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Friday, February 16, 2018


A morsel for musing.

I seem to be seeing the verb "consider" in degrees. Degrees of intensity.

Some consideration. (lower case) 
More consideration. (w/ capital C) 

A quick glance (consider) might capture a few words or one idea.

A more thorough "seeing" (Considering) as thought patterns evolve.....and sometimes even echo in my head as I ponder.

Most CONSIDERATION comes with understanding when paired with scripture which gives illumination--the true light.

Scriptural context takes CONSIDEING TO THE nth degree!

*Original place holder that spawned the comments.
More later.
Considering a nap at the moment.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


"Loved, (I am loved) you are loved (I am loved)---better far than any metaphor can ever, ever, be."     I am loved. (lyrics from memory, what little I have)

I can still remember dancing around on the 5th floor of Rawls Hall (with Winslow) to the 33 1/3 vinyl record format blaring down the hallways. From Hoptown neighbor, to college roommate,  to bridesmaid---a true friend  with whom I'm still in touch.

That's what friends do. 
Friends keep in touch in special ways, even if not often, by special acts of love. 
Real friends are always there for you!
Family has to love you (or should) but friends choose to love. 
For his valentine's day, I received a perfect, SPECIAL gift from long-time dear friend, Ashley Bryan. I AM LOVED.
With an inscription that has love jumping off the pages of his latest illustrated book.

And I'm singing about a "new" metaphor for love. I AM LOVED. Right out of the pages of a book of poetry! 
Thanks, Ashey!

Monday, February 12, 2018


Considering faith gives you hope and confidence in hard times. (even in 18 days of sickness)

Considering starts with perceiving in the mind and after some pondering, it enables one to perceive clearly and move toward understanding. Quite a process for this finite mind.
So....How thoughtful of the Lord to provide it in BIG bold print.

Consider faith and then choose faithfulness.

It's head to heart action---then the feet take over.
Know it. Do it.

Because of His faithfulness, I can do it.

I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I have set my heart on your laws. (Psalm 119:30)

Friday, February 9, 2018


Today's entry has me continuing "Food for Thought Friday," which I thought would only be for the first month of 2018.
Just some tidbits.
Even a funny anagram. STRESSED becomes DESSERTS. It certainly happens to me! Even when I'm sick and on prednisone.

Morsels to chew on which have come up as I have read, studied and prepped to teach as well as listening to others or the news or watching Jeopardy. So.....citations are sketchy at best, but will confirm as I am able. 

A fool has no appetite for God's word/wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7)
  • You can never outrun the fork. (Commercial Appeal, ?) I guess that means it's more important to push back from the table than to tie on your running shoes.

  • Peace is a result of giving someone a piece of your heart, not a piece of your mind. (Debbie Moore quoting Ann Voskamp)

  • decision fatigue---(Emily P. Freeman)--it must be a communicable disease because the older I get, the more I "catch" it. (DAL)
  • Stupid is as stupid steps, so be careful of your steps. (Buddy Liles, Allen Bible Church)  'nuf said, even tho "stupid" is not a word I like, it gives a clear assessment of this truth.
  • Ahab and Jezebel were a gruesome twosome. (DAL)---doing evil is a gruesome way to live!
    • Fool's Errand---a device of Satan to distract us---to keep us in motion without meaning---living by our nerve endings, off course instead of in purposeful meaningful ways. B. Liles)
    • To consider a matter, one must take time to think. (DAL)
    Certainly some were healthier intake but all caught my attention and I "chewed" on them a bit.
    Hope you can "digest" today's variety in my "thought" diet.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018


    The choice is made---my one word for focus, pondering, meditating on & taking thought of in 2018 has been decided.
    I have to admit that MISERY was a word that came to mind often over these last 2 weeks of being in bed.
    But God......as I was praying for friends, Sam & Suzie on the mission field in Uganda and 3 sweet friends who deal everyday with chronic pain, had me considering true sacrifice and real pain. Staying "abed" pales in comparison to their situations.
    CONSIDER---that's my word. Can't wait to see where God will take me in this meditation.
    How about this for a start.
    Joy is the path I need to "consider."
    May the Lord use my momentary affliction as a reminder to fervently pray for others.

