TODAY THE WORDS are WHAT IF TODAY IS THE END?



TODAY THE WORDS are WHAT IF TODAY IS THE END? This morning I awoke early with a thought in my head. I had prayed and thanked God for another day. After I had prayed this, I thought what if today would be my last day, would that be my last prayer? It may sound ominous and foreboding or should it sound like a reason to celebrate? This led me to my Morning Thought I post on Facebook which I thought I would share with you. 

Morning thought: Let us prepare for today being our last day on earth. If we knew it to be true, what would we do? Would we laugh and sing until our sides hurt? Would we love each other without conditions and openly express our feelings? Would we release any hard feelings toward each other and forgive without expectation? Would we cherish a small child’s touch or an older person’s frail smile? Would we make time to talk to friends about those great times we shared? Would we, and I say this with love, stop and talk to Our God, thanking Him for every breath He has given us, every blessing He has bestowed, and every prayer He answered, and every misery He saved us from? Would I? Would You? Would We? Every day we are blessed to wake up has no guarantees tomorrow will come. For all of us, Eternity is Waiting. May today, whether it be our last or the beginning of many more, be deserving of us being the best we can be. Just sayin’ on this day with love! ALM

With this morning thought in mind, let us take a minute and relish in what will we be doing today? If we knew today was the last day for one or all of us; are there things we would do differently? It touched my heart deeply to realize good people draw their last breath on days they had no warning or no clue it was soon to be over. Neither did their families. We live in a fast pace world and even going to places deemed to be safe; this world is no longer limited in violence and we see it in churches, movie theaters, concerts, shopping malls, etc. We see innocent people taken down in the prime of life with no prior notice.

I thought about my two brothers while I was thinking about life and how quickly it can come to a screeching halt. My oldest brother Carlton was shot down in the prime of his life while a young man was aiming for another man. He had no warning but was killed and lived only for a short period, maybe not an hour. He was married with plans to have children. This is a tragedy of the worst kind and it hurts today as it did so many years ago. My other brother Joe had looked death in the eye in two tours of Vietnam to come home to being a police officer and then the worst nightmare, CANCER, came knocking on a young man trying to raise his children and within 7 months he left this earth. Man had tried to kill him in war; Cancer sneaked in and prevailed. I tell you this story not to seek pity but to confirm neither of my brothers had a lot of time before death claimed their lives. 

Now for the deeper thought….. Each glorious day we have on this earth is to be enjoyed and filled with love and harmony; not bitterness or hatred. Go back up and read the Morning Thought and see if you are living life to the fullest or are there things you or I can change in our lives to LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; and LOVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST by FILLING IT WITH LOVE. May I see you again tomorrow? If God has given His Will for Us to See Tomorrow or I pray we see each other on the other side.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Romans 6:4 ESV 

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

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TODAY THE WORDS are THE MERRY HEART


TODAY THE WORDS are THE MERRY HEART. I find people have two descriptions of the heart; one is the clinical term and one is the emotional attachment to the heart. For those scientists and analytical people, they are more in tune to the beating heart rather than the merry heart. Let’s look at how we reference the non clinical heart. If our heart gets “broken”, we experience sadness. If we are happy, we have a merry heart and we say it is full of laughter. Is that possible? Do we feel with our heart? Artists for so many years have painted hearts, children have associated hearts with valentines showing endearment or affection. Songwriters and singers have poured out song after song with validation of broken hearts, and sadness. Songs of love refer to the heart. Bravery is attached to a strong and patriotic heart. Why do we humans attach so much emotion to our heart? We place our hand to our heart for pledging allegiance to our flag in high respect. I ask again, why so much emphasis on our merry hearts; why so much sadness in our hearts when something tragic happens; why so much emphasis on the heart for signs of loyalty and patronage?

We define the heart in two ways: 1) a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation. In vertebrates there may be up to four chambers (as in humans), with two atria and two ventricles or 2) the central or innermost part of something. I can see the heart starting out when we are little,  maybe being hollow until it is filled with different feelings (speaking metaphorically of course) and this is a representation of a spirit of which the physical cover is not significant for its purpose. Notice the second meaning as the heart being a reference to the central or innermost part of something and I relate to the heart as being the most innermost part of our spirit. We reference the “pounding” of our hearts to reflect fear or excitement because it beats faster when we experience a heightened sense of emotions.

Now for the deeper thought….However the heart feels; so goes the day or the person. When we laugh outwardly, and that is the best medicine there is; our heart becomes merry and we feel happiness. We need to give our hearts that feeling of happiness by adding more laughter into our everyday life. Live life; love life; and love life to the fullest by allowing your heart to laugh and smile and by all means allow your heart to love!


DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Matthew 5:8                    
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “

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TODAY THE WORDS are IS IT REALLY REAL?

TODAY THE WORDS are IS IT REALLY REAL? I have a story which was passed down from my Mother about her Mother. I may not have it exactly as it occurred, or the year it happened, but you will find it amusing and then I will reflect on the topic. As the story goes, this occurred the first time my Grandmother was taken to a “picture show” or movies as we know them. In the time frame, this was a western with a lot of shooting and dying from the good cowboys and the bad cowboys (remember they were usually identified by one wearing light colors and the bad ones wearing black or dark colors. In those movies, a lot of bullets flew but they must have been pretty rotten shooters as there were more bullets fired than dead folks. Well, at one point the hero cowboy was walking and apparently the “bad” cowboy was hiding behind a cactus or a tree (okay, so I don’t have all of the facts) and the good cowboy was getting nearer. About that time, with everyone holding their breath, my grandmother jumps up and yells, “Watch Out, he is going to shoot you!” Mom didn’t tell me if the theater broke out in laughter or not. My grandmother thought this was real action and didn’t understand acting. I don’t tell this story to make light of my grandmother as I have thought many times how we look at something and don’t understand the meaning or miss the realization of the matter at hand. Let’s put on our thinking caps and we will remember how we reacted to the first 3D movie; the special effects of The Exorcist, The Flying Nun, Bewitched, and it brings it home. We sometimes want to believe or even disbelieve for personal reasons.


Now for the deeper thought….why is it so hard to believe what our eyes see? We see it; it is real or unreal; reality or imagination; faith or disbelief? When we are asked to believe in God and we are deceived by physical items, how are we to trust the unseen?


Here are my thoughts and I welcome others…..Even though I know there are fake things and imitations of any physical items; my heart is given a silent sight to see and feel beyond the visual realm of life. If a Supreme being were not in existence, we would truly be alone except for others like ourselves; if a Supreme being does exist; when we are hurting and peace comes over us in the most difficult times; I know where it comes from. I don’t get into debates with unbelievers; why would I? There is nothing to discuss with a non believer; allow them to see your faith is beyond reproach. A simple “I believe!” is enough realization you will ever need. God is the One to whom you are talking.

Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the fullest by trusting in the knowledge of what is truly real and what will serve you for time and all eternity.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
King James Bible  2 Corinthians 4:18

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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TODAY THE WORDS are MY GLASS IS EMPTY


TODAY THE WORDS are MY GLASS IS EMPTY. I share a little different perspective on this ageless question as I think we have to look at it from another standpoint of all of our glasses are empty to start and it is our actions which make the question possible. What do we do to fill our glasses and are we satisfied to stop at half full or half empty? Do we want to fill ‘er up or do we want others to fill it for us? First, let’s look at Wikipedia’s take on this question and then we will do a little thinking on our own. Here is their post:
Is the glass half empty or half full?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Is the glass half empty or half full?
Is the glass half empty or half full? is a common expression, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview.[1] The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one’s point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.

This idiom is used to explain how people perceive events and objects. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one’s interpretation of reality. The phrase “Is the glass half empty or half full” can be referred to as a philosophical question.[2]

Another perspective comes from psychology, where research has shown that a speaker’s choice of frame can reflect their knowledge of the environment, and that listeners can be sensitive to this information.[3][4]
The reason for me thinking it is not so much how we perceive the glass as it is what we do about filling our glass. I see a lot of people fitting in three categories and I will break them down so we can think why is there a difference in what others see in us.
1) The ones who are in this category are not ambitious and they are willing to have others fill their glass and if it is only half full they drink what they have been given and wait for a refill without exerting any energy into obtaining more on their own. Half empty people….only getting a little out of life because of their laziness.
2) The ones who are in this category are more go getters and they will do what it takes to fill their glass to the rim. They always see the glass half full and they want to fill it with whatever requirements necessary. They would not be satisfied with a half empty glass as they want it all. Half full people who want to be full of life.
3) The ones who are in this category are the over achievers as they don’t look at a glass either half empty or half full; they want a bigger glass to hold more and can even allow the contents to spill over the rim in their excitement to get more. This category is a lot smaller group and is only for the risk takers who are willing to take the risk to see just how much the glass will hold and willing to clean up if it spills overs. This is the group which says, “Let’s see how much life can give us.”
Now for the deeper thought……The point is how you fill your glass is how you perceive it. We have to challenge ourselves if we desire more. It is not up to others to fill your glass and it is not anyone else’s fault if we don’t get up and fill our own glass to the rim. However you choose to live your life is your choice so choose wisely. God has given each of us the ability to do the best with our lives and God smiles when He knows we need a cloth to clean up some overachievement milk of life. So look at your empty glass and fill ‘er up. Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the fullest by seeing how much life you can put into your glass.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
1 Timothy 6:18-19 ESV

