Monday, June 5th, 2023

“Christ has set us free! This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don’t ever become slaves of the Law again.” —Galatians 5:1 (CEV)

Dear Friends ~

Recently, I have found myself overwhelmed, frustrated and even angry. What is even worse is that I have allowed my emotions to overflow into my personal and professional life. I admittedly can be bold and brass at times, when making statements I feel most passionately about. I also know, there are times when one needs to be more tempered and restrained. But, stress has a way of seeping out through stress fractures in our self-applied armor; the figurative cloaks we cover ourselves with. I am just human, not an action superhero from Marvels: Avengers, a personal favorite. And, I do not have a cloak of invisibility like Harry Potter. Just last week, I felt my body was telling me that I was depleted, needed rest and recovery but, being overconfident and unyieldingly stubborn I told myself, YOU GOT THIS! Well, that was a lie and as soon as I got to work and entered the office space I work in which was filled with coworkers…I lost myself and I all the restraints of my occasional brassy tone! It was like a dormant volcano just erupted. Let’s just say it was not long before I was called out by my supervisor, saying “let’s take a walk.” Dun, Dun Duuun! Sometimes it’s not always a good idea to speak aloud the words swirling in one’s head! I’m happy to say, we were able to talk things out and I took a few moments to collect myself and I returned to the office and apologized to everyone. I felt very ashamed and embarrassed, I knew I was wrong and needed forgiveness. The release of such a burden was as if weights were lifted off me.

“But the gift of God’s undeserved grace was very different from Adam’s sin. That one sin brought death to many others. Yet in an even greater way, Jesus Christ alone brought God’s gift of undeserved grace to many people.”

Romans 5:15 (CEV)
This could be me…

I have been ignoring the signs my body has been telling me as well as suggests from friends to get some rest. I am not very good at say “no” and I often overextend myself. I love, really I do…love helping others and caring for others. I’m really bad, super bad about asking or accepting support or help. Trust me, I’ve been trying to make sense of my bad choices my entire life. Deep down I know I have an unresolved “something” I just can’t or haven’t been able to articulate it. I find that it bubbles towards the surface in times of deep stress and uncontrolled circumstances. Most of the time, I’m pretty good at keeping “it” whatever “it” is at bay.

If you know me, you might be asking “why I am not simply praying about this and turning it over to God?” I have tried and well, the truth is, I can be stubborn, foolish and selfish. I talk to God everyday but rarely confide about my personal struggles, all the time knowing and believing He already know my heart and everything about me. In fact, I have trouble telling most people about my struggles. There’s some misguided lesson I learned that to do so makes me weak and less than…oh, I don’t know. I have been feeling very unworthy and undeserving, maybe even a bit pitiful. But of course, I am unworthy and undeserving of God’s love, grace and forgiveness! I know and believe that God loves me, not because of anything I’ve done but because God loved me first. Jesus made a way of salvation for me. I’m human and forget that I’m a created being. I am a child of God, His love covers my sins, His mercy and grace have been extended to me by His great love.

I sometimes feel like the world is spinning out of control, the scales of justice tipping in extremes or not working at all. Violence and crimes are on the rise. There seems to be fewer and fewer people giving/receiving respect for one another, politeness is often ignored or scoffed at and self-preservation seems to a priory tat all costs.

Just to be clear, my life is not filled with doom and gloom. This mood or “bump in the road” is temporary. For instance, I look forward to walking into work on Sunday’s and Monday’s because I pass by at least 3-4 employees and just seeing them makes me smile. We exchange greetings and it feels…good! I really love my job and the duties I am responsible for, the people are pretty good too. I also have a friend that I text everyday, it is such joy to know someone is thinking about me and praying with me and for me. I have family that I love to spend time with, we tell stories over and over of our life experiences and remember fondly loved ones who are no longer with us.

It’s true what the Bible says about our lives…

Psalm 39:4-13 (NLT)

For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.
Psalm 39:1-4 Matthew Henry’s Commentary 

David here recollects, and leaves upon record, the workings of his heart under his afflictions; and it is good for us to do so, that what was thought amiss may be amended, and what was well thought of may be improved the next time.

“I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”

“But as I stood there in silence—not even speaking of good things—the turmoil within me grew worse.”

The more I thought about it,the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.”
Psalm 39:5-13 Matthew Henry’s Commentary 

The psalmist, having meditated on the shortness and uncertainty of life, and the vanity and vexation of spirit that attend all the comforts of life, here, in these verses, turns his eyes and heart heaven-ward. When there is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature it is to be found in God, and in communion with him; and to him we should be driven by our disappointments in the world. David here expresses,

“We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?

