Misspellings Aside, the Sign has a Message!

Misspellings Aside, the Sign has a Message!
Or...maybe trails do build strength if you hike them regularly.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CHOOSE ANTONYMS

When reading Philippians 2:14, Do all things without grumbling or disputing, Pastor Cole introduced the term, captious as a synonym for the word grumbling, when used as an adjective. A grumbling person. A "Crankshaft" of sorts. 
Captious. Fault finding. Petty. Hard to please.
I don't want to be a captious Christian. Captious folks can't get close to God.
I don't want that descriptor to be applied to me.

So....I looked up antonyms for it. Instead I was overwhelmed with synonyms---28 to be exact!
Cantankerous, carping, hypercritical, nagging, testy......to name a few!

I had to search hard for some antonyms, which in this case were "positives." I don't want it to be that way in my life. I don't want folks to have to really search to find some positive descriptors based on my attitude and word choices.

Today I choose antonyms of captious....but I can only find 6. 
Commendatory, complimentary, encouraging, flattering, laudatory and praising.
Of the 6, commendatory, complimentary, flattering and laudatory seemed more "works" based to me.
That narrowed my "choices" to encouraging and praising. I focus my praising on the Lord.

Therefore, I choose encouraging even though I know that means changing some "words" for the ones whom I love most. More loving and encouraging words than training and disciplining words.

May i continually choose to display antonyms of captious in my life!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CHOOSE GRACE

For Christians, "under grace" is the best life choice. The place to be.
Pastor Cole continues to remind us that God desires progress NOT perfection in our Christian Walk. So.....why don't we seek grace not perfection as Emily Ley's 2016 title, coupled with God's word, implores us. (Ephesians 2:8)
Young women, juggling careers and motherhood, would especially appreciate the encouragement in this book to embrace simplicity and celebrate joy.
  • Here's the thing about doing it all: even if you can do it all, no one can do it all WELL. (p.13 )
  • I will hold myself to a standard of GRACE not perfection. (p.16) 
  • Sometimes the problem isn'a our organizational skills; it's our abundance of things. (p.45)
  • You don't need a Pinterest-perfect home; you need a home that works for you and makes you feel ALIVE. ( 55)
  • We're more likely to lose our patience with our loved ones when we carry the weight of stress on our shoulders. (p.135)
  • Grace and Gratitude go hand in hand. (p. 151)
Even this "old granny" found some "grace gems" worthy of choosing.

Monday, January 16, 2017

CHOOSE JOY in READING

Choose joy in reading by selecting books that touch the heart.

There's no such thing as a good book written just for children!
If a book is well written it can appeal to all ages.

That's my philosophy and I'm sticking by it.

I often choose to read books that touch the heart----not sappy books, but endearing ones. Some, such as All the Light We Cannot See, with 544 pages are on Best Sellers Shelf. Others are found in the "kiddie lit" section. That's where this week I found, Tucky Jo and Little Heart, unpaged. (Unpaged is library-speak for picture books. No page numbers.) Both are set during World War II---one in France against the Nazi's and the other in the Philippines with the Japanese occupation. Both touched my heart.
Maybe the Philippines setting book reminded me of the rare times when Daddy, a Kentuckian, would answer my questions about the months he was on the isle of Leyte in WWII, where he was wounded by a Japanese sniper/soldier. A wound that saved his life. He was "hospitalized" there, think MASH, and thus removed from the war. The next day his entire unit, of which he was the Sergeant in charge, was killed when they resumed their reconnaissance with a "sub" platoon leader. He wore that guilt for the rest of his life, I think.

Today's choice not only touched my heart, it blessed my heart with memories of Daddy and gratitude for all the US vets who served In the Pacific in WWII.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Choose God's Guidance

Here's the link to Choose God's Guidance 1/10/17 that was just completed---

Friday, January 13, 2017

CHOOSE JOY--MOMENT BY MOMENT

Following Dr. Nutcracker's RX, I eased into my day at kitchen table with hubby by my side
What a show we had as yesterday hubby cut a hole in Miss Ann's pumpkin so that "critters" could eat the seeds. He loves birds, so I assume his desire was more bird visitors. Squirrel wreak havoc with his bird feeders, as do the raccoons. But, TODAY, Guess who's coming to dinner!
"King of the Pumpkin"

Enjoying the "moment by moment" views as both the doc and God's word recommend.
Teach us to consider our mortality so that we might live wisely. (Psalm 90:12, CEV)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Choose Good News

"Choose Good News"---Obviously that choice negates turning on the TV for nightly news.
Actually the title would read better if it said "Choose Spreading the Good News." 

