Tag Archive | Life

The Greatest Man on Earth

The Greatest Man on Earth? Would you agree?

This video touched me deeply. Convicted me.

What is the meaning of life – is it to help, to give, to share?

Will I help? Will I give? Will I share?

And more importantly, will I love?

Will You?

https://www.facebook.com/Killuminati.for.Wakeup/videos/4756511705660/?pnref=story

Be Strong and Courageous…

Are you strong and courageous?

Do you have within you what you need to accomplish what is on your plate today? Are you discouraged, or afraid you might fail?

Well, take heart, my friend – God’s got your back!

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”   Joshua 1:7-9New Living Translation (NLT)

 For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

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Trust in that.  Believe in that.  Look up and reach out to God – raise your hand and give it to Him to hold.  Close your eyes and imagine God right there with you, taking hold of your hand – leading you, comforting and guiding you. Giving you strength and courage.  No matter how big or little your need.  Ask Him to take hold of your hand and pour His strength into you through the joining of your hands. 

Go ahead, do this right now. 

Then in your mind and in your outstretched hand, grasp hold of His strong and very capable hand, close your fingers tightly around his; hold on and don’t ever let go!

13 “For I hold you by your right hand—  
    I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)

“Do not fear, for I am with you.”

Isaiah 43:5

“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

Matthew 28:20

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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+41%3A10&version=NLT

Peaceful, Nice Veteran’s Day to You!

Peaceful, Nice Veteran’s Day to you all!

In reflection today of those in my family, and those from around our Country who have served, and yet serve, and in thinking particularly of the changes that serving can and does make in our troops and their family’s lives, I came across this song Stand With Me by the band Downhere. It carries the message I wish to say to each of these faithful, serving in our Armed Forces –

I will stand with you!

May our entire Country stand with each of you, today, and always – God bless you and your families, and thank you for putting yourself out there for your Country and each of us. I appreciate each one of you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0yOzDptjWs#t=15

Tiff and Chris in Uniform

Welcome Home Son-in-Law

Richard Aaron in Uniform

Brave Nephew

Chas

Brave Neice

Nikki

Brave Niece

Billy, Mindy, Cyndi in Terminal

Welcome Home Brother

Dad in Uniform

My Korean Veteran Dad

Billy in Guard Uniform

Hero Brother

Billy in Navy Blues

Awesome Brother

Honor Guard at Dad's Funeral

Veteran Honor Guard

Salute at Dad's Funeral

Veteran Honor Guard Salute at Dad’s Funeral

  Billy Taking Navy Oath

A Special Little Treasure

Happy Friday to you all!
How are you today?  What’s going on in your personal world today? 

Well… whatever it is, I hope you have a good day, filled with energy and purpose.  I pray you have good clarity for what needs your attention today, and peace in the decisions that must be made.  I pray you have strength and good health to meet your obligations today, and friendship, love and/or companionship to help along the way.

Most of all, I pray you have sweet communion with the One who made you and created you, for all things good; who knew you and loved you, before you were even born. 

 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

I know, I can hear you saying it.  These days it does seem particularly hard to rise with a good, positive attitude and be upbeat & hopeful for the day.  I know.  With the “war on terror,” mean-spirited politics, flailing economy, job losses, etc, it’s hard to find much to celebrate in the news, isn’t it?  And frankly, most of us are pretty stressed out with trying to provide for our families, right?  Yikes, so much negative emotion going on!  

Well, let’s take this moment to regroup, to recharge – as I pray peace for you today. Wherever you are, I pray that you’ll feel God’s peaceful presence with you, giving you energy and discernment for the things that truly matter, whatever they may be in your life, and help you let go of the things that don’t.

Let’s just let down and de-stress – for a moment.

Okay, think about when you were young, did you ever find a shiny penny, a pretty little rock or seashell, some little item that was a special little treasure to you?  Treasures for Blog framed Remember that feeling, that excitement in finding, in holding that little treasure?  I pray today that you find a special little treasure – a feeling, an emotion, a relationship, a trinket, a friend, a memory – that brings a smile to your face, a joy to your heart, like that special little treasure when you were young.  I pray for something or someone to be that special little treasure in your day.  

See what you can find in your day today, to be that awesome little treasure, bringing a little piece of positive joy to brighten your day.  Even if it’s just a happy memory hidden in your heart. Find it, pull it out and live it again!

And if you’re able, I invite you to go out and be a special little treasure for someone else today – or how about this weekend?  Take a moment, an hour, a day – whatever you can, and give a compliment, open a door, buy a cup of coffee, help a friend – or even a stranger.   Try making a positive difference in someone else’s life.  You might just feel a little piece of joy stick you right in the heart. (grin)

For it is written, 
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  Philippians 4:8 (NASB)

Or in today’s words: Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.  Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized.  Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.  (Philippians 4:8-9 The Message)

So, for today, for this weekend, let’s take a time out from all the wars, the anger, the backbiting and cursing going on everywhere.  Let’s instead, find or be a treasure!  How about it?  Are you in?  Let’s make a pact to concentrate on positive thinking today.  Let’s dwell on the good things in our lives and some good things we can do or get involved in around us.  (Remember that “thinking of you” card you were going to send? Or that caring phone call you were going to make, or neighbor’s lawn you were going to mow, or invite to lunch, or helping chore you were going to do? Or how about that prayer you were going to say? Ooooooohhhhh.  Or maybe that book you were going to read, that walk in the garden, or church you were going to check out?) 

Well, today’s the day!

