A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

In the 50+ years I’ve been alive and kicking, I must admit that there is very little I can explain – except to say…  “It must be God’s will.”  People are big on asking WHY about everything.  If I allowed myself to dwell on the whys in life, it would drive me crazy.  I have to believe that I’m not a mom because God intended for me to do other things.  I was not successful and very unhappy at the workplace, sitting in a chair in a cubicle – but I have to believe there were lessons God wanted me to learn.  I hope I learned those lessons and would be a better person going forward.

We’re not meant to understand things – and I’m not a person who says they will ask God questions when I get to Heaven.  I can’t imagine that any of the small stuff will matter once I get through the pearly gates!  Nothing I face in this life is going to make a bit of difference once I’m in my eternal home!  It’s a place of sweet peace and contentment.  There are no more tears – and I will smile so big my cheeks will hurt!

Life is a mystery.  Everything about life is mysterious, and God wants to keep it that way.  How strong would our faith have to be if things were understood completely?  It’s faith in God’s way and His plan that keeps us afloat in this life.  We know that God loves us and wants His best for us.  It occurs to me that He may have protected me somehow by not blessing me with children.  Who knows what the issue may have been – of course, God knows.  He knows – and that is enough for me.  That’s my faith talking.  I don’t know why, but I know Who does know why – and He’s not going to share that with me.  It’s fine.  I trust that God knows what is best for me.  I pray for His comfort, joy, peace, patience and love.

I love mysteries, as you know.  Whether it’s a book or a movie, or a program on Investigation Discovery channel, I get wrapped up in a good “who done it” – and even though I may figure it out in the first portion of the story, I still like to hear the particulars about the case.  Those mysteries get solved, and we generally learn many crucial details along the way.  God’s mysteries are not solved, except to Him, of course.  The point is, they are His to divulge or keep to Himself.  We have to accept that and place our faith and trust in Him, praising Him for Who He is.

The God who made the Heavens has made for us a way.  🙂

 

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.  – Psalm 119:34

When we lean on our own understanding, the end result is disappointing, to say the least.  Our Father can see the whole picture of our life and we see through a glass dimly.  How many times have you asked God for wisdom and understanding, just to have Him reveal a truth to you that is a game changer?  When we humble our hearts, minds and agendas to our Father…  it is amazing what a difference it makes in the outcome.  ❤

I know some of you are thinking of the movie BIG with Tom Hanks.  The weird genie machine – you know, the one they asked questions to and the answers popped out and Tom Hanks turned into a kid?  No, it’s not like that.  God is not a magic machine or a carnival game.  He is Holy and omnipotent, just and fair in everything.  He is Almighty God.  When we bow before Him and humbly ask for help, He notices the motive of our heart.  Do actions and intentions matter to God?  Yes, they most certainly do.  ❤

In this verse, David humbles himself before God as he asks for understanding and tells God that he will keep His laws and obey it with his whole heart.  Isn’t it wonderful that we have the awesome privilege to bow before the throne of God Himself and do the same thing?  ❤

When we let God know that we will keep His law and obey it with all our heart, He is not only able, but willing to help us along in our decision-making in life.  May I remind you that the reason God created human beings was for companionship?  He wants a best friend to help through this maze called life.  ❤

The Bible is a road map for life.  It’s so precious to study it and keep its precepts in our minds.  She is to be cherished because She is gold!  ❤she-is-gold

You know, I used to wonder why we had the Ten Commandments and other rules and regs from the Lord.  It seemed like God just didn’t want me to have any fun.  Did you know that we have all these dos and don’ts because God wants to keep us safe?  Good parents have house rules.  Curfew, punishments like grounding, dress code for going out…  it’s all an attempt to keep kids safe.  God is our Father and He wants to help us stay safe.  I love Him for that!  ❤

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.  – Proverbs 21:30

God has impressed on me to ask everyone to pray for the President elect and pray for America.  I know most of us have been doing that for a very long time, but when God gives me a job to do…  I do it.

prayGod does not care which side of the political fence you sit on – and neither do I.  We need to unite and pray as God’s children – it’s as simple as that.

On January 20th, the President elect will become the President.  He has so much work to do in his first 100 days – I certainly do not envy his position.  Let’s come together and pray for God to give him the courage, strength, humility to lean on Him, and especially wisdom to do the right thing for Americans everywhere!

Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?  – 2 Chronicles 1:1

So that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.  – Ezra 6:10

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.  They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  – Romans 13:4

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.  – Jeremiah 29:7

In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.  – Proverbs 21:1

 

Our Heavenly Father,

We humbly bow before You to ask Your blessings on our President elect, Donald Trump.  We pray that you would endow him with Your wisdom and knowledge as he makes decisions that will affect Americans everywhere.  May he execute justice for everyone equally.  We pray that You would build a hedge and surround him with angels at all times.  Keep him healthy and safe please.  Help him to stay focused and energized from above.  May he stay encouraged and positive about the direction America heads from now on.  Please help him to pursue peace and prosperity for Americans as he has promised to do.  Above all, we pray for Your perfect will to be done in our country, Lord.  May we be a blessing to You every day as we are showered with blessings every day.

We ask all of this in the precious name of Christ Jesus our Lord,

Amen.

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During this administration, it’s my hope and prayer that our country will turn back to God and understand that it’s HE who will make America truly great.  May He guide and direct our new President and keep him as only He can.  🙂

 

 

SEPTEMBER 1-7 IS SELF-UNIVERSITY WEEK

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Writers have a never-ending bent toward curiosity.  The most interesting part of writing is the research involved.  Hours of digging, as though part of an anthropology excursion!  By the time we’re finished, we hope we’ve made the world a better place and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Learning does not only happen within the walls of schools and universities.  We all know you can’t believe every word you read on the internet, but if we use trusted sources, we can relay information that is usually spot-on.

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If you have not darkened the door of a university for decades, that’s no excuse to stop learning.  Life itself is all about learning, and to stop that process is to cause premature mental decline.

Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go.  – Unknown

What can we do to maintain mental sharpness?  Keep learning!

