WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?
Gratefully Marvelling at Modern Medicine!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DIVERSI-TEA: A FLAVORFUL CUPPA

Diversi-TEA is a colorful, flavorful cuppa!
Yet, in some areas, as folks try to serve it, it somehow gets jostled and spills all over the place.
This display at sculptress, Heidi Walter's, "Crafts & Drafts" booth said it all! 
Heidi says, "God speaks to my heart. My art speaks of my heart."
Love = diversity. It's modeled in scripture as our Lord shows no partiality. (Deuteronomy 10:17)

Let's keep trying; Let's continue to serve it up in Memphis. One cuppa diversi-TEA at a time!

Monday, November 12, 2018

SNIT, TWIT, OR WRONG SIDE OF THE BED

Have you ever started a day feeling off-kilter. At 2211, in my early years, Mother would say, "Looks like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning."
Lysa TerKeurest said, "I woke up one morning in a twit." Embraced devotional (p. 259)  I, too, as Terkheurst says, am not even sure what a twit is unless one adds a "ter" to it. These day everyone knows what twitter is. 
TerKhurst describes a twit as "all twisted up with irritation sprinkled on top."

To me, that's a snit. I can wake up in a snit. Even a slight traffic delay, computer snafu or 45 minute hold on the phone can throw me into one. 
Regardless of the word choice for irritation/agitation, there's a real "choice" to be made! 
Choose to focus on God and not the "bum circumstance." Pause--inhale, exhale! Then choose.
 
His presence can unleash peace--enough peace for any snit, twit or wrong side of the bed! (Philippians 4:7)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

SATURDAY SNIPPETS

Snippets are pithy grabbers of sorts . Bits and pieces. Concise. Big thoughts with few words. Poetry found in prose. Those are my definitions.

Merriam-Webster has its own. 

Definition of snippet 

: a small part, piece, or thing,  especially  : a brief quotable passage

We agree on the brief quotable passages. That's what this entry is to become---a repository for personal snippets that speak to me from books I read.
  • In answer to her daughter Annie's question, "Why didn't I feel this before?", Lorraine said, 
  • "Because we embrace out scars more than our healing." (Albom, M. the next person you meet in heaven, (p.149)
  • Victor the stutterer---"True courage is having the strength to do the things that terrify you." (Vawter, V. Paperboy, CD chapter 1)
  • But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. (1 Peter 4:15) Meddler jumped off the "evil" list and still has my attention!
  • Sometimes bad people mess things up for the good people doing good. (Duncan, A. Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, Sanitation Strike of 1968, 2018, unpaged)
Even a snippet from a child's picture book can have me pause to ponder.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

FRIENDSHIP & FELLOW SHIP: TRUE CONNECTIONS!!

Headin' out to connect. Will post when I return!

Monday, November 5, 2018

3 Rs in ONE'S SPIRITUAL LIFE

Yesterday's sermon had me remembering 3 Rs---Repent, Return to God and be Refreshed (Acts 3:17). Sometimes we get so caught up in the busyness of life that we live overwhelmed and need refreshing. Times of refreshing can come---when we set aside expectations set by ourselves and others in repentance and turn to the Lord.

This time in Memphis.
This time in the eventide with my personal vespers.
This time for worship.
This time inside in my prayer chair

Last summer I also sought refreshment according to God's formula.


Last time in Maine
Last time at mid-day, not in the eventide.
Last time, as always, for worship. 
Last time outside in a place for quiet meditation within a sanctuary of God's handiwork. (Psalm 96:11-12)
I felt as if I had ascended the hill of the Lord and was standing in His holy place. (Psalm 24:3)
I'm not young per say but times of refreshing are needed at any age mostly inside my own home but  this sanctuary, in Camden, ME, also filled the bill. It was worth the visit,

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

HOPE REMAINS!

Hope hovers. Hope floats. Hope remains.
 