“My only hope is in you. Rescue me from my rebellion.”

“Do not let fools mock me. I am silent before you; I won’t say a word, for my punishment is from you.”

“But please stop striking me! I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.”

“When you discipline us for our sins, you consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath.”

“Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest—a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me.”

“Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.”
King David (c. 1633-1639) by Matthias Stom
Held in the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Marseille

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

James 4:14

Thank you for following my blog and visiting it today. It’s okay to have rough and difficult days, just remember you are never alone, God is with you. God is with me and I’m so very thankful for that.

~ ~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.





1995 Star Trek – Past Tense

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

Hello, first things first…thank you for taking a few minutes to check out my blog. I love this space where people from everywhere and nowhere can share their thoughts and ideas. I know there are some who might agree with me and likely some who do not and that’s is okay and probably should be expected if I’m truly realistic. Dialogue and healthy debate can be good and even encouraged.

Opportunities for seeing things from different perspectives can only help not hinder our learning and increase the depth of our understanding. I believe when people express themselves on particular topics that they feel very strongly about, they will be passionate in their delivery. Passion, enthusiasm, expectations along with facts should be presented even expected and in some cases desired to help deliver the message/idea.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to be respectful of your audience, to those who agree with you, the ones who may be undecided and especially to those who disagree with you. Being respectful does not mean you agree or even disagree but it does means others deserve the same privileges and freedoms as you do, we all deserve to be respected.

I recently read a devotional and it was as if God was talking directly to me. And I believe it’s a message everyone believer and nonbelievers alike needs to hear.

“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”

— Matthew 7:12a

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

— Micah 6:8

Find the app here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/today-daily-devotion/id399087521.

Read the devotional here: https://todaydevotional.com/devotions/the-lord-has-shown-us-what-is-good?embedded#noredirect

🛸🪐 Something Different 🛸🪐

Okay followers, I recently began (re)watching the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I caught an episode that was eerie and caused me to pause. The particular episode originally aired Jan 2, 1995. A time line within the episode takes place in 2024. How crazy is that(?)! Some of the scenes could easily be on the nightly news today. Watching the two part episodes called, “Past Tense” was frightening in that similar activities are actually happening right now and not only here in the United States but also around the globe. I don’t want to give too much away or even lead you to agree with my feelings, I only wish to share it with you. I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to share this with others.

Our world has many problems, so many that they cannot be fixed over night because they didn’t begin yesterday. I was raised with what I call “tough love” my parents loved me, never abused me and I did not get everything I wanted. Life has limitations, rules and responsibilities. I knew that money did not grow on trees, my parents ensured that I had the things I needed and even some wants. If I wanted something badly enough, I worked to earn the money to buy it.

I know the world is changing and growing, but I urge new generations and even older ones not to forget to learn life lessons that build a strong foundation for yourself as a person, to use your brain and not to rely solely on electronics to think for you. Your individuality is a gift, God created you and blessed you with the gift of life. I myself have fallen prey to the digital age, a decade or so ago I could retain phone numbers, addresses of so many people in my life and now, I rely too heavily on my phone to give me answers. The digital era we are traversing today is wonderful and helpful but I beg of you to remember you made of flesh and bone, you are more valuable than anything digital gadget…You, my friend are a child of the Most High, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, and the Lord God Almighty. Please remember this!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Seven Season: 1993 -1999

A transporter accident sends Dax, Sisko and Bashir back in time to the year 2024, when San Fransisco was plagued with riots and social upheaval. Episode aired Jan 2, 1995

  • Season 3 Episode 11 & 12
  • Past Tense (Part 1 & 2)



Friends, you bless me through your prayers, support and encouragement. Go and be the very best YOU today and always. ~Much love! 🌸☀️💗

~Charlotte, Seeker of Hope — Psalm 62:5

Do You Know Me

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
— 1 Corinthians 13:12

“You have searched me, Lord,and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;you are familiar with all my ways.”

~Psalm 139:1-3 (NIV)

It is true that God knows each and every person, God is our Creator, our Father. I am not just saying this, I really believe it. God knows us better than our best friends and family. There’s no hiding from our Creator, although we try, oh how we try…

I’m sharing these thoughts with you today because I’m struggling, struggling with life and the unknowing, the uncertainty of earthly things.

