There’s so much richness in truth — so much power in truth. Living truth is replete with strength, courage, joy and much more that’s beneficial. When love and truth are in partnership, nothing transcends that duo, which comes to us from the Master of love and truth, God, our Creator. The Lord grants us pure things that are beyond comparison with anything or anyone else. Love and truth are enormously vital. 1 John 3:18 – KJV My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Music is instrumental in dazzling our heart strings. It manages to delight, comfort, inspire, and encourage us. The Master Maestro is God Almighty, who splendidly orchestrates in harmonic rhythm. He never misses a beat and is always on key. We all have our favorite songs, melodies, and lyrical treats. Yes, and we have our preferred artists, as well. Moments for instrumental sounds arrive, as do moments for upbeat, lively melodies. Our moods have occasions when we desire and welcome the benefits of soothing music, too. All races, cultures and types of people enjoy music. We certainly have that in common on a global scale. Music is used to unite and to aid in reconciling differences. It also “speaks” love languages in an array of ways. Yes, indeed music comes into play in remedial fashions. We’re so grateful for the musical professionals who entertain and engage us with their musical gifts. They work, in earnest, to advance their crafts. Appreciation extends for what they invest and share with us of theirContinue reading »

There aren’t enough hours in the day to tell the vastness of what we are thankful for from our Most High, Creator, God. His love and generosity is boundless. Gifts, in their many forms, can be spectacular as can the views that are placed all over the “globe.” We’re grateful for the stunningly appealing gifts, but ALL gifts from God are to be appreciated. We’re blessed with air, water, fire, this great planet earth and its plentiful resources. Family member treasures and valued friendships add to our rich benefits. Yes, loving, quality relationships are certain “vessels” of endearment. We’re given animals — yes, precious creatures great and small. The greatest gift that we’re given is love. Living in the splendor of the incomparable assurances from God Almighty is joy, peace and security indeed. It’s impossible to count the manifold ways that God provides. His stream of supplies is endless in flow. We ride the ebbs and flows of the tides aware that our Lord always knows what’s best for usContinue reading »

Veteran’s Day will soon be upon us. There aren’t enough ways to thank the many men and women who’ve sacrificed for the common good of nations. Soldiers have trained, planned and entered battlefields to defend and protect causes of countries. Families, in certain aspects, “enlist” with their military loved ones. Yes, family members sure do their share of training, planning and sacrificing, too. Often, they’re uprooted and moved to foreign places. Pros and cons are associated with geographic and cultural changes. Transitional processes do help to mold attitudes and sensitivities, which can aid in developmental strengths within spirits, hearts, and minds. I love watching those videos that show soldiers who return home to surprise their loved ones. The love that flows among them is such a joy to observe. It’s a visual treat to see the various creative ways that are used to pull off the delightfully loving surprises. Gratitude extends to veterans, and to the active military personnel. What they give is immeasurable. From the privates to the generals,Continue reading »

Abundant admiration spreads to the countless volunteers who share their love and care worldwide. Scores of them sacrifice for the good of others. Their genuine smiles are adored and appreciated. Their loving hugs are medicinal to the lonely, bereft, and hopeless folks located all over this planet. Volunteers run the gamut from professionals, to housewives, children, the rich, the poor and the physically and mentally challenged. Yes, a variety of people types lovingly and cheerfully pitch in with their meaningful and often, sacrificial thoughts, words, and deeds. Many thanks for how volunteers enrich our great planet earth. God smiles and delights in love motions on vast and assorted levels. Luke 6:38 – KJV Give, and it shall be given unto you; . . .

