see life as a gift, and beauty in the details

I hear the ocean singing Heaven’s songs in seashells

I hurt when someone is cruel, thoughtless, and mean

Because I’m strong – don’t think I’m a machine

I’m flesh and blood with emotions God gave

But, I’ve grown and I’m courageous and brave

I don’t have thick hair, dark like the night

I think my hair is still blonde, but your guess is as good as mine

My nails are not long, because they just won’t grow

But I do choose joy that creates quite a glow

I see life illuminated with a hue of rainbows and sunshine

Puppy dogs, bunnies, babies, and precious times

There are times when I need to be held in arms I can trust

Sometimes I crave this so much, I think I may bust

I truly try to always get better, not bitter

I think everything in life should have more glitter

I believe my attitude determines my altitude

I desire romance not continual feud

I feel fat when I’m thin, and see my every flaw

But love more than anything, being Grandma

I sing when out of tune, and dance when no one is watching

I can clean a house faster than most, including the washing

I find meaning in holidays, anniversaries, and silly things

Like taking out the garbage, and don’t need expensive rings

To me the bling is created when you smile at me

Because you love the real me, and that’s who you see.

Kim Crawford-Meeks

02.09.2018, revised 04/01/2020