I was spreading caramel on cupcakes to take to an ailing friend when I saw the Acts 4:12 citation under the ingredients. Of course, I looked it up.
Salvation is to be found through Him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us. (GNT, Good News Translation)
Hooray, for the Batesville, Mississippi Caramel Factory for spreading the message of salvation, the good news of the gospel, while others are spreading caramel. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Choose idiomatic language

Started entry title as "Choose Obedience" ---but that sounded "spiritually prideful," which in and of itself sounds oxymoronic.
"Choose Diligence" lost out as the title as well, because though I've long been known for diligence---that sounds negative in this sense. So...
....I chose "idiomatic language" not only because it's Wordsmith Wednesday but because I'm a "hard nut to crack" and today I'm going to the "nutcracker" doc. Think metaphorical insanity.
With my brain a metaphor for a nut and because I don't know what's going on in there half the time, I decided to be diligent and obey my internist and keep my appointment with Dr. A, who is a recognized "nutcracker!" He doesn't have a clue as to how hard it is to gain entry into my circular thinking noggin. 

I'm sipping a strong cuppa nutcracker tea this morning in preparation.
Maybe I should take some nutcracker tea to serve him as well as I'm a hard, tough nut to crack and he's gonna need extra help to be up to the "Dotsy" challenge!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CHOOSE GOD'S GUIDANCE

Completing grandson Noah's book for his 13th Birthday (1/3/17) had me in Proverbs 3, as that is the Proverb, I have prayed for him since birth. Often, I pray scripture from different versions in order to deepen my understanding of what God is saying as I pray God's best for him.
Proverb 3: 6 (HCSB, Holman Christian Standard Bible) says, "Think about Him in all your ways and He will guide you on the right paths." That's exactly what I want for all my grands but especially for Noah when I am in Proverbs 3.
God has planned all our days and it would behoove us to align our will with His by seeking each day the very detailed, pre-planned guidance for all our day (Psalm 139:16) which He has available for us in His word, and in answer to our "aligned" prayers.
It's so important to choose God's guidance daily as we select our life's paths. 
That's my "Noah Prayer" today! Choose God's Guidance, Noah!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Choose introspection

Too much introspection, for many, can be more harmful than good. The lower case letters are that reminder for me.
So...I certainly didn't plan a two "cuppa" quiet time.
But God.....had me in a mental, physical and emotional"introspecting" state throughout the day.
But....in fact, it was a spiritual introspection with the other listed factors thrown in for clarity.

It all started this morning when reading my 2009 journal entry for January ninth. that date was the first time I had ever heard the word, biopsy, as it related to me. I had also written that Dr. Schneider said, "It doesn't look like cancer but that's where we start in order to rule it out." Boy, was he wrong! But God wasn't.
Even that day I had read in my devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, on "Intercessory Introspection" and from Psalm 139 that God knows when I sit and rise, what words I will say before I say them---for He is the one who created me. "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Throughout the day I did dwell on so-o-o-o many positives that were a result of my cancer and my roller coaster year of surgery upon surgery to rebuild my face. So many blessings---mainly because I knew that the Lord had answered the prayer I had prayed in 2009, "Lord, if it doesn't matter for eternity, I'd rather "it" not be cancer." How much easier it was to recall that prayer and know that the "CANCER" answer was His answer. God's best for me. It would count for eternity.

As today was winding down, God affirmed my introspection as I picked up a "new" gift. (which is a blog entry in and of itself) My gift, the devotional book, Savor LIVING ABUNDANTLY WHERE YOU ARE AS YOU ARE 's 1/9 entry spoke right to my heart.
"Blessings & Curses" and scripture citation, centered at the top of the page, was contextually about Joseph comforting his brothers who had left him for dead but overall it's a perspective of seeing how God can show good in one's life when situations seem so adverse.
You (cancer diagnosis, in my thinking) "intended to harm me, but God intended it for good." (Genesis 50:10)

The author expounded on the intent of wanting to savor life saying,  "When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief........to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that's celebration."

