Saturday, September 21, 2019

ACRONYMS OF ADVICE

In times when one is overwhelmed---even trying to read a newspaper or text full of acronyms---of which one doesn't have a clue---KISS comes to mind.
K eep 
I t
S simple
S weetie
Just yesterday a friend sent a text explaining acronyms for "senior" (OLD) citizens. I needed a laugh so the timing was perfect.
Will continue this thought on more of a spiritual realm as I recall and reflect on two personal acronyms as I have focused meditating on words lately---SEEK & FOCUS!

I will share those two acronyms of advice soon. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

MORNING MESSAGE FROM "THE MESSAGE"

Last week's message dealt with "moments"---a real challenge for me!
Living in the moment sounds simple but for type A personalities not so much.
Living in the "if only" regrets of the past or the "what if worries/fears of the future can rob one of the "present tense life" which is a gift especially for those who walk with God. (Matthew 6:34)
Son, Josh, has been reminding me of this and I am trying to "unschedule" and enjoy as I remember walk is a present tense verb.
 

Steep your life in God-reality, God initiatives ad God-provisions. Don't worry about missing our. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Matthew 6:33, The Message.
Having precious granddaughters around helps me get back to the now and enjoy the "present" which is a great morning message for me as I steep a cuppa His reali-TEA!

Friday, August 30, 2019

MOMENTS: MOMENT BY MOMENT

Why is it so hard for me to stay in the moment?
A. D. D. (Always Distracted Dotsy)
Remain. Simply focus. Remember; He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Started this morning with a cuppa simplici-TEA---will let you know how it goes through out this jam-packed Labor Day weekend!
Last night's supper for AHS wide receivers.
Nathan Liles #89, our favorite Allen High School senior and team members rejoiced and found satisfaction in all their labor--which is a gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:13)
Andrew and John Parker, future AHS athletes with YaYa and Poppy while Noah was in the sound booth and Caleb was with friends somewhere in the vast stadium.
Auburn vs Oregon @AT&T stadium.
Auburn was only ahead in the last few moments but those were the 9 seconds that counted---27-21!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

AUGUST 20, 2019 NEW ARRIVAL

....a special delivery of sorts!  A perfect package. Worth the wait. A delivery that brings smiles!
Grandchildren are indeed the crown of the aged! (Proverbs 17:6)
The big sister smile says it all!
Even the "package" smiles!
She's wide-eyed and curious to see what Aunt Maeve has seen.....
And is wide-eyed to hear her big sister read to her!
But.....eyes closed for her serene Saturday walk at just 11 days old.

Friday, August 9, 2019

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

LOTS OF 50th LISTS---until lists are edited & print ready you can reminisce with us...from by-gone anniversaries.
Wedding 8/9/69

10th anniversary---Folks folly but smaall tin cup gift b/c we splurged on the food.Our 13th was lunch at Doeblers Dock. We went on a Saturday for the “special,” 10¢ shrimp and oysters. ..................
14th anniversary was on a brief (1 night) cruise to Bahamas w/all 3 Our 15th in Hot Springs AR at the renown Hamilton House, a treat from friends Boyd and Deborah (kids too just not at dinner)
Our 15th in Hot Springs AR at the renown Hamilton House, a treat from friends Boyd and Deborah (kids too just not at dinner)
From the mid-80s to the early 90s, Larry’s 


Our 25th anniversary was just a month after Mommar and Grandaddy's 50th (7/21/69)....which we
 later we shared our silver anniversary (25th) with dear friends Sam and JoLynn---1994 in North Carolina at Greystone Inn w/ lots of tee time guys & tea time gals. 

position as coach of US Racquetball team gave us opportunities to celebrate anniversaries in exotic places: Le Meir in Hamburg, Germany and an outdoor restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela.



Our 30th found us as empty nesters with a little spare change so the gifts were memorable---tickets to symphony in the garden (though Josh & Molly came too) and a fall weekend "alone" (so no pics) at the Hemlock Inn in NC.

41st  anniversary---at Baptist Hospital for Mommar's surgery, fulfilling of those 1969 vows “in sickness (we include family here as well) and in health, for better or for worse” which we made unto the Lord on this day 41 years ago.

Monday, August 5, 2019

MEDITATION CONTINUES....

