A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (15)Remember when you were a kid and your mom or dad would say, “This world has gotten so out of control, we are surely in the last days!” – ???  I heard that a lot as a kid and recall thinking, “You’ve said that for years…  Christ has not returned yet.”

Well, now I’m the adult and I’m saying, “This world has gotten so out of control, we are surely in the last days!”  LOL!  I imagine some reading this are saying, “You’ve said that for years…  Christ has not returned yet.”

As I keep my eyes on the eastern skies, I catch a glimpse of steeples…  pointing toward heaven, reminding all who take time to look that God still cares about us from His throne in Heaven.  He is there, but He’s also here amongst us in the form of His precious Holy Spirit.

Once in a while we just need to be reminded that the steeples are not to be worshipped, but they point towards Heaven, where God is, and His Son Jesus sits at His right hand.  When God gives the word, Jesus will return and this time He won’t come as an innocent little baby, but as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

You know I love steeples and you know why.  I’ve written several poems in which they’ve spoken.  Lucinda Berry Hill has written about them.  For those of us keeping our lamps trimmed and our eyes open, they remind us to keep looking up!

We see Steeples in all seasons…  Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  I love them all…  the steeples for all seasons.  ❤GOD SEES EVERY HEART

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Here are a few photos we have not used with poetry – – – yet.  😉

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No matter what the season, Steeples…  some with crosses, some plain – stand tall and straight.  It may seem strange that a steeple could “speak”.  Well, they don’t – but God’s still small voice can definitely speak as I’m looking at a steeple – and thinking.  It results in a poem usually, but sometimes it’s a Bible verse or other type of writing.  HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE STEEPLEHAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM THE STEEPLEHAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY FROM THE STEEPLEHAPPY EASTER FROM THE STEEPLEHAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM THE STEEPLE(6) HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM THE STEEPLEP&P MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE STEEPLEThere’s also a steeple poem about Independence Day & Thanksgiving.  I can’t find them at the moment.  I have an chronic condition that affects my ability to stay organized.  😀

The next time you see a steeple, say a prayer and be still.  You may be surprised at what happens!  🙂

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THANKSGIVING DAY

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(11) HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE STEEPLE

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  – Psalm 95:2

What is Mel thankful for?  Well, God healed him of terminal leukemia in 1998, so it’s obvious that he is very thankful for life.  He’s also thankful for the Holy Ghost.  He’s thankful for another day to praise God for His goodness!

How many ways can we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us?

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  – Meister Eckhart

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.  – Psalm 50:14

Thanks be to God for all the miraculous deeds He has done in my life.  I don’t know why He is so good to me, but I’m sure glad He is!

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”  – William A. Ward

What would Thanksgiving be without Charlie Brown.  Put on your jammies and fuzzy socks.  Grab your favorite snack and watch this cute cartoon with me.

 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  –  Psalm 26:7

This day and every day I will lift my hands to the heavens and praise the Lord for all the many blessings He has bestowed on me.

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.   – Terri Guillemets

This is a cute little song –  you’ll be singing this all day!  You’re welcome.  😉

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  – Psalm 69:30

Shine Your everlasting light in my perpetual darkness, heavenly Father.  May everything I do be for Your honor and Your glory, for there is no other reason to do anything I do.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve made Monkey Bread in the past, but this Apple Monkey Bread looks so delicious!  I’m always thankful for the food on Thanksgiving Day – aren’t you?

I’m thankful for food, shelter, love of friends and family and Charlie Brown cartoons around the holidays.  All of these things bring to mind happy times of the past and provide hope for the future.  I hope you will take some time today to let your friends and family know how much you love them.  Take time to let God know you love Him too.  ❤

 

 

GRANDPARENT’S DAY

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(9) HAPPY GRANDPARENT'S DAY FROM THE STEEPLE

A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. – Lois Wyse

Another family time was celebrated in churches all over America. Grandparent’s Day has been around for a long time. It began as an idea of Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia homemaker and mother of 15 children. In 1970 she began a campaign to establish a special day to honor grandparents. She attracted the support of businesses, churches, civic groups and political leaders. West Virginia Governor Arch Moore declared the first state-wide celebration of Grandparent’s Day in 1973.

