One Day At A Time•Meets •The Golden Girls•Meets•The Facts of Life

Shalom and Peace to you~

Monday was both long and frustrating for me and my family. We found out late in the afternoon that my dad may need to continue his physical therapy in a medical facility inside of going home. We are all disappointed but also appreciate the honest assessment of the situation. My dad is in good spirits and wants to do what’s recommended for his continued health and independence. He’s also evangelizing and reading his bible daily. What a witness for the Lord! The nursing staff and medical assistance all rave about how much they love him! And it just comes right out and ask, “Do you go to Church?” and “Are you saved?” What a blessing to have a faithful father and more importantly a faithful follower of Jesus! They love him so much in the hospital that on his whiteboard in his room under plan to go home says, “Never, because we love you!”

How awesome is that! Our family could not ask for any better treatment and care than what St. Vincent-Williamsport Hospital has provided. They have been such a blessing! So, the plan is to meet with his physician in the morning and make a decision/plan for the next couple of weeks. As you might imagine there’s an endless list of questions and decisions that must be made and many of them are necessary but difficult. It’s hard to grasp the magnitude of parents aging and accepting the reality of life and death. For those who know me and follow my blog, I’ve written about losing my mother in 2012, it was a shock to all of us and we were completely unprepared. I’m finding that there’s a lot of legal issues with the elderly as they require more assistance and rely on Medicare and Medicaid for services. While I understand some of the logic, there is little that is fair for all. Our wish and hope is for dad to come home and live out the rest of his life surrounded by memories in the home he made with his beloved family.

I am staying in my dads home, the home I grew up in and was drawn to write this while watching one of my favorite sitcoms, “The Golden Girls.” I hope I’m lucky enough to have such faithful, fun loving individuals around me as I continue to age. Those four women, unique and independent in their own ways our a source of strength and stability for one another no matter what happens. The other sitcom I’m reminded of it, “One Day At a Time” the original and the recent reboot on Netflix. Life has a tendency to throw you curveballs and you have to be flexible and willing to bend with the wind, so to speak. Then, there’s “The Facts of Life.” What a great show about adolescences and challenges of growing up and gaining independence. Anyways, those are a few of my favorites. Along with all these shows I also had constant family support and positive role models in my life growing up and I do not take that fir granted. I’m thankful for being exposed to the love of Jesus at a very young age and for being given opportunities to pursue my faith. My parents did not push religion upon my brother and me growing up but they ensured we were exposed to it and that provided us with values, standards and character growing up. I’m so proud of my brother and his accomplishments, and I’m also proud of my niece and nephew as well. Family is very important and precious, and family is anyone who adds value to your life! The Bible tells us many things about family and who is our family…

The Bible is clear about creation, one of my favorite passages is found in John 1:1-4, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.” (NRSV)

The Bible also has these references:

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” ~Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” ~Colossians 1:15-17 (NRSV)

“Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” ~1 Corinthians 8:5-6 (NRSV)

In my heart and mind, it is (my) belief that we are all God’s children and are created/born with a purpose and a plan. This thought process and belief may not be in complete agreement with yours and that’s ok. There are passages in the Bible that state that we, as believers (those accepting that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and sacrificed himself for us) are called, “the children of God.”

“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” ~John 1:12-13 (NRSV)

“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.” ~1 John 3:10 (NIV)

I think both statement about who are called “the children of God” whether by creation or by accepting Christ as Savior, can be true and have separate meanings. I wish to offend no one and absolutely do not want to try and persuade you into thinking otherwise as I am not a biblical scholar, I am simply sharing my thoughts. Just as I’m sure not everyone accepts my favorite TV sitcoms as wholesome and positive christian values of its characters. I simply try and glean as much as I can from the characters and their roles. One can see the Hand of God in all things, if they choose to. I like these quotes by Helen Keller…

Today, which is Tuesday, is proving to be another long and frustrating day and I’m thankful to be a part of it. My dad is continuing to improve and I have enjoyed spending the morning with him. Though some of our time was spent in silence, it’s never really quiet because my thoughts are of him and all the things I love about him. We talked about the past and the future, laughed about our life experiences and shared in precious memories of mom, mostly thankful hearts for the time we have together. Sometimes no words are necessary in conveying one’s feelings.

