Faith, Heart and Soul

Friday, May 27th, 2020

Greeting Friends & Family —

I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. It is the theme song to the TV show, Star Trek: Enterprise. With all the spare time I have now with COVID-19 I have been watching some shows online that I had never seen before. I must say that the timing of hearing this song and the poem I posted earlier are not mere chance. I believe with all my heart that the Holy Spirit is working together with God and Jesus for my good. Recently, I made a decision to be more proactive and resilient when it comes to life, specifically my life. I am choosing to live, learn and grow in ways that I never imagined possible. I have largely been living and looking forward while carry most of the weight of my past with me. On some level I convinced myself that I must bare the weight of all past mistakes even if they were not my fault alone. I am good at forgiveness when it comes to others but rarely extend it to myself. Recently, this misguided logic hit me hard and I could not ignore it any longer! I had been placing my judgment above God’s, how dare I! I was so wrong! As humans, it is inevitable that mistakes will be made. That is the ugly truth. God does not have an expectation of perfection from us, He created us. He loves us.

Ecclesiastes 7:20, “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

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Philippians 3:12-15, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.”

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James 3:2, “For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”

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Due to the COVID-19, I’m spending a lot of time alone, this is both a blessing and a curse. I have been cooking, cleaning, decorating, planting, blogging, relaxing, reading to mention a few.

The best advice I could offer anyone is to be in relationship with your Creator, get to know yourself and together create a plan to become the person you were created to be. YOU ARE SO LOVED!

Here’s the poem I mentioned earlier…

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Hello my friends —

One of my favorite quotes by C.S.Lewis is, “We are who we believe we are.”

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/

“If we really believe what we say we believe- if we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a “wandering to find home”, why should we not look forward to the arrival. There are, aren’t there, only three things we can do about death: to desire it, to fear it, or to ignore it. The third alternative, which is the one the modern world calls “healthy” is surely the most uneasy and precarious of all.”

—C.S.Lewis Letters to an American Lady

As I was reading the other day I came across a poem that moved me. I felt like it could have been written just for me. I found these words encouraging and supportive.

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

She Chose by Cara Alwill Leyba

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8147108-if-we-really-believe-what-we-say-we-believe–if

Turning The Other Cheek

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Hello friends—

Happy Monday to everyone! I want to share some thoughts about “Turning The Other Cheek.”

Have you heard the phrase “Turn the other cheek?” It is a familiar phrase to me and I have been hearing it since I was very young. The psychology and theology of it makes sense, it can also be very tough to put into practical application. For most of my life I have passionately defended myself, though I have not always done so in the most appropriate matter according to others. Too often, I find myself “taking the bait” when I am subjected to someone else’s ideals for life/work/living. Slow but surely I am learning that some people are just looking for a fight, “pot-stirrers” I like to call them. I’ve learned that some people are never satisfied and are always looking to start chaos. I’ve learned and continue to learn that when I react to these “fishing expeditions” it is like pouring gasoline on a flaming fire. Responding to “pot-stirrer” is feeding into their pathetic need to be reckoned with and it places them in a position of authoritarianism. Most importantly, respect yourself and trust your gut! Know your value and know that your value is not dependent upon someone’s slanted opinion. You are a child of God! You are precious! You were created on purpose and with a plan!

I don’t usually quote or use Wikipedia as a source but in this case I’m using the basic narrative for the phrase, “Turning The Other Cheek.”

Turning the other cheek is a phrase in Christian doctrine from the Sermon on the Mount that refers to responding to injury without revenge and allowing more injury. This passage is variously interpreted as commanding nonresistance, Christian pacifism, or nonviolence on the part of the victim. It has also been interpreted as a way to embarrass a bully. *See below link to this information.

—Matthew 5:38-48—

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turning_the_other_cheek

Memorial Day 2020

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Dear friends,

This weekend we celebrate and remember all the soldiers who gave their lives in serve of their country. May we never forget them.

Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

~Peace, Charlotte ❤️

A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Hello Everyone! I hope you have a beautiful Sunday wherever you may be in this wonderful world God created for all of us. 🔆🌻💛

Question posed to C.S.Lewis:

What is your view of the daily discipline of the Christian life – the need for taking time to be alone with God?

