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A lesson in trust


Today I learned a lesson in trust. Not because someone broke my trust but because they didn’t. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in my fears. When I look at new situations with the suspicions of the past I have done a disservice to both myself and the person I’m dealing with. They can neither know our pains nor anticipate our buttons.

And what I learned today is that while holding onto my own fear and my own self preservation I didn’t see theirs. I didn’t recognize the signs of their pain. I didn’t  know they had the same lesson in their life. Patience, compassion, and the willingness to take a risk allowed us both to share and see the other side. It wasn’t  easy but it was worth it. And I was able to move from fear to freedom. As the Bible says, “the truth shall set you free.”

I have come a long way in learning lessons from my past. So I choose to acknowledge that and pick up with a new possibility. I choose to look at the future as bright, not as bleak. I choose to leave the person who hurt me behind in exchange for a new slate with someone else. I’m glad I had the lesson today. I’m glad I spoke out and I’m glad I pushed myself to be open. In the end, the lesson I learned in the past has opened me up to the sweetness of trust in my today.

Be open. Be trusting. And be blessed!

Generosity of Spirit


I am continually surprised by the generous spirit of people I have been coming into contact with lately. Whether it’s a helping hand, a kind word, some financial assistance, or just grace in spirit, I seem to see more of it each day. Even strangers seem to be a little more gracious lately. This is a pleasant surprise that lights up the moments of my days.

I have a couple of theories as to why this may be happening:

1) As I personally generate more lightness, tenderness, and compassion, I receive it as well. This is in line with the Bible’s teachings of giving. (“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure– pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38)

2) As times become increasingly difficult for more people, either due to medical bills, loss of jobs, increased costs, etc. we are beginning to understand the plight of others on a more personal level. That understanding is leading to an extra dose of compassion. We are judging each other less and understanding each other more. Difficulty creates a level playing field. And when seeing someone a little worse off than themselves, people are opening their hearts and hands to help.

I know, there are some people who are more bitter – but I think they were bitter anyway. Nothing changes for a dark heart except more darkness.

In these times, these “end times” as some believe, the dark becomes darker and the light becomes lighter.

I challenge us all to beam brightly and tenderly … and be blessed!

A Way Out


There’s a Bible verse that I’ve heard my entire life that has had me thinking more and more lately:

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Even though I’ve heard it and read it many times, I’ve been narrowly focused on the part about only getting what I can bear. But that narrow focus has not really let the FULL message sink in. The part I’ve been “missing” and recently been meditating on is that God will give me a way out. It doesn’t say I won’t be tempted. It doesn’t say I’ll get an extra dose of will power to withstand the temptation. It doesn’t say I should dance on the line between temptation and surrender and I’ll be protected. It says I’ll have a way out of it.

How many times have I been in a situation, knowing it was temptation, and hearing a small voice inside, ignored it. As I think about those … they were always the way out. God was showing me the way and because I didn’t have my eyes upon him, but did have my eyes/heart/energy/focus on the temptation, I didn’t see or hear my way out. Sadly and regretfully, I succumbed to the temptation. I’ve always known my intuition was powerful – everyone’s is. And now this is yet another example of when not listening to my intuition, Spirit, conscience (or whatever you call it) got me into trouble.

Wonder if I’ve really learned my lesson yet. OY! And this leads me to wonder what temptation is drawing near that I am being guided to think and write about this verse? Will I remember it when I need it? I pray to God I do!

Take your way out and be blessed!

The Greatest Gift


Today is the greatest high Holy Day in the Christian faith – Easter Sunday. While I respect and honor all people and their beliefs, I cannot let this day pass without a bit of “Alleluia” on my part. As fun as it is to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ, it is solemn and exhilarating to come through Holy Week as it culminates in His resurrection. This day is the basis for all Christian beliefs and it is the day that makes all the difference, today and in eternity.

I am humbled to acknowledge that day when prophesies were made manifest. I celebrate the rising of Jesus, as he conquered death on our behalf. He is the Son of God, the Light of the world, and the instrument of my salvation. So this is not just any ordinary Sunday. I shall gather with community to praise him with song and adoration. And I will celebrate the joyous holiday with family.

Today, wherever you are and whatever you’ll be doing, I pray you have a day filled with blessings and may you know the unconditional love that is the greatest gift of all time.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Spring essence


This has been an unusually early spring for us. As I walk my dog Gracie I am delighted to notice the smells of the season. With the tulip trees, red buds, and forsythia blooming, the air smells like a freshly stocked floral store. Neighbors are cutting grass for the first time creating a backdrop of the sounds of warmth. The mere drinking in of the spring essence stirs renewal in my soul.

It is much the same way when we indulge our soul in self-examination and notice that the darkness and sadness have cleared a way. With the coming of spring and new life, let us blow away that which no longer serves us so we can create a fresh path for our year. Bloom and be blessed!