As today comes to a close, a lot has happened since starting my day and this post. My father was discharged from the hospital and admitted to a nursing/rehabilitation center. The plan is short term, only a week or two and then hopefully he can return home and be as independent as possible in his own home. I think dad took the transition better than my brother and I did, he is so positive and upbeat. He even started his physical therapy today and bravely ate his dinner in the main dining hall instead of in his room. I could not be prouder to have him as my dad, I hope I can age with the grace and independence that he is. My brother came to see and sit with dad after he had worked all day, so I could leave and take care of other things. I’m so thankful for his commitment to dad and for the father/son relationship they have. They are so much alike, they both have generous spirits and true kindness for helping others. I like to think that mom is somehow looking down from heaven with joy as she sees the man her son as grown into and sees the depth of dads love for family and God!

The best way I know how to close this is to simple encourage everyone to daily trust in God, living one day at a time and may all your days be golden.

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.compellingtruth.org/amp/all-God-children.html

On Our Best Day & Our Worst Day

 

Every day of our lives no matter what is happening; we have, in my opinion, three things: God, Heart and Soul. True, we also need air, food and water all of which are provided by God. There is nothing without God, no me, no air, no food, no heart and no soul.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

These past few weeks have been challenging for me on many fronts. My job offers a multitude of difficulties which are often more created from reaction than being proactive. I have been trying to better prepare myself for unpleasant situations and training my brain to engage before my mouth! I’m a work in progress and I’m thankful for God’s grace and forgiveness. My father has been in the hospital for the past couple of weeks, he gave us all quite a scare but the Lord has blessed us with great health care workers and my dad is slowly regaining his strength and his health is improving. My brother has been such a source of strength and support throughout this process. He has jumped in and helped with maintaining dad’s house and yard as well as visiting him nearly every day while dad is in the hospital. Not that this wasn’t enough, I have a health concern if my own. It may be nothing, it may be something, only way to find out is to see the doctor, which I am going to do. No need to worry, I remind myself of this fact often. This conditional world does that to us, creeps into our psyche and causes us to doubt ourselves and our God. I can say with confidence that I trust God and His Plan, and with that comes His timing as well!

I think the most frustrating thing about all of these things going on in my life is finding balance. We each find balance in a variety of ways and I am not in any position to promote one over another, I can only offer up what I’ve tried and what works for me. I know myself well enough that when I allow myself to be “spent” I totally go into “shutdown” mode. I definitely do not recommend allowing yourself to be completely drained, our bodies are not designed for such abuse. Everything in moderation. Eating well, resting, recreation and work, they are all important and necessary. Along with these things is spiritual wellness, in my opinion is the KEY to living a well balanced life. Spending time with God is as important as breathing. I have thought about this particular area a lot, God is not and should never be an after thought. We are nothing without God. Our very existence is because God created us and He loves us. I have learned and continually remind myself that God wants to be included and a part of every aspect of our lives. He wants to share our joys, our sorrows, our ups and downs, our embarrassing moments and our crowning glory moments. There’s nothing so bad that God would not want to be by your side.

So, what to do when frustrations mount and you feel like your in the spin cycle of a washing machine? In order to find balance it’s important to know one’s limitations. Taking control of the things we have control over and recognizing things we do not control and asking for God’s help in our concerns. Take it from me, you are not invincible. I have tried for years to convince myself and those around me that I am able to handle everything. Obviously, I was wrong and I was fooling no one including myself and causing more harm by lying about it. Why is it that some of us think we have to be “superhuman?” Where do we even learn that concept? If you’re like me, I would never expect anyone to do or handle the things that I try to make myself deal with…it’s a crazy thing to even think of, so why in the world would I expect it from myself. *The day I realized this, was day one of my healing process. Recently, I took a honest and full inventory of the things I’m trying to do, juggle would be a better word. I have to make some hard decisions for myself and I know they are for the best but I still feel like I’m letting others and myself down to a small degree. I’ve decided to cut back on some volunteer work that I’m doing, though it brings me enormous joy it is also a sacrifice of my time that is running very thin these days and I need to take care of myself in the same manner in which I want others to do for themselves. My new outlook tells me this is healthy and is a good thing. The old me would have been judgmental and criticizing of not being good enough or strong enough and just plain NOT ENOUGH. The truth is, I am enough and the decisions and choices I’m making are not selfish for myself or to others. It’s being kind and considerate of both. The grace we extent to others is equally deserving to ourselves. God loves us, not our attributes, skills and abilities. Our value is within us, not what we can or cannot do. Remember, “But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:8

Below I have included a poem I wrote a few years ago before I found balance but as I look at the words today, I can see glimpses of truth trying to shine through my words, I just wasn’t ready to fully see the path in front of me.

