Once again Memorial Day approaches. Service men and women are vital to efforts and actions to benefit global interests. Appreciation is abundant for the bountiful work and sacrifices made by the scores of folks who perform for the well being and protection of people worldwide. The armed services are full of brave, dedicated and honorable soldiers and officers. Privates up to the levels of generals perform admirably with diligent commitment to their duties. There are specialists and elite force personnel who contribute considerably to the missions that need to be accomplished. Salutes galore extend to the men and women who show up, on the regular, for the good of we the people. They come from varied backgrounds, cultures and religions. Despite their differences, they perform in unison in the armed services. Bonds develop and some friendships become lifelong engagements. Marriage happens, also, among the military ranks. Yes, love connections indeed manifest in the midst. The children of service parenting often benefit from travel advantages and sometimes live abroad with prolongedContinue reading »

My heart goes out to the victims of domestic abuse. Recently, in the region where I reside, there were two news reports of tragic domestic situations that ended in fatalities. The instances have no certain race, economic status, or culture. Those matters happen in assorted households and societal classes. It saddens more to know that domestic abuses happen also in Christian realms. I can’t recall ever hearing any sermons about Christian cases. Typically, it’s a topic that’s not much discussed openly in Christian circles. Some years ago, it was reported that the wife of a pastor was habitually abused by her husband. At length, she suffered in silence. Shame is enormous in matters of abuse, thus, many people don’t seek help nor do they share their anguish even with family members. Telltale signs manifest that folks notice, but often those who are abused make excuses for the obvious. It’s my wish that church communities do more to aid people who are snared in abusive relationships. Loneliness is common relative toContinue reading »

There’s no way to measure the value of mothers. They are so vital to our development. Mothers add quality to their children and the lives that are ahead for them to navigate. In countless ways, the love of mothers is rich, comforting, encouraging and inspiring. I have such fond memories of my mother. I absolutely loved and adored her. Mama was immensely loving, generous, and deeply effective relative to the impact that she had on her children and people who were part of her life. Gratitude extends to God for the wonderful mother who was given to me and my dear siblings. Certainly, lots of people are super thankful to our Lord for the mothers that are/were in their lives. Instances occur where mothers aren’t shown sufficient appreciation for who they are and the many things they do to mold, teach, and to extend help. Yes, mothers are sometimes taken for granted and not always highly esteemed. Global salutes to mothers for their loving postures, sacrificial deeds, protective measures, andContinue reading »

All around us, we see stages of development. Eggs hatch and reptiles, chickens and other creatures exit their shells. They arrive on the earth’s surface, but not yet independent. Training days are ahead for the new births. Let the adventures begin. A week or so ago, I paid particular notice to one of my favorite trees in the rear of where I live. Wee bud appearances were evident on its limbs. I smiled at the spring growth that’s bursting forth on the tree. Yesterday, I observed that the buds on it have transformed into small blossoms. Yes, that tree, among many, is on the way to being fully clothed again with lush leaves of life. The magnificence of God certainly cannot be measured. Amazing stages of development surround and delight us. We enter through wombs and gradually develop independent means. I smile as I recall that, as children, some of us were so eager to be older. We’d be asked our ages and our responses would be “8-1/2” or someContinue reading »

How wondrous it is to anticipate the movements of God We have seasons when we wait with excitement and glee Our journeys of glory are filled with awe – witnessing the plentiful ways that our Lord manifests We anticipate the sunrises and sunsets – We anticipate the rain falls, the flowers blooming – the birds in flight delivering their varied melodic sounds – Ah, the beauty of that which lives – all crafted by our Master Creator It’s a surety that boredom isn’t in the mix with God – We can’t predict how divine occurrences will unfold – Thoughts, expressions, and performances of the Most High astound Love surrounds Beauty flows Splendor delights Joy abounds Views astonish Yes, rocky moments appear, but we still choose to anticipate how the Lord shows and answers Anticipation heightens and subsides as we continue our journeys – Yes, often it’s there while we abide in Almighty God in anticipation.

