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My House is a Mess, but I Am Oiled In the Presence of My Enemies!

A beloved Psalm throughout the ages, Psalm 23 speaks of devotion from our Shepherd, peace and rest, and protection.

But do we really understand what these beautiful Words say?

And how do we meaningfully apply them to our lives?

Here is my take on these timelessly beautiful and peaceful Words. The Words in Burgandy are Scripture, with my interpretation and a little humor on how I have been applying – or NOT applying them to my life in green. 

Enjoy!

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd

 (when I allow Him to be)

I shall not want. 

(even though I do want – lots of things – I will try not to want unreasonably)

He makes me lie down in green pastures; 

(even though often I don’t see them)

He leads me beside quiet waters. 

(even though I tend to stir them up)

He restores my soul;

 (time, after time, after time)

He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 

(This means He guides me when I seek Him. When I forget to seek Him, or ask for His help, more often than not, I end up on the wrong path!)

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 

(Sorry God, I know that not having enough money for the things I think I need, is not actually the valley of the shadow of death, nor is having shoe and boot envy! – but I get what you mean here.)

I fear no evil, for You are with me; 

(I know You are with me, God, but sometimes it’s so hard not to worry or be afraid. Bad things have happened in my life in the past, and I keep being afraid they will happen again. But I will try NOT to worry, and trust more that You know what You are doing.)

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

(Yes, God, I have to admit that in probably every tough lessen I have had to learn, I came out better for it. I don’t like tough lessens at all – as a matter of fact, I dread them, but there is comfort in knTall Table compowing that once through the lesson I will be stronger and a better person for it.  And when I let You lead me, my reward is always greater on Your path than my own.  Yes, I have learned this.)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; 

(Sometimes I don’t get this one – but I know that when I’m around people I don’t know, or those I feel uncomfortable around, or a little scared of – if I just say a quick prayer to You to help me or keep me safe, I always feel reassured. I know from Your Word that You will bless me for my faithfulness and carry me through any danger.)

You have anointed my head with oil; 

(and my feet with beautiful shoes)

My cup overflows. 

(Yes, Lord, even though I like to “want,” I do realize that I have much more than many, many others. I have a non-leaking, heated and cooled roof over my head; I have a dependable car to get me where I need to go; I have ample and nutritious food in my tummy every day; and I have so much love and support in my life from family and friends – My cup does overflow!

I will be grateful!!

And during those times when the level in my cup begins to lower, yes even when it seems it will dry up – well, somehow just in the nick of time You seem to always fill it back up and then even overflow it again!

I will remember this! I will!)

Surely goodness and lovingkindness (and mercy) will follow me all the days of my life. 

(This means God will take care of me, providing for my basic needs and love me forever. This does NOT mean I will always be trouble-free, carefree, or rich! But I promise I will try to remember this and be grateful, even in the tough times.)

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

Thank You, God, that I have Your house and Your presence to dwell in, because I, and my house are sometimes a mess!

Thank You God for the Words You give me – that You give to everyone, to help me – us- make it through each and every day. God, please help me remember to start each day saying “hi” to You, and asking You to walk with me that day, and to be with me, no matter what. Show me who You are in my life, God. Give me faith to believe completely in You, and that You have a pre-made plan for me, because You loved me and formed me, and consecrated me even before I was born. Please help me remember this and be faithful. And in this season of Thanksgiving, please help me see and remember how much I have to be thankful for.  I love you God – Amen ❤

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Revive Your Heart Today!

Is your heart heavy today? Feeling a little lonesome, maybe missing someone special? 

Here’s an idea to help: Jewlry Box Treasures

Take a walk down memory lane with a photo album, a scrapbook, Photo Memories an old jewelry box, a closet laden with old clothes, a trunk in the attic, a shelf in the garage – wherever those old, treasured life memories are quietly tucked away. Pull one out – touch it, run your hand over it, feel the texture, smell the fabric, hold it, let it speak to you; close your eyes and remember; live again that moment, that event, that person, that time.

Allow that special memory to kiss your heart with gladness, with warmth, with love!  With memory of a special moment in time. Go ahead and Wedding Dresslet that smile spread across your face. Laugh! Let your heart breathe and beat with treasured memory!

Revive your heart!

Remember those special, heartlifting moments that made life worth living. That’s what life is all about – and what your life yet holds in the future!  No matter your age, or stage in life, there are still beautiful memories to create, to live, to savor! To make you smile in reflection in years to come.  And to pass down to the next generation. 

So go on, relive those past exquisite moments.  And then let your mind drift; dream, plan, create! Sing, dance, paint, play, write, cook, shop, make a phone call, travel, work a homeless shelter, babysit, teach, whatever makes you feel good!

Step out and create a new beautiful memory and share your heart today.

After all, the world needs the very special gift that is uniquely

YOU ❤

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Overflowing Fountain of Life

Do you feel blessed?                            Pohnpei Waterfall For Blog

Have you ever felt blessed?