Heart and Soul

Cold and scared where will I find refuge

Bleeding within myself, beaten, battered and bruised

My chest aches with the weight of the world upon me

Will I see the Light, will I ever feel again

My tears offer no release, I’m chained twisted and torn

I want to scream but who would hear my cries

God are you there, I need to know am I worthy

I’ve never been this lost before, where is home

I feel so full of emptiness, why do I even have a heart

My heart is a battlefield colored with darkness

Will my sorrow continue, what more will fall or go away

I am the infant that nothing will soothe my cries

I am the tree on a lonely plain, no shelter no leaves

I’m a single blade of grass on a concrete yard

How did I get here , who am I, why does it matter

When did I know, what purpose do I have

Talk to me, I am searching, is that my purpose

Crawling and scraping where am I to go

Can I be true to you and to me,

simultaneously

Show me the way home…

~C.A.Robinson ©️

March 26, 2013

2:53am

May you always find your way to God, no matter what kind of day you are experiencing.

~Peace~

References/Recommendations:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.openbible.info/topics/i_will_never_leave_you_nor_forsake_you

“The Screwtape Letters” by C.S.Lewis

Below are some verses that will encourage you and tell you of God’s promises:

Deuteronomy 31:6

Deuteronomy 31:8

Joshua 1:5

Joshua 1:9

Isaiah 41:10-13

Matthew 28:20

John 14:1-31

Hebrews 13:5-6

Philippians 4:6-7

Skin and Truth

Hello friends-

Here’s a poem from several years ago, hope you like it.

Years of stretching

and pulling

Endless tossing

and turning

All the questions,

doubts and

complete denial

Seeking and searching

for your approval

Feeling alone, rejected,

an outcast

Looking for understanding

and acceptance

Your face was blank,

nothing, a void

Running and hiding…

I thought from you?

I did not fit!

Out of Style!

Out of date?

The years have made

you soften

The roughness of

your edges are slowly

disappearing

Truth, it finally came to me…

The most unexpected of

places

-Within me-

Not my reflection in a mirror

Not an action or expression

-My heart, my very soul-

I had not accepted me

My obstacle in life has

begun to fade.

-C.A.Robinson

 05/13/07

12:05am

Growth, Prayers Answered

Hello dear friends

I’ve been spending time reading some of my writing from over the years and wanted to share some with you. My hope is that it might resonate with someone else and help promote healing and recognition of the power of God. Without God, I am nothing! As I read this particular writing and the corresponding date it was written, it reminded me of just how far God has brought me. I was still struggling with the loss of my mother and though I didn’t truly acknowledge it at the time, I needed to find myself and to figure out what I wanted in this life. I was still struggling with being alone after a nine year relationship and found it hard to let go and move forward. I caused myself a lot of frustration, directly due to my stubbornness. The other huge factor during all this was I kept God at a distance. Foolishly thinking I could handle life on my own. Through the years I have learned that God doesn’t make things just disappear from our lives, He walks with us through life and all it’s road bumps. He truly is a friend to sinners. I’m proud to call him friend, He’s my life Savior! The past few years have not always be easy or burden free but it has been so worth it, knowing that I am a stronger person, a more accepting person, a better human being, a more devoted and thankful Christian, trusting God with my life. And the best news of all, it’s all available to you as well. It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from…God loves you and wants to be your God! Trust Him!

 

A special thank you to my friends who stood by me through thick and thin; thank you for renewed friendship that I was sure I had ruined beyond repair due to my inability to be honest about myself years ago; thank you to a new friend that has become so special to me, you are my mentor, teacher, friend and spiritual guide and pure joy to share life experiences with; to friendships that have remained strong throughout my life with grace, patience and forgiveness, thank you. I’m tempted to list their names but I’m fearful I would miss someone and would feel awful for that.