Let’s set our hearts and our heart-longings on things that really matter, things that truly might make a difference, in our lives, or someone else’s.  Let’s forget about all the haters and hate-filled stuff going on and instead fill our minds and words with affirmation and kindness.  Let’s find the positive instead of the negative. Let’s try to build up instead of tear down. 

Let’s ourselves be a special little treasure today.  

Come on and join me?  Let’s do this!

God is My Bowl of Cream of Wheat

Full Fur Lined Slippers   After experiencing my first dry, HOT Nevada summer, I am definitely enjoying this week’s burst of cooler, fall weather – yay!  How about you?  Waking up to a brisk 49 degrees (and after pulling out my warm, fur lined slippers), I find myself longing for a bowl of hot, satisfying Cream of Wheat! Mmmmm…Rich and creamy, made with milk and a touch of pure maple syrup for just a hint of sweetness, topped with dried cranberries and cinnamon toasted walnuts or pecans – oh yes! Just what my tummy is hungering for. 

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Mmmmm…that was SO good! Soothed me right up!

     As I was eating, I got to thinking this: my rich, delicious, soothing bowl of cream of wheat does for my tummy and body, just what my relationship with God does for my soul and my life. Oooooh yeeeeeaah!  Here’s how:

The thick, hot cream of wheat itself serves as my breakfast foundation; it’s the soothing, nutrient rich filler that lines my tummy and satisfies my hunger.  Just like my relationship with God.  Believing in God, allowing myself to love Him, and having deep faith, fills me up with goodness, satisfies my hunger for belonging and self-worthiness, soothes my battered soul and creates the rich foundation for everything in my life.

Maple Syrup 2The little touch of pure maple syrup serves as the wholesome little bit of sweetness I need to not crave delicious and tempting super fats like fried donuts and pies in the morning!!  This is like prayer – my conversations with God.  Talking with God fills me up with sweet love from my Maker, satisfying my craving for acceptance and love and all the very tempting but bad-for-me things in this world.  After imbibing in a little prayer time, I feel loved and renewed and good about myself, and relieved of the need to go out and seek the wrong kind of acceptance socially.Cranberries 1 comp

The cranberries lend a little bit of tartness just to liven things up. They get my orneriness and backbone going, just like God’s Word or Scripture does.  When I need a little strength and courage to do what needs to be done, I can always go to the Book and find that encouragement and backbone, and even a little direction for my day to day living.  Plus, cranberries are loaded with anti-oxidants and help improve immune function.  Scripture is also loaded with anti-oxidants for life, and applying God’s words to my life definitely improves my immunity to temptation. (smile smile)

Cinnamon compThe cinnamon adds a little spice for variety and flavor.  Just like my Christian service and ministry work.  I love the sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy flavor of cinnamon, and I love the sweet feelings and spicy variety I find in helping/doing nice things for others.  People and physical work can be great fun, but they can also be quite spicy!  But like cinnamon, mission work is full of variety and adds so much robust flavor to my life!Pecans

And, finally, the nuts give a little shot of protein, a little “meat” to cling to my tummy, which helps the rich cream of wheat fill me up, making me feel that much more satisfied and content.  This is just how I feel when I visit (fellowship) with other believers, whether socially or in church.  They back up and affirm my faith, helping to enrich and shore up my confidence and satisfaction in serving God.  And when I might falter, they are there to help carry me through the empty spots. These friends are God’s little helpers in making my life rich, happy, full and satisfying.

So there, you have it – God is my bowl of cream of wheat 

Yum!

Are You a Light Stand or a Bucket?

This morning I read something that really resonated with me.  The last few months (or maybe year!) I have been sort of hiding out at home, not participating in much outside social activity, and for whatever reason, feeling pretty apathetic.  I know – doesn’t sound too smart, but how many of you feel, or have felt this way too?

            Well, if you’re in this same pit I am right now, what I read this morning was a good kick start for me today – maybe it will be for you too.  And for those of you who don’t really need a good kick start, let’s call it a nice affirmation, or inspired reminder of what life is really all about – or should be.

Salt13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.

(God-flavors: love, kindness, mercy, justice, compassion, caring, sharing, to name a few)

If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

(Garbage: unfriendly, unhappy, afraid, paranoid, selfish, worried, LONELY.  Oh no – is this where I’ve been lately!!)

14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.Light

(God-colors: TRUTH, peace, joy, love, happiness, openness, transparency, light!)

God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5:13-16 MSG)

         This was my directive this morning; to get out and be productive, to do something – to help my fellow man.  It’s not just a nice idea, a feel-good sort of thing to do in my spare time – no, it’s also a directive from God! 

            We are to be purposeful in our lives, not just sit idly under the bucket of our homes, being complacent, playing games and spending hours on end perusing social media (this has been me lately ).  Instead, we are to be purposeful, good salt, helping one another, especially the sick, the poor, the needy.  We should go out, with our warming, life-giving light shining, doing good things, seeking justice, spreading our tasty (God) flavoring to all those around us.  Yes, we should let our lights shine like a bright city on a hill that cannot be hidden!Salt and Light

            So, this, then, is our purpose in life.  Whatever our personality – bold or timid, bubbly or serious, gregarious or quiet, there is a way we can be salty and light-bearing.  If this wasn’t so, God wouldn’t have directed it.  He has already equipped us with what we need – we just need to use it.  If we just open our eyes to what is going on around us, we will see an unsalted, dim life or place that can use exactly what flavoring we each have to give. 

Be purposeful!

I choose the light stand, which do you choose?