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
– Sam Levenson, You Don’t Have to Be in “Who’s Who” to Know What’s What

The same year, West Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph introduced a Grandparent’s Day resolution in the U.S. Senate, which languished in committee. Mrs. McQuade and her many supporters gathered media support for a National Grandparent’s Day and began contacting political representatives in every state as well as national organizations interested in senior causes.

In 1978, five years after Grandparent’s Day was first recognized in West Virginia and eight years after she began her campaign, McQuade succeeded.

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. – Author Unknown

A federal proclamation was created in 1978, passed by Congress and signed by President Jimmy Carter. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”. National Grandparent’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 1979.

Sometimes you can adopt grandparents too. Maybe it’s the old couple who lives down the street that never had kids of their own – you never know. 😉

WELSH RAREBIT DAY

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9-3 SUMMER SONSHINE FROM THE STEEPLE

It’s so tempting to miss church and enjoy a Sunday at the lake, isn’t it? After all, we rationalize, God made this wonderful creation and it would be a shame not to be outside enjoying it! Believe me, I do understand the rationale all too well.

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! – Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880

Nature is kind and considerate. It does not say or do anything that may upset us and does not care what we do. There are moments when being in a beautiful place on God’s earth is the perfect balm for what ails us.  Being outdoors should certainly be part of our everyday activities. When I taught the Kindergarten Sunday School class a few years ago, I made it a regular part of our lesson plan to go on “nature walks” where the children would find the most unusual things! When a child brings you a gift, you have to act like it is the greatest thing ever. That was easier at some times than others.

If we can remember to invite nature’s sun into our lives to provide relaxation and rest, and God’s Son into our lives to provide instruction, discipline, as well as peace and rest, we have a good formula for life!

Don’t deny yourself of fellowship with other believers.  Some of the most interesting moments of my life happened in the church.  I got to try Welsh Rarebit at a women’s church breakfast one time.  Today just happens to be WELSH RAREBIT DAY!!!  It’s akin to cheese on toast, but is made with cheese and sauce with Worcestershire and different spices.   It was served as a sort of fondue with a poached egg on top.  The name is believed to be a jest at the expense of the 18th Century poor of Wales.

As we enjoy the last few weeks of Summer, let’s take a good look at our SUN / SON ratio. ❤

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

IRON SHARPENS IRON

CHASING STEEPLES
Oh Lucinda! This poem cracks me up!!! If we ever meet in person, girlfriend… you’re ON! We’re gonna chase down some steeples and take some cool photos! 😉

What might we find???

I want to begin by saying the steeple on a church building holds no special power in itself. It is just a part of the architecture of the building – nothing more – nothing less. With that said, I also want to tell you something else: The Holy Spirit can use anything and anybody He wants to communicate with His children! Lately, I have noticed steeples on churches. They do not speak to me, but God’s Holy Spirit uses them to get my attention and then HE does plenty of talking.

This “steeple mania” began a few months ago while my husband and I were on an extended road trip. It may have begun as the result of an overdose of caffeine, but remember, God can use anything! We were traveling down I-35 heading East. We were near St. Louis and I happened to look out the passenger side window of the truck. It was not a special view, rather one I had seen many times before. Something caught my attention this time. I noticed a very large steeple centered right in the middle of the scene.

God spoke. “You take these for granted because they have been among you all of your lives. Don’t you know what meaning they hold? Look where they point. It is no accident that this steeple caught your attention today. I want you to remind others to consciously seek them and listen to me speak as they do.”

I always keep my camera handy. I took a shot of that landscape, with the steeple right in the center. That is where it began. I shared what happened with my friend, Lucinda Berry Hill, and she wrote this wonderful poem. She also took the awesome photo that I used for the design.

Since that time, many conversations about steeples and churches and how awesome the power of God’s Holy Spirit is have followed. God wants us to talk about how wonderful HE is. Steeples on churches point the way to heaven. They are all around us, quietly reminding us that there is a God and He loves and cares for us so much. Let’s not take our house of worship for granted, for it could get taken away – yes, even in America. Don’t kid yourself into thinking it could not happen.

How do you feel about dreams? Are they another way for God to communicate with us? God used dreams in the Bible. I had a dream shortly after our trip back East. When I woke up, I wrote this poem. God’s Holy Spirit has something to say, not just to me, but I believe to all Christians.