A very special thank you to my church and church family. You have loved me unconditionally and I consider myself family to each and every one of you!

💙✝️🙏🏻💜

August 31, 2013 2:30 PM

“As I sit here typing letters to this page, forming words to describe the feelings I have pinned up in my head, my very soul is agitated, feelings are bouncing around in my head, is that supposed to happen? I’m angry but failing to understand why? When this day started I was focused and driven, by mid-afternoon I became a woman possessed…loud, negative and condescending, it was as if I lost total control of who I am.  I did not recognize the person I became,  a stranger in my body acting absurd and foolish.  I believe I actual had a temper- tantrum, seriously at my age.  Could all this anger come from being afraid? I’ve never been good at asking for help, always thinking someone will figure me out and just know what to do for me.  Less accountability on myself…I’ve never been a mom but my mom could tell by the sound of my voice or simply my actions to know something was up…I miss my mom.  I try to get what I need from my friends, but when they fail to recognize my needs, I implode like an old forgotten casino in Vegas, giving way to new neon lights…I melt like ice cream in late July!  As if its someone else’s responsibility to magically know what I need! Oh God, I’m broken and I need help, help me find my missing pieces. Teach me to ask for what I need, show me the difference between making a request and begging & being burdensome, teach me how to accept the truth.  I stand in shame of my actions, wishing I could take it all back but what is done, is done.  Such finality of it all! Oh God of mercy I am utterly ashamed of my words and actions and though I am not worthy of your forgiveness, I seek your mercy and grace to be upon me as I close out this day and my I be reminded of your steadfast and unconditional love for me and that I will see others through eyes of mercy and grace even in my humanness, to God be the glory forever and ever! Amen.”

All praise and glory be to God! ~Amen

~Peace~

My Refuge

My body so heavy, I dare not move a muscle.

I feel petrified, my screams are all I have left.

Crying out for the one person that can soothe my fears.

She’s no longer there, no rescue today.

I wake, it was all a dream…I slowly pull myself from bed,

Only to realize, she’s really gone and I’m alone in the dark.

No matter the age a child becomes, 

Mothers’ will always be our refuge.

-C.A.Robinson©️
June 5, 2013
3:52am

Snippets: Thoughts & Words

Hello friends~

I Just wanted to share a few snippets of my writings with you. Life is a beautiful journey and God has been with me every step of the way, especially when I have felt alone and forgotten. There’s something to be learned every single day and our growth is limited only by our our imagination. Stop listening to who the world says you are and start listening to God and trusting in His Plan!

May God Bless You and thank you for reading my words, I am humbled and honored you took the time.

~Peace~

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” ~John 14:27

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com

My Non-Specific Phobia: “Middle(ness)”

Middle is defined as being in the midst of something.

“As we release the hold of expectations and disappointments, as we stop trying to live into the imagined life and live the one we have been given, we discover a profound inner freedom to make choices out of love, rather than obligation or resentment.”  ~Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, The Wisdom of Mary and the Sacred Feminine – An Online Self-Study Retreat

I read the above quote after having a heartfelt conversation with a very dear friend about current challenges I am facing in life and being reminded that God has a plan, He’s always had a plan. I simply need to trust the plan and be open to the lessons God is teaching me.

I have found myself questioning many things over the past several days and formulating worst case scenarios so that I can be prepared for what the future may hold. Being prepared is not a bad thing, we all live better lives knowing that we have options and choices. The struggle for me and maybe others is that I am pretty good at beginning things (planning) and imagining the culmination of said things, I really struggle with the unknown and uncharted areas of the middle. I have often described myself as starting at “A” of the alphabet and quickly progress/jump to “Z” skipping the “B-Y” which is the true essence of said thing. True, it’s hard but so worth it. I say that because I know it to be true, I have not always been one to skips parts but I’ve learned, practiced and in a very sad way perfected it over the years. My reasoning for this has been in some respects; is that one can skip a lot of hurt, sadness and pain by avoiding the middle. The same can be said about missing the joys, happiness and pleasures of life that occur smack dab in the middle.