Recently, I watched a video clip where a son (my guess is that he was in his late teens) expressed to his mother that he didn’t believe in God. She reacted in anger and went on to tell him that he wouldn’t be getting anything for Christmas since he didn’t believe in the Christ of Christmas. Partly, that video inspired me to write this piece. What’s the best way to handle when youth, particularly, in same households with adult Christians, don’t believe in God? It can be tough calls, indeed. Some parents/guardians practice tough love in such circumstances. Youth are forced to attend church and to participate in Christian practices. In some instances, resentment resides in the youth. On the flip side, some parents/guardians don’t coerce youth to engage in what doesn’t spiritually appeal to them. They allow the youth to “freely” express themselves. What, though, is the best way? In my opinion, there are no hard and fast rules as to what’s best. Each family handles the predicaments inContinue reading »

Is sufficient consideration and help being given to caretakers? There are those in that population who feel that they do thankless jobs. Often, caretakers don’t believe that they’re adequately appreciated. What caretakers do to help people is enormous in content. Those roles are, by no means, easy. Lots of caretakers don’t receive any sort of financial compensation for those very demanding and stressful responsibilities. Yes, in many instances, care is done from positions of love, but even then, the duties spiritually, emotionally and bodily take tolls. It’s great that there are some programs in place that provide relief, counseling, and encouragement for caretakers. Also, online engagements help considerably. It does make a treasured difference to connect with other caretakers who understand the roles. Sharing with like minded folk ministers to weary hearts and minds. I’ve heard and read that in matters when family members are caretakers of loved ones, there are instances when other family members allow one family member to shoulder most of the caretaker tasks. In such cases,Continue reading »

It happens often that mentally challenged and considerably obese people are mocked and marginalized. They receive rude stares and remarks, as well as insensitive actions. Bullying occurs relative to them, also. Mentally challenged and considerably obese people are precious, too. God’s love abundantly extends to them just as it does to the folks who don’t have such conditions. Compassion is the godly order for all of humankind. We can do and express things that relieve such challenged people. We can smile, hug and assure them of the love of the Lord, and that we care. Actions often speak louder than words. Our compassionate words need “feet” that provide evidence of our love and consideration for folks who are often mocked. Parents/guardians and other responsible adults should teach youth how to engage with people who are bullied and, overall, dismissed. Also, peers of bullied youth should speak up and demonstrate kindness towards them. There’s the saying that we lead by example. Our lifestyle postures should consistently reflect that we care. IContinue reading »

In Part One of this topic, the focus was on being more mindful of when/how to wisely use restraint in communications. On the flip side, how challenging is it to speak up when that’s in order to do? How often are folks silent when the circumstances warrant expressing? Injustices have grown due to silence. Reforms have occurred when silence isn’t the chosen path. I’m so grateful for those people who have made their voices heard when fitting and timely. Yes, many folks sacrificed their lives for causes that warranted voices and actions. Admiration flows for the loving and brave people who cared/care, in earnest, for the well being of fellow men and women — and show it by declaring what is just and suitable for the common good of — we the people. In the Bible, we read the account of Moses and Aaron defying King Pharaoh by obeying the words of God to deliver to Pharaoh. Those words, which included, “Let my people go” resonated and set in motionContinue reading »

We’re sometimes challenged as to when to talk, and when to be silent. There are seasons when we need to speak/express, and seasons when we need to be in zip formation. Awareness and doing, of course, are two different things. All of us have opened our mouths and said things out of season then came to regret our spoken words. Once the expressions are released, they can’t be erased from atmospheres. They’re out and doing whatever . . . . Sure, we can apologize, and on occasions, be forgiven, but truly, we don’t forget. Fall outs from such circumstances vary; they can be unpredictable. I’m not able to count the times that I’ve misspoken and regretted. Other folks share those sentiments. There are some folks who have chronic “foot in mouth disease.” Yep, people with haphazard running “faucets” on regular rotation. There’s hope, though, because positive change is possible. I’m deeply grateful to have learned to curb my tongue and expressions, and to engage with others who are wise inContinue reading »

Often, we desire the best, yet we tend to, on occasions, resist what it involves to attain it. College students attend universities to obtain degrees, but some of them initially throw caution to the wind, particularly during their freshman years. They drink alcohol in excess, party unreasonably, and hang out to the wee hours of mornings. Then the students get their grades and it hits home to them that their lax studying habits resulted in dreadful progress reports. Wake up calls do happen with students making amendments by properly prioritizing their activities. In such choices, their best can indeed be achieved. Workplaces have folks who slack off on the regular and then they complain when they aren’t receiving the best from employers. Such workers give less than their best but expect the best to manifest for them. Certainly, those expectations aren’t reasonable. Athletes who aspire to Olympic status regularly practice for hours for long stretches of time — years. They aim for the best and they invest their best. ProfessionalContinue reading »