WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY??

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY??
"LOOKING FOR GOD (I AM)" IN NIGERIAN AMERICAN, VICTOR EKPUK'S, MURAL @ BROOKS MUSEUM!

Friday, June 23, 2017

CHOOSE: TO REMEMBER

More later but here's a hint.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CHOOSE: THE WAY

Choosing the Way of the Cross in last week's VBS was a way for children to begin to understand the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6)
Focusing on the "way" means to choose to do what God's word tells us to do or say. Following His way is easier when one understands, God loves us, God is for us and God is always with us.
Be kind. (Ephesians 4:32) Just two simple words---easy to say but sometimes hard for little ones to remember to do, especially to siblings. It's hard for all of us to choose the right way at certain times.
It's easier to choose the "right" way when our focus is on the cross----a great reminder for adults created by the hands of young children.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CHOOSE: accorDANCE

More often than not, I'm a rule follower. Years ago in a friendly game, participants described each other with adjectives that began with the same letter as one's name. Example--pretty Patricia.
If Siri had been playing, she would have named me "ditsy" Dotsy. I would have gladly settled for that or delightful or dancing....but the consensus for me was diligent. 
Diligent. How boring! 
Yet, as aging has set in, it is a trait that I tend to admire in others. Too many seem to see themselves beyond the rules---as if "rules" are for others, not them. They are a member of the "terminally unique." Think those who litter, park in handicap spaces, keep their phones on in theaters, or text while driving.

They don't "dance" according to the rules. Rules are for others. They are the exception.
Maybe young people need diligent rule following adults in their lives as good examples.
This young lady chose to "model" the "quiet" rule at the St. Jude golf-tournament recently---not just in accordance with this respectful rule but by encouraging others to do the same.

I, the diligent one, choose accorDANCE---to waltz through life in accordance with the rules set out in God's word, even though sometimes I do "trip" up. 

The good news is that when I stumble in my accorDANCE, God is there. (Psalm 37:24)

Monday, June 19, 2017

CHOOSE: FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST

First Evan's weekend "Gals and Galleries Tour " was a "scent-sational" exhibit. 
Dixon Gallery and Gardens' "Scent and Symbolism Exhibit" explored the world of fragrance in art and nature, displaying antique perfume bottles (140 from 17th -20th centuries) and fragrant flowering plants in the garden. 
Jenna Fergus, our G & G guide for our summer tours, emphasized the way painters through the ages explored the sense of smell in paintings, engravings, lithographs and even porcelain pieces. Prior to the tour, she sent us a link to Bible verses about fragrances, aromas and spices in the Bible. What a great way to "SPICE" up our tour. Jenna always gives us a way of looking at art from a "new" direction.
The engraving, "Smell: The Five Senses" (series#11,1736) caught my attention. It had a "story" that spoke to me. My story was a little different from the one with the display, but I was grateful for the info included by the museum.
 A rustic gardener, smelling a dianthus. (One of the flowers Mother had throughout her garden) Certainly the man is an employee of the owner of the formal gardens which he tends, but that doesn't stop him from enjoying "his" moment as he "sniffs" the dianthus.
Following the tour, Jenna reminded us that our actions can be a sweet aroma to the Lord and others but we can also "stink" it up. What an eye-opening exhibit to keep us focused on God's word about fragrances.
But thanks be to God, who always leads up in triumph in Christ and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. (2 Corinthians 2:14)
May I continue to choose to be a fragrance of Christ to others.

Friday, June 16, 2017

CHOOSE: SHARING GOD'S TRUTH

One is never to old to share truth from God's Word. I know because I have watched Miss Jean do it for the last 2 years and she is 20 years older than I. But.....what an inspiration she is to so many of us!
How special it is to share truth with young people through God's word, skits, sign language, crafts, games, music, art, science and puppets........
.....and even trading cards!
  • God made you. (Psalm 139:14)
  • God is for you. (Romans 8:31)
  • God is always with you. (Joshua 1:9)
  • God will always love you. (Psalm 89:2)
  • God made you for a reason. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Choosing to share God's truth was important, meaningful and altogether FUN.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CHOOSE: LISTENING

At our home, the "S" word is not allowed---never has been since the children were old enough to talk. "Shut-up" is our "S" word. "We" don't see it as a kind word. So...we don't say it. That's the Liles' rule!
However, we acknowledge that there are times when all of us need to close our mouths in order to listen. When silence is necessary to get another's attention, we say HUSH!
Somedays I need to tell the world to "HUSH!" so that I can "hear" from the Lord. (Proverbs 19:29) Yet, sometimes even when I close out the world and am alone, I still have "noises" in my mind that whirr and drown out God's still small voice. Then, I need to open my Bible and tell my mind to "hush." His word is His voice---and it's the best way to listen to Him. Then, I need to heed what I hear.

"Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD." (Psalm 34:11)

More often, listening as to hear  and heed is more of a heart problem than an ear problem.
Choosing to listen needs to become the antecedent for choosing "heartfelt" action.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CHOOSE: PRAYER IN ANY POSITION

While VBS "campers" in Memphis were learning that "God is always with us," (Joshua 1:9) and acting out positions of sleeping, driving, playing, running everywhere and praying.............
..........congressmen in Virginia at a ball practice chose a pray stance as they prayed for wounded colleagues and Capitol police after a lone gunman shot at the participants early in the day. 
A standing position with heads bowed. 
I know because I saw it on my TV as the news was broadcast. People coming together to pray for others.

In biblical accounts of prayer many positions are noted: "Abraham fell on his face before God;" (Genesis 17:3) "Moses prayed with outstretched arms;" (Exodus 9:29) "King Solomon knelt before the altar with hands outstretched toward heaven;" (1 Kings 8:54) and Jesus prayed looking up to heaven." (John 17:1)

My 6 old attendees know that prayer is "talking to God," and there is not a required position. 
Prayer's the expression of the attitude of one's heart---a heart which is bowed in worship regardless of any certain physical position.

That's why believers can choose to pray any place, anytime and in any position. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CHOOSE: GRATITUDE

There is nothing like prayer---when it comes from the lips and heart of others on one's behalf.
"I have prayed for you." (Luke 22:32) "I pray that God.....will fill you with joy...."(Romans 15:13)
How can I pray for you?
Do you have any specific prayer requests for this week?
I praised the Lord today for our friendship.
I'm rejoicing with you on God's answer to the prayers we've been praying over these last few years.

"I prayed for you today." (One of my warriors, 6/13/17)
 Those words are music to my ears----making it easy to choose gratitude.

Monday, June 12, 2017

CHOOSE: TRUTH WITH HOPE

Whether an adult reads it on their smart phone Bible app, or in the pew Bible or a teacher reads it to a first grader in the glowing artistic lighting of hallways at VBS, it's comforting for everyone to know we can hope in God who made us for a purpose.
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"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

Hope is always a positive choice.

Friday, June 9, 2017

CHOOSE: HOPE

God's Word says it well. (Romans 15:13)



When I choose hope, I choose from within. 


I choose God, my source of hope!