Last Monday's passage meditation had me on a single verse---Psalm 143:8, specifically the last 2 lines of the verse.
This time the selection prompted prayers beyond family to prayers for friends---so many friends. Sisters in Christ who seem to struggle as I do when it comes to being confident in God's daily plan for them. Such wonderings require daily focus on scripture.
I prayed the verse especially for sweet KDS friend, Sandra, who was hospitalized for observation after a scary blood pressure event. Taking a few treats to Methodist Germantown to celebrate her recovery, I saw she had her Bible opened to that verse.  I had told her earlier I was praying Psalm 143:8 for her.
After  she was dismissed from the hospital, she shared this picture from her morning quiet time. 
Her morning cuppa---tea and truth. Her special Psalm143:8 teacup served as bookmark for that same verse in her Charles Stanley study Bible!  
Then........Sunday's "responsive reading" at church that week was from Psalm 143:8----of course it was.

God is gracious to keep me meditating on a verse until "I get it"!
The meditation continues so I'm excited to see all that He has for me within these 31 words!

Monday, July 29, 2019

MINDFUL MEDITATION: A GREAT REDUNDANCY

Robert Morgan's, All to Jesus, day 203 was last Monday's  (July 22) devotional reading. It was right on the money for this gal whose life is too often filled with fear, flurry and fretting. His reminder was from a quote by St. Francis de Sales, "Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in in a calm spirit." Mull over God's word. No flurry.
For me, cultivating a quiet mind requires much mulling over scripture. Perfect assignment for Meditation Monday. As I will be teaching "Meditative Prayer" at Town Village tomorrow, the reminder was very timely for that lesson as well.
THOTS
Trusting Him On This Subject/Scripture
Today, God used another Morgan book, Redeeming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation, to continue my "mulling over mindful matters"---as I call to mind, holy thoughts of what God has for me today and allow Him to show me the way to go. (Psalm 143:8)
This month I have had this picture posted near my kitchen table---a great morning reminder. A verse for meditation. A verse to pray for my adult kids, their spouses and all "my" "grands. Plus, God has brought many others to mind so I've prayed for them as well. Psalm 143:8 is also on typed card by my prayer chair and on a post-it note upstairs in our computer room. 

Mindful meditation on this one verse has me focusing again today on, "show me the way I should go." Not "my" way.....but "Thy" way, O Lord.
Trusting God instead of my "to-do" list has calmed my spirit and allowed me to see His priorities and today that means I "stay put" at 1152. Obviously more mindful mulling is still needed.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TUESDAY TRUTHS

Funerals offer truths that one can really take to heart---especially funerals of the faithful. (Psalm 116:15)*
Joe Black---Uncle Joe's funeral was such an event. His granddaughter, Rachel, added proof as she recalled her grandfather's continuous love and encouragement for her from when he first bounced her on his knee until his last hug from his deathbed. Family knows the real truth about ones life not just what the world sees. In this instance, the two matched. (Romans 10::9-10) A letter from son Joey shared more examples of this life well-lived and son Jeff strumming his guitar and singing, "How Great Thou Art, brought many to tears.
From boxing and body-building  to railroad man, this meek man with quiet power, power under control, gave respect to others and therefore received respect from all whose paths he crossed. He enjoyed fun times with others---especially his SAW meetings near his Oakland home. Seniors Against Work.

Joe Black was Mommar's only surviving sibling, the one who watched after sibling Charles when she (Mary) and her sisters, Liz and Maxine, had all passed away, and even before that. How fitting it was that Joe put the urn of  brother Charles' ashes inside his own coffin for his final resting place as well. A brother who was faithful to the very end. Joe knew though his "earthly tent was being destroyed that he had a building from God, an eternal house in heaven." (2 Corinthians 5:1)

Do I hear an "Amen"?