Answer/Response by C.S.Lewis:

We have our New Testament regimental orders upon the subject. I would take it for granted that everyone who becomes a Christian would undertake this practice. It is enjoined upon us by Our Lord; and since they are his commands, I believe in following them. It is always just possible that Jesus Christ meant what he said when He told us to seek the secret place and to close the door.

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/praying-hands-open-bible.html

A Bit of Wisdom from C.S.Lewis

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Hello friends—

I hope you are well! You all remain my my thoughts as we continue to battle COVID-19. I have been healthy and working, I am thankful for both. These days can be trying and difficult but only if we allow it. Life is challenging this is true, these challenges can help us discover better way to live and love one another. We are all God’s children, there should not be a divide when it comes to the human race. All life is precious and has purpose. It’s easy to count the things that going badly in our lives and it is just as easy to count the good things too!

Quote by C.S.Lewis—

“God will invade. But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realise what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks onto the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else – something it never entered your head to conceive – comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it.”

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

Voice of Inspiration

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Hello Friends—

A friend offered the below quote to me yesterday after I shared feelings of loneliness as it relates with the world we are currently experiencing. It was very illuminating to me, I hope it is to you as well. None of us are really alone, God is always with us. I’m a touchy/feely kind of person, I love the feelings and emotions that a hug can produce. My loneliness may endure for a time but make no mistake, I AM NOT ALONE AND NEITHER ARE YOU!

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

~Anne Frank~

A Single Candle Can Defy The Darkness

We walk in a “ravine as dark as death” (Psalm 23:4), and still we have nothing to fear because God is at our side: God’s staff and crook are there to soothe us (see Psalm 23:4). This is not just a consoling idea. It is an experience of the heart that we can trust.

Our lives are full of suffering, pain, disillusions, losses and grief, but they are also marked by visions of the coming of the Son of Man “like lightning striking in the east and flashing far into west” (Matthew 24:27). These moments in which we see clearly, hear loudly, and feel deeply that God is with us on the journey make us shine as a light into the darkness. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. Your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

—Henri Nouwen

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

Happy Mother’s Day 2020

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all women around the world! I personally want to acknowledge my mom, she was/is all I could ever ask a mother to be. I thank God for her. She is with Jesus now, I miss her every day and I know she’s at peace. I have so many strong and courageous women in my life who have at different times been my friend, my counselor, my sister and even a mom figure to me…you know who you are 😉 and I say “THANK YOU!” Your love and support are a blessing to me.

Who…

  gives me blue skies,

  and tells me no lies.

  gives me strength when I am weak,

  and wisdom to be meek.

  fills my darkness with light,

  on a cold winters’ night.

  makes me laugh,

  and leads me on my path.

Who…

  is this so true,

  it is you, Mother, YOU!

~Charlotte A. Robinson©️

Christmas 1985

Friends—

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Wishing all the mothers in the world, “Happy Mother’s Day!”💐🌷🌼🌹🌸🌺🌻

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below.

References:

https://disciples.org/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

A Poem — Lost, Here All The Time

Lost, Here all the Time…

For days now, the winds of this life have left me wanting…searching…lost…and forgotten.

Satisfaction is elusive in a very real sense,
My thoughts, they deceive me.

What is fact and what is fiction,
They are all scrambled one upon another, what to do.

I have lost my way, a ship at sea with no captain, no sail
Oh God of heaven and earth, lead me back to you.

I need what only you can give, forgiveness and acceptance
Only you can love me, though undeserving I am…

Your unconditional love will free me from myself
Please, I beg…take these burdens, teach me your ways.

My ways are weak and cause great pain
I ache and yearn for what this world can give.

Alas, it does not sustain me and it pleasures in my pain,
Take those empty dreams and broken promises.

Fill me with Your love, compassion and promises
For they will never fail, will never be withered by time.

They will endure generation after generation with no end.
Oh God, clothe me with your love.

Use me to send and spread your message to others

Others like me, longing for real joy, true happiness and

Limitless abounding love for always.

—C.A.Robinson©️
July 05, 2013 @ 11:28pm

Friends—

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Wishing all the mothers in the world, “Happy Mother’s Day!”💐🌷🌼🌹🌸🌺🌻

Continue to practicing social distancing, good health and hygiene habits! 😊

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

References:

https://disciples.org/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm