A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

When Jesus walked this earth in human form, what was the last act of good will and fellowship?  It was THE LAST SUPPER.  Jesus ate with His disciples and attempted to explain the drama to follow, though they understandably did not comprehend what they were hearing.  I’m not quick to judge them – I’m not sure I’d “get it” either.

What have Christian churches considered tradition since the beginning of Christianity?  It’s a POT-LUCK DINNER.  Everybody brings a covered dish (preferably with food inside).  We stand in line after the church service, tummies growling and eyes enlarged as we carefully examine the good stuff we have to choose from.  We communicate and laugh and if somebody says they forgot or they think they should not stay – we talk ’em into stayin’ anyhow, right?  We tell them there’s plenty of food.

Nobody knows how to make good relationships into better relationships like the followers of Christ.  I believe that most people here in Wichita still believe that America is a Christian nation, founded on the values and principles of Christianity.  We love, we mentor, we pray for everybody (except maybe ourselves) and yep – we EAT TOGETHER.  We break bread and with true concern for our fellow person – we communicate and laugh and with a sincere heart, we try to listen to the views of everyone and come up with solutions when there is any conflict.  THAT is what we do.

I could not be any more proud of Wichita right now.  While race relations are escalating across the country, in Wichita, our officers are taking a cue from the Christian community around them.  They are meeting with the group Black Lives Matter at a cookout.  Food – the breaking of bread (and hopefully some hamburgers inside – and hot dogs) along with meaningful dialogue, communication on both sides which includes some listening – real listening, and I hope and pray some moments of levity – laugher perhaps.  We need to initiate some conversation that leads to some answers – not for one side or the other – but answers we can all LIVE with.

We all need to LIVE to our greatest potential – because LIFE is a precious gift and not to be carelessly taken by anyone.

Let’s all have conversations at a cookout.  Christ knew how to talk with His crew about serious stuff.  Christians know all about making good fellowship into great fellowship.  Please America…  stop the violence.  Instead, let’s have a real conversation at a cookout.  Talking, listening – and FOOD.  🙂

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ROLL, FOLD OR FILE

WE'VE PACKED OUR DUDS... LET'S GO!

When you pack a suitcase, do you roll or fold?  Rolling causes more wrinkling but takes up less space.

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Folding does not cause wrinkling but takes up more space.

16291949977_ee9891f8c7_qLet me introduce you to a third method that does not wrinkle and takes up less space – I call it filing.

IMG_1322It’s fold – and flip!  It’s not purty, but you can fit a bunch of stuff in there!  I know it looks like this would be a wrinkled mess – but trust me, it really isn’t.  Think of it this way – if you put the luggage in the vehicle handle-side up, then the clothing is basically folded and stacked – facing the way it would in a drawer – right?  See what I’m sayin’?  I have room to fit two pairs of shoes there in the upper R.H. corner of the bag.  I put the shoes there so the WEIGHT of the shoes won’t smush the clothes.  So I can fit ten days worth of clothes plus two pairs of shoes in one suitcase.

Everyone has a certain item that goes with them on vacation. For me, it’s my pillow!  Most pillows in hotel or motel rooms leave me with a sore neck and cranky disposition – just what you want while you’re trying to have a good time, right?  I tote my pillow in its carrying case, so that’s probably the only item that is a total no-brainer.  Everything else is trial and error.  There are two of us trying to use two bags for a ten-day trip.  It’s insane, but we worked it out.

The trick is to convince your suitcase that it can hold more than it thinks it can.  Bring out the best in it.  It has so much potential…  talk nicely to it.  Suitcases have feelings too, ya know.  Whoa…  I think I need a vacation.angry-suitcase-doe-eyed-suitcase

Do you usually fold your clothes and stack them like you would in a drawer?  Most of us do that – and that’s great if you’re going on a short trip or if you’re packing one person’s stuff.  We packed ten changes of clothes each – in two suitcases – yep.

If you fold the clothes but put them in the case as though the clothes were “files” and your suitcase was the “file cabinet” – you can get 22 items packed without smashing it too badly.  We never wear anything that is very high maintenance – in other words, we wear a lot of cotton / poly instead of 100% cotton.  That bit of poly can make a big difference in the wrinkle factor.  Most hotels have hangers and drawers, so if you are overly concerned about wrinkles, you can take things from the suitcase and hang them up or put them in the drawers.  Then hope you don’t forget anything when you leave.  :-/

When all the clothes are packed in the largest suitcases and our toiletries go in the smallest case – we just have those three and my pillow bag to mess with.  We rarely fly, but I would think that would be the way to go if you are flying.  We just don’t like to carry a lot of luggage around – and the file drawer way of packing works best for us.  🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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It really is the little things that bring happy sparkles into your life!  Laughing is at the top of my list, but there are certain events that come to mind – and won’t likely be leaving my mind anytime soon.  I hope I can hang on to all the happy sparkles and think on the positive aspects in every circumstance.

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If we can re-live these little moments when the going gets tough, it not only brings a smile to our face, but it puts a little more courage and self-confidence in us.  These are moments when we were successful and happy and ready to high-five everybody!

  • One morning I tried for the umpteenth time to flip an egg over without breaking the yoke.  In 54 years of life I have never flipped an egg over without the yoke breaking, but guess what?  I carefully scooped the egg up with the spatula and flipped it over – and it was intact!!!  That was the best egg sammich ever!
  • Writing is my passion and music is my life.  Imagine my surprise when I was asked to write about music and got paid for it!  It’s not even about the money, but it’s about the words I write being read and appreciated.  There’s no better feeling to be sure.  Everyone wants to be appreciated.
  •  A friend recently asked if she could come to my house and listen to me play the piano.  I asked how long she had exhibited signs of instability – and she laughed and told me she was serious.  What a boost it was to know that she enjoyed hearing me play.  It gave me more confidence in the face of uncertainty.