In hindsight or introspection of said event, I can see my rare MAC cancer as one of the BIGGEST BLESSINGS of my life. An event worth celebrating.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

CHOOSE GRATITUDE!

On December 30, I received this shocking email---
Hello Dotsy,
            Aggie went to be with Jesus last Thursday (12/29/16) after a brief but very difficult struggle with an until now undetected blood disorder. I know you were a real encouragement to her, so I need to pass this information on to you.

            A celebration of her life will be held Saturday January 7th.

Sincerely, Greg Tharp

Some times are easier than other times in which to choose gratitude. 
Today is the memorial service for, Agnes "Aggie" Tharp, one lady very dear to my heart, though I have never met her face to face. Yet I am so-o-o grateful to have "known" Aggie, albeit via cyberspace. 
So I choose gratitude for the Lord's allowing our paths to cross.
I sent him an email I had received from Aggie 5 years ago hoping it might offer him comfort:
The night I learned that (friend) had gone on to eternity, I couldn't go to sleep.  I began thinking of the people we knew in common up in heaven, and then Ken meeting Bible characters, and THEN meeting JESUS!!!  I got such a spirit of celebration and joy that I couldn't be sad about Ken's death.  And in a way that experience changed my attitude toward death.  For the child of God it is not sad!  True, for those left behind, the separation hurts.  What a joy to know that it is temporary! Love & prayers, Aggie

Gratitude tinged with sadness---for me and all who knew and loved her, I'm sure!


Aggie has been a "Dotsy Details" blog reader since November 2009 as far as my "Comments" show.


S. D. Gordon wrote: The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing, but it is the chief thing. The great people of earth are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray. Thank you, Dotsy, for reminding us of the privilege and importance of prayer! Love and prayers, from Agnes in France

Encouraging me from the very start as Agnes, sometime in 2012 Agnes became "Aggie."
Regardless of her signature, blog comments and email messages were always ENCOURAGING! I knew they were sent with love and prayers. Aggie was one of "my" best  prayer warriors, without me even requesting prayers from her. She didn't just say she prayed, she sent the very scriptures to back it up. What a privilege to be on the receiving end of her prayers---which she prayed "all over me."

As I took time in the Word this morning, Psalm 92 (one of today's Scripture readings in the liturgical calendar) is obviously for you, and I am praying it all over you now, and for the upcoming trip. YES, TRUST is the word.  Psalm 37:5, Commit - trust - and God will do the rest.  

Aggie and I both shared an affinity for the Psalms and often "camped out there so I particularly loved this email from her. 
God spoke Psalm 34:8 to my heart, "The angel of the Lord camps around those who fear Him..."  Wow, I thought, he doesn't just fly or flutter over, he CAMPS.



1/12/10 Interesting how the Father seems to be saying the same things to his children, even though separated geographically by great distances..... GOD REIGNS! Not, He said that He would, nor, some day He will, but here, now; in this present situation, in whatever storm I may be going through, GOD REIGNS! When Jesus was sleeping in the boat, He was in perfect control, even though the disciples were beside themselves with fear! Peace, be still. We can be still, and know that God is God and that He reigns!

Often she would end a message with, "Are you okay, Dotsy?"
How intuitive she was! What a faithful prayer warrior! 

I saw Aggie's life well-lived through her words. 
"Don't answer questions that people aren't asking you, but live in such a way that people will ask you questions (about your faith in, walk with, God)." (though I can't remember who said it---Aggie) Through our correspondence, I imagine many saw Jesus in her life and were asking her about her faith!


Yesterday I ended my email reply to her husband Greg assuring him that I was using Aggie's pictures in my visual prayer journal....
" to continue to pray for Stephanie and Etienne and their children, each Saturday---it is my "bouquet of thanks" to place at her service."
Prayerfully, (& gratefully) Dotsy