THE ANSWER HAS NOT CHANGED!

May 17, 2017

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WHEN WILL WE LEARN?

WRATH DOES NOT HEAL WRATH!

BIGGER GUNS ONLY MAKE BIGGER HOLES!

THE ANSWER?

PRAY, LISTEN, FOLLOW!

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I’m Blooming! I’m Blooming! Quote For Today

September 26, 2013
As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.  - Denis Waitley -

As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.
– Denis Waitley –


Success At What Price?

December 11, 2012

I just heard it said that Stephen Foster who wrote the song “Oh, Susanna” was paid all of $100.00 for his work.  The song is part of our history . . . who doesn’t know the song and like it or not successfully hum it . . . maybe right now as you read this?  Gosh, it seemed pitiful to have a man who wrote something generations know by heart to have earned so little.  My instant reaction was that he should surely have been more successful.

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Then, I reconsidered.  Know what?   This time the song and its author gave me hope, joy, and encouragement.  We bloggers do not make money directly from our blogs, most of us, but if success is doing what the Lord calls us to do, our work through Him is successful.  Being His servant and saying yes comes with a price, but not $100.00.  The price was Jesus blood shed for us.  Riches of the sort that matter cannot pay my mortgage or inflate my bank account.  They can draw others to Christ if I truly listen and obey.  How do you define success?


Too Late For Me To Do That???

September 2, 2012

I can’t speak for you but I know that I have sometimes wished “it wasn’t to late to do . . . ” fill in the blank.  Gosh, how many times I “got smart too late.”  There is good reason for the cliché about hindsight being 20-20.  It is for that reason I was struck by a quote I read earlier:

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot –

As I read this quote I thought of an example of “never too late” one of my priests mentioned in a sermon.  It seems a lady in her 80s decided to surrender to the Lord and follow Him in her life.  Many  may think “at that age?” but as I recall He used her and many were blessed.  “Never too late.”

Author Margaret Mitchell penned “Gone With The Wind” simply to fill time while she recovered from an  injury  which was slow to heal.  She’d never written a book.  She needed something to do to occupy her time.  The rest, as they say, is history.  It was the only book she ever had published in her lifetime.  “Never too late.”

I rea a book once in which a testimony was shared by a man who’d lived a life which . . . well, it was filled with dishonesty and abuse of others for his personal gain, damaged relationships with wife and family . . . it was well beyond the traditional age of retirement when he became a Christian and turned his life around seeking the Lord’s will for everything he did in his remaining days.  He died surrounded by loving friends and family and having been a vessel of blessing to many folks who were inspired to give their lives to Christ by his example.  “Never too late.”

As I write this, I can think of many who’ve embarked on new lives which surprised their families and friends.  Some were young and chose a path which wasn’t what “everyone” expected but which was their passion and true purpose in life.  Others, having spend “a lifetime” rushing and stressed and focused on secular and societal values, changed their approach, their focus and their lives and felt like they’d been reborn!  “Never too late.”

In Luke I:13  we read “But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.”  We know from this familiar story that they were too old to have children, and had never been able to conceive.  We know how the story ended.  “Never too late.”

Many many people have been praying for me for a while now.  Not sure what people really think is “going on” with me, but close to 5 years ago I got a chance to change my life and took it.  Along the way, I found life changing in ways I never dreamed of.  I also found scary “this wasn’t what I planned on” things happening like not finding a job, not having health insurance . . . but along the way vast blessings have come to me like an amazingly new and deep relationship with Jesus which to say the least makes any scary unexpected things SO WORTHWHILE.  I have also recalled and begun to realize dreams I’d had many years ago which have become goals and which the Lord is blessing and using for His purposes in my life.  “Never too late.”

It is amazing how easily we can live lives which are not what our true passion or purpose was ever meant to be.  Bits and pieces of happiness can come but true and lasting joy comes when we go deep within ourselves and seek what “might have been.”  As the quote above told us, it is never too late.  For me, doing this meant giving my life totally to Christ and living His way.  It meant doing what He leads me to.  It’s not always an easy choice to make as I walk an unfamiliar path.  It can upset those who are used to my life being more in tune with their own needs, and it sure is difficult to give up things I have always been certain I couldn’t live without to live an uncertain “wow, I wish I could” or “surely, it’s too late to do” sort of life.

