Sunday, April 3, 2022

You'll Never Hear from me Again


 Seriously? What does that mean? My car is still under warranty? My computer is no longer being attacked because my anti-virus-spyware that has expired?  I really wish they were telling the truth.  They call the landline, my cell phone, they text me, they email me.  So this is the 12th time you have told me that I'll never hear from you again? 

 I'm thinking you can probably relate?  

I am so thankful, and feeling incredibly blessed that the Lord never leaves me text messages, email, or calls my cell phone telling me, "this is the last time you'll hear from me."  I know there are times He probably wishes I would stop praying about the same thing.  I think what He probably says is, "I heard you the first time, now be still my child and let me handle this."

It's so hard.  I talk to people everyday who are afraid, or frustrated about knowing what to do, or when to do it.  A question I hear often is "how do I know it's the Lord telling me to do something?" My answer is usually, "if it's a good thing, and not causing harm to you or anyone else, it may be the Lord directing your steps."  I think one of the hardest things to do is to be still and wait.  

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (NIV).

Monday, January 17, 2022

I HAD A DREAM


The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1-15-1929- 4-4-1968)

 I had a dream the other night.  In my dream, I saw a glimpse of heaven.  And in that dream I saw the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He had tears in his eyes.  In my dream, I could imagine him saying, 'what happened to my legacy?' The people forgot about me.  They forgot what I stood for.  I preached, and lived all about love, kindness, forgiveness, and peace.  I asked the people to love each other.  Don't fight, don't judge each other.

While I didn't really have a dream, and that was Dr. King's mantra, "I have a dream."  His dream was beautiful. He was so kind. He was a leader.  The kind of man we could all look up to.  He was taken from us too soon.  The good he did in his life cannot be undone now.  We have to remember what he stood for. Equality. Peace. Love. Kindness. Integrity.  He had a dream.  Each of us can have a dream too.  We can stand for all the same things.  

In the letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church of Corinth he reminds us to love each other.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfections comes, the imperfect disappears.  When I was a child I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.  Now we see but a poor reflections as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am full known.  And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:4-13 (NIV).

Monday, January 10, 2022

INTEGRITY


One of my core values is Integrity.  However, somedays I wonder if I compromise those values.  Is it ok to look the other way when someone is saying or doing something that doesn't quit "fit"?
 The other night I was in the mood to watch a movie.  After searching for what felt like about 10 minutes, I "settled" on one that I thought I would like.  The opening scene was filled with violence, and then the familiar actor opened his mouth.  I couldn't believe the words he was using.  One of my friends said to me, "You have to just overlook that, you obviously haven't been around kids...that's the way they talk now." 

I have been "around kids", and the one's I'm around don't talk like that.  Should I really look the other way? Or just pretend it doesn't bother me?  And if that's the case, what else should I overlook?  

Integrity is not just about the way other people act.  It's the way we act. It's the way we hold ourselves accountable.  It's trying to do the right thing.

Somewhere along the line, me included, we don't have the patience with other people that we once had.  When someone has an opinion different from ours, it's OK.  They are allowed to have a different opinion.  What we aren't "allowed" to do is call each other names.  I know that sounds grade school, but when someone doesn't agree with us, it should start a healthy debate, not a boxing match.

And before you email me because you don't agree with this post, just remember...This is just my opinion!


I Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone (NIV).
  

Friday, December 31, 2021

You Can't Get Away With It!







Turning the last page of two of my devotionals, I had to make a decision.  Daily Guideposts, and Mornings with Jesus, are yearly, daily devotionals.  So when I turned the last page I had to decide what to do with both the books.  Do I put them on a shelf? Do I throw them away? 
The other three devotionals I read (Jesus Always- Thank you Pati, Streams In the Desert- Thank you Sue, Jesus Calling, My Utmost For His Highest) are all perpetual. So when I turned the last page, I moved the bookmark to the first page.
These devotionals have become an important part of my life, my mornings actually.  I start everyday with these inspirational "friends." 
My personal opinion is that it's important to start everyday with something positive.  I recommend surrounding yourself also with people who make you laugh.
My day was an ordinary day.  This has been a vacation week for me, so working,  laundry,  cooking, cleaning, and then I got the mail.
Hmmmmmmm.....no return address, no note.....just a box full of packing peanuts....and a "gift."

At first my daughter tried to blame her brother.  I know my children, and she can't get away with it anymore.

I laughed out loud.  I showed it to a friend, she's still laughing.  So am I.

Thank you Julie Higgins!  You made your Mom's day! I love you!!!!



 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

It Just Takes Longer...


 When my son was young, probably 8 or 9 years old, he was waiting patiently (lol) outside the bathroom door for me to get ready so that I could drive him somewhere.  I said, "it took me 20 minutes to get this beautiful."  He said, "you better go back for another 20 Mom." 

When I looked for a recipe a few weeks ago, I know I put it in my recipe box. Or maybe, I just stuck it in my big cookbook.  When I finally found it, I couldn't find my glasses.  I started looking for the ingredients to get started, and realized the reason I stuck the recipe on the top of the microwave was to remind me to buy one of the ingredients.  When I looked in the refrigerator for the cream cheese, I remembered using it for another recipe. 

I wanted to add cream cheese to my grocery list, but I couldn't find the one I started two days ago.  Before I started the laundry, I thought I would sit for a minute.  I snuggled back in my recliner, and "rested" for about 60 minutes. 

I looked for my shoes to go check the mail, and realized I forgot to switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer. 

When I finally sat in my chair again, four or five hours later I realized I didn't make the recipe that I planned to take tomorrow. 

 I'm not sure why, but everything just seems to take me longer these days.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

A Child is Born

 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign to you : You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manager.  Luke 2:11-12 (NKJV)


So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." Luke 2:15 (NKJV).

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:16 (NKJV).

...They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, "God With Us." Matthew 1:23 (NKJV).


Sunday, December 19, 2021

The Candle of Love, The Angel Candle


 Having given birth to two beautiful children, I did not ride on the back of a donkey nearly 90 miles to give birth to either one of them.  I often wonder, especially during this time of year what was going through Mary's mind? She was just a child herself.  She was engaged to be married, and she was pregnant.  Poor Joseph, what he must have been thinking? Or I can imagine a conversation with some of Joseph's friends. Wait, your fiance` is pregnant? 

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  Really Joseph? Do you believe that? 

Matthew 1:23 The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel-which means God with us.

I am wondering how much love Mary and Joseph received from friends? I wonder how much support? 

God's plan and purpose, from the beginning...  

So, during this Advent season, and as we light this fourth and final candle, the candle of love, the angel candle, before we celebrate His anticipated Birth...