Happy sparkles are gifts that God gives us.  He delivers them to us in many ways, through others or even when we’re alone with Him.  When we count our blessings and remember the happy sparkles along the way, we become the joyful Christian that Jesus wants us to be!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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POTENTIAL I TEA
The price of greatness is more than you want to pay.  The world’s most legendary athletes are usually the ones most wildly out of balance.  Michael Jordan had to crush you, whether you were an opponent or a teammate…  Enjoy your heroes, but don’t envy them.  – Rich Reilly

On this day in 1912, Jim Thorpe won the pentathlon at the fifth modern Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. At the time, Thorpe, a Native American who attended Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian School, was only beginning to establish his reputation as the greatest all-around athlete in the world.  Did he have potential – well, of course!  But guess what?  In God’s eyes we all have potential!

I want you not only to hear this, but to claim it. GOD LOVES YOU! He smiles on you and He wants to help you become the very best person you can be! Half of communication is listening. I’m doing my part – I’m talking (well, writing)… now, you do your part, and listen!

Because we know God loves us eternally, we know that we will be protected from harm, and we will receive special blessings from Him. He will withhold no good thing from His children. We love Him because He first loved us.

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

In my life, the hand of God has been obvious! There are times when I get ready to speak, or rather misspeak. The Lord has been so gracious as to let me hear something or intervene in a way which would stop me from speaking. I praise Him for those private “saves” He provides! It’s happened oftentimes, and I’ve learned to speak more slowly and listen more as a result.

The many “teas” I talk about in the poem are blessings from Him. God sees so much more in me than I see in myself. Keeping this blog is a perfect example of something I would never have done without His help. I’ve been blessed beyond measure since beginning this blog! I’ve met people I would not have met otherwise and this has given me an opportunity to share my faith in God through His Son Christ.

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe. – Thomas Carlyle

God has blessed me time and again with inspiration and purpose. I love my life because the purpose I have is not the same one every day. My purpose in life varies, at least in degree, every day. He’s given me countless opportunities to serve Him. ❤

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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A good-looking truck driver walked into the offices of Sun Records and the Memphis Recording Service on a Saturday night in the summer of 1953.  He paid $3.98 + tax to make an acetate record for his mother’s birthday.  Sam Phillips recorded Elvis singing “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin, ” and told his business partner Marion Kreisler something that made her write down “Good ballad singer.  Hold” in her notes.

Elvis would leave Sun for the big leagues of RCA Records by the end of 1955. But Phillips secured his place in musical history, and made a tidy profit even if it wasn’t $1 billion.

That was the beginning of an amazing singing career.  Elvis loved his mama and because he honored her, his life was blessed.

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Elvis with his parents. Army induction. March 24, 1958

There are literally dozens of You Tube videos of Elvis songs and tributes.  I invite you to visit You Tube today and listen to “That’s Alright Mama”.  What if Elvis had not wanted to honor his mother and make that recording for her birthday?  How different would his life had been?

What does the Bible tell us about honoring our father and mother?  It’s FOR it!  Pro-honor and pro-love of the parents:

 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.   – Deuteronomy 5:16

I think Elvis honored his mother in part because he felt bad about being the twin that survived.  His twin, Jesse Garon died at birth and Elvis often wondered why he was spared.  He never wanted to disappoint either of his parents, but particularly his mama.

The Bible instructs us to honor our parents.  It does not say obey.  We are to obey them when we are young, but when we are older we are to honor.  This is a wonderful example of honor:

THANK YOU MOM

To honor is to respect with patience and as much love as possible.  That is what makes our Lord smile and makes us good children. 

 

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NOW I HAVE PURPOSE

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend. – Walter Savage Landor

There are natural, built-in purposes in life for most people. When you meet that certain one and marry, you have signed on for responsibility for that person. Then when children come along, of course there is more responsibility.

God made us for relationship, to take on responsibilities. It’s part of the love He gives us, the need to take care of someone. He also gave each of us different talents and gifts to use along the way. In my life I’ve worn many hats and have helped in some pretty unique ways. I’m sure you have too.

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. – George Bernard Shaw

With the advances in technology and avenues like facebook and twitter, the people of God should be taking full advantage of it to spread the gospel of Christ! I’m just one person and there is a limit to what I can handle, but it’s so exciting to be doing what I can, using social media!

I hope to have 200 LIKES on my two pages by the end of this year. I can’t afford to pay for promotion, so any “advertisement” is through the people who have already LIKED the pages. I’m so thankful for their help and support! I hope you will LIKE my pages and visit regularly too! I try to freshen up the posts and there is a different “theme” every day.

My two pages:

POEMS & PRAYERS FOR MY SAVIOR
https://www.facebook.com/poetryformysavior
features poetry by myself, Lucinda Berry Hill, David Catherwood and others.

AMERICA, BLESS GOD
https://www.facebook.com/bless.God.today.America
features encouraging Scripture and quotes to help you through each day.

I’m also the administrator of a group on facebook.

A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS… WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH
https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness/
This group has taken off like crazy!!! We have over 300 members with new members popping up every day!!! We focus on positive attitudes and fun and yes, faith! These bodies are unpredictable. When you are dealing with health issues, you don’t always want the kind of support that focuses on the negative aspects of your disease process. We focus on the good in life and we know God has it all in HIS hands.

I’m so thankful to God for the opportunity to write poetry and talk about my faith. I’m so glad I live in a country where I can do that without fear. I pray it will always be that way, don’t you? ❤