Yesterday simply by chance I watching the college softball playoff brackets take shape. I allowed myself to daydream a bit…when I was in high school our school newspaper ask students what they wanted to be/do after H.S. My answer was to play professional softball (I don’t think that’s even a thing), nonetheless that was what I dreamed of. I started playing the game at age 5 and continued playing well into my thirties. I have so many memories and I really liked the skills the game taught me through the years. My favorite thing, other than playing the game was my mom being at every game possible. She was my biggest fan and supporter. I hope she knew just how much I loved being her daughter and how much I loved her. Beautiful memories.

I told a friend recently that I am at an age where the road ahead of me is much shorter than the one behind me. I am facing questions and life decisions that seem impossible but here I am. It’s funny, thinking back at the dreams I had of what my life might look like at the age I am…I was like most other girls I grew up with, I thought of marriage and a family. I watch a hallmark Christmas movie and think, awe I wish…

Life is not a hallmark movie and our dreams don’t always come true. Don’t get me wrong, dreams are good to have and I haven’t given up on all of mine just yet. I have made my share of bad decisions and have lived through them and learned to make better ones. I have loved boldly, I have lost love painfully and my heart mended. I’ve hurt people I care about, I’ve lied, cheated and been forgiven, not because I deserved it necessarily but granted through compassion, mercy and lots of grace.

I try not to use the word regret because for every bad choice or decision I have made, I’ve learned about myself. God has shown me a better way and has never stopped loving me, no matter how ridiculous or stupid I’ve been.

This post is NOT just about me, I’m no more and no less important than anyone else. We all struggle and we are all children of God, loved simply because we are His children.

Life is by definition “living.” *See Merriam-Webster-Webster

Things don’t always turn out as we expect them too, sometimes they are even better! However, when things seem to be “discombobulated” we can choose to give into defeat or we can rise above it. Fight or Flight, perhaps. I tend to turn within myself, close others out and retreat into my living space. I have friends and I have family to turn to and they would do whatever I need but, I often choose solitude. Being alone is not the same as loneliness, it can be a thin line though. I struggle with depression and have for most of my life. I am fully aware of the darkness that comes with the diagnosis and I practice being proactive instead of reactionary to its symptoms. Staying active and engaged with others is a great option. I am currently training for a weekend 30 miles in 3 days walk happening this fall to rise money for breast cancer preventative services and affordable mammograms for women. I have recently started to see the benefits of healthier eating with some weight loss. These are wonderful things that add joy to my life.

A few things that people may or may not know about me…

  • I love to watch movies, all except horror films
  • I love to listen to audiobooks
  • I love learning about C.S.Lewis
  • I’m a romantic at heart
  • I long for companionship
  • I ache for knowledge
  • I have a bucket list
  • I love going to Walt Disney World
  • I love spending time with friends
  • I miss my high school best friends
  • I miss my college friends
  • I want to travel
  • I want a Honda Rebel 1100 DCT (Green Metallic)
  • I don’t like conflict
  • I don’t like brussels sprouts
  • I love coke zero
  • I want to take train ride vacation
  • I want honest politicians
  • I want peace
  • I want no more wars
  • I miss the feeling of being in love
  • I miss being in love

So, what’s on your list…

Everyone needs help with something at some point in their lives; brave and courageous individuals seek and ask for help. Talking to someone does not make you weak. You matter and I matter, God loved us!


• National Depression Hotline at (866) 629-4564

• Veterans Crisis Line Text 838255

• Lifeline Options For Deaf + Hard of Hearing For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

• Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis 1-888-628-9454

• Disaster Distress Helpline Call or Text 1-800-985-5990

In a world 🌍 where you can be anything, BE YOURSELF! There’s no one quite like you in the world. 🌎 Shine Bright ☀️ 🌏

Friends, thank you for taking time out of your day to visit my blog. I am blessed with wonderful people in my life and I am thankful for my internet blogger friends. God bless you, everyone!

~Charlotte, Seeker of Hope — Psalm 62:5






Exhortation to Patience and Trust

April 28th, 2023

Photo Credit: Me
April 12th, 2024
Avon Town Hall Park

Hello ~

It is good to write and share with you, my friends and family. I have been resistant to writing for some time now, the ideas and topics are simply waiting for me to “be still.” I need to embrace the words that are waiting to be released.

Recently, I spoken with a friend about being more disciplined with my boundaries, my writing and my devotions. As my friend responded, she ask for clarification of “disciplined” my response was to be more consistent in accomplishing them. There’s not a day that goes by that I am not aware of God, I am thankful for all His blessings. I read books by authors who share their faith and relate life stories using scripture references. My theology has deepened through books where the author is authentic and honest. I am currently reading, “The Genesis Trilogy” by Madeleine L’Engle and it is amazing. I love a phrase that she uses often when describing her work, “I am not a Christian author, I am a Christian, who writes.” I love that! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a Christian author, but in reality it does limit one’s audience, by definition.

