A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

When God calls a person to do a job, He is very sure of Himself and knows who He wants and why.  There are people in history whose lives leave me smiling because there’s no doubt in my mind that God was right smack dab in the middle of their circumstances – working!

Did you know that Moses didn’t want to be a leader?  He argued with God about it – no, no don’t pick me!  I can’t be a leader ‘cuz see, I have this stuttering problem and it’s really going to slow Your plan down.  Well…  we see here what God had to say about that!  It didn’t do Moses much good to argue with God.

Helen Adams Keller was born in 1880.  She was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Oh, did I fail to mention that she was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree?  Her life story has been the subject of at least two very popular movies that I know of – both starring Patty Duke, if I remember right.  Helen’s life seemed hopeless at first, didn’t it?  If a person ever offered hope and inspiration to the world…  it was Helen Keller!

Cornelia ten Boom (Corrie) was born in 1892.  She was a Dutch watchmaker and Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.  She and her sister and father were imprisoned in a concentration camp for their actions.  Corrie’s sister, Elisabeth ten Boom (Betsie) was born in 1885.  While incarcerated in Ravensbruck concentration camp, she died at age 59.  Corrie and Betsie’s father, Casper ten Boom died just 10 days after being imprisoned.

Corrie ten Boom’s famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal.  My dad bought the book for me, and in 1976 he took me to see the movie.  Did God use Corrie and her family?  I believe He definitely did – and that story still serves to inspire people all over the world.  My dad said at the very least, it reminds us of what we never want to see again in the world.  It also reminds us that no matter what the world says to do…  as Christians we are obligated to obey our God and do the right thing to honor Him.

If we will place our frail an imperfect selves in God’s very capable hands, trusting that He will work in and through us for His glory, we will be amazed and may even inspire others in the bargain.  I wonder if Moses had flat refused God – if he would have ended up in the belly of a whale – ???  Or…  maybe a camel or something – ???  Oh, it’s a good thing he was obedient, I think.  Yeah.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Folks in our day and age don’t say the word TREAD much – we say walk more often than not; however, the word TREADMILL is not only familiar to most of us, but a regular part of healthy living.  I really hate using the treadmill at the gym – but it’s honestly not because I’m lazy!  The chronic sciatica I’ve suffered with for over 30 years has held me back – I have this thing about hurting…  I don’t dig it.  My leg burns from the moment I wake up in the morning until I blissfully go to sleep at night.  I’m very happy when I’m asleep.

Through the years I’ve done different things to make it better – right after the injury I was in physical therapy for several months – nearly a year.  I was on strong pain medications but as we all know, they have unwelcome side effects.  I decided they weren’t worth it – so I weaned myself off of them and tried to keep moving.  It hurts like crazy, but I have to keep moving.

Today I have no brain fog and other effects of strong pain meds have disappeared.  I have given the issue to God.  Don’t roll your eyes at me…  it’s true.  Now I take 2 Aleve in the morning and move as much as I can.  God’s helping me, but I had no doubt He would.

A pastor’s wife once told me, “Everybody has SOMETHING.”  At first, I thought that was her not so subtle way of telling me she didn’t want to hear about my issues (which I don’t recall sharing at the time anyway).  But I put a pin in the comment and stuck it in the back of my mind.  She’s right – we’re human and we get tired, weary, discouraged at times, and close to quitting.  Then – God steps in.  He never shows up early – but He steps in – just in time – His perfect time.  I’ve found that to be true and I’ve heard testimony after testimony that bears this out.

I can’t explain how my messed up back with a burning sciatic nerve has the ability to walk on the treadmill, ride the bike, and do other machines…  it’s all God – He has given me the strength and the GOD-bility to keep moving.  I praise Him for helping me every day!

God helps us do what we have to do – but even more exciting…  He helps us do what we like to do – and most writers would say…  what they absolutely must do!  God has put such a desire within us to write, and everybody knows…  a writer WRITES… about anything, anytime, anywhere.  Put me in an elevator by myself and shut the door.  If I have a pencil and some paper (or a napkin, preferably unused, but…) – I can come up with something – it could be about the color of the buttons…  lol.  Maybe there’s a fly in the elevator with me.  Hmm…  bonus!

If you’re feeling like you can’t tread…  or walk on the treadmill…  remember, with God and His strength – you can!  Climb those mountains like a deer!  🙂

 

 

 

THESAURUS DAY

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I suspect I’m not the only writer who lands in a word trap, or maybe more of a word merry-go-round!  It’s when it dawns on you that you have used certain words or phrases over and over and…

Where would any writer be without the Thesaurus?  Yes, is does sound like some sort of dinosaur, but it is, in fact, the best friend a writer has.  Today we honor the man who came up with the brilliant idea to write this wonderful book.  Today is THESAURUS DAY!!!

