Thankful

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Greetings—

Today is a special day, 7 years ago I registered this page on WordPress.com! I remember being quiet nervous about starting this new adventure. It was a very faithful friend who introduced me to this platform and encouraged me to pursue my passion of writing. She has continued to encourage me and our friendship has grown and deepened through the years. My viewership has increased since the inception of this space. I’m thankful to friends and family that have been with me from the very beginning. Social media has helped to share me words through Facebook and Twitter. My church family has also embraced me to love, support and encouragement as well.

~John 15:4-5~

“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 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.”

~Deuteronomy 31:8~

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Find JOY! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Taking Time for Yourself

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Hello friends—

Do you ever just take time for yourself? With all the chaos that seems to drive our way of life since COVID-19’s worldwide invasion, then add to that the everyday things that push and pull us in different directions, makes it nearly impossible to find time for yourself. I want to encourage you to find the time, at the very least five minutes to be alone with your thoughts, your dreams, your [whatever] as long as it is something that bring you JOY.

The world never sleeps, it’s a 24/7/365 merry-go-round that rarely slows and never stops. It’s tempting to try and keep up but we are incapable of doing so. You are the most qualified person to determine what brings you JOY, find it and visit it often.

Just tonight I was tired and restless after work, I just wanted/needed to relax. I have a handful of movies I like to watch simply because they bring me joy. Tonight I watched, “The African Queen” its a movie from 1951 starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. I like the simplicity of the movie and the limited number of actors, and the plot of two opposites individuals finding love in the strangest of situations. Alas, I’m a romantic at heart. Some of the other things I enjoy doing is reading, listening to audiobooks, going for leisurely drives in the country. I also dabble is arts/crafts and of course, writing. I so appreciate the opportunity to share my writing with others and equally enjoy reading what others write. I appreciate music and painting as well. I have two other “go to” movies that brings me joy, “Anna and the King” and “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.”

With all these things, there remains the single greatest joy of my life — knowing that I am a child of God. God loves me not for anything I did or can do. He loves me and He created me, molded me and gave me purpose.

—Romans 15:13—

“May the God of hope fill you with all JOY and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

—John 16:24—

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your JOY may be complete.”

—Proverbs 17:22—

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Find JOY! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Hello friends—

I took the photo above a few years ago, it reminded me of my childhood spanning well into my adult life. I started playing softball when I was 5 years old. I continued playing for more than three decades. I even remember writing in my high school newsletter that I wanted to become a professional softball player. Funny because I don’t think that was even a thing back then. My mom was my biggest fan, she rarely missed a game during all those years. I met a lot of interesting and talented people and traveled throughout my home state playing in tournaments. I had the opportunity to play on many different teams and to play a variety of positions. To say I loved them game would be an understatement. I learned how to work together as a unified group and to trust others simply by being a part of a team. I am saddened that all those friendships and experiences are tucked away in my past. Life happens, people move, people change and life goes on. The memories are happy ones and I’m thankful for all of them.

My life today is far removed from where it once was and I’ve had a few detours along the way. I look forward to what God has in store for me, my destination is Heaven, I look forward to the beauty of the journey and the roads I will travel along the way. As the years go by I tend to place my experiences on the more positive side of life “lessons learned” and reject the side of “regrets.” Regrets sound so negative, I do not regret my life. I am choosing to celebrate my experiences that provided both, growth and maturity, (in most cases)!

—Philippians 3:13-14—

“Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this 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 heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

—Isaiah 43:18-19—

“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

The Way of the Soul

Friday, July 17th, 2020

Hello friends—

Today, I want to share with you and pay tribute to two writers that have inspired and comforted me in life and especially in times of loss.

Clive Staples Lewis

November 29, 1898 — November 22, 1963

In 2012, after my mom passed away I started reading more of C. S. Lewis’ work beyond the Narnia Series. I read “A Grief Observed” and I connected to his writings in an unexpected way. My experience was of a “Shared Grief” the story was relatable beyond the shared sense of grieving a loved one. His words were reassuring and real although they had been written years before. He wrote the book following the death of his beloved wife, Joy Davidman in 1960. The book was first published in 1961 under the pseudonym N.W. Clerk, as Lewis wished to avoid identification as the author. I would highly recommend reading, “A Grief Observed” to anyone who has experienced loss.

Quotes from “A Grief Observed”:

“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.”

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

August 6, 1809 — October 6, 1892

In regards to Alfred Lord Tennyson, I have often used a quote from one of his poems written during 1833-1850. I was unaware that the quote was written by Tennyson and the story behind the poem. The first time I remember using the quote was in the late 1980’s. At the time, I was young and my heart had been broken for the very first time by someone I loved and trusted. Oh the pains of first love and before I really knew what that really meant. The loss I experienced opened up many wounds and opportunities, the most positive was a pathway of expressing myself through words. I began to write down my thoughts, feelings and emotions that ultimately lead me to this space on WordPress. The quote and subsequent altar where I placed my grieving heart is…

I am thankful for hearts that heal and a God that loves me unconditionally. I still believe in the wise words that Tennyson wrote so many years ago, to fully know the depth and power of what love really is, one must also experience the pain of losing such a love. The same is true in life, the knowledge of right and wrong can be difficult to grasp without experiences. I have chosen difficult roads during my life mostly due to my stubbornness and fears, the consequences are natural cause and effect. I have loved and lost a few times and I’m still hoping for a “happily ever after” someday if it’s God’s will. Live and learn!

Below is a brief excerpt from “one of the greatest poems of the 19th century.”

In Memoriam A.H.H.

I envy not in any moods
The captive void of noble rage,
The linnet born within the cage,
That never knew the summer woods:

I envy not the beast that takes 
         His license in the field of time, 
         Unfetter’d by the sense of crime, 
To whom a conscience never wakes; 

Nor, what may count itself as blest, 
         The heart that never plighted troth 
         But stagnates in the weeds of sloth; 
Nor any want-begotten rest. 

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson

The original title of the poem was “The Way of the Soul”, it is an account of Tennyson’s thoughts and emotions as he grieves over the death of a close friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage in Vienna in 1833 at the age of 22. The poem contains some of Tennyson’s most accomplished lyrical work, and is an unusually sustained exercise in lyric verse. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest poems of the 19th century.

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/

https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Alfred-Lord-Tennyson/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred,_Lord_Tennyson

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45336/in-memoriam-a-h-h-obiit-mdcccxxxiii-27

You Are Loved

Friday, July 17th, 2020

Dear friends—

Whether you are close or far away, no matter if we have met face to face…

God has laid upon my heart to share words of encouragement to you at this precise moment. I believe in the power and purpose of God, He is the great healer! I heard the song below and I felt the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart and conscious to share it with you.

Wishing and praying you feel the free love of Jesus. You are loved!

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”


—John 15:12—

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Hello Friends…

Today I would like to just say “thank you” to every person who supports this blog space and if this is the very first post you have viewed, I say welcome and I hope you return. Writing is a part of me, sometimes the words flow faster than I can write them. At other times it’s difficult to find the words to express my thoughts and emotions. My faith in God inspires me to share my thoughts, feelings and emotions. I am blessed with many supportive people in my life.

I would like to dedicate today’s post to two individuals who have encouraged and supported me from the very beginning of this journey.

The first person is a woman that has taught me many things but the most significant is “Trust the Plan.” She is a gentle, courageous, humble, wise and strong woman who loves Jesus and shares that love with everyone she encounters. The world is a better place because of her spirit. I am blessed to call her my dear friend. Her life/anchor bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

The second person is a man I have come to respect, trust and rely upon both professionally and personally. He is a great friend, a good listener and an all around super nice guy. We can talk about pretty much anything, we routinely discuss politics, religion, sports, weather, world issues, ethics, social media, and whatever is trending in the news. He also inspires me and supports my writing. His favorite book of the Bible is John, especially John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (KJV)

What about you? Do you have someone in your life you are thankful for? Please don’t delay in telling them, send a text, write a letter…whatever it takes! Life is short, make it meaningful 💙🔆

“Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

—James 4:14—

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Monuments, Memorials and Statues

Sunday, July 12th, 2020

Hello friends—

I am not here to state my opinion or to side with any one political party or to promote any one group with the exception of the people on planet Earth.

I am merely providing some definitions of words currently being used to promote personal preferences and opinions with no regard, in some cases to give pause and research the “Who, What, When, Where and Why— Monuments, Memorials, and Statues were erected.

This is America, a multi-cultural melting pot of people represented by nearly if not all the continents on Earth. The land of opportunity, home of the free and the brave. The founders of this great country laid out a plan for the future, for growth and prosperity. As an American, we cannot improve or forge into the future by demolishing the foundation on which it was conceived. We built upon that foundation together, not divided. There’s always something a single person can do, what may seem small can grow over time.

Small gestures do make a difference, using a trash receptacle can show others you care about your community and “Mother Earth.” Opening a door for someone, show courtesy and respect. Listen and pause before reacting to something or someone that angers you, as an example…a car doesn’t use there signal to turn or change lanes…as frustrating as that may be, what if the person was rushing to the hospital because a loved one had been injured; or their child had been involved in an accident at school; maybe they just lost their job…the list goes on and on. What if in that moment we chose to pause and imagine trading places…have you ever been in one of these situations??? Did anyone extend grace and forgiveness?

I am certainly not saying that losing one’s temper should never happen, it does! All I’m saying is, think and imagine yourself doing the same thing, how would you like others to treat you.

I will admit with age comes wisdom, lots of trial and errors, and growing pains.

Monument

mon·u·ment | \ ˈmän-yə-mənt \

Definition of monument

• a burial vault; sepulchre

• a written legal document or record; treatise

• a lasting evidence, reminder, or example of someone or something notable or great

• a distinguished person

• a memorial stone or a building erected in remembrance of a person or event

• an identifying mark; evidence; portent; sign

• a carved statue; effigy

• a boundary or position marker (such as a stone); National Monument

• a written tribute

Memorial

me·mo·ri·al | \ mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of memorial (adjective)

• serving to preserve remembrance; commemorative

• of or relating to memory

Definition of memorial (noun)

me·mo·ri·al | \ mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl \

• something that keeps remembrance alive: such as a Monument

• something (such as a speech or ceremony) that commemorates: keepsake, memento, record, memoir in language and literature, memorandum or note

• a legal abstract

• a statement of facts addressed to a government and often accompanied by a petition or remonstrance

Statue

stat·ue | \ ˈsta-(ˌ)chü \

Definition of statue

• a three-dimensional representation usually of a person, animal, or mythical being that is produced by sculpturing, modeling, or casting

A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for the memory or the commemoration of something, usually an influential, deceased person or a historical, tragic event. Popular forms of memorials include landmark objects or works of art such as sculptures, statues or fountains and parks.

Monuments and memorials serve multiple functions in the communities in which they are erected. When the members of a community create a monument or memorial, they are making a statement about the ideas, values, or individuals they think their society should remember.

A historical monument is a rich source of History. It gives us a sense of wonder and makes us curious to know more about the past connected with it. The study of a monument helps the students construct History through observation. The activity generates interest in historical buildings and develops observation skills.

The main difference between Monument and Memorial is that the Monument is a type of structure either explicitly created to commemorate a person or important event, or used for that purpose and Memorial is a object which serves as a focus for memory of something.

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

https://www.goodreads.com/

Hello friends! It has been far too long since I’ve written. The world can be difficult to navigate these days with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest. The quote above by C.S.Lewis is one I read a long time ago, a pivotal moment in the realization that all things are a matter of perspective. It is, in my opinion, why commonality is so hard to imagine, let alone agree upon. My experiences have taught me that judging is often easier than extending friendship. Our fears of the unknown, heighten our defenses and make it hard to trust others. Until a hand of friendship is extended and a bridge of trust is built, the human race will continue to deteriorate.

The Bible gives us the answer to our global conflicts in Matthew 5:43-48, “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.”

The Bible also tells us about judging, in Matthew 7:1-5, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”

http://www.radiofreebabylon.com/coffeewithjesus

Thanks for stopping by, your support is truly appreciated. Love is light and easy, unlike hate that can be so cumbersome.

Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

https://www.biblegateway.com/

My Greatest Joy-My Deepest Sorrow

Monday, June 22, 2020

To all my friends around the world— Greetings! I want to share with you my greatest joy and my deepest sorrow. I find myself fighting back tears, a few quick blinks and the excess fluid in my eyes dissipate, avoiding the cry I desperately need. I am somewhat “fidgety” trying to avoid the inevitable memories that today and this week hold. I have felt my emotions rising and falling for several days, I am somewhat creative at pushing them aside, cluttering my life with distractions of cooking and binge watching TV. If I have learned anything over the past few years, it is that one must face the things that scare or frighten oneself. I have also learned that fear can be malignant and destructive. What might have started out as the fear of _____; overtime will expand and extend into other areas of life. Truth and honesty are the best way to travel the road called life.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”― Plato

On June 22, 2012, I received a call at 3:22am from the Fountain County Ambulance Service, they told me that my mom had passed away. I remember sitting on the edge of my bed in complete shock. Questions seemed to be exploding inside my head, bombarding me like fireworks…what? why? how? ______ I remember making one phone call to a friend and then I got in my car to drive the hour and half drive to my parents home. I don’t remember any part of the drive, I only remember walking out of my house and walking into my parents house. I was met by many family members already there who greeted me with hugs and comfort. All I wanted to do was see my mom. I needed to see her for myself, my faith tells me her spirit was gone and only her body remained. I would have to wait three days before I could see her body during the funeral visitation. I miss her every single day. My father was with her during her final moments and my brother was there at the end. For the longest time I felt cheated that I was unable to see her when she died. I had seen my mother two days before her death, that memory is very special to me. I remember and can still sense her embrace that day as we said goodbye. My dad and my brother hold a very different memory, one I’m not sure I would have been strong enough to carry such a memory. My dad loved my mom and would have done anything for her, they almost made it to forty-nine years of marriage before she passed. In my opinion, my dad and my brother are the bravest people I know. The transition of life without mom has been difficult and also illuminating for all of us. We all looked up to and admired mom, life without her would be an adjustment. We are all grateful that God blessed us with her and are thankful for the time we had with her. We look forward to seeing her again in Heaven.

As I look at my life since my moms passing I am thankful for the many life lessons I learned from her. I am also sometimes saddened by the fact that there are lessons I have learned simply because she is no longer here. I know and trust in God’s plan for my life, my human/sinful/natural nature makes me sometimes wish I could have learned these specific life lessons without losing my mom. My loss is Heaven’s gain, she’s not really gone, she has simply gone to her eternity home with God.

Thank you for stopping by my post today. Life is short so LOVE 💗 MORE!

My greatest joy was being the daughter of Shirley (Peach) Robinson. My deepest sorrow was losing her much too soon.

Not Ready

The fog continues to conceal the facts and realities of life

She is still very alive and just out of reach from me

Seems that we just keep missing one another

As if she’s just a few steps away and I can’t get closer to her

Missing her as if I’ve been on a holiday or vacation

Basically feeling an overall numbness of self and environment

I regret not asking more questions and not listening more intently

She inspired me and others to be honest, strong and above all to have integrity

Missing her is tolerable thinking she’s just busy

Gone, she can’t be…I’m not ready, there’s still so much more I need


~C.A.Robinson©️

08/12/2012

7:50pm

In This Very Place

Your spirit is woven into the fabric of this very place

Every corner, every shelf reveals remnants of your special touch

Christmas gifts of long ago still adorn the walls of this sacred place

Family photos of yesteryears all with a story to tell

If only this were but a childish game running and laughing, all covered with love

