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No More Hurting People … PEACE


11586_366544240129439_1655425686_nWith love and in memory of Martin Richard and the other victims.

Today, like everyone else who has watched the videos and read the accounts of what happened in Boston, I am feeling so many things. First, I’m grateful that my friend Marie who was running the marathon is safe and on her way back home. Second, my heart is wrenched thinking of the pain the families of the dead are feeling, and the agony the injured are enduring. And then there’s what I feel for the soul of the person(s) who did this.

I wonder what black evil touched their lives and taught them to hate. What cloud of hatred is lingering over their lives to such a degree that they sought to hurt, maim, and destroy the lives of strangers. I cannot fathom the blackness that surrounds their hearts and heads.

So I will do what I know – I will focus on the love that came from those who ran to help those who were injured. There is never enough praise for the heroes who go where most of us would flee. I appreciate the love that strangers have offered to each other – be it a restaurant owner and their staff who provided free wifi, food and a safe place to wait for friends and family. Or generous residents who opened their doors so runners and their groups could find a safe place to sleep when they couldn’t get to their hotels. And I am praying in gratefulness to the man who carried a man who lost both legs. I will pray for those who feel pain, fear, and for those involved.

And I bring it home – I will hug those who I love more tightly. I will tell those I care for that they are precious to me a bit more overtly.

Yes, the stories that are coming out of Boston are painting the picture that I already know. Americans are generous, brave, trusting, and strong in the face of adversity. It is the backbone of why we are a great nation.

As I re-read this post I know that I don’t have poignant words that will change the pain that is caused. But in expressing them I know I am adding one more drop of positive love into the universe. It is all I have.

Join me in sharing more positive words. Let us change the world with our focus on what is good and all that is love. Be blessed!

Humbly fall on my knees …


Lately I have become overwhelmingly aware of how blessed I am. I may not be rolling in cash at the end of each month but I know that I have family that love me, friends who support me, food for each day, and a roof over my head.

And today as I see the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, I am grateful for the protection of my location. I have friends in the affected areas and I pray constantly for their protection and safety. The devastation will take years to recover – it is being called New Jersey’s Katrina. What a frightening thought.

Outside of our disasters we continue to hear of wars and bombings and man’s inhumanity to man all over the world. My daughter asked me today if this is the end of the world. Well no I told her but it is widespread catastrophe. We hear each day of incredible poverty and unbearable conditions. I am saddened for the conditions of our world, and I am grateful to be blessed.

I pray for direction for me to do God’s work. I write because God guides me. I paint angels and provide messages of inspiration because the Spirit (and angels) move me. I stand open to the nudging of my faith and discernment. What is next I ask. Right now, I’m considering a mission trip to Nigeria but I have no true plans or connections. I’m open to recommendations and will consider all options – humbly on my knees.

Join me and be blessed!

 

 

 

Jack-hammering my way to peace…


Today, as we affectionately say at my house, I am doing a bunch of “wondering and pondering”. I do that a lot, which is the basis for this blog. Aren’t you lucky that you get to travel the crevices and mysterious tunnels inside my head? lol

Today’s topic is jack-hammering. This odd topic is inspired by the fact that I have the “pleasure” of hearing the sound of jack-hammers literally outside my office window as the city is working on the sidewalk and street. My jack-hammer nemesis is a mere 15 feet from my desk. Unlike the guys wielding the tool, I do not get the benefit of ear protection. Of course the whole building is shaking. My teeth are shaking in my head. Needless to say, my thoughts are tumbling around and likely falling out my ears. Concentration is at a dribble vs. the normal flow. So I’m declaring an impromptu jack-hammering break. I haven’t had a proper break in a while given the pace at work these days, so no apologies here. Besides it amounting to near-torture to hear the incessant pounding, I must say it is giving me the gift of opportunity to ponder. If my thoughts are choppy, well, you’ll know why!

The physical jack-hammering going on in my environment is making me think of the spiritual, emotional, and mental jack-hammering going on in the rest of my life. What nagging, incessant pounding am I taking that is keeping me from achieving all that I can? I can think of a few just sitting here … college loan bills, leaking basement, daughter going to NYC alone (again), work pressures, relationship dynamics, my son’s wedding planning, the broken cabinet in the kitchen, my friends who are in crisis of various kinds … And the list goes on and on. Without being conscious of it, my brain is constantly barraging me with blow upon blow of worry, fear, and discouragement.