Peter Mark Roget was born in London, the son of a Swiss minister.  He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1798.  Both his father and his wife died young, and his uncle, Samuel Romilly, committed suicide in Roget’s presence.  He struggled with depression for most of his life.  His work on the thesaurus arose partly from an effort to battle depression.

Roget retired in 1840 and around 1848 began preparing for publication a catalogue of words organized by their meanings.  It’s first printed edition, in 1852, was called THESAURUS OF ENGLISH WORDS AND PHRASES CLASSIFIED AND ARRANGED SO AS TO FACILITATE THE EXPRESSION OF IDEAS AND ASSIST IN LITERARY COMPOSITION.

LOL – can you imagine getting all that on the front cover of a book?

During his lifetime the work had twenty-eight printings; after his death it was revised and expanded by his son, John Lewis Roget (1828-1908), and later by John’s son, Samuel Romilly Roget (1875-?).

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It’s an example of how something so helpful can come from an otherwise troubled mind and heart.  God can make something good out of the worst of circumstances.  I hope Mr. Roget found peace and knew Jesus by the end of his life.

Writers everywhere thank you, Mr. Roget, for your Thesaurus.  Nowadays, we don’t have to tote a Dictionary and a Thesaurus around with us because there are apps on our computers!  That makes life so much easier – and saves us much lower back and knee pain.

I’m fascinated with words and enjoy learning new ways to express my thoughts.  For instance, I’ll bet you thought GOBBLE was a sound you make to imitate the sound of a turkey at Thanksgiving, didn’t you?  Well, there’s more to it than that.

There are many ways to partake in a meal:

If your appetite is slight, then you might peck and nibble, but if you’re famished, you’re more likely to gobble. This word, which means both “to eat hastily” and “to make the throaty cry of a male turkey,” is thought to be from the word gob, which is slang for mouth. Both definitions could be fun to try out at the dinner table or in a new poem about Thanksgiving.  Hmm…

Yes, I know there are ten months until Thanksgiving – but you will remember, right?  😉

 

 

NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY

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Make sure you click on this link because they are having a writing contest and it looks like a lot of fun!

Wouldnt the written word be frustrating to read without its punctuation?  Its making me crazy to write without it too.

Today we celebrate those little marks that make all the difference in how we interpret what we read:

For example, if you read

Let’s eat grandma

It has a completely different meaning than

Let’s eat, grandma.

That little comma lets us know that we are not going to eat grandma after all.  Whew!

We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids.

That’s a little scary – it sounds much better to say,

We’re going to learn to cut and paste, kids.

How about this one…

I enjoy cooking my family and my pets.

That makes me say, “Oh, really?”

This is much better and less like a psycho:

I enjoy cooking, my family, and my pets.

Here’s an unfortunate advertisement from Goodwill:

Your donation helps someone.  Get a job.

Wow…  really?  Let’s try this again:

Your donation helps someone get a job.

Yeah – now that encourages us to give!

Punctuation and spelling matter.  Writing is a form of communication, and if we want the meaning of our words to be understood as we intend, we need to be careful.  Punctuation is like the traffic lights and stop signs for words.  A comma means you pause – it’s like a yellow light in the intersection.   A semi-colon means you pause for a longer time.  A period means you come to a complete stop.

When you see…

It means there’s more to the thought than is revealed.  Most of the time the rest of the thought is something that is fairly obvious.  It would be rude to use …  otherwise.  Am I right???

The question mark – it means we are to ponder a question.  Whether the question is easily answered or not, we are still to respect the question mark by pondering the question.

I use dashes once in a while, which is basically like using a semi-colon.  A colon is usually used before a list having to do with the subject mentioned.  An example would be:

  • This
  • That

This and that.

Punctuation is important!  The exclamation point is used to emphasize the subject.  Punctuation is not only crucial for those of us who write, but for those of us who are expected to read what we write.  People appreciate a relatively flawless flow of words with punctuation used correctly.

The most debated part of punctuation is THE OXFORD COMMA.  I don’t always use it, but I definitely understand why it’s used.

I had eggs, toast and orange juice.

So…  is the orange juice poured all over the toast???  Ugh…

Maybe usage of the Oxford comma would clarify things a bit.

I had eggs, toast, and orange juice.

The Oxford comma remains in my punctuation tool box.

Have a great National Punctuation Day…  ,  ;  :  !  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL WRITING DATE DAY

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Writers are disciplined individuals.  Quit laughing!  Seriously…  it’s really bugging me – stop!

