TODAY THE WORDS are LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

TODAY THE WORDS are LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. Here we go back to my childhood and probably your childhood too. Today we look at the violence on TV and in the movies as horrific but we had our share of violence in the fairy tales/books that we had read to us and ones we read as we grew. Think about it, in Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf planned on eating her and that is about as bad as it can get. It was fictional and far fetched and my thoughts are not going to the violence; I am thinking about the deceit and how the wolf is at our door full of deceit and intent to harm us. Little Red Riding Hood was at least observant and asked questions to determine the Big bad wolf was not Grandma. In other words, she was learning not to trust what the wolf was saying, but to look for signs of deceit and therefore the remark, but “what big teeth you have”. Now for the deeper thought….we are surrounded by the “wolves” of the world and they are master deceivers. Some of them are disguised as do-gooders, friends, employees, politicians (don’t get me started there), and the saddest, spiritual leaders. It would be such a beautiful world if we could go back in time when a person’s word was their bond; more typically now, if their lips are moving, they may not be telling the truth. This being said, we need to be more observant and ask those questions to find out if what we are being told is the truth. Because someone says one thing, look at their actions, their charity toward others, their environment, and how they process their thoughts into actions. Have I been deceived? Oh yes, plenty of times until I started putting on my little red riding hood demeanor and started asking questions. God wants us to love others and I believe this with all of my heart, but God’s word speaks of false prophets and wolfs in sheep clothing. This is a lesson for all of us to watch, listen, and find out people’s intentions before we risk our safety, love and family. Ask before you give, “Can I see your teeth?” and if they are big teeth, run!! Love is beautiful and can be the best thing in your life, but it can hurt if it is with the wrong person who doesn’t love you in the right way. God loves us in the right way and we never have to wonder about His Love!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSES:
Matthew 7:15  
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

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TODAY THE WORDS are IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HEART



TODAY THE WORDS are IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HEART.  With today being Valentines Day, I thought I would share my thoughts on our Hearts. Throughout time, we share on this special day our love and devotion to ones we care about. We, as children, sent the little cards out, childishly written, but ever so special to our classmates and hoping the one that we wanted to be valentines would smile at us, keep our card and send us one too. I remember my heart pounding with excitement and not understanding exactly why it was pounding. Without confessing, most everyone if not everyone remembers that “first love or infatuation” with a cute classmate. As life progressed, the little love became a lot more serious for most of us and our little hearts could be broken to pieces, shattered by rejection, and vowing to never love again. So much for that vow, as most of us have experienced love several times and hopefully found the love of our lives. Once that love is found, all others pale in comparison with the exception of the love of our God, our families, and sometimes, our friends. Some loves last a lifetime, some fade away. Now for my Valentines deeper thought…..our hearts beat for many reasons, not just for the obvious of pumping blood. My thoughts are God wanted our hearts to be a pump for a lot of things in life. As a pump, the heart can function to move things through our life; as a passion meter, it pumps harder with excitement and feelings of love. As a monitor, it keeps a guage of how loving we are to others. As a valuable emotional part of us, it keeps us really human as it “senses” hurt, shame, guilt, and on a more positive note……LOVE! We need to cherish our hearts and value its use and purpose in our lives. Scientists would disagree on the factual statement, but I am speaking from the heart that God placed our hearts in our chest to feel it beat and to know its purpose. Love today and everyday with the heart that God gave us!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Psalm 73:26          
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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TODAY THE WORD is OVERPROMISING



TODAY THE WORD is OVERPROMISING. When I have watched politicians lately, I have seen a lot of overpromising and under delivery. We live in a society that is different from what a lot of us lived as children. I remember the days when “you could take it to the bank” upon someone’s word. A man’s word was all you needed to make a deal, form a partnership, buy property, etc and a handshake was like putting your hand on the bible. There was only promises and not over promises (unless you ran into a rare con artist). A neighbor was the same as family and we shared hard times, sickness, food and even clothes. We might not have had the luxuries that some people have today but we were taught the value of honesty and integrity. I am sure that there were some exceptions, but honest people certainly outnumbered the crooks and we knew who the crooks were. Their reputation preceded them so they were easy to spot. In today’s world, it is a lot harder to spot a crook or con person as we hear so many people speaking falsely and nothing is said or done to them. They smile and promise the moon, while at the same time, fully knowing they don’t intend to keep the promises they make. Leaders in this country, leaders in our communities, fathers, mothers, children, workers, and neighbors are joining in this “politically correct deception”. Now for the deeper thought….God is aware of the overpromises anyone makes; He is never fooled by the attempts to try to fool him either. Here are my thoughts on this subject: Why overpromise and under deliver to an all knowing God? He knows us so well and wants to encourage us to do the right thing and it gives us such a loving feeling to be honest with Him, ourselves, and others. Today, whatever we say, let us give honest answers, promises we can keep, and let people feel “they can take our word to the bank”.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

