Monday, May 22, 2017


Magnolia Monday aka Quiet Time on the Patio sweetened with the scent of magnolia.
It's overcast. It's breezy. It's delightfully perfect for morning meditation.
Streams In the Desert (5/22) entry also spoke to my heart. Expounding on Psalm 37:5, with the Young's translation, "He worketh it" jumps out. In those words, "when we truly commit, or roll out of our hands into His; the burden of whatever kind it may be; a way of sorrow, of difficulty, of physical need or of anxiety for the conversion os some dear one." 
Once I have put it into His hands, even when I can't see results, I can trust that "He worketh."
Those words are a sweet aroma to my spirit as this magnolia is to my senses. 

So grateful I was able to choose this spot for my Monday morning meditation. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

CHOOSE: Positivi-TEA

Why does my mind tend to embrace negative thoughts these days?
Each morning during my "Tea with Thee" times I seek to serve myself a cuppa positive-tea. 
Lately, my brew has become more of a cuppa negative-TEA.

Maybe my problem is that I'm buying into the world's thinking---"you've got this," Dotsy.
But I don't. Apart from Him I have no good thing. As David said, in Psalm 16:2, "You are  my Lord, I have no good apart from you.

And with Him I have all good things. ".... they that seek the Lord lack no good thing."  (Psalm 34:10)

Now there's a cuppa positivi-TEA worth choosing to sip this morning.*

*By the time I finished my tea and typed this blog entry, I picked up the morning paper, I saw first hand the world's thinking.

"I've got this" must me a buzz phrase, of sorts. What an epitaph!
Seems that these days, positive thinking (about self) and self-confidence can morph into self-grandizement.
But....that kind of thinking can have consequences.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Choose righteousness and when that seems impossible....
GO right to the heart of the matter----choose the One who is righteous.
...He will be called the LORD, our Righteousness. (Jeremiah 23:6)
Do I hear an AMEN!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Wednesday Walkabout in Texas (5/10)----from fishing pond/lake to trail with great blue herons and wood ducks and woods with milkweed and butterflies.
Right at the edge of the lake, a heron seems to rule the roost.
Recent Sunday School lesson reminded me that the monarch's migration from Mexico takes 4 generations of monarchs. 
Photographer posted this pix for subdivision newsletter. 
This weathered one that must be at the end of his stent. 

The only plant that sustains these beauties is the milkweed plant. Monarch (in pic below) draws sustenance from a Tropical Milkweed.
How does a monarch "know" it cannot survive without this plant? 
How does this new new 4th generation return 2,500 miles to Mexico each fall to the same tree for hibernation?
Grateful to have seen this picture of a monarch taken by a Summerfield neighbor in Allen, TX. 
Now I'm on the lookout to see it myself!
Texas Showy Pink Evening Primrose
Couldn't figure out why some passer-bys called these delicate, pink flowers buttercups---unless that's the Texas name.  Buttercups, in Tennessee, don't look anything like these beauties. These "sweet looking" dainty flowers opened at dusk (as I was taking my walk) but withered the next day. Remnants of yesterday's blooms were still evident.
WOW---showy rows of Indian Paintbrush just past the cow sanctuary.
What a "Walkabout" when I'm choosing to see God's handiwork in Texas.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Noticing this downward spiral stair case inside the new Church Health Center at the Crosstown Concourse started me thinking.

In my thinking, spiraling usually has a downward connotation.
In one's thought life, is it just as easy for something to spiral upward?
I assume bad choices and stressors in life can have tremendous negative impact---a downward spiral of sorts. But....can there be a positive spiral, one with an upward motion?
Recent marginalia sent me on this pursuit of understanding positive and negative emotions. Are there benefits to both?

Negative emotions can help us survive. Positive emotions help us thrive.

If a downward spiral is a metaphor for deterioration (negative) then upward spiral must be a metaphor for growth. (positive) Yet, both have momentum. 

For sure, too much of any spiral can be dizzying. Upward spiral is directed towards a higher place. But what happens if a downward spiral in one's  thought life has them bottoming out emotionally? Physically? Spiritually?

Can a successful turnaround occur just by choosing the "thought" direction of one's spiral? 

According to Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s book, Confidence, an upward spiral focuses with confidence. Certain resources that accompany this confidence could be trust, accountability, knowledge, or any asset that helps a business, community or individual thrive.

If so, I choose today to think on and "thrive" with an upward spiral focus.

Monday, May 15, 2017


WOW---I have walked this same path 3 days now and this is the first time I have seen this beauty!
I don't know the name but what a picture of a "seed-bearing" plant! It looks like it bears the seed in a "cup" and then the seed sprouts in its own cup. AMAZING!!
"God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth..." (Genesis 1:29)

He put this one right here in Texas. I just had to walk by it a couple of times before I noticed it!
God gave it.  I'll just have to search the name for myself unless some reader out there can supply this info. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. (Proverbs 31:28)

Friday, May 12, 2017


Choose to see in nature.....scientific proof following God's truth about creation.

Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12)

And it was so. 
And it is still so.
And it is still good.

God created the earth not to be empty but He formed it to be inhabited. (Isaiah 45:18) And what beauty He added to it for the inhabitants to enjoy!

And it is beautiful for me to behold as I choose to see His handiwork bear out His truth in nature.

And behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

Thursday, May 11, 2017


"Community" verses continue to speak to my heart.
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.
(1 Corinthians 7:17)
Whatever situation my town/city and I are facing is not a random selection but is ordained by God.
My situation and assignment take place just east of the "mighty Mississippi" and extend to my immediate neighborhood.
He has placed me on "my" street for the last almost 39 years.
From one man He made all the nations, that should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed time in history and the boundaries of their lands/habitations. (Acts 17:26)
Choosing neighboring in my city and "my" dwelling place on "my" street, seems all the more important when I remember that He has placed me there----for His purpose.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


See God in creation. I do. Do you? (Romans 1:12)

The meaning of the universe is God going public for the glory of God. (John Piper)

I am the One who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hand I stretched out the heaven. ( Isaiah 45:12)

Have you ever in your life commanded the morning? And caused the dawn to know its place, (Job 38:12)

I choose to see God in nature because I am awed by His work of creation. Are you?