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WHAT AM I READING

 


This book was recommended by a blog reader when I posted another psychological thriller.  I love how this writer pulls all the pieces together in the last few pages.  I had a small inkling, but NOT the entire picture.  You can find this

HERE

HERE'S YOUR SIGN

 A little light touch to end the week~

There is a comedian who has made a fortune from pointing out the stupid things we can say.  (GUILTY!)



His standard line is above.  Here are a few I found while flitting around on the WWW.





















Have we not ALL been guilty at some time or another of asking some dumb question?  My question to end this week is when you are guilty (DO NOT DENY IT) can you laugh at yourself and keep on trucking?  OR do you take yourself FAR too seriously and become huffy?  I, for one, never cease to be amazed at the stupid things I can say---especially when I have my brain out of gear.  Neutral is a tricky gear---you can roll forward or roll backward, but seldom do you sit still.  If you catch me saying something that leaves you wondering where my sign is---go ahead and laugh and be thankful you see the fun in it all.  I do not mind being the subject of your jocularity!

"God has made me laugh, 

and all who hear will laugh with me."

Genesis 21:6 


 

DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR!

 Often I have comments from you about how many people are touched by my writings.  While that is certainly flattering, the truth is I have a small intimate audience.  It is so small that I miss you when you do not click to read the latest blog.  I notice your absence.  I have delusions of grandeur that what I have to say is SO important that no one would want to miss it.  Most of the world seems to be doing just fine without reading my latest muse.  



I dedicate two days of the week  to The Well.  One of the things I do is teach an exercise class to the ladies.  The numbers have dwindled to a handful.  Many of the ladies come after exercise to play Bingo, but can not seem to make an appearance for exercise.   Should I take this personally or recognize a huge segment of the population do not really want to exercise?  Do I continue to spend this time teaching exercise-even when the group has dwindled in number?  Would I be sending the message that helping these ladies to become more fit is not important if I discontinued the class?


Exactly what is a delusion of grandeur?

  1. a false impression of one's own importance.




I have always maintained the world will knock the blocks out from under any pretense I might have of being charming, gifted, smart, or important.  Actually, I think God is working at keeping me humble.  He has done a great job of reminding me of the life verse I claim as my plumb line~





The truth of the matter is the importance is NOT in the numbers.  The importance is in that ONE very important person who hears my voice-YOU.  The importance is in the relationship I am building with that handful of women at The Well.  When I become consumed with numbers, I am looking away from those God has placed in my path.  I am scanning the room to see who I might have missed, when all along the most important person in the room, at this moment for me, is YOU!

I am preaching to myself today, Friends.  I need to get over any thoughts of whom I might like to be.  Instead, focus on portraying


Remember the one lost sheep in the herd of one hundred.  Remember it is just as important to speak into the life of the lost sheep as to preach to the entire herd.  Get over any delusion of grandeur you might suffer with and keep in mind God is reflected in you to those in your path.  Walk humbly indeed!

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,
but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
Philippians 2:3



ANSWERS

 I enjoy a good riddle -   What came first the chicken or the egg?

What is white when its dirty?

What can be touched but can't be seen?

What room can no on enter?

Which came first the question or the answer?



The plague of the middle child is always needing to find an answer for  problems.  You can voice a problem to me, quite off-handedly, and never think another thought about it.  I, on the other hand, will spend the next few hours trying to come up with an answer to solve your problem.  Here is a question -

Are ALL middle children problem solvers?





I am also a peace maker.  Do NOT want any turmoil or strife in the world.  If you are at odds with someone, I want to find an answer to solve this unrest.




This is a lot to take on!  What I fail to recognize is you may need to voice the problem or strife in your life and are not looking for a solution from me.  I call this the need to bounce.  One of my strategies for solving problems and ending strife is to bounce what is going on off a trusted friend.  My daughter was in college before I learned this from hundreds of miles away.  We spoke often those early years of college.  I was always trying to solve her problems long distance.  She finally told me one day, "Mom, I just need you to listen, not solve my problem."  THERE YOU GO!


SO~ could it be that God allows us to communicate with Him through prayer with the intent of letting us bounce our problems off Him?  Could it be that we really KNOW the answer to the problem or the unrest and the answer is actually in our hands?  Could it be we are pleading for a miracle when the real miracle will be recognizing our part in the problem or strife?  I am so thankful God is not only a good listener, but patient beyond any concept I could possibly have of what patience looks like.  Could it be that God is letting me bounce my problems and disagreements off Him and waiting for me to recognize how I might solve the problem or make peace?  Answers--I am always looking for answers, but sometimes I am the answer.


"So then let us pursue what makes for peace

and for mutual upbuilding."

Romans  14:19


CONSPIRACY

 There ALWAYS seems to be a conspiracy theory floating around about any  bad occurrence or one which falls outside the parameters of what we deem acceptable.  



I very seldom read mysteries, espionage, etc genre books ~ EXCEPT when someone tells me, "You will not figure this one out."  I LOVE a good challenge and if I finish a book and am surprised in the last few pages about 


it is a winner!  I love to be intrigued!