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TODAY THE WORDS are RAINY DAYS


TODAY THE WORDS are RAINY DAYS. Since it has been raining for a couple of days, much needed and grateful for the rain, it brought what rainy days mean to us in our lives. As children, we used to think, “Drats,it’s raining!” and we somehow felt cheated out of a sunny, fun filled day. We occupied ourselves, probably getting on our parents’ nerves with them wishing the sun would come out. Everyone was thankful when the clouds parted and the sun came out and importantly, we went outside. It wasn’t  important to us, as children, if the rain was needed to stop a drought or to settle a lot of dust. It always seemed the rain would come on weekends, too. How did it schedule itself to ruin a perfectly good Saturday? That is how I remember rainy days but I found out as I grew older, there is a more significant meaning for “rainy days”. Rainy days mean that crops grow, reservoirs fill, rivers flow, animals have nourishment, and the environment thrives from a normal balance. Now for the deeper thought…….If all days were sunny days, we would not appreciate them as much. Rainy days save us from taking the sunny days for granted. I also think we have the rainy days in our souls; some days are ones we cannot see the sun for the clouds. When the sun finally breaks through the clouds (when God answers our prayers or clears the way), we can bask in the glow, run outside and play. Life has to have some rainy days and I realize that during difficult times, it seems like a downpour! The next time a cloud forms, and it starts to sprinkle, take a minute and say a prayer of thanks for the opportunity to go inside of our hearts and pray for the nourishment, the healing power of the rain of God, and trust Our Maker during the downpour as He is in charge of making the flowers grow and us to smile at the rainbows after the storms of life. Enjoy the rainy day!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Isaiah 45:8
Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
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TODAY THE WORDS are IN AN ANGEL’S NET


TODAY THE WORDS are IN AN ANGEL’S NET.  During the last couple of weeks I have heard about several young people who have passed away. When we hear of young people dying, it is traumatic for us to hear this sad news. Early this morning, after reading of another death, I had a comforting thought of seeing an angel catching souls with a large gossamer net before the souls fell. I wish I could paint this image as it was so beautiful to imagine. As this happened, it became clearer the message behind this beautiful, enlightening image. I believe Angels exist as I believe in God and with this belief, I understand how Angels surround us while we live and are there when we die. I remember hearing such a warming song with a young girl singing it, “Angels in the Room” and thinking how great that has to be for Angels (can be loved ones) that have come to escort us home. Now for the deeper thought…..if you believe in Angels…..Angels are God’s messengers and to be loved and cherished for their peace and comforting love that without a word, their presence can transend time and space. Artists have painted their interpretation of Angels, singers have sung songs of Angels, and some of us have experienced the presence of Angels. Some people will have doubts about Angels, God and Heaven but once that doubt has been erased, the Heavenly existence becomes real and our souls anticipate and rejoice at our destination if we have been redeemed. It seems as is this message is directed to those families who have lost young people and are grieving and I seem directed to share for you to not be in despair as their souls were caught in the Angels’ nets and lifted up to Heaven. We sometimes feel the young person was cheated of a long life here, but they reaped an earlier reward by getting to live in Heaven longer. Be happy for them, rejoice in the knowledge that you can join them in everlasting happiness and rejoicing in the Lord.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Luke 16:22 – And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried

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TODAY THE WORDS are HIDE AND SEEK


 