Know what?  My life would terrify a lot of folks, but I sleep better than I ever have, and smile more than I ever have.  I feel more loved than I’ve ever felt.  I am still learning how to live as my authentic self and am still learning how false the old message was  . . . the one which still taunts me with “it’s too late for that.”

It’s never too late.  Never!


Are We There Yet?

July 7, 2012

We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.

– Pema Chodron –

The above quote caught my eye not because of its wisdom but because of its hopeful optimism and its utterly unrealistic claim.  I wonder, as you read my words just now, how you initially responded?  Have you clicked “escape” and gone onto another blog?  Do you think, though, that maybe I am onto something? 

You see, I agree with Pema that we do spend much time and energy focusing on what other people are doing, but honestly, whether it can be admitted or not, perhaps in our secret hearts we know that it is not always our intent to ponder how our actions can affect their hearts.  In our own secret hearts, we all too often are comparing ourselves, our circumstances, our achievements, our gifts, our possessions, and more to theirs and perhaps some of you might secretly agree that to many of us this becomes not inspiration to be a positive influence but in actuality causes us to feel we don’t measure up.  We want the shiny car, we think we deserve that undefinable something more, and we often spend far too many hours, days, or years seeking a prize that we do not ever find.  Oh, we can get the shiny car if we save enough money, and if we study hard, we can get a fancy ribbon  . . .  if we practice long and hard, we can get the award for our shelf.  “Now they’ll see!”  The problem is, as long as our motivation is to get these things to satisfy what we lack, we will never be satisfied.  These are not what’s missing . . .

Where are we going? Are we almost there?  Do we have the right map to get there? 

Those questions need to be answered before we can have a chance of “getting there” at all.  They cannot be answered by looking out the window.  They can only be answered by looking deep within.  What we find there is what truly has the power to make a difference in others, in ourselves, in the world. 

The greyhound chasing the rabbit . . . does he ever really catch what he chases?  If he catches the rabbit, what then?  Was it worth the effort?  Yet, he keeps chasing . . . and so do we.  I checked the map I carried.  It wasn’t the one I needed.  So, my life is on a new path from the original one.  I have been on it a while and I”m not there yet, but oh the journey is like nothing else has ever been! 

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”

 


Announcement

July 4, 2012

Here’s a link to a rather reactionary post on another blog site. I wrote it a moment ago and it was inspired by the quote I included in my last post here and y’all will not be surprised (I think) based on some of the things I’ve been writing here today.  Check it out if you like!

http://open.salon.com/blog/marthalshaw/2012/07/04/is_our_celebration_of_independance_day_just_a_bad_joke


Anger – Is That All We Are About?

July 4, 2012

I was just looking around on another blog world I also belong to.  I must say, that place is VERY densely populated and yes my blog there gets a lot of hits, but no relationships . . . rarely a comment.  It’s good for the ego, if numbers are all that matters, but it does nothing for the soul. 

I used to focus on numbers and post there a lot but we are called to be in relationship as well as lead those in darkness into the light.  I grew weary of just numbers and nothing more.  I found it hard, even though my researching skills are really good, to find any kindred spirits there.  So, once in a while I pop over and post something, but not much more.  Of course, being a constant blogger is how the game is played, but I am not a game player.  It’s my heart not my head that needs to be in charge.  My head can get me in trouble, but my heart is where Jesus lives . . .  so today after spending time in this amazing WP community, I visited the other one.  It’s been a while since I did anything but pop over and do a quick post.  Guess what I found?

The topics which dominate – the “hot” ones which we are “supposed” to write to “get notice” as writers?  Nothing but anger and negativity.  Sorry guys.  I can’t live my life that way.  I do get occasionally trapped in it but I keep being set free, thank you Jesus.  I was thinking . . . I do want to set those in darkness free, or more appropriately stated, I want to be used by Jesus so that He can do that.  I do not believe this means I have to be all about negativity and anger though.  If it does, I shall forever be a failure . . . I won’t every have a shiny new car, a big fancy house, money in the bank . . . I won’t be in the spotlight, nor the front page of glamorous news journals . . . I will be a failure. 

I won’t be alone though.  I know another failure.  I know Him well.  He always had dirty feet . . . He walked everywhere.  His only friends, true friends, were failures too . . . smelly fishermen, tax collectors, murderer, women who . . . lepers . . . what a life.  He didn’t get away with it, though.  He was hauled into court and hung for His efforts. 

 


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