*While attending this family funeral another friend in the faith passed away. A godly man. A faithful husband. A devoted father. A respected lawyer. 
His passing is precious to the Lord but it certainly leaves a big hole in hearts of our entire church and others who knew him as he fulfilled his vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people. (Psalm 116:14)
How appropriate was the verse on the front of his memorial service bulletin---because everyone who knew Lance could see that he "had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13) Even the quote on the back gave insight into this lifelong Memphian's faith as He trusted God's plan for his life regardless of the struggles. Like Eldon Roark, former Memphis Press-Scimitar "Strolling"columnist from 1933-1979, Lance believed Scripture to be the final authority for all faith and practice.
Be of good cheer. God is in the plan. (Mattie Dear) A frequent contributor to "Strolling".
Each believer can be of good cheer knowing that both his/her earthly life and eternal life are in the hands of a loving sovereign God.

Do I hear another "Amen"!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

SERENE SABBATH: a synopsis

Sunday in an analogous capsule---since I've been swallowing many recently in my  somewhat homebound state
--Wake-up jolt---arrow prayers of thx.
--Swallow predniSONE w/food.  Breathing treament #1.
--Conviction.
--Reminders on prayer chair pillow, on journal, plaque and computer room wall calligraphy.
--I am waiting for the storm of this obstructive pulmonary disease to pass. Waiting for better days instead of seizing "ordinary" moments with a grateful heart.
I have quit dancing.
Dance Dotsy---as you did on your cancer journey. Get your eyes off of your circumstances. Look up into the eyes of your dance partner.
--Sabbath Rest * needed. No brick and  mortar church today. *Adam Mabry describes "Sabbath Rest" as a holy rest, a lingering with Him---a time of refreshment. A time to "breathe, pray, eat, reflect, worship." (p.113-118) Sounds like a plan to me!!
--Son Buddy's "One Anothering" sermon, Sing to one another." 

--I'm gonna sing when the Spirit says sing...
I'm gonna pray when the Spirit says pray, and obey the Spirit of the Lord.
--10am Symbicort puffs.
--Chat outside with 4 neighbors.
--Postural drainage with percussion treatment (clapping back w/ cupped hand.
--Another breathing treatment.
--PM vitamins & pro-biotic consideration.
--A healthy leftover salad for lunch (no prep needed by me) & an entire Hershey Bar w/ almonds for snack--& it wasn't even dark chocolate...........hm-m-m-m!
Began NYX best seller The Second Mountain.
Brooks had me at the intro.....describing one who radiates with joy as a person who delights in small pleasures and grateful for big ones, not perfect people but exhausted and stressed BUT they live for others, not for themselves. (xi, emphasis mine) Having reached the top of the first mountain of our culture that is built on personal identity, money, career, success and finding it "unsatisfying," Many reasons knock people of this mountaintop to the valleys, often breaking them open to bewilderment or a season of suffering. The valley is the making of them and as it interrupts the flow of everyday life. Within themselves they see an ability to care, to transcend self and care for others. They are finally able to love their neighbors as themselves, not as a slogan or scriptural type cliche
 
.............but I did check the Index to see where he was going. Found;  Christainity (15), grace (1), Jayber Crow (5), Jesus (8), Kierkegaard (5), C.S. Lewis, (16),
 --Listing "Breath " verses to ponder.
--Pausing to pray for Susan, my discipler, as it is her day & to ponder NT verses; Colossians 3:15-17, Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 4:19, Mark 12:31-32 & Acts 17:25, with Serendipity NewTestament given to us by the Duntsches 30 yrs ago.
--Praising Him.
--Posturing for a nap, in a sitting position to aid breathing and allow for needed physical rest.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." (Psalm 150:6)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

GLORIOUS FREEDOM!

Freedom is celebrated! In local parades as well as DC. 
In cookouts, al fresco dining and fireworks. **
It's the American way---for a country founded on freedom.
Expressions are emailed, tweeted and recorded. Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation, (Meacham & McGraw) recalled hymns and declarations from the past reminding me of our country's independence founded, "under God" and for the people. Even Abigail Adams is quoted as she urged her husband John & other members of the Continental Congress not to forget our nation's women, "I desire you would remember the ladies." (Songs, p.27) 
McGraw reminded all that, independence in America is not easy---it's a never-ending struggle to pursue the promises of liberty and freedom that our Founding Fathers envisioned. Again, "one nation, under God" comes to my mind......
......as I picked up my Bible for reassurances of the "freedom" that truly counts. "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free..that's glorious freedom! (Gal. 5:1)

**Remembering a 4th of July (2004) with long-time friend Ann Martin at Blackberry Farm w/our our own fireworks.