    Friday, February 2, 2018


    Real "wordsmiths" have a way of saying the most with the fewest words.
    My dear friend and MAC cancer mentor, Michèle Phoenix, has once again done just that.

    Thursday, February 1, 2018


    Here I go again. Simplify. Focus.
    Pare to one word for meditation if that helps.
    Just like last year, I thought in January that I knew my one word for 2017
    I had thought it would be one of two words. Trust or Joy. I was not even close.
    Once again, I've spent the month of January focusing on what I thought would be my one word. 
    Now here I am the first day of February re-"considering."

    I'll keep you posted.

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018


    God feeds.....even the birds.
    Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?(Matthew 6:26)
    At our house, especially during our recent snowy days, hubby helped this process.Think, hands and feet of Jesus. 
    Today, my thought is, "Who does God use to help feed the truly hungry in "my" town?" If that's my thought then I need to more frequently replenish the little free pantry or donate to the Food Bank at various times of the year, other than just the holidays.
    Grateful for this Isaiah 58:10 (NLT) needed reminder.  

    Friday, January 26, 2018


    Feeling punky on this Friday and heading to the doctor, I'm borrowing words of wisdom from my favorite preacher! Certainly words of wisdom for this hot tea aficionado and the preacher's mom.


    My mom's hot tea wisdom warned me that much is missed by rushing tea before its time.  Steeping is the only way to a cup of tea you will savor!

    Bobbing may get you a fast cup of a hot beverage, but a flavor-rich cup of tea comes only with patience and proper steeping! 
     The aim in steeping is to infuse the boiled water with tea, transforming it into rich flavor notes that permeate the entire cup.

    What's true of British breakfast beverages is also true when it comes to following Jesus and our appetite and approach to His Word.

    This past Sunday in our message Fool Proof
    we encountered Scriptural Warnings against the Ways and Walk of Fools.  When it comes to God's Word, a Fool LACKS APPETITE [Prov. 1:7 fools despise wisdom and instruction] and LACKS ACTION with what he hears.  Jesus in Matthew 7 warns,

    Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall. 

    It's almost as if Jesus is saying a Fool only allows God's Word to BOB in and out, but he does NOT LET IT STEEP in his mind and step into action with it.  That foolish approach leaves us chasing down fool's errands and headed for catastrophic ruin.


    How will you develop an appetite for God's Word and how will you move beyond Bobbing to His Word Steeping in you this year?  It won't happen quickly and it won't happen by accident.

    To help us set our course to walk wisely in 2018, we have put together a churchwide reading plan and several Steeping Opportunities below for you to steep in God's Word with others.

    May God grow us as a people with a growing distaste for bobbing & a growing taste for lingering in His Word and living it out everyday.

    Let Christ and His Word Steep in you, so the aroma of Christ will be fragrant in your life and so others may taste and see that the Lord is good!

    Steeping with you,

    Buddy Liles
    Lead Pastor

    Friday, January 19, 2018


    Some folks might not consider chocolate a "food."
    But....on a recent Monday's rain spitting, dreary morning when my thoughts were in a downward spiral, chocolate was the choice. Chocolate with a message. (And all of this was AFTER I had a quiet time.)
    After the 3rd chocolate I glanced down at the message. "Quote your dad." Hm-m-m-m, that was a thought to ponder. It became a spiritual one.
    As far back as I can remember, Daddy said, "I thank the good Lord for every day He gives me!
    It was a come-uppance I needed.

    Thanks Daddy, my earthly father,  for the memory.

    Thanks Lord, my heavenly Father, for giving me another day. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)