  1. Learn a new word every day, then use it in three sentences.  If you watch The O’Reily Factor on Fox, you know that at the end of his show, Bill shares a new word with his audience.  I have a popular online dictionary in my favorites, along with a rhyming dictionary.
  2. Read something besides a magazine article once in a while.  I’m not knocking Reader’s Digest, but once in a while you need to open a real book.  I recently re-visited Henry David Thoreau’s writings.  Walden holds a special place in my heart, as you know.
  3. Driving is time wasted unless you have something to engage your brain.  I find audio books to be a good companion if I’m driving alone.
  4. We are a society of entertainment-seekers!  What happened to watching informative television?  Are we afraid we may learn something?  Oh, that would be horrible!  I like Fox News and Fox Business.  I find those programs to be fair and balanced.  Some consider them to be fake – not real news.  Well, that’s what the left would have you believe.  The truth hurts, as they say.
  5. Our local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, has a section called The Opinion Line.  I enjoy writing letters to them, just to see if anything gets published in the paper.  It’s a good way to hone my writing skills and share my opinions on important issues.  http://www.kansas.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/  If it was a phone number, it would be on speed-dial.  Jus’ sayin’…
  6. I like to facebook or tweet with like-minded people about current events.  It’s especially neat when I find famous people who think the same way I do.  Hey, if you are famous and hold to a conservative, right-wing political view – like me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041 or follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/makemelaughnow1   I look forward to chatting with you!
  7. The newsgroups I follow on twitter and facebook are right-leaning.  It’s a quick and easy way to stay up to speed on what’s going on in the world and in the country.
  8. Since the 2016 election is around the corner (okay, we have a way to go yet), go to You Tube and find all of the Republican candidates’ speeches from the Iowa State Fair.  They all spoke – and they are on You Tube.  Listen closely to what each one says and let it sink in – and then pray about who you want to see as president.
  9. Sign up for a seminar or workshop.  Make sure it’s something that interests you.  If it isn’t, you’ll regret spending the time and the money on it.
  10. In the workplace, we sometimes get caught up in a routine.  We enter the office building and walk straight to our little world – our safe little cubicle or office.  Make a point to wander beyond your comfort zone.  Go to another department and have a conversation with someone you’ve seen around but have never actually spoken with.  It’s amazing what you may learn.
  11. Here’s a challenge for you:  Take ten photographs that represent who you are.  Take ten photographs that best symbolize your dreams for the future.  Make an album of these photos on facebook and share with your friends!
  12. Remember back in school when we had to write essays?  We chose one subject and just researched the heck out of it – then wrote an A+ paper?  That was my favorite thing to do back then, and I still want to write those essays today!
  13. Choose two prominent figures – one living and one dead (for example, rapper Kanye West and Mozart).  Find out as much as you can about their family lives and accomplishments.  Write a paper comparing and contrasting the two.
  14. It’s easy to ignore the library because it seems easier to research everything from the comfort of my own home.  This week I think I’ll venture out and go to the library and maybe a bookstore.  I may go to a section I’ve not gone to before.  Learning something new is the idea this week.
  15. Is there a lecture you could attend this week?  If it is something that interests you, take advantage of the opportunity.  If it’s not something that interests you, take a chance and go anyway because you might walk away surprised that you learned something new.
  16. The last movie I watched with subtitles was The Passion of the Christ.  Funny story – I didn’t know I’d have to read subtitles, so walked into the movie theatre without my glasses.  I often watch movies without them, and just assumed it would be fine.  My friend was so kind to whisper the subtitles in my ear, with the occasional comment such as, “I can’t believe you didn’t know you’d have to read subtitles!” 
  17. Go to Goodreads or a similar website and from there compile a list of books you will read during the harsh winter months.
  18. Make a list of the most inspiring books you’ve ever read, then share the list on facebook with your friends.
  19. Reread a book.  You’ll find something you missed the first time.
  20. Is there a book club in your area?  No?  Start one.
  21. Nothing is more fun than ghost writing.  Write an article for someone, using their name, for their company, institution or community organization.  Post the article on ezine articles.  Most people will pay for that kind of writing.  There is minimal research (the one you’re writing for will fill you in on specs), and you will get paid for your writing.  That’s something that blog writing does not do – pay.  😦
  22. Wichita has a wonderful art museum.  If you have one near you, visit it and choose your favorite piece.  Research it and write about how it makes you feel and why it is your favorite.
  23. Train or teach.  A sure way to learn more about something is to teach it to someone else.  Whether it’s Sunday School or piano – share your knowledge with someone.  Most folks are willing to pay for that as well – so that’s a good thing.  It may be time for you to learn how to play the piano.  Hmm…
  24. As I get older, I tend to have a sort of “Who the heck moved my cheese?” mentality.  I don’t adjust to change very well.  This week, I’m determined to practice the tutorials for a new piece of computer software.  May the force be with me…  :-/
  25. Part of the reason I write a blog is to document some of my precious memories.  I don’t want to forget my past, my loving parents, my roots or my faith.  Take a moment (okay it’ll take longer than that), to write a brief summary of your life.  You may discover the inner blogger or book writer!
  26. Update your résumé.  Even if you don’t think you’ll need it…  keep it updated.
  27. Do a computer search on a subject that interests you.  For example…  PIANO, or MUSIC.
  28. I took a creative writing course in college and was challenged to write my obituary.  Talk about a smack in the face!  There’s nothing like that to make you reassess your life and how you’re living it.  What goals do you want others to remember that you met?  How do you want to be remembered?
  29. I wrote articles for the high school paper.  Part of good journalism is asking the right questions.  I decided to visit a local nursing home and ask some of the residents about the major lessons they have learned from life.  We should listen to their answers – it could save us from learning lessons the hard way.
  30. Read important American documents with the anticipation of learning something new.  The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution still have much to teach America.
  31. Volunteer your time – somewhere – anywhere.  Find an interesting person or persons to spark your imagination in writing.
  32. Turn off the television, radio and internet for an hour a day.  Just think, journal, meditate and pray.  Let God’s Holy Spirit speak to you and inspire your writing.
  33. Write about the greatest errors and accomplishments of the twentieth century.  How can these lessons make life better in the twenty-first century?
  34. If you are in management, read a book about the health risks of your workers (carpal tunnel, obesity, etc.).  If you are a worker, read about the challenges that those in management face.  We need to understand one another.
  35. Memorize a piece of music, a poem or a passage of Scripture.  Hide God’s Word in your heart – and other things too.

Learning can be FUN!  The goal is to learn something new everyday!  See you again on the 8th of September.  🙂

BRING YOUR BIBLE TO SCHOOL DAY

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TAKE YOUR BIBLE TO SCHOOL

These days when kids take their Bible to school, it’s more than likely not the large family Bible with elaborate illustrations inside.  More than likely it is an app on their phone – and that’s okay!