TODAY THE WORDS are HIDE AND SEEK.  One of our grandsons, Abram is visiting with us this weekend and yesterday, he played hide and seek with me and it took me back to my childhood when we used to play it regularly. You have heard me mention that we didn’t have a lot of toys as many of you didn’t have a lot either and reading this blog, so we were creative in our games. However, I think most children have played hide and seek because of the game’s ability for creativity on everyone’s part and that is the focus of the message. First, in the game, one is chosen to hide and the other one is the seeker. We learned to count as the seeker since we hid our eyes up against a wall or tree and while the other child hid,  the seeker counted. A certain number was counted off, and if the one that was hid didn’t giggle out, the search was on! Now, for the hider; a good hiding place had to be chosen, and the harder it was to find the “child” the better. If others were playing and they would give hints by telling the seeker they were getting hotter or colder and the seeker would move according to their directions, usually blending in a few giggles themselves. When the seeker found the other one, a lot of laughter and cheering went on but the longer it took; the seeker would get more determined or frustrated. A lot of anticipation built during the hunt and the search was intent. One more observation, not made as a child but as an adult was some children always hid in the usual places, while others found new and better hiding places. This brings me to the deeper thought of Hide and Seek…….I think all of us continue to play hide and seek during most of our lives and here is why I think this way. In our adult life, we find hiding places with our emotions and while others are trying to “find” them; our emotions stay hidden. Some people are better seekers and they figure us out; some are not as intuitive and they keep looking in the same, usual hiding places. Life throws a lot at us and we choose where we stand or if we hide (seekers or hiders) and we need to be both players. We benefit from asking others how they feel or if they need to be found, but we also need to learn how to count before we seek (giving the other one the right to stay hidden or make the decision to be found). The everyday “hide and seek” can become exciting or frustating, so we need to exercise patience while we are trying to “find” or communicate with others. The other one hiding can benefit from being found but sometimes needs to stay hidden until they are sure they want their thoughts exposed or “found”. Now, here is the deepest thought….Isn’t that how God allows us to find him? He is there hidden until we are ready to seek Him. He can be anywhere and usually we find Him in the same places: church, homes, work, or a quiet park, woods, or other places that are familiar. Today is a great day if you haven’t already won the game of Hide and Seek and found Our Maker; look in your heart as God is there!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.

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TODAY THE WORDS are LIFE’S STRAND OF PEARLS



TODAY THE WORDS are LIFE’S STRAND OF PEARLS.  For most of you who know me, you already know how I love pearls. I have worn pearls and they have always given me such a warm feeling when I have them on. I will notice in photos of anyone that has a pearl necklace, earrings or brooch (for any youngsters that is a pin). What I would like to share is the thought behind pearls. A dear friend of mine has told me many times, “there’s your pearl” when something good happened. He would also say when he was giving me great advice, “here is a little pearl”. One day, when I was about to put one of my strands, I took a long look at it, realizing the importance of message it was portraying. Let me share this with you. Pearls are grown in a hard shell (and really few of us look at an oyster shell as pretty like we look at other shells). It may take up to 20 or more years to bring a pearl to full size so a lot of time goes into the process. Pearls in their natural state aren’t the finished pearl we see in the strands as they are polished and by this process, it brings out their true luster. If you take the time and look closely, pearls are still unique and usually no two are exactly the same. As beautiful as pearls are, they can be beautiful with others or beautiful on their own. Pearls are usually a gift given by someone who loves them dearly. Now for the deeper thought……have you thought about the clasp? As beautiful as the strand of pearls are, without the clasp to hold it all together, the pearls would fall to the ground It is the most important part of the necklace and here is how I see pearls. Pearls are our different stages of our life. When we are young, we are the pearls being nurtured in our shell surrounded by a hard protective cover (our parents). After a while, we are plucked into our adult lives. We can be successful on our own or part of a collection (company). We have strength and luster; but are fragile if not connected by a strong clasp (God). We can add other pearls (spouses, children, friends, and grandchildren) to our strand and people like to enjoy our pearls. God will hold our lives together and the clasp needs to be checked to make sure it closed securely (our faith). Next time you see a strand of pearls, take a deep look at it. God gives us the freedom to build a beautiful strand of pearls of life with all of its beauty and luster but He wants us to keep our pearls safe, protected and loved.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Matthew 13:45 – Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls

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