Friday, December 2, 2022

HELP NEEDED!

I need help. Don't we all!!
Dear friend, Doris, sent this pic to me to remind me of the One who is my help!
Immediately "a very present help in trouble, " came to mind. 
A picture with the answer to all my woes and fears......JESUS!
Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. 
Past. Present. Future.
He is all the help I need!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

NEW WORDS!

As we age it is not only difficult to keep our word bank relevant but it's even more difficult to understand all the new words the younger generations bombard us with daily. When I'm with 5 of my teenage grandsons, I have difficulty following their conversations often accompanied with hand gestures.
It's always interesting when the OED adds new words each year based on upticks in usage. This past week folks at Webster include "gaslighting" as a relevant new word addition, I had never even heard of it but my daughter had and she enlightened me.
Instagram post by my dear friend, MP, who speaks fluent German and French, https://www.instagram.com/shellphoenix/ reminded me, "Actions speak louder than words." Regardless of the language.
Hubby concurs as he shouted Faking!!! at the TV yesterday during the match between USA and Iran.

All words, new and old, as well as actions, should be grace-laced especially on the international stage.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

ABOUND IN HOPE

Yesterday's F.O.C.U.S. verse was Romans 15:13 as I was praying for a Ukrainian gal who is very much in need of the God of all hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so by the power of the Holy spirit you may abound in hope.
I also visited a widow lady at her new assisted living facility and there on her counter was Romans !5:13, in part. 
My Monday meditation had certainly included that but it even went beyond as I applied the F.O.C.U.S. formula. Because of my meditation time, I knew how to "fix my eyes on the unseen" part of the verse.Believing and abounding.
Beyond that it was like a blessing from the Lord...a God wink, of sorts from Bobbie's counter! Close to skywriting from above.

Needless to say. I am now abounding in hope for an answered prayer from Ukraine.

Monday, November 28, 2022

F-O-C-U-S

FOCUS on........God's Word everyday!
Acrostics can help me do just that. FOCUS!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

THANKFUL THURSDAY!

Get ready for the confetti! 
Thankful Thursday is here. The 4th Thursday in November is probably the penultimate "Thankful Thursday" for Americans.
I have been "shooting" prayers for family, friends and neighbors all day as God brings folks to mind. Gratitude is heart filling!
ευχαριστώ 
In everything give thanks....
THX!
Thanks be to God.
Thanks you, Lord!
Get the idea.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A WAY WITH WORDS!

It is one thing to be a wordsmith.....
but it's much rarer to express one's self in both words and art. EMYO does just that.

What a privilege it was to attend the launch at Dixon Gallery and Gardens last week of her book, Marisol's Dress. It began with a reading by Emily herself with the accompanying Spanish translation as her mom sat in the audience.
The story itself was inspired by her mother's journey from Cuba during the revolution as she fled the communist revolution there with only her abuela, one white dress that twirled and only one doll to a place across the blue ocean where she knew no one and did not even know the language spoken there.She carried her Mama's words in her heart. 
Remember you are brave and you are loved.
When lonely in her room in America, Marisol has only white paper and some pencils. A great truth enters her mind.
She realized what she had in front of her was enough for today.
The book encourages all to face hardship with courage....
When life gives you lemons, make paper dolls.
EMYO's book has young readers searching for lemons on every page.

From the large impressionist art works from which the illustrations were drawn to the unique words and phrases included, the book itself is truly a complete  work of art.
Marisol's Dress is so special to me because the book depicts the life of EMYO's mom, a dear, dear friend of mine. It also can inspire others, regardless of the age, to know they are brave and loved in the midst of challenges.

Needless to say, I will pass this treasure on to each of my granddaughters.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

THOUGHT PROVOKING......

Thought provoking or just plain ole sin?
"Let go and let God" is what my AA brother learned.
Act on what you know. Leave the rest to God.
Paul says to "throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles us." (Hebrews 12:1) 
Overthinking is wearying me out. My worrisome thoughts are a euphemisim for control attempts...people, events and things I cannot change.
Entangling me. I need to throw it out! Not only does hubby see this in me but friend Jerrie does as well.
She gifted me lately with something she knew was right up my alley....sticky notes!
But.....the quote, probably, also right up my alley,  gave me pause. Not a refreshing pause.
Hmmm...back to square one for me, the consummate overthinker!
Take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

We need only to have faith and leave the details to God!

Monday, November 21, 2022

SPIRITUAL ORDER!

ORDER??
Alphabetical? Branding/ Focal? Spiritual?
The lines at Everett Street Diner in Bryson City, North Carolina are long even before 7am opening time. 
Why? ESD has reputation as the best breakfast in town!
Their mug branding attests to this. It's all about food!
Though food is the focus....family and faith are all so included.
I might consider spiritual branding first, which would also include alphabetical correctness, also important for a "word nerd." Faith first.
FAITH. FAMILY. FOOD.

"Through faith the righteous have life" to enjoy the other above mentioned components. (Hebrews 11:6)

Always put God first. Spiritual order counts in life!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

WORSHIPFUL WONDER!

God's creative wonder through my kitchen window can have me bowing in worship.
A new fledgling of bluebirds flitting back and forth for their mealworms.


A hairy woodpecker and goldfinch at the suet cakes.
A Carolina chickadee on the swing.
A new visitor--a house finch* with his red tuft caught in the sunlight.

Focusing on his creation by simply looking out my window, allows me "NOT to get tangled up in tomorrow's worry-webs," as Sarah Young reminds me. (Jesus Listens November 17)

Wonder of Wonders! Right outside my kitchen window! 
Worthy of Worship for their creator!

*Friend Anne B. said the little yellow bird might be a ruby crowned kinglet.Thx for the info! 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

HUMILITY IN PRACTICE!!

Humility. Without pride, Lowly. Meek. Gentle.
Recently, I came across a NT analogy of humility. It seemed to truly represent the  characteristic of thinking of others more important than oneself and translating those thoughts into action. "Tie on the servant's apron."

The staff at First Evangelical Church does it well! Quite literally!

We can choose to do it too.
Begin each day with your apron at hand. 
Tie on your servant attitude as you sip your morning cuppa humili-TEA!