Sit in any airport lounge and look around at the number of people who are hunched over, looking at a device.  The machines have already won – just in a way that the Terminator films didn’t imagine.  – James Cameron

When I was in school, mama kept our family Bible in the center of our coffee table. She wrote down the entire family tree, every important event (weddings, funerals, baptisms and every time I sneezed). As years went by and memories got fuzzy about details, we found ourselves opening the family Bible more and more to get accurate information. Now that my family has gone on to heaven, that Bible sets on my coffee table with my mama’s beautiful handwritten notes inside.

Well, times have changed. You know, it’s been a while since I was in school, but I remember when the Gideons came around to our classroom and gave each of us a pocket New Testament. So many things were just accepted back then as part of being in school. The Christian faith was respected and in many cases embraced in our little elementary school. We said a pledge to our country’s flag, then said a prayer in assembly every morning before going to our classroom. We learned from books instead of computers and thought just as much of art and music classes as we did of math and science classes.

My friend Karla was a Christian too. She was part of a congregation that did not believe in watching films of any kind – so she was given permission to go to the office or take her desk out in the hall when the rest of us watched educational films in the classroom. Some days I wished I could go with her instead of watching the film, to be honest.

I’m sure as technology  advanced it has left her congregation behind. I think about her often and wonder how she has faired in the world with just her faith and her sweet disposition to lean on. I wonder too if I’d be better off if I would lean more on my faith in God and less on technology. I don’t think complete ignorance is the answer, but I do think there is a simplicity in her world that is lacking in mine.

Today is BRING YOUR BIBLE TO SCHOOL DAY! Whether you come from a background that shuns technology or embraces it, you have the opportunity to carry God’s Word with you today. Our Bibles, whether electronic or an actual Book, are the road map we read as we travel through life. It’s where we gain wisdom and knowledge for the difficult days ahead. It’s not supposed to be a huge Book that sets on the coffee table and is only opened to find out what year something took place. It’s to be used and held close to you at all times. Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, but carry God’s Word to school with you today. You don’t have to wave it around and act all goofy, but it shouldn’t be something to hide from everyone either. ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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ONLY GOD ALONE KNOWS
There are so many questions that I think I will ask when I get to heaven. In reality, I know by the time I get to heaven – none of my questions will matter. Nothing that concerns me at the moment will matter in the least! It won’t matter why mosquitos were allowed on the ark. I won’t care why flies and snakes were ushered aboard either.

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. – Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther

For every unanswered question there are hundreds of affirmations from our heavenly Father – every day! We see the blessing of dawn and realize that we have been given yet another day to get things right! When we see flowers grow and bloom in our garden, it seems as though the Lord is letting us know that all is well, regardless of how much bad news we hear from the media. Some days it is a good idea to turn off the T.V. and go sit in the garden, isn’t it?

If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is. – Stephen Fry

It’s fine to have a healthy curiosity about things. We just need to realize that we won’t know the answers to everything because there are simply some answers we are not supposed to have.

There are questions I have asked that begin with “Why” – those are the ones that usually remain unanswered. Those are the ones that will fade into thin air once I reach heaven. I’m sure when I get to heaven, my curiosity will be replaced with a great sense of wonder! It’s best to remember that God is so good.  All the time.  ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:10-13

The Apostle Paul learned the secret of being content. Living in complete contentment results in measureless blessings on your life. Some people refer to this as growing old gracefully, and while contentment is a grace, it’s much more than that. It’s a necessity for those who follow Christ.

Would you be willing to let go of all your stuff and be completely reliant on Christ? If the answer is “yes”, then consider yourself contented in Christ. If the answer is “no”, however, you are more complacent than contented. There is a huge difference between the two. Anyone can exercise complacency, resigned to the knowledge that they are poor in a physical sense – and it often times results in poor self-image and depression. Being complacent is basically to give up and give in. If you are complacent in your life – you really just don’t care about anything or anyone.

Contentment means there is a deep underlying JOY in all circumstances. It’s when you have the knowledge and faith in your spirit that God is in control and will take care of all the bumps in the road. Contentment says that even though you may be poor, you are not adopting the attitude that all is lost.

Contentment… is not just being satisfied with where you are.  It is knowing God’s plan for your life.  – Lee Ellis

If you see God’s Hand working in your life, leading you through, it strengthens your faith. Complacency does not involve a real knowledge of anything and certainly does not engage faith. Complacency is a downer, but contentment lifts you higher! You begin to think about your circumstances in a better way. God’s way. Wanna grow old gracefully??? Try contentment instead of complacency. There’s the secret – contentment is a grace. 😉