Maggie’s daughter, Lydia, has been spending more time out with her friends than at home with Maggie and her five-year-old brother, Justin. Husband and father, Michael, is on a military tour of duty. This Saturday, Maggie has decided that Lydia needs to spend family time so she’s not allowing her to go out tonight with her friends. Lydia is livid. Oh, the episodes of the teenage years. Maggie has a much admired lasagna recipe that she’s assigned Lydia to prepare for this evening’s dinner. Lydia is pouting and sure doesn’t want to cook, but she has no choice. Mom has spoken. Lydia’s in the kitchen slamming utensils and muttering angrily. She does, though, follow the recipe precisely. Her attitude is sullen throughout her culinary exercise. Maggie chooses calmness in the midst of her daughter’s mini meltdown. Despite her demeanor, Lydia looks forward to eating the lasagna because Maggie’s recipe for it results in super delicious. The three of them sit down at the table, Maggie thanks God for the food,Continue reading »

We’re approaching the holiday season, which for many will be packaged in hustle and bustle in malls, specialty stores, and online shopping activities. Often, service workers and retail employees aren’t given adequate appreciation, consideration and respect. Typically, people in the retail industry are underpaid and work without pay when they need to miss work for family and medical needs. Those concerns certainly add stress to their lives. On top of that, frequently, those workers encounter rude and unruly customers. Folks frequently camp out at retail establishments to gain early arrival advantages. In their merchandise frenzy, folks have been seen nearly coming to blows and snatching products from people. And I do believe, in at least a few cases, actual physical blows have landed. In the midst of all that are the employees. How much regard is given to them, and fellow customers? How many times have we viewed news reports where people nearly cause stampedes when store doors open for people to shop at early bird specials and such? Readily,Continue reading »

Perspective is key when dealing with appearances from sensible standpoints. So many folks underestimate people and circumstances due to preconceived notions and rushes to judgment. Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer, readily comes to mind. On April 11, 2009, when she appeared on “Britain’s Got Talent,” right off the bat, her physical appearance diminished her in the eyes of the judges and some audience members. Susan began to sing in her superb mezzo-soprano voice, which pleasantly stunned the folks in attendance. Why were they stunned? It wasn’t their expectation that such melodic beauty would pour from a woman of her outward appearance. Boy, were they wrong. Susan went on to become an internet sensation and has produced successful albums. She even sang at Windsor Castle! As she continued to perform, Susan also made changes to enhance her outer appearance. I love Susan’s story and salute her and what she’s accomplished. How many times have fans left basketball games prematurely because they decided that it was a foregone conclusion that their teamContinue reading »

Years ago, in a transitional period in my life, I resided in a homeless shelter. Both my parents were deceased, and when I got laid off from a job, I wasn’t inclined to burden my family members. It was my choice to move to a homeless shelter while I searched for another place of employment. One day I was out walking and engaged, in conversation, a woman who was a stranger to me. During the course of our communication, I shared with her that I lived in a homeless shelter. She replied that I didn’t look homeless. I asked her, “What does a homeless person look like?” She registered a look of surprise at my response; she didn’t answer my question. In a friendly manner, I engaged her relative to stereotypical beliefs that many folks have about the homeless. The place where I lived is the shelter started by Mitch Snyder who Martin Sheen portrayed in a movie. The type of folks who lived there ran the gamut. There wereContinue reading »

How many times have we been surprised at outcomes and results? Stuff like basketball teams winning at buzzer beaters, runners coming from behind and winning races — same for horses? Wow! What a rush to experience, witness and learn about unexpected upsets. Politics has experienced such wins, as well. Yep, in life, underdogs do astound and beat the odds against them. In the bible, we read of the story of Gideon and how he and those chosen by God to battle with him were outnumbered. That book of Judges account is a favorite of the many folks who are familiar with it. Added to the inspiration of the story is that Gideon was poor and the least in his father’s house but, nonetheless, called by God to judge and to lead three hundred men to victory. Judges 6:15 – KJV, “And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” EcclesiastesContinue reading »

Days ago, there was an online video clip of a father attempting, with the use of technology, to calm his crying baby who was in a crib. I believe that it was a fictional account, but it spoke volumes, nonetheless. The father used his phone to show the baby a live video of the child’s mother while she was grocery shopping. The mother cooed into the camera as the father held the phone in front of the baby, who continued to wail in cry mode. Finally, the father lifted the child from the crib. Instantly, he stopped crying. The touch of the father quieted the precious little one. Yes, that video clip spoke volumes. Technology wasn’t the solution in that situation, and couldn’t substitute for the father’s loving touch. Technology has done marvels to aid us in our personal and business tasks. Fun is also contained in the use of the multiple gadgets. I have no clue of the array of what’s available in technology in these times in whichContinue reading »