Hope hovers over my good days.
Hope floats around in my thinking even on my bad days.
Hope remains steadfast and sure when I remember "whose" I am.
A living hope has life in it and therefore can give life to us. Because it has life, it grows and becomes greater and more beautiful as time goes on. Time destroys most hopes; they fade and then die. But the passing of time only makes a Christian's hope that much more glorious. (Warren Wiersbe)
Teaching yesterday on Anchored in Spirit-Filled Living, from 1 Peter 4:1-3, my hope was renewed in Him, my anchor. The only anchor that holds.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.             (Hebrews 6:19)
Praises for an enduring hope!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WORDSMITH WEDNESDAY

Wordsmith's find joy in words. Some words are stored in their memory banks. Some catapult the mind to another time and place. Catapult is such a word for me.

Catapult can be a "fun" word for mouth exercises. I know because I had to exercise my mouth after my cancer surgeries. Catapult: A word to retrain me to pucker and blow. 

Catapult can be a spiritual ACTION---as when God's word "jumps or springs" into my mind at just the right moment.
The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say, the moment that you need them. (Luke 12:12)
My knowledge of physics is very limited. But spiritually as I examine this catapult, I see the spring as the Holy Spirit who releases the payload. The payload is the transmitted data from God's word to my mind---a message intended for me during my hour of need. Spiritual warfare showcases one's need for God's truth.

As Robert Morgan states, when his heart is downcast, "Even the most familiar passage of Scripture can take on new life as we read them day by day. Sometimes a verse or word will leap off the page as if catapulted by the Holy Spirit."

Today may God's prefect words "catapult" into your mind for your edification on this Wordsmith Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL!

GREAT AMERICAN READ TONIGHT ON PBS/WKNO----7PM CST!!! 
Reading is so-o-o important---but for me, it's also important what I read!
More later---after the broadcast. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

MONDAY's MURKY MUSINGS

Murky musings result as another sleepless night made my Monday's musings and meditation a little foggy. I'm sure that the Lord must have life lessons for me during these l-o-n-g nights but I spend so much time trying to sleep, I think I'm missing them..

Insomniacs unite---or at least share remedies for those who panic at the very thought of how little sleep they are getting.

I've tried many---trying to leave drug remedies on the shelf where they belong.

No digital 2 hours prior to bedtime. Same time every night. Be alert to your "window" of sleepy signs. Keep bed room cool. White noise. No noise. Back rubs from hubby. Relaxing breathing---deeply through the nose, hold & then exhale slowly to count of 7. Listen to the semi-boring book for the umpteenth time. Recite scripture. (Psalm 3:4-5, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 121:1-4, Proverbs 3:24, Matthew 6:34, Matthew 1:28-29, Philippians 4:6-7) Honestly, I love God's word & it excites me more than it calms me.

Recently I resorted to a "treat". insomnia cookies! It might be a little out of the box but warm cookies are "delivered" until 3 AM daily. Desperation ruled. My "moral failure & fear calculation" time is usually between 2 AM & 4 AM so those warm cookies would be timely.

I know God gives to His beloved, even as she sleeps. (Psalm 127:2) 
I just wish He would give her sleep. 

To be honest, the warm cookies & milk didn't work on my head---but at least my tummy felt better!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

GOD'S BEAUTIFUL WORLD

The earth is the Lord and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1)
This past summer, Hubby and I experienced such fulness as we trekked from Long Island to Maine, in and out of coastal towns through park paths and hidden walkways.
We experienced nature as God's beautiful creation---through which, He was able to teach us, speak to us and provide for us.

  1. For the beauty of the earth,
    For the beauty of the skies,
    For the love which from our birth
    Over and around us lies,
  2. (Chorus)
    Lord of all, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.
  3. 2. For the beauty of each hour
    Of the day and of the night,
    Hill and vale, and tree and flow'r,
    Sun and moon, and stars of light
  4. Chorus)
    Lord of all, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.
A-men and A-men! 
Today I saw it again---in the ordinary aftermath of a fall rain. Right on my doorstep. Raindrops from Him on a single pumpkin created for such a season as this.
God's creation is beautiful no matter the location.