Monday, November 12, 2012

On being deeply rooted


There is such beauty in a tree that has stood its ground,
standing firm and deeply rooted
through even the violent storms.



And so with us, too.

I've been diagnosed with a permanent vocal disability.
A fairly serious one.


But this is the season to count our blessings.
How do you thank God for such difficult news?


I'm thankful that I can speak through my art.
Thankful for loving family, supportive friends.

So thankful that the last sentence I spoke loud & clear was, "I love you."
Thankful for a strong faith that will carry me through.


I'm so thankful that though life breaks all of us,
we can choose to become deeper, wiser, stronger
because of hardship.

Tears are healing, but we can blow our noses
and go on with determination and thanksgiving and faith.
Even joy!

And somehow, we can still thank God for the hard things.
They can be a gift.

Root. Grow strong. Hope and gratitude will prevail.

8 comments:

Sara said...

Beautifully said, Sharyn. Difficult questions too. Blessings to you. I am sending you an email.

I like that each of your 3 pictures here have increasingly detailed frames. Somehow it is a bit like being every more warmly embraced by God, surrounded by beautiful layers of His love and care.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Les said...
oh, so sorry Sharyn. I did not know it was permanent.
I thought the botox helped you get better. Big hugs
sent your way!!!!
I can still pray for your healing! With God, ALL Things are possible!

love you!
Les

Sharyn Sowell said...

Sharon said...

Oh Sharyn my friend. I understood that you had a viable treatment in the botox. Is it not working as you’d expected? So many question. I bet you have them too.

I love you. Thank you for your unwavering outlook and humor. You are a bright, bright light.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Sarah said...

Sharon,

May God touch your throat and heal your voice. I appreciate your reminding me that there are different ways to speak. This tree is speaking! Thank you and God bless you.

Love,
Sarah

Sharyn Sowell said...

Sarah said...

Sharon,

May God touch your throat and heal your voice. I appreciate your reminding me that there are different ways to speak. This tree is speaking! Thank you and God bless you.

Love,
Sarah

Sharyn Sowell said...

Elyse said...

I am so sorry for your illness and hope you are not in pain.
Your blogs are always inspirational and bring the most beautiful daydreams to my life,as well as motivate me to go take a walk with my camera.
May you find blessings from us your readers..as we do from you!
Phillippians 4:13. And. proverbs. 3:5,6

With Grace,
Elyse

Sharyn Sowell said...

Caroline said...

Your faithful perspective is spot on and not surprising. My prayers are with you. Xo

Caroline

Deb Kennedy said...

ah, my dear, you speak in so MANY ways.... let your voice rest, and see what God does! we are all still listening <3