Yesterday, I began using a new daily devotional book called, “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George. My very dear friend, Nancy gave me this as a gift.

God’s timing is always on time.

Each of us have personal battles we often fight alone. The alone part is a choice, I know this and yet I still often fight alone. The stigma that to ask for help is real, as if asking is a sign of defeat. None of us ever have to fight alone, God is with us. “Note to self/remember this!”

The first devotion I read was called, “Stop Complaining” now that’s timing!

The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Then tonight I read Psalm 37 and it felt like the words of David were speaking directly to my heart. Lately, I have found myself frustrated with just about everything. It is unhealthy to keep such toxic thoughts and feeling bottled up, they need healthy release. I’ve learned over the years change is hard but necessary. I know my frustration will not all leave me at once, humans can be very stubborn. Baby steps, so I will continue my devotions, read my Bible, listen to my audible books and begin to write again. Practice being still and listening for God’s voice. Patience and Trusting.”

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Psalm 37 (NRSVCE)

Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.

Do not fret—it leads only to evil.

For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.

But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

The wicked plot against the righteous, and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that their day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to kill those who walk uprightly; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Better is a little that the righteous person has than the abundance of many wicked.

For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide forever; they are not put to shame in evil times, in the days of famine they have abundance.

But the wicked perish,and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving; for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.

I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

They are ever giving liberally and lending, and their children become a blessing.

Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever.

For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his faithful ones.

The righteous shall be kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.

The righteous shall inherit the land, and live in it forever.

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak justice.

The law of their God is in their hearts; their steps do not slip.

The wicked watch for the righteous, and seek to kill them.

The Lord will not abandon them to their power, or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial.

Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on the destruction of the wicked.

I have seen the wicked oppressing, and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.

Again I passed by, and they were no more; though I sought them, they could not be found.

Mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the peaceable.

But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble.

The Lord helps them and rescues them; he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in him.


~Charlotte, Seeker of Hope — Psalm 62:5

(Re) Calibration: Can You Hear, The Silence

February 15th, 2023

To my friends ~ thank you for your continued support of my blog but more importantly; I thank you for your kindness, love and support of me as a fellow human being.

It has been several weeks since my last post and I’ve been trying to hear and listen to the silence in my world. My mind has been cluttered with so much noise. The audible white noise of daily living, the wants and needs of caring for loved ones; the duties and privileges of a job along with work responsibilities; the fears of the ever increasing cost of living; the longing to provide love, compassion and assistance to those in need that have less than me; and let’s not forget world peace. I say, world peace somewhat sarcastically because of the gravity of the divide that exists with all humanity on every continent of our world. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I know that I can experience peace, I also know that everlasting peace is coming, and I know the cost to make it possible.

These are a few of the things that spin around in my head both during my waking and sleeping hours. Usually I can convey my thoughts through writing but as of late, the words just won’t come, only noisy silence.

I made a statement about a year ago to a friend and the response what not what I had expected. With hindsight, I believe God was at work in this exchange and perhaps it was meant to shake me to more fully explain myself. This is what I said, “Your silence has not fallen on deaf ears.” Since voicing this out loud I’ve been reminded just how our world takes a comment out of context and runs wild with it. For the record, my friend DID NOT take anything out of context and honestly I don’t remember if I explained it, she merely thought the quote had already been said by someone else. She did not doubt the quote or even misunderstand it. Since that time I have engaged in other conversations with friends. The feedback I received was that the quote could be interpreted as offensive to the community of individuals with hearing impairments. I had to admit that was possible, but had not been my intent. Since my hearing is adequate at the moment, in my statement I merely meant, the message was received and effective without words. In many ways, my spirit/soul recognizes the message that was not relayed with any practiced form of communication. In retrospect, a seed was planted and over the past year it has been cultivated through my life experiences and allowed to grow. I was initially upset about the quote because I wanted to be known for something great, it’s a writer’s thing (maybe), but as I look back it was only a pride thing! God talks about pride throughout the Old and New Testament.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

10 Key Bible Verses on Pride: Click this link https://www.crossway.org/articles/10-key-bible-verses-on-pride/

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The closest quote I found, similar to mine was by (pen name) Truth Devour, an Australian born author.

“When you speak and your words fall on deaf ears, know that the universe listens.”

Truth Devour, Wantin (Wantin #1)

My faith in Jesus had taught me that He speaks and because of the Holy Spirit I can hear even when no audible voice is speaking to me. God tells me in Psalm 46:10a, “Be still, and know that I am God!” Take notice of the coma after the word still; I believe that’s important because we need to pause, being silent, be calm and know that God is God…the God of all creation and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! (And, of you and me!)