There are only so many hours in the day…  plus, there are so many distractions that can derail your train of thought…  everything from a noisy dishwasher to the television set in the room next to your writing space.  It can be maddening when you’re trying to write.

Natalie Marie Collins makes a wonderful suggestion…  LEAVE.  Go to a writing safe place, whether it is a favorite coffee shop or restaurant.  Wherever you decide to go, make it a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed while you research and write.PEACE HAS A HOLD ON ME

When God has placed a desire in your heart to write and share with others about Him, you have to trust that He will provide the perfect atmosphere to do the work He’s asked you to do.  I’m fortunate because I have a room that is specifically designated for writing and designing.  Nobody bothers me or distracts me while I’m there.  I make coffee or tea before I begin – then let the research begin!

This is a day set aside specifically for those who may not have a special writing spot at home.  Maybe there are more distractions than you can deal with.  Maybe you just get sat down to write and get interrupted.  Nothing kills the will to write faster than interruptions.  I hope you’ll find Natalie’s suggestions helpful.  I believe there are so many Christian writers out there, but they have such busy lives and can’t figure out a way to find a quiet, peaceful atmosphere where they can spend two or three hours writing.

NECTAR FOR A BUTTERFLYIt’s important to find solitude and serene surroundings before you write.  If a butterfly wants nectar it has to find a flower.  Nothing intended to encourage and uplift can be conveyed if it’s written in the midst of chaos.  If God calls you to write, He’s going to work out the details for you.  The world may need to hear the story that only you can tell.  If you ask God to help you find a great place to write – He will certainly find it for you!

May God bless you as you contemplate writing today!  🙂

 

 

 

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

CHASING STEEPLESSTEEPLE IN THE TREESPRAYER ABOUT STEEPLESA FERVENT PRAYERI AMSUMMER SONSHINE FROM THE STEEPLEA STEEPLE IN THE WATERSTEEPLES IN THE SPRINGPRAYER ABOUT FREEDOMPRAYER ABOUT SALVATIONPRAYER TO THE GREAT I AMTWO STEEPLESCAPTURED BY A STEEPLEWe love Jacob, Deanna’s cat.  Obviously, he’s a very wise and observant feline! GIVE GOD THE MESSAGE

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!  🙂

NATIONAL PHOTO MONTH

TL MAY IS NATIONAL PHOTO MONTHAuthor Lucinda Berry Hill and I have had such fun with photos through the years!  We are always on the lookout for that one special picture that will compliment the latest writing, whether it be a poem or a prayer.  WHAT MY CAMERA CAPTURESThe perfect photograph enhances the thoughts we want to convey.  Sometimes we don’t need an actual photograph, but a nice background in soft hues to accent our words.NOW I VOW

Most of the time, I see a photo that triggers a thought and God impresses me to write.  On rare occasions the words come first and I hunt a photo after the poem is written.

It’s fun to write a special poem for a friend or family member.  I like to write special poems for my friends on facebook using photos they post.  ALL THINGS NEW

A GOOD TIME TO SMILELucinda has great friends who graciously let us use their work for poetry designs!  This poem happens to be about smiling for a photograph.  We love Stephanie’s photography!

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I'LL MEET YOU AT THE BANQUETMarian Poppy Ballestero has graced Lucinda’s poetry from time to time.  She uses such vibrant colors in her artwork and she captures moments from the Bible and brings them to life!  We appreciate her so very much!  Thank you, Marian!   https://www.facebook.com/Inspirational-Paintings-By-Marian-Ballestero-1087234674632050/?fref=ts&__mref=message_bubble

A WORKING BOUQUETOur sweetheart artist, Candy Waters, is an inspiration to us!  She captures our hearts with interesting shapes and vivid colors.  God has given her a very special talent indeed!  Thank you, Candy, for sharing your gift with us!  Please visit her facebook page!

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A HUG SHOWS KINDNESS LIVESI’ve had fun using Lucinda’s own photos on her poem designs!  Isn’t this a cute picture?  If this poem doesn’t bring a smile to your face and make you want to go hug someone, your sense of obligation needs a tune-up.

Lucinda’s poetry has inspired me every day!  To see more of her poetry and purchase her books, please visit http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Flucindaspoetry.webs.com%2F&h=gAQGT-fnf

If you are a Christian artist or photographer and would like your work to be featured with poetry or prayers, please message me on facebook with information.

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If you’d like to read more of Lucinda’s poetry (and mine), please LIKE our facebook page!  https://www.facebook.com/poetryformysavior/

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It’s been a great adventure designing posts for our facebook pages and groups!  It’s amazing how God opens doors when we wait on Him!  🙂