The first time I gave a great deal of thought to conspiracies was after JFK was assassinated.  If you visit the Grassy Knoll Museum in Dallas there is an entire wall dedicated to listing all of the conspiracy theories.  I knew a few of these theories, but NEVER realized how many theories there were until taking a tour of the museum a few years ago.




Today there are more conspiracy theories floating around than Carter has liver pills.  You need a program to keep up with them all ~including who is behind them, what the theory is, and who is being affected.  It is mind boggling.  We all know someone who is deep into some conspiracy theory.  It affects how you look at your fellow man. COVID has been the fuel to ignite the fires of conspiracy theories like we have never known before.  With the ability to spread information and misinformation like wildfires today, I feel like I am in the midst of a burning inferno of conspiracy theories.



I have two thoughts on conspiracy theories.  Perhaps those who believe in these theories are correct.  My hesitancy in believing is the complexity of coming up with and then implementing such an action.  Most of us are so narcissistic we cannot get past the end of our nose, much less come up with a complex plan to change the course of history and then put it into action.  Personally I believe many of these theories are an attempt to blame shift.  We cannot or do not want to accept that things happen.  Our nation was stunned by Kennedy's death and we could not accept one man might have pulled off this ambush.  We need to believe it is not that simple.  If we accept Oswald murdered Kennedy without aid or a mastermind behind it, then it might be possible for the same thing to happen to us.  We want to believe we are safe riding through town.  We do not want to acknowledge there is the possibility of being the victim of a drive by shooting, being killed in a mugging, or somehow being an innocent bystander victim.  We need to think we are only in danger if there is some great conspiracy behind all bad things which happen.  We might duck into our caves and never come out if we had to acknowledge bad things can just randomly happen.

My other thought is there is evil in this world.  Conspiracies might happen, but the bottom line is conspiracy or not, the basis for these actions is always evil.  Whatever norm of decency we feel is being attacked, evil is always the catalyst behind that action.  Bad things happen to good people--always have and always will---until Jesus comes again.  Satan has been given free reign here on this terrestrial ball and he is doing all he can to wreck havoc, chaos, and discord before his ultimate defeat.  He is hell-bent ~ literally ~ to drag as many of us down with him as possible.  By keeping us all at each others' throats and  concentrating and using our energies looking for who is responsible for our pain, he is successful in keeping our eyes off God.  Satan himself is the iconic conspiracy creator.  One conspiracy theory I have no doubt in is his desire to see us all fall into his trap and leave God out of the answer.  PLEASE, do not fall into the pit of his deceit.  God will prevail---always--eternally- HE is our Savior from all that is evil.

"Be sober minded; 

be watchful.

Your adversary the devil 

prowls around like a roaring lion,

seeking someone to devour."

I Peter 5:8



ENDURANCE

 Once upon a time, I was a runner.  HOW I loved those days and their early morning runs.  Every morning I slipped out that door to meet my partners to silently glide through the quiet early morning was an act of faith.  Faith that the run would be a great start to a great day.  It had a price.  I endured years of 4:30 A.M. wake ups.  I endured sore muscles, an aching hip, and days I had no gas in my fuel tank.  I endured running in the sauna like temperatures of Louisiana, the bitter cold which left ice on my back during our short winters, days when sudden rains left me with shoes filled with water and trying to outrun the lightning,  and the daily struggle of what clothes to wear (often leading to a strip in flight as I warmed up).  It was not easy and I endured quite a bit of pain.  It was SO WORTH THE PRICE!



I have been thinking about endurance lately.  The definition of endurance is

the fact or power of enduring and unpleasant or difficult process

or situation without giving way

We tend to look at endurance as a negative ~ we become focused on the unpleasant or difficult process or situation which lead to the need to endure.  I am thinking perhaps this is the wrong way to look at endurance.  Perhaps instead of focusing on that negative we should focus on the power referenced in the definition.  Perhaps we should relish the "not giving way".  What lasting joy to know we had the power to stick with the painful and not give way.  What a feeling of accomplishment.

We all are going to suffer some pain in life which will need to be endured.  Emotional pain or physical pain ~ both must be endured while trekking through this life.  The question becomes do we get lost in the process of trying to get through the pain or do we focus on the other side of endurance.

I can assure you of one thing, I never enjoyed the pain associated with running.  The benefits of my enduring that pain were enjoyed after the run was over.  Better health, better attitude, and a glow of accomplishment were not just temporary but in some ways life long benefits of enduring.  Had I become mired down in the period of pain I was trying to endure and lost the ability to look down the road, I would have given up.  Only keeping my eyes focused on the other side of the pain I was enduring kept me going.  I knew I would be the winner if I did not give up, but kept moving forward.  


Until I have crawled on all fours up that steep trail, I cannot enjoy the beauty of the view at the top of that mountain.  The secret is to keep the faith that at the end of that struggle, there will be a reward.  A reward well worth enduring any pain on the way.

"We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials,

for we know that they help us develop endurance.

And endurance develops strength of character,

and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. "

Romans 5:3-4

BLESSINGS ON BLESSINGS

 I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU, LORD

I'VE GOT BLESSINGS ON BLESSINGS

WRITTEN ALL OVER MY LIFE




GO AHEAD-

TAP YOUR FOOT!


SABBATH BLESSINGS,

DEAR FRIENDS!