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.
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.
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 Gardenslast 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.
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!
A great treatise on prayer and the video makes me "puddle" everytime I see it.
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Banana Split after all
Praises!!! I was able to dance at Halle and Kyle's wedding.
Praises for peace that passes understanding throughout the healing process. It was certainly there during ALL the surgeries thanks to the fervent prayers of many. Cancer is always in one's rear-view but so is trust in the Lord--- for all His children!