I hear you in the chimes letting me know you’re near

Hummingbirds with their ease of flight…shows me the beauty and complexity of this life

As I hear the tick tock of the clocks, I can hear your laughter in the distance

Remembering the comfort and strength in your warm embrace,

Remembering your sacrifices in all you did, making life sweeter

Everything has changed, nothing feels the same, hard as I try reality continues knocking at my door

Go away, go away…Can’t you see you’re not welcome in this place.

This was hers, this was ours…wishes and dreams unfulfilled, it’s all left undone

Questions linger, the obvious one of why…it’s beyond our understanding.

Has she traveled to all the places she once dreamed of, was there a welcoming of those who had gone before?

No pain…walking and running freely, perhaps even flying or floating about.

Today as I looked in the sky, filled with billowing white clouds I paused to wonder…

Thinking to my self, and saying…can she see me, is she proud of me,

Am I doing and being the best person I can be? When will I see her again?

Mom, I miss you so very much and I love you more than I was ever able to show.
Until we meet again, you will always be in my heart, my soul…the very existence of who I am, always and forever…your daughter.

-C.A.Robinson ©️

September 19, 2012

1:23am

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

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

Dear World—

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Matthew 5:43-48

“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.”

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe He is the one and only Son of God and that He died to save me. My intent is not to judge others who might believe differently, I just want to share my faith. I am a sinner and make mistakes often and my trust is in Jesus. I am far from perfect yet I continue to strive towards it. It is through the grace and mercy of God that I am forgiven. I cannot save myself or work to earn salvation, it is a free gift from God.

Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”

I addressed this entry to the world, I myself am not a worldly person, I have not traveled to many places and I strive to learn about the world. I am curious and interested in the cultural practices around the globe and within my own community. My faith calls me to love others, you may think that sounds very difficult given the differences around the world and in our neighborhoods and cities. In actuality, it is much easier to love than it is to hate. Hate is a heavy burden to bear. Love is free and has no record of wrong doings. I have recently found myself overwhelmed and frustrated with the conflicts happening around the world. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to understand the actions that cause destruction and obvious disregard for personal safety, private property, unlawful actions, slander and subjective condemnation along with the seemingly total disregard of others that see things differently.

Now is the time for unity, cooperation, compassion, forgiveness. Perhaps even a time to leave the past in the past. If the past is always being brought into the present with no regard for its place in history, it will never have the chance for real change to happen and will continue its relentless cycle. I have discovered that the only way to move forward and be successful is to let go of the past and to stop looking back. The future is not in the rear view mirror. My hope is that we learn from the past, make better choices and learn from the our decisions and those of our ancestors. Mistakes have been made by everyone, no one is immune to its pains. The pain we experience should guide us to become more loving, more attentive and to be more compassionate towards others. No one person, with the except of God, has all the right answers. We must be willing to share our life experiences and not merely see our differences but more importantly see the things we agree upon. Once we solidify a firm foundation upon the things that unite us, only then can we build upon them. Recognizing that our differences are not faults, and that we all see our own side of every story more clearly than that of another’s and vice versa. This is why clear communication is so vital, being able to listen and to speak without being interrupted. I’ve noticed throughout my life that people often like the sound of their own voice and are less inclined to listen to someone else’s voice. It a battle for many of us, I certainly try to overcome this prideful distraction on a regular basis. Perhaps we ought to try and see one another as Jesus sees us, as brothers and sisters.

Matthew 12:50

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Webster-Merriam Dictionary: Listening

• to hear something with thoughtful attention; give consideration

• to pay attention to sound

1 Peter 3:8-12

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻

~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️

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

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

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

https://uri.org/

https://uri.org/kids/world-religions

https://www.merriam-webster.com/