Photo Credit: Me
February 20th, 2016
Central Christian Church
Indianapolis, IN

The world, our world at times seems to me to be…overwhelming, that is the word that jumps out to me.

Our world is filled with places of overwhelming beauty. I have never visited most of them and yet as it has been said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Some of us are beach lovers, while others prefer the mountains. Others may enjoy the jungles, rainforests, coastal shores…that’s the wonderful thing about our world there’s literally something for everyone. I personally enjoy all the seasons, with winter being my least favorite. I love a bit of snow for Christmas and then I’m good. Our seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are very much like our lives. We are always changing and growing. Much to my dismay, changing is merely part of the human experience. I’m so thankful I’m not the same person I was ten years ago. Our ability to look back in hindsight, allows us to see more clearly the roads we have navigated. I know I have accomplished more than I ever thought I might because I only saw obstacles in my way and not opportunities. Life is every emotion challenged at some moment in our lives, difficult times are but a season. Embrace the good and hold it in your heart and when your hope needs reaffirmed, REMEMBER.

Click link below to view the 7 Wonders of the World


The phrase beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people have different opinions as to what should be deemed attractive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that beauty is subjective. Whether or not beauty is subjective has been debated at least since ancient Greece. Shakespeare wrote of beauty in Love’s Labour Lost, saying “Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye…” Benjamin Franklin wrote “Beauty, like supreme dominion/Is but supported by opinion,” in Poor Richard’s Almanack. Margaret Wolfe Hungerford is credited with coining the exact phrase beauty is in the eye of the beholder in her novel Molly Bawn, published in 1878.


Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who wrote under the name The Duchess, was an Irish author of popular romantic fiction. A widow, she supported her young family with her writing after the death of her first husband. She continued to write after her second marriage to Thomas Henry Hungerford, enjoying considerable success in Britain and the United States. She was the mother of six children, and died of typhoid at the age of 41.

Molly Bawn is The Duchess's most famous novel. Written in 1878, after the death of her first husband, it tells the story of a flirtatious young Irish woman. The Duchess is credited with coining the idiom "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" in Molly Bawn.

Friends, when you feel overwhelmed hold onto HOPE, your hope and help comes from the Lord God Almighty. Place your trust in Him and as the storms and seasons of life come and go, God will remain with you always. Even in my distress of feeling overwhelmed I knew God was with me.

~Peace to you my friends, with love always.

A few of my favorite photos, may you feel joy. All photos where talked by me in Indiana.

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God;my hope comes from him.” ~Psalm 62:5







Further Up, Further In • Advent 2022

December 25th, 2022

Friends, I pray you each had a beautiful holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus, our reason for celebrating Christmas. I am not so naïve to believe that everyone’s prayer were answered today, as if God were a genie granting wishes or that Jesus is like Santa delivering gifts. Holidays can be difficult for many people for a variety of reasons, but we always have HOPE. Hope is Jesus and the promise to be with Him in eternity. I have a friend that had planned for all her children to be with her and her husband this Christmas and unfortunately because of Winter Storm Elliott, their daughter’s flight was cancelled. What a bummer! They were disappointed but these things do happen and it did to several people this holiday traveling season. Disappointments, yes…thankful to be safe and loved is precious. And, another friend of mine is most likely celebrating Christmas with her father for the last time this side of heaven. Knowing that all involved are believers, helps and with the joys of being present with one another, a sense of sadness may also be casting a shadow or chill. The birth of Jesus is our gift from God, knowing we will always be loved and beloved by Him. This earthly life because of sin, will have its measures of pain, of sorrows and of grief, but because of a baby born in Bethlehem laying in a manger, these are all temporary. Our real home is not here, it is “Further Up, Further In.”

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia)

I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!

— C.S. Lewis

If you have never read “The Chronicles of Narnia,” I highly recommend them to both children and adults. I recently re-read them all and now I’m reading “Finding God in Narnia,” also a great book, the writer takes you on a beautiful trip weaving you through Narnia and the Bible.

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia)

“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” (Meaning: They had arrived in heaven).

— C.S. Lewis

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia)

Further up and further in

— C.S. Lewis

The Magi Visit The Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;for out of you will come a rulerwho will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

— Matthew 2:1-12

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

- Luke 2:1-21

Thank you so much for journeying with me through Advent. I am thankful for each one of you and I am grateful for your support and encouragement. Much love, peace, hope and joy to you.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.