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LITTLE THINGS That Make Life Special For A Woman...
Falling in love.
Laughing so hard your face hurts.
A hot shower.
No lines at the Super Wal-Mart.
A special glance.
Getting mail.
Taking a drive on a pretty road.
Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
Hot towels out of the dryer.
Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price.
Chocolate milkshake.
A long distance phone call.
A bubble bath.
A good conversation.
The beach.
Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.
Laughing at yourself.
Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
Running through sprinklers.
Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
Laughing at an inside joke.
Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
Making new friends or spending time with old ones
Playing with a new puppy.
Having someone play with your hair.
Sweet dreams.
Hot chocolate.
Road trips with friends.
Swinging on swings.
Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can
sing along without feeling stupid.
Going to a really good concert.
Winning a really competitive game.
Making chocolate chip cookies.
Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
Spending time with close friends.
Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from your friends.
Holding hands with someone you care about.
Running into an old friend and realizing that some things never change.
Riding the best roller coasters over and over.
Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you.
Watching the sunrise.
Getting out of bed every morning and thanking God
for another beautiful day.

She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful brown haired,
freckle-faced image of innocence. Her Mom looked like someone from the Walton's or a
moment captured by Norman Rockwell. Not that she was old-fashioned.
Her brown hair was ear length with enough curl to appear natural. She
had on a pair of tan shorts and light blue knit shirt. Her sneakers were
white with a blue trim. She looked like a Mom.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the tops of
rain gutters. Drains in the nearby parking lot were filled to capacity and
some were blocked so that huge puddles laked around parked cars.

We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Walmart.
We waited, some patiently, others aggravated because nature messed up their hurried day.
I am always mesmerized by rain fall. I get lost in the sound and sight of
the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of
running, splashing so carefree as a child come pouring in as a welcome
reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in. "Mom, let's run
through the rain," she said. "What?" Mom asked. "Let's run through the rain!" she repeated.
"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied. This young child waited about
another minute and repeated her statement. "Mom. Let's run through the rain." "We'll get soaked if
we do," Mom said. "No we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young
girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm. "This morning? When did I say we could run through
the rain and not get wet?" "Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his
cancer, you said, "If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!"

The entire crowd stopped-dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all
stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes. Mom paused and thought for a
moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly.
Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's
life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith. "Honey, you are
absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God lets us get wet, well, maybe we just needed
washing," Mom said. Then off they ran.

We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, thru the
puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. Laughing. Giggling.
Yelling. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few believers who screamed and laughed
like children all the way to their cars.....

Perhaps inspired by their faith and trust. I want to believe that somewhere down the road in life,
Mom will find herself reflecting back on moments they spent together, captured like pictures in
the scrapbook of her cherished memories. Maybe when she watches proudly as her daughter graduates. Or as her Daddy walks her down the aisle on her wedding day.

She will laugh again. Her heart will beat a little faster. Her smile will tell the world they love
each other. But only two people will share that precious moment when they ran through
the rain believing that God would get them through. And, Yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 )


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