Hmmm…consider these Words:

You’re Blessed

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.  Matthew 5 The Message (MSG)  

Wow – these wonderful words tell me that  

  • when I’m exhausted and have nothing left to give, that is when I am most open and accepting of God’s care of me and His guidance. Yes, in reflection, I see that this is true.
  • That when I have lost my heart’s desire or a most dear loved one, then that is when I am able to accept God’s embracing and enveloping love of me. When I am too wrapped up and focused on the one(s) I love, I am too full and distracted to receive God’s love (God – who loves me more than anyone else ever would or could.)
  • That when I am ready to accept who I am, with humility, with all my little quirks, flaws and all, that is when I receive peace in having all the important things in life that cannot be bought with a price.
  • That when I deeply desire to know more about God and things of God, then I will be more fulfilled and satisfied than with anything else.
  • That when I am mindful and caring and merciful to others, that is when I will find caring and mercy given to me.
  • That when I set my sights and heart on the right things, good and caring things, pure things, things that truly matter, not just to me, but to others around me, then my eyes will be open to all the good, right, pure and wonderful things in my life and in the world.  And it is then that I will see God!
  • That when I work to create peace and harmony in those around me, instead of gossip, rumor spreading, or conflict, then I will find my place in God’s plan and kingdom. Meaning I will find peace and joy and contentment in my own heart. And make God’s heart happy as I embrace being one of HIS.
  • And that when I take a stand for God, when I take part in worship of God, when I share His Word and love with others, and as a result am made fun of, ridiculed, or even lose out on something I wanted – that’s ok.  I can surround myself with Christian people, keep seeking God, sharing things of God, and become more deeply centered in God’s kingdom and His care of me.  Some others may not like it, but God does – and He will reward me for it!!! After all – all the great prophets and teachers of the Word have all gone through some persecution. And they held fast.

We all go through persecution of some kind or another. 

We just need to choose if it’s for a bad or non-productive cause, or a good and life-changing one.

So, this morning, in contemplation of these verses and words – I feel a little silly and misguided in ever having a pity party.  Yes, I get that there will be times when I feel overwhelmed and wonder “why me?” But that’s ok.  Because it is those times that I will turn to God and ask Him why?

I will have conversation with God.

And He likes that

Because that is when we have relationship – a 2-way relationship ❤

Instead of me by myself or God by Himself.

Yes, I see that it takes conversation between us – me and God.  And my heart being open and willing to hear His leading, and not my own stubborn will.  Sometimes that means being empty, broken, harassed, lost, or torn.  And if that’s when I find God most intimately and allow myself to feel His presence and love the most – then that’s ok. 

Because therein lies my peace, my purpose, my life.

May you each find peace, purpose and an overflowing fountain of life in your day to day living.

And may you feel totally blessed indeed!

Love, peace and joy to you,

Mindy

Rise Up and Shine!

Helloooooooooooo!

It’s time! Time to get up and move, that is!  Time to dance, time to walk, run, laugh, sing, rejoice, praise!!!

Yes, it’s time to rise up from wherever you are and shine!!!

I’ll supply the words, and you supply the tune, the beat, the drum, piano, screaming guitar, etc!! In other words, dance to the beat of your own drum 🙂

And as we dance, here’s a question to ponder:  Do you like to fly under the radar; live simply, don’t make waves, see everything in black and white terms? Do you feel your life is boring or not meaningful?

Well…here are the words to a great song – ponder them in your heart as you sing and dance today!

Colors
Let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
The Lord is real
 Yeah yeah
Let my voice raise high
Let my heart cry out
This love I feel
(repeat)
For You came to me
In a whitewashed time
Nothing was real,
Nothing worth a dime
Went through my days
Just getting by
Nothing to show
Or testify
 
Nothing to testify.
 
But then I heard You say,
“I made you, you are Mine,
Rise up and shine”
“Open your eyes and see
The colors I have made to be,
Change your white to bright
And make a difference
 
Yeah, change your white to bright
and go make a difference”
 
So, let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
The Lord is real
 Yeah yeah
Let my voice raise high
Let my heart cry out
This joy I feel
 
So yeah, I opened my eyes
And looked around me,
Wow! 
 Now I see, God,
You are real
And all around me
 
I have a call
A difference to make
A purpose to fill
And not for my sake
 
So, yeah, I changed my white to bright
And now my heart can see
The colors you made
And purpose for me
Yeah, a purpose for me
and victory 
 
I changed my white to bright
And now I see
The difference you made
The difference for me
 
 So, let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
The Lord is real
 
Let my voice raise high
Let my heart cry out
This love I feel
 
So, let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
This love is real
 
The Lord is real
And now I feel
I was meant to be
To make a difference,
 
Yeah, to make a difference
To make a difference…
 You see?
“I made you, you are Mine,
Rise up and shine”

MIndy with TLW Girls Heart comp

Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”
Jeremiah 31:3 – “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn (made) you with lovingkindness.”
Isaiah 41:3 – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine!”
 John 8:32 – “…and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
 Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Have you changed your white to bright?  Do you wanna make a difference? Let’s do it! Now’s the time! 
 
Let’s live in the difference!!
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Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day     In the United States, Memorial Day, is a day set aside to remember those who have died while serving in our Country’s military.  Originally, this day was called Decoration Day, after the Civil War in 1868, when an organization of Union veterans (the Grand Army of the Rebublic), established it as a time to honor those who died in the war by decorating their graves with flowers. The Confederate veterans had a competing tradition honoring their fallen, but by the 20th century, the two traditions merged, and Memorial Day became a day to honor ALL Americans who died while in military service.

     Today, as we reflect on the tremendous number of fellow Americans who have died while in service to (our) Country, let us all also merge our hearts, as a country, as a people, just as the Union and Confederate Veterans did.  Let’s take today to honor these men and women and their families who gave so much.  Without the sacrifice each of them gave, our Great America would not be Great and we would not remain a free People. 

Their sacrifice has made living in the United States of America better for every single one of us.

To all our Fallen Military

We remember and honor you today.

May God bless each of you and your families,

And May God bless our United States of America!

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