I know that my sense of reasoning is flawed and has come at a high price over the years. Being strong and responsible are great qualities to possess but being vulnerable and fragile doesn’t make one any less strong or responsible. It’s completely possible for all to exist together. Life is about taking chances and can be truly rewarding While experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I know I need to stop believing all the lies I tell myself and the lies I have imagined others saying to me or about me. I need to trust in God, accept God’s grace that He created me with purpose, on purpose and with a plan. I’ve hurt myself more than any other individual possibly could.

One of the biggest and best things we can do to move forward is to FORGIVE! Forgive ourselves for believing falsehoods about ourselves and forgive others of hurts that they directly or indirectly placed on us.

“Forgiveness is not about freeing the other person, it is about freeing yourself.” – Lisa Layden

Quote from, “How The Power Of Forgiveness Will Set You Free”

By: Tony Fahkry in the Mission (Mission.org)

“Forgiveness does not erase the past, but looks upon it with compassion.

To withhold forgiveness keeps alive emotions of hurt, anger and blame which discolour your perception of life.

To forgive, avoid ruminating on thoughts of being wronged. Rather, trust the power of forgiveness to heal the hurt and pain.

By holding on to pain and resentment, you suffer because the sorrow is intensified to keep it alive.

Despite people’s perceptions that forgiveness means to forget, its motive is preserved in self-forgiveness and the role you played in co-creating the circumstances.

This does not mean you consented to what transpired. Given your involvement, even as a victim, you forgive yourself regardless of your role.

Forgiveness means to let go of hatred, instead of allowing it to eat at you.”

“Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” ~Colossians 3:13-14

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” ~Matthew 6:12

It is my hope that this post provides encouragement to keep moving forward, strength to believe in yourself (myself) and courage to embrace and experience the “MIDDLE.”

Glean, the good.

Sift, the unpleasant.

Hold, the truths.

~Peace~

References:

https://lisalayden.com/forgiveness-about-freeing-yourself/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/medium.com/amp/p/8b3c95068bc2

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Selfless, Selfish…Finding Balance

Hello Friends~

I wanted to share with you some thoughts about change. The past week has been challenging for me in many respects and I have found myself wanting to share but having difficulty finding a way to express myself. It is not necessarily a lack of words, as my mind and thoughts have felt like a tornado of letters twirling around inside my head. The movie “Twister” comes to mind! My father has been experiencing a lot of medical issues recently and has been in two different hospitals just within the past seven days.

Selfishly, I think of myself…as my schedule has changed, I’ve slept in hospital chairs, taken time off of work and been away from my home and personal space. I am thankful for the ability to take time off work, thankful for coworkers covering my shifts and sick days to cover my leave. I thankful to be close to my family and honored to be able to care for my dad in his vulnerable condition. I’m thankful for my brother who has also sacrificed duties and responsibilities to be with dad and me. I’m blessed with family and friends who have lifted my family in prayer and have maintained contact through emails and text messages, I’m overwhelmed by the love and support.

When it comes to family, there’s an area I find quite troublesome, “parenting.” I am experienced in the child to adult relationship but from adult to child, I have no real practical experience. I know what it’s like to be a daughter, sister, aunt, and cousin but not mom. The fact finding process I conducted on myself tells me God knew exactly what he was doing in not making me a parent/mom. After this past week, I now understand the “No” answer to my prayers when I tried very hard to conceive back in 2008-2009, I’m clearly not equipped now and certainly would not have been then either. I’m not upset or bitter about it, it has all worked out for the best. My life is definitely in a much different place and space now. No regrets regarding the past, it is that past that paved the road to where I am now. I image caring for an parent as they age is kind of a role reversal of sorts, i am now caring for my dad as he has always cared for me. I could never repay all the things my parents have done for me and continue to do for me. My parents have molded me into the person I am today. I’m doing the best that I know how and ironically I’m sure that’s exactly what my parents would have said when they started their life journey together that included two children and two grandkids. I’m struggling with whether I’m making the right decisions, am I too direct, and I too stern…lots of doubts and questions, just wanting to do the right things in the best way possible. God is the only one who truly knows what’s best for us and even when we try to take life into our own hands and try to create our own destiny, God never leaves us and is always with us, especially during those times when we yank the steering wheel from God’s guiding hands.

I hope you are able to glean some morsels of encouragement from this post, God’s words-not mine. God Bless you and I thank you for your support this space!