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24

Think on these things …


Today I find myself in one of “those” moods. You know – when emotions are kind of prickly. People can easily say the wrong thing or with the wrong attitude. The weather is lovely but it’s so easy to be lazy and sluggish inside. TV is boring, books have no appeal, and … YIKES! Stop the madness and the merry-go-round of negativity!!! I need to turn the day around. It’s days just like today when I turn to this Bible verse for instruction:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,

whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,

 whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,

think on these things.” Phil 4:8

So, let me change my day by thinking on the good things and by counting my blessings:

1) I am alive and my health is good.

2) My home is warm and comfortable.

3) My children are healthy, educated, and gainfully employed.

4) My job allows me to use my skills and passions and pays me well to do so.

5) My bills are paid and I have some money left over for things I enjoy.

6) I have a loving pet who keeps me company, no matter what my mood is.

7) My family and I have been spared from the devastation of the tornadoes that destroyed so much in my area recently.

8) I have precious friends who are kind, generous, and loyal.

9) There’s food in my pantry and clean clothes in my closet.

10) I have dreams and goals that keep me motivated.

11) I have a car, it works and has gas so I can pick up and go whenever I want.

12) I own lovely things that make my surroundings inviting.

13) I am loved by many, but most importantly, and unconditionally, by God.

With that baker’s dozen of blessings I can actually feel a shift in my mood. My life is good and I have much to be happy about. I spread the gratitude to you. Be thankful and be blessed!

What can I do?


I’ve seen a lot of things on the internet recently, either articles or postings, that seem to be drenched in fear and the need to spread it. I don’t know if people are just focusing on the negative to a point that they fear everything and anything, or if I’m just noticing it in contrast to how I live my life. Trust me, I am realistic and not living a Pollyanna life. I know there is economic crisis, corruption, wars, and evil in the hearts and acts of mankind.

But I also know there is goodness, justice, kindness, and love. I subscribe to focusing on and changing that which is in my power. For example, I have no way to stop the Illuminati from taking over the world (if it exists or if they haven’t already). I cannot tell or affect if aliens are on their way to attack, abduct, or destroy. Nor can I suddenly make religions and countries change their beliefs and interactions with each other. I cannot make politicians be honest or corrupt men change their hearts. And I surely can do nothing if the world is going to end in Dec. 2012 as so many predict and believe.

But I assure you, there is plenty that I can do that actually makes a difference. I can be kind to my neighbors. I can teach my children right from wrong. I can be generous with my time, talent, and treasure. I can encourage the sad and love the lonely. I can forgive those who hurt me and end grudges that I may carry. I can (and do) pray to God and trust in his love. I can make a difference in my life, in my friends’ and family’s lives, and I can influence those that I come in contact with every day.

I read once that there are 365 versions of “fear not” in the Bible – one for each day of the year. Since that book influences me and my life, I find comfort in the fact that there is enough hope and protection to cover my every day. And if I should fall victim to aliens, the Illuminati, or the other evils in the world that people spend their time and energy to purvey, well, I know who wins in the end.

In the meantime, let us pick up our hope and our faith. Let us act in ways that make the world we touch a better place. Let our light shine brighter than the darkness that surrounds. And let us be blessed!

Puppy Pile of Angels


Do you believe in angels? I do and I know I’m not alone.

I find it interesting that every religion that I’m aware of includes these beings of light and love. They show up in the teachings of ancients, as well as modern-day man. The Torah contains many stories of mystical experiences, including visitations by angels in prophetic dreams and visions. In the New Testament of the Bible, angels foretell and herald the birth of Christ and sing at the heavenly throne. Angels also are major figures in Buddhism and Hinduism, Celtic and Norse mythology, and in many Shamanistic legends. They may have different names but they appear nonetheless.

Not that it really matters – I believe in them no matter what organized religions may have to say about them. I think I’ve always known that I had angels, many of them, surrounding me and working on my behalf. My upbringing tells of a special guardian angel that we all have traveling with us on this life journey. They are assigned to protect us. As a child I would recite the prayer that was taught to me:

“Angel of God, My Guardian Dear, to whom God’s love commits me here.

Ever this day be at my side to light and guard and rule and guide.”

Ahhh, but I have what one friend described as a “puppy pile” of angels flocking around me. I feel them. I sense their guidance, like the time I was driving down a dark road and heard a voice urge me to slow down and look about 10 seconds before a small child on a bike darted across the street. I knew in that second that I had been warned by one of my angels. And that’s happened to me time and time again, whether it be when a car was about to run a red light and almost hit me or other times when my own distracting thoughts are halted by a word of “LOOK!” I’ve been warned when not to walk down a certain flight of stairs or when I needed to attend to my child who was about to get hurt. Some will say it’s coincidence but the difference is in the urging of the communication. It’s an energy that I feel and not just a hunch.

Heck, I often laugh and say that my parking angel has come along with me and find it nearly amazing when I always find a spot right where I need it. She’s faithful, that angel, that’s for sure!

I believe that our angels are not just guardians. They serve as guides, encouragers, healers, comforters, and so much more. In the near future I plan to paint some of the angels that I sense around me and others. I look forward to them revealing themselves to me. Perhaps I’ll paint your angel for you!

Do you know your angels? May they continue to conspire on your behalf and may you be blessed!