So … now that I am shedding the light of consciousness on these things, the trick is how do I make them stop?! For me, I have a simple remedy. It doesn’t make those things go away, but it does refocus me back into peace. I breathe and I pray. The one thing I have learned in my journey is that changing the way I pray, changes everything for me. I used to pray with requests. I no longer do that. I now pray in gratitude – always. It goes something like this:

“Thank you God that all of my needs and desires are met by YOU! Thank you that no matter what bill arises, you are my provider and I have more than enough to cover the need. Thank you God that no matter what sickness comes upon me, you are the healer of my body, mind and soul. Thank you God that you bring the right people into my life that will guide me, support me, help me and love me. Thank you God that you are all I need and you will never forsake me. Thank you that I have peace in my spirit and protection in my coming in and my going out. Thank you God that you are handling the situation that I am facing, all for my benefit and for  your glory. Thank you God that I can do all things through you and that I have all things from you. Thank you!”

With this simple type of prayer, I know that I do not have to ask for every little thing. And when I do want to go into the details I always, always do it in gratitude of the solution. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something or finding the right words. I often do go through a list of people who I bless with peace and healing. God knows my needs and I need simply to stand in gratitude. It NEVER, EVER fails me. This prayer has changed how I see life and how I receive all that I need.

I pray, in gratitude, that you be blessed this way too!

“Blessings” by Laura Story


I was driving in the reverie of my own thoughts and prayers when I heard this song. It’s titled “Blessings” by Laura Story. It reached through the ether and radio waves and truly touched my heart.

When I had the chance to look it up I learned the story behind the song. Laura wrote this song as a result of the process she and her husband went through when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Many surgeries later, God graced them with healing. But the healing was not complete – it wasn’t the healing the way they wanted. Her husband lived, and has healing but also has lingering issues and disabilities. In Laura’s words, his brokeness allows God’s light to shine through him as it would stream through a cracked and broken vessel. To hear her speak of blessings, as she has come to know and understand them, has made me love the song even more.

So, for your listening pleasure, I hope this song touches your heart as it has deeply touched mine. Be blessed!

Prayers


It seems these days there are so many people in need of prayers.  There are the people of Haiti, many friends with illnesses, cancers, and diseases, abused and displaced people, orphans and unemployed, and many more.  Now – Chile with this huge 8.8 earthquake and the surrounding countries under Tsunami alert.  I sit here in middle America knowing that what I have to give seems so little and yet it is still critical to give.  I can give money, volunteer for charities, donate food and clothing and even blood.  These things I do and yet it seems so ineffective.

All I have beyond the physical is my faith. It is with great longing that I offer up these people and more to the hands of God for help, peace and blessing.  I know my prayers do not go unnoticed or unanswered … and so I pray.  Will you join me?

Be blessed!

Humanity for Haiti


I am so saddened by the news that comes out of Haiti.  Whether it’s about the poverty of the nation, the horrors of the aftermath of the earthquake, or the images and stories of the dead, dying, or barely surviving, I cannot watch the devastation of that nation without a profound sadness settling over me.

There is no way to understand why this happened and yet we will all search for the answers.  There have always been natural disasters on the earth that affected widespread groups of humanity. And, because of this I know that there will always be more.  For those that are gone, I believe they are safely and beautifully in the arms of God. Their journey in this world has ended only to begin their eternal communion with their Creator.

What does that leave for us? It leaves the opportunity to make an impact for those that remain. Our world’s attention is drawn to this nation in a way that is opposite of how we so effectively ignored it before. We as a collective humanity can pour out our attention, our compassion, our assistance and our inborn generosity to actually change and rebuild the poorest country in our hemisphere. We can, if only we will, change the future of this nation for good in a way that we have never been willing to do before.

My wish is that humanity will reach out to other dire nations in the world like Haiti in times before natural destruction and not just after them.  I am watching and hoping that we all do what we can – whether it’s money, goods, services, prayers, teaching, healing, etc. We are facing a chance to be a part of the rescuing and rebuilding of a neighbor. May God assist us in our work and may we succeed in using our gifts to make a difference, this time and the next.

Counting Angels


I am so amazed every day by the number of angels that flit (and walk) into my life.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a special day or an ordinary Tuesday, I seem to be surrounded by them.

Do you notice the angels in your life? Here’s just a few I ran into today:

* The guy who let me into the correct lane during jam packed traffic so I wouldn’t miss my exit or my appointment.
* My friend who helped me pick up my papers when they went scattering on the floor.
* The acquaintance who popped in on my facebook to see how life was for me today.
* My oral surgeon who saved me from losing a couple of teeth.
* My boss who was more worried about my safety in driving to work than in whether I got there on time.
* My neighbor who always uses his snowblower on my sidewalk without telling me – I still don’t know which one it is.
* A stranger who offered to help me with some technical problems just because he knew how.
* My puppy who adores me (even though I didn’t share my supper with her).
* My aunt who is so proud of me that she buys and hands out my book just because she can.
* My colleague who knew I was out so she set up my meeting for me without hesitation or being asked.
* The postal worker who kept his window open past closing because he saw me approaching the door with packages.
* My friend who prayed for me and sent me a lovely email just because she was thinking of me.

My list could go on but I just thought I’d share since I was sitting here counting my angels.  Be blessed!