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life

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TODAY THE WORDS are "I AM YOUNGER THAN I USED TO BE"

TODAY THE WORDS are “I AM YOUNGER THAN I USED TO BE”. Before you jump up to call for me some mental assistance since you are thinking, “Has she lost her mind?” I want to explain how this is the topic for today. No, I am not the inventor of some wonder cream or some magic potion for anti aging. I have not found the fountain of youth proclaimed to be discovered by Ponce de Leon in Florida. An excerpt from National Geographic says,

But the tale of the search for a fountain of youth is so appealing that it survives anyway, says Ryan K. Smith, a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

“People are more intrigued by the story of looking and not finding than they are by the idea that the fountain might be out there somewhere,” Smith says.

No original documents survive from Ponce de Leon’s Florida expedition. Spanish historians writing long after he died in 1521 may have created the story that he was seeking the fountain to make fun of him because he was an old man who wanted to restore his sexual vigor, Smith says.”

If you watch TV or look at ads, you will see the latest and greatest return to youth potions, creams, lotions, vitamins, etc. and in America alone, we spend billions of dollars. Arlene Weintraub, who spent four years researching Selling the Fountain of Youth, says the anti-ageing industry has grown from virtually nothing to a staggering $88bn in 10 years, with few products and procedures regulated in the same way as normal pharmaceuticals and medical cures. Much of it is based on replacing the body’s hormones as people grow older. But it also includes extensive use of products such as Botox, vitamin supplements and dietary fads. All have become hugely popular, but there is little proof that they work – or are 100% safe.


My summarization of all of the youth seeking crowd, is a memory of one of my great aunts who she and her husband were deaf impaired and could not speak except utter some words and she was childless. Her skin was like porcelain, her hair was snow white, and the biggest makeup she had on her face was a soft pink lipstick outlining the most beautiful smile topped by some incredible blue eyes. It was amazing she seemed to not have any wrinkles (but in reality she did) and the secret was when she smiled, her wrinkles just disappeared. God gave us smiles to soften our faces while pulling our skin up in the most flattering way. Smile and take years off our faces is an instant year reducer and guess what? It costs nothing but a heart dedicated to living a happy life.





DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

John 4:14                      


But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

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TODAY THE WORDS are ANOTHER SUNRISE


TODAY THE WORDS are ANOTHER SUNRISE. In the aftermath of the shooting of innocent soldiers in Chattanooga TN and its horrendous outcome, my heart is hurting for all of the people who were killed, injured, and/or traumatized. Onlookers will never forget the sounds, the screams, the horror of what they witnessed. So many hurting, some will never see a sunrise again. Sunrises are such a special gift from God and a visual sign a new day is beginning with radiance, beauty, and wonder and that is important for all of us blessed to see another sunrise. I made the statement yesterday, when Americans cannot go about their daily lives, without shuddering with fear, an every day trip meant for good success from hard efforts; sanity has left the world. We all live on this planet, filled with beauty and wonder and it is beyond my comprehension why there is evil taking over. With a sunrise, hope should come for people to love, share, unite instead of divide, and join together to enjoy the brilliance of another day. 
Photo courtesy of Faye Raper
Now for my deeper thought…..with so much reverence for the people who experienced this tragedy, and those of us who received the horrible news….if we are reading this blog; we are survivors to see another sunrise and to have another opportunity to do something blessed with our lives. So many that rose early, saw yesterday’s sunrise, will not see another sunrise on this earth. Many other people saw their last sunrise yesterday who will not see another sunrise due to health,some from car accidents, homicides, suicides, and other fatal events. The point is not meant negative, however to get to the point of this message, has to reflect what we, as ones who were afforded another sunrise, to rise with the sun and go forth to do good. 
Prayers, charity, compassion, fellowship with others, sensitivity to the tragedy, and most of all love for others. Evil cannot override love and none of us know if this morning’s sunrise is the last we will see. All we can do is all we can do; but all we can do is enough! was a statement from AL Williams who turned the insurance world upside down, but this statement stuck with me as it is so true. Today, all we can do is hug each other tight, be thankful for the blessing of another sunrise, and do everything we can to be good people, charitable people, giving people, and make this day count! Our days on earth are numbered, we don’t know how many days we each have. Each sunrise you see is your reward for surviving another day by the Grace of God and your challenge to do something wonderful for others. Give this beautiful day its diligence and make it shine!


DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Lamentations 3:22-23  King James Version (KJV)

22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


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