Sunday, February 14, 2016

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY with Love

A valentine's message sent with love by John Parker. (gray shirt in middle) 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22: 37-39)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ruffled MInd

Authors have the best quotes---of course they do. They are wordsmiths!! Like a poet who says it best with the fewest words.
Besides a "ruffled mind" sounds more feminine than a "muddled mind."
When "sleepless in Memphis," I need to ruffle my pillow and unruffle my mind prior to bedtime. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Listen Up: a grammar lesson

3x----for me is a "Listen up, Dotsy" from the Lord.

This past week "wait" has crossed my waiting path several times. Three times in three days.
"I will wait upon the Lord" lyrics kept blaring in my head. (Think continuous action verb.)
"Colorful Day" workshop, where a team of women prayed for every attendant by name and God's best placement for each, placed me in a  session on "Praying in the Waiting Room." (Now there's an adjective I can understand)
Affirmation#3---I picked up USA Today's crossword puzzle on Monday and the clue's, "Like a good waiter," answer---"patient" really gave me a "head's up---listen up."
But, it was the adverb that came as I read God's word, that reinforced the need to take it to the next level---an adverbial descriptor---patiently. That level leads to the "heart of the matter."
Waiting is one way. It's what a good waiter does---even USA Today knows that.
Patiently waiting is God's way. 
I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
Listen up----take into your mind and then move it to your heart!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mentali-TEA: Is there a cuppa brewing here??

Gingerbread mentality---a cuppa mushy escapism that runneth.
What about disclari-TEA? More confusion than clari-TEA. Inconsistent thinking. Muddled. In "my" words, "thinking in circles" ----rarely finding endings in a complete thought---just beginnings of new ones---seemingly never-ending.
Addled. A descriptor from Mama Davenport's generation. 
Addled. More confusion than clarity. Unable to think clearly.
Eugene O'Neil's retort was, "My brain is a bit addled by whiskey." (Wonder if he kept Fireball in his freezer?)
What does addle ones brain? 
What's the RX---prescript from doc or RX from the Great Physician.

Mind renewal is needed---Pour me a tas-TEA cuppa that! (Romans 12:2)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Waiting Room Prayers

Still praying. Still waiting.
Wishing God would skywrite my "answers" in the clouds------
allowing clarity to replace confusion.

Will document later.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gingerbread Man Mentality

Somedays I feel like the storybook character, "The Gingerbread Man."
"Run! Run.....as fast as you can." I'm running. I'm running.......but I can't seem to get away from all that is pursuing me.
I have the frayed/fractured thinking that if I "run" fast enough----my enemies of physical maladies and anxieties can't catch me.
Do you ever keep running to try and get away from all the difficult conditions of  life or bothersome thoughts that stymie truth. Do you think that maybe, you can escape reality by running away?.
Whoa.....am I (or you) trying to escape the reality of aging? Or, is all this "bother" just an "awareness without acceptance" of all that aging or a "muddled mind" can bring.

I am as as deceived as that old gingerbread man if I think the sly foxes of the world can help me. 
My body and mind may fail, but God is my strength and my portion forever. (Psalm 7:26, ISV)
I need to "run" in the path of the Lord...(Psalm 119:32)

God's truth is needed NOT mushy gingerbread mentality. (Philippians 2:5)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Smell-Bound

BOOKS----there's just something so appealing about real books.
I like the feel of a book in my hands. I like the covers---the feel of the book jackets.
I keep trying to read on my iPad but there's just something about the feel and "smell" of a book!
I like to underline in my own books. I've underlined in an on-line book---but sometimes highlighting takes off and does too much. 
I like to pass on books that I think others will like.
When God Doesn't Fix It by Laura Story is one of those books. Most folks are probably familiar with her because of her "Blessings" song---
'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindropsWhat if Your healing comes through tears?What if a thousand sleepless nightsAre what it takes to know You're near?
What if trials of this lifeAre Your mercies in disguise?
In this book Laura begins by recalling the unexpected call that changed her life. Life as she once knew it. A reminder to us all that we are all just one phone call away (p. 1) Yet, encouragement continues as she share a better story which God had for her (&for each of us) which often begins with brokenness.
Her myths at the end of each section are highlighted with the truth. Truth which needs to be taken to heart. (A complete list is in the back of the book with the reminder "Don't Forget")
MYTH--Things have to get better before I can get better.
TRUTH--My situation may not get better but I can get better. (p.272)

A real book that has reality spilling off its pages kept me spell-bound.
A real book, that I could hold in my hands, kept me smell-bound as well.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

SNOW DAYS

Memphis' snow fizzled but I stayed in and read a book anyway----the magic strings of Frankie Presto narrated by the voice of "Music"---an interesting read. The blind Maestro said to his young protege Francisco, "The secret is not to  make your music louder, but to make the world quieter." (p. 137)
Lucy's snow took on blizzard proportions and she stayed in and read to her "friends."
READING-----a perfect pastime for literary ladies, both old and young!

Monday, January 18, 2016

TEA-lightfully clear----or NOT!

TEA-lightfully clear----Certainly that blog entry was NOT clear.
I can see clearly now---thanks to some help from blog readers with younger eyes. Clean NOT clear is what they read.
How right they were----Tea-Rightfully "clean" is what was written on the bottle of "refreshing shampoo from tea tree essence."
But God.....showed me a whole new idea for TEA-lightfully clean! 
Seeing truth in God's word is predicated by a clean heart. It's the only way to clearly see the truth from His word. And it's God who gives that clean heart. (Psalm 51:10) which renews a right spirit allowing clarity of seeing and hearing from Him.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7)
TEA-lightfully clean heart leads to TEA-lightfully clear truth. 
Clean and clear---a spiritual duo.  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

TEA-lightfully clear

God's Word is truth. (John 17:17) God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16) Yet, to many, parts of scripture are unclear. Direction needed. Crystal clear direction. Clarity in God's word
Isn't that what we all want? A cup of clari-TEA as we read God's word---to know His truth?
To know what God is really saying, especially to each of us personally?
Last week at BSF, Cathy, our teaching leader, gave insight into this conundrum.
All scripture is equally true....BUT not all scripture is equally clear. 
A TEA-lightful quote for me to remind me of truth that I do understand and to trust the Lord in the parts which I don't.