Well, I had done it again, got busted with whatever lie I was telling at the time. Sometimes all it takes is one phone call or letter in the mail to bring down the house of cards. Why do I lie? I want to blame it on my extreme aversion to conflict. Of course, you know there really isn’t a valid reason to break a commandment no matter how you slice it. Deception often begets deception, and soon you have to be trying to see around corners and get to the mailbox first just in case, blocking unknown (or unwanted) phone numbers, and, above all, always answering the question “is everything okay? Everything paid up?” with words of affirmation, “oh, yeah, everything is fine.” All the while you are hoping to change the subject. It’s exhausting. In some cases, the obvious happens and you get caught, but sometimes you are working hard to correct some of the mess before it all blows up and you succeed; however, sometimes you justContinue reading »

Fire trials seared within Strangle holds manifested giving multiplied discomforts I wondered, will I ever escape these burning uncertainties? I wondered, where, oh, where is the way out? Fire kept burning – Smoke captured me in its choking grip I wondered, exit, where are you? Suddenly, the air cleared – My channels opened Relief had arrived – Fire diminished to a mere smolder Ah, breezes entered – Passages of air swirled within The fire’s strong grip on my faculties was temporary God used the high temperatures to teach, to purge, to rid of some needless branches to better the standing Whew! I’ve crossed over to the other side where some fire still flickers . . . but no longer am I choked by the smoke Release is a happy place . . . !

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 »

We weather storms within and without – sweet fragrances of life manifest anyhow Thundering and lightning accompany stormy movements – No need to fear God reigns in ALL formations Lessons appear with the wind and the rain Stormy releases – What shall we learn? We can dance in the patterns, Relax in the matters, And leap in the raindrops Drenches pour – It’ll soon subside Expect water power Giving more life to our planet Lightning displays do their performances – Flashes of energies Whopee! Thunder claps make their rhythmic noises Solid sounds get our attention – Impossible to ignore as the storms speak It’s wonderfully reassuring that God walks with us in every episode. Peace, be still.

Let’s see – What did our incomparable God load in the treasure chest? Ooh, ooh, lots of goodie bags Love bags Peace bags Joy bags Strength bags Temperance bags – The chest of generosity is loaded with the signature style of our wonderful Lord There’s wisdom contained Ooh, and knowledge, too – Lessons are spread throughout the precious chest – Treasures galore are in the jeweled container – Cups run over Woo wee We peer in and see trees, flowers, and sea life – Creatures great and small Oh my Sun views Moon views Twinkling stars Cascading waterfalls – We bask in the captivating, endless views of gorgeousness We marvel at the treasure chest of love filled with resplendent gifts for us We bow in gratitude and reverence to our magnificent gift giver – God, most High. Thank you!

Soon the spring season will be upon us again – Ah, the delightful anticipation Buds on flowers manifest into full bloom – Butterflies flutter in splendid beauty – Bees alight and buzz on honey travels Gusts of wind arrive with March – Hold onto your hats or they’ll end up in flight Outdoor lunches abound in parks all over with folks delighting in the sun rays and open sky views Green grass represents new birth – Birds soar in sync with the movement of the season Children happily frolic on playgrounds – The beauty of spring is welcome They swing, jump and run – Their laughter fills the air Spring refreshment will soon make another appearance – We’re eager again to engage in it. Whoopee! Thanks be to God for so superbly arranging the seasons for us to gratefully and pleasantly partake.

How challenging is it to be spiritually unyoked with spouses? Only those who have lived and are currently living it truly know what such conditions do in relationships. When children are in the mix, the challenges present themselves on increased levels. What ways are best to handle the spiritual differences? The answers vary. There’s no one size fits all. Some folks got married as mutually non-Christian. Later, in some marital unions, spouses became Christians, which can have spouses feeling like they are married to strangers. Emotional distance seeps in due to the spiritual differences. How can the Christian spouses love and be loyal to the Lord, but also love and honor their non-Christian spouses? Where are the lines of compromise? In some instances, initially, boundaries may be confusing. The Bible provides some guidance as does the Holy Spirit, but still, it can become more than slightly challenging to abide in those mixed spiritual environments. Another family dynamic is when spouses are equally yoked as Christians, but later their spouses decideContinue 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 »

We’re surrounded by gifts — Priceless gifts of love and splendor Gifts with no expiration dates I stepped outside today and connected with multiple gifts — Trees, birds, clouds, rain and snow I danced in their presence A dance of joy, freedom and gratitude — Thankfulness manifested in fluid motions in sync with the movements of love It was a happy dance despite what appears with aims to distract — We press through with awareness that we dwell in the habitation of God Our Lord provides bountiful and abundant gifts — Days and nights we’re presented with more gifts — How precious and treasured that LOVE is the best gift of all.

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 »

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 »