Some days I am swollen with 
possibility, a ripe peach, 
fingers sticky with sweetness, 
while others I am hollowed out, 
a bone scraped clean

  — Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, excerpted from “Pendulum” in Dreaming of Stones: Poems

Life can be both good and challenging, filled with highs and lows, mountain tops and lowly valleys. Life is a series of seasons, similar to the weather season we experience every year.

“There seems to always be a guarantee in life that change will happen. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control of life. The good news is that God has a plan for your life…to hope, for a future, and to prosper. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow within us, to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments!https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-change/

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” ~Hebrews 13:8

“God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” ~Numbers 23:19

Change feels like it impedes upon our sense of independence and makes us feel like we have lost control over our own lives. Our sense of self-determination is often the first thing to go when we are faced with the potential of change occurring in our lives and even more so when it comes from someone else. 

~Peace~

References:

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0117998/fullcredits

https://abbeyofthearts.com/

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-change/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://hbr.org/2012/09/ten-reasons-people-resist-chang

Opinions & Rights: Who’s Right?

Friends-

I’m troubled…

• troubled by wanting to write this

• troubled with a need to write this

• troubled by the aching within me

Everyday as I drive to work I look at the roadside trash and wonder, why?

I am a realist, in the sense that the wind blows and some things just happen. I’m ok with that, though we still have a responsibility to maintain our planet. The things that cause me to question and literally shake my head are:

• The entire space outside of the world is not your personal landfill. Why must trash be thrown out the window of a moving vehicle? There’s literally trash cans and receptacles everywhere, especially in towns and cities. Your vehicle cannot be so precious that it can’t contain trash until proper disposal can be found.

• Just because it’s biodegradable, doesn’t mean you should dispose of it anywhere you would like.

• Why is mutual respect so hard?

Daily, I see construction on the rise and the price is destruction of trees and earth and (I) wonder, why?

I grew up in rural America, so I appreciate green grass and big beautiful trees. I understand the need for new construction and expansion but I also like the idea of breathing clean quality air which trees help to provide.

Most days, as I listen to the news; liberal, moderate and conservative and wonder, why?

• Why does everyone seem to be “yelling”

• Yelling at one another

• Yelling over one another

Why criticize everything?

Why not try compromise?

• Suggestion: for every 2 negative comments say something positive(?)

I’m simply stating my concerns, though I stated them as “troubles” sometimes I just want to share my thoughts with people who will listen and maybe even share some of my thoughts. I don’t come necessarily with an agenda and I don’t want to take aim at people only point out the end result of our (mine include) actions and the effects they have on others.

I’ve been guilty more times than I want to admit of “yelling” to make my point instead of listening and talking, having a conversation. I don’t like to admit this, but I have been known to be incorrect and down right wrong about things I’ve said and done! We all are capable of great good and well, the opposite. But, wait…we have help any time and any place.

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:2

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.

There’s a plethora of topics I could post about in this space but my ache is not so much the topics as it is the methods employed to present, advocate promote and disagree with of said topics. People matter, words matter and yes, methods matter. These words are all well and good but not everyone thinks like me or even wants to be treated as I would like to be treated, so where do we go from here….

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/magazine/does-the-golden-rule-hold-up-in-modern-society.html

Mother’s Day 2019

Hello –

Today is Monday, May 13th, 2019.  Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I had the honor of speaking at my church along with another incredible speaker who shared her story of motherhood with the congregation.  It was a beautiful day of celebrating women, mothers and spirit mothers who share and teach the truths of Jesus and His love.  I wanted to share the service with you and hope that it blesses you in some small way.  Wishing all women a belated “Happy Mother’s Day!”  Also, to the dads that do double duty, being mom and dad! Happy Mother’s Day to you as well!

Beautiful and Touching Story Reveals a Woman’s Only Flaw

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….
An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”
The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”
She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,” She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”
THE ANGEL was impressed “Just two hands…..impossible!
And this is the standard model?”
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”
“Can she think?” The Angel asked…
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”
The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…
“What’s it for?” Asked the Angel…. .
The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”…
This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvelous”
Lord said, “Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life”
The Angel asked: “So she is a perfect being?”
The lord replied: “No. She has just one drawback
She often forgets what she is worth.”

—Author unknown

~Peace~