An Extraordinary Destiny

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in My Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

An Extraordinary Destiny

When we think about our destiny, I imagine we most often think that our destiny is set for us.  But, I believe that we do find that our perspective on life itself … our life journey, truly can impact our destiny.  C.S. Lewis offers clarity on this I think, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny…”  Do you know people like that? In the midst of hardships in our lives we might not think then that suffering through that existence is going to result in a really good thing, but it surely can. David knew he had sinned against God and wrote a prayer of penitence in Psalm 32.  For me, I find solace and security in this scripture in Psalm 32:7… “You are my hiding place, you will preserve me from trouble, you will surround me with songs of deliverance.”  I know that there will be troubles along my journey, but I also blieve God’s promises that He walks right there with me and I do hear those songs of deliverance.  What a gift it is from our Heavenly Father that He wants to be our hiding place and the scriptures draw us into His divine and steadfast presence, His love and forgiveness and His great...

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I Will Rise Up

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in My Blog, Think About This, Uncategorized | 0 comments

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in America, we gather with loved ones with whom we share the recognition of the many blessings in our lives.  We express our gratitude. For many,  this is one day in the year that we set aside our challenges and burdens to enjoy a special meal often including our best family recipes and remembering those who shared them and prepared them for us.  Lots of hugs and even some heartfelt tears of remembrance of those we miss. Around the world, in poor neighborhoods in our own towns, even in our own homes, it is a very difficult time for families estranged, experiencing financial crises, serious illness, broken hearts and those who feel very alone. While the majority of our nation & our world have been rocked by the barbaric senseless killings expanding around the world by Issis and other terrorist groups, many of us feel even more committed to maintaining our hope, denying these evil-doers their hope to destroy our SPIRIT! As Christians, we have serious work to do in reaching out to those who suffer and sharing the love and promises of Christ the King.  Whatever your faith is, we, as humankind have the opportunity to be both to our suffering…human and kind. ❤️ I dedicate this post to all in our world that suffer today, feeling hopeless and I challenge those of us strong and capable to take the joy and hope in this celebration of Thanksgiving Day to stand, raise your hand and commit to others who suffer that they are not alone and we all can “Rise Up” as Andra Day sings so beautifully sharing our...

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Forgiveness…The Gift

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in My Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Forgiveness…The Gift

Whenever you feel that you just can’t possibly get over & recover from what someone has done to you, perhaps a broken trust, damaging words, or, perhaps, what someone took from you…how can you possibly go on , move forward? You might be thinking of revenge, but then you would have to deal with the guilt. So you mark that off your list. Perhaps, you think “I’ll just stuff it down way deep inside and maybe it will just disappear.” Then, you think of the pain that all the other things you’ve stuffed down that still make your heart ache and your gut hurt and the river of tears that even today still flow. Then, you realize that’s not really an option. What can you do???? NOTHING is too big, too bad, too painful, to unspeakable for God to help you with. Nothing! Even if you have never turned to Him before, He’s there, waiting and He wants your biggest and smallest hurts. His Holy Spirit is our Holy Comforter and His desire is to dwell within you, always. So, what do you do? Think of yourself as an earthen vessel. Then ask for His help… Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me. Mold me, fill me. He will do this as you trust Him.  He will take your brokenness and fill you with His healing Spirit. He will have instilled in you the Gift of Forgiveness. Are you thinking, “I can’t forgive him/her for devastating me!!” When we realize that we CAN forgive that someone who has caused us such pain, we will realize that the GIFT is really one that we give to ourselves. Living our life journeys with a forgiving heart, nurtured by our Living God, is a blessing received from the Most High. Accept it and heal. Thanks be to...

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Why Did 2000 Ducks Cross the Road???

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Answer:  because there was a rice field on the other side! Simple views of nature astound us from time to time.  I can only imagine what I would have thought had I been walking or driving down this road and saw this. Too funny!!http://www.youtu.be/gE2OjvyJmjE

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World Peace????

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in My Blog, Think About This, Uncategorized | 0 comments

World Peace????

As the 2012 Olympics are underway and billions of people around the globe are watching the many Olympians competing, I think about ahow our focus is on similar goals.  All the athletes are there to WIN giving it their absolute best, pushing their talent, strength and spirit hopeful for the Gold Medal. We billions are observing and cheering, feeling the sting of defeat and the excitement of winning. So many countries have their young most skilled there…we have in common the appreciation of talent, the respect of “fairness” and the love of the games.  Feels like we aren’t so different after all…and THAT realization transports me to thoughts about the war in Afghanastan, the other mid-east crises, the suffering in Ethiopia & Haiti, the killing waste of life in Aurora, CO…lives just as important as the lives of all the Olympians.  World peace?  Why not?  Why not NOW? Why does the spirit of the games have to end? A favorite poem/prayer from Lao Tsu follows.  Contemplate the road to world peace… If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart. —– Got it?    ...

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Beyond Sight

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in My Blog, My Breast Cancer Journey, Think About This, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beyond Sight

So often, we find ourselves in circumstances where all we really want to do is “Get Out!”  Retreating, giving up, withdrawing are ways of coping and we all, most likely, have taken those paths at sometime or another.  Of course, there are times that those options just might be the best thing for us to do. But, more often, I think, when we face harsh and devastating circumstances, we might WANT to retreat but what will actually get us out is standing firm, waiting and trusting that God will lead us out of our wilderness.  It’s extremely difficult and challenging, but remaining faithful and working towards God’s will and timing allows us to remain positive and receive His blessing. Just in the last few months, some of my family and friends have found themselves in unbearable circumstances…situations in which they did nothing to cause.  Many of us have wondered, “How do they do this?  How in this world are they holding themselves up?  What’s going to happen?”  The truth is that they have help staying “up.”  They all have faith in God as our Creator, our Savior and the Lover of our Souls.  They trust that God will see them through their walk in the wilderness and lead them to solutions.  They also know that their community of believers are lifting them up in prayers from which they gain strength and courage. Many times, our wilderness walks are long…way too long, we think.  These wanderings in the wilderness are often filled with obstacles, winding paths, pitfalls and forks in the road where we have choices to make.  Questions present themseves:  “How did I get here?”  “Where do I go from here?”  “Will this ever be over or am I going to be in this wilderness forever?” For my friends and family, I have seen them wrestle with these questions, while at the same time, remain faithful and trust in God’s wisdom.  Imagine yourself wandering in a wilderness that is completely foreign to you.  Is there ANYONE you would rather have at your side, taking those steps right with you, leading you to your choices than God our Creator?  Many times we find that just staying the course and pushing through is the best choice we can make.  And, even in the worst of circumstances as we wander, we realize that along with those bumps in the road and the horrific pitfalls, we receive blessings and lessons that enrich our lives forever…ones we would not have experienced had we not been in that wilderness trying like crazy to get out. Looking past our circumstances…beyond what we know, see & feel, there is always something lurking just around the corner and it just might be an opening out of the wilderness into the most beautiful light imagineable…crafted by our Great Creator & Tour Guide. Praise God from Whom ALL blessings...

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Snake in the Grass???

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in My Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Snake in the Grass???

As a child, I grew up hearing reference to someone who was being sly & sneaky as a “snake-in-the-grass.”  Well, earlier this week I had taken a walk and was interested in a natural area along a preserve that backed up to our apartment complex.  Standing on the sidewalk I saw a sign on the fence gate, “Handicapped Accessible.”  I thought, well OK, I’ll give it a try.  Beautiful surrounding, melodious birds, lovely sub-tropical trees and flora and I was watching carefully for snakes.  Nice walk with no encounter of  of snakes but I did encounter a large turtle/terrapin.  We both froze in place upon seeing one another.  I’m thinking, “Even with my knees that seem older than I am, I think I could out-run him.”  So, very slowly and carefully I passed within 2 feet of him and went on my way. Then, yeterday, my  5-yr old granddaughter Emma and I were at the pool enjoying a nice swim in the Florida humidity.  She’s such a little fish, swimming under water, above, on her back, her tummy and loving to float on her back like Grandma.  She had seen a piece of a palm frond in the pool, so she dove down and retrieved it and got my praise.  About 10 minutes later, we moved back to that end of the pool and she spied a black stick she said she would retrieve.  I walked closer to it to see and lo and behold it was a 4 ft. SNAKE!!!!!!  Now, I was prepared for a possible snake in the GRASS, but NOT in the pool!!  I quickly picked her up and threw her toward the steps and yelled, “Get out of the pool NOW!!”  I think it scared her but not as much as that SNAKE-IN-THE-POOL scared me. Turned out to be just a black racer, but to me…a snake is a snake!!! and when my grands and I are in the pool, it’s OUR...

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Scenic Lake at Sea Pines

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Portfolio, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Scenic Lake at Sea Pines

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