Sunday, September 14, 2014

May I Be Ready to......

More thoughts of being READY. Amazing how one word can inspire so much and stir up the pool a bit. This came to me during today's sermon as I listened to readings from the gospel of Mark when Jesus fed the five thousand and accomplished many other miracles in the sight of man.


May I be READY to have God..............

Revitalize my

Expectations of Him, the 

Almighty, so that I 

Drop unrealistic ones of others and

Yearn to expect from Him

Ephesians 3:20 -Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. (NIV)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Am I Ready?

That word from 5 Minute Friday got me thinking some more. Today I felt challenged to ask myself-


                                  Am I ready to............




Release

Expectations of others and


Abandon all I'm feeling deserving of,


Die to myself and


Yield to Christ?



This came to me after talking and spending time with loved ones today. Some older and some younger. One of the younger ones asked me, "How do you like your new home?" He showed interest and liked hearing about my life and talking with me. Another one didn't even say hello. One forgot she made a breakfast date with me and never showed up. She felt horrible and was very apologetic.

I don't know which I did more of when I was younger. I would have to ask. Perhaps I showed interest in others. Perhaps I was pretty caught up in myself or life with my friends. Perhaps it was even a little bit of both depending on my mood and the day.

What I do know, now that I have entered a new decade, is that everyone is insensitive or forgetful at times. Each one of us can be pretty darn selfish, just plain careless, or overwhelmed by life.  I don't know what it was like to be a parent raising me all those years ago. I do know I would not want to do the teen years over again. Too much change and for a lot of it, too much pain. Now I realize I could of and should of said thank you a whole lot more for the sacrifices others made.

I also realize, I shouldn't make other people pay when I'm having a bad day. I can and should be pleasant and friendly. I don't always succeed at that. God knows I have failed many times. We all have, haven't we? We all have something that's hard for us. We've all been scraped by the prickers on a rosebush when we've stopped to smell them along our way.

As I have read some of the other posts on FMF, I understand more and more, we really are all in this together. Unless I know someone personally, or they tell me what's really happening in their everyday life, I cannot fathom the struggles they endure or the miles they've walked. Nor can they of me.

It is better to be kind to even the cruelest of strangers than become disgruntled or annoyed. Each and everyone of us at some time, needs a whole lot of grace.

So, I ask myself "Am I READY? Am I willing? Am I able to release, abandon and die to myself? Am I really ready to love God's way?



1 Corinthians 13:5 " (love) does not act unbecomingly ; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered"








Friday, September 12, 2014

READY! 5 Minute Friday

Ready to relax

                      Ready to reflect

Ready or not

    Here it comes

                                       It?

It can be anything

                          Anything is something

Good or bad

Makes you feel great

          or

Makes you mad

                                                Here I am

Ready for what?

A new opportunity I've been longing for

                     or

news that the worst of the worst has finally arrived?


A sudden downpour to make me feel alive

                                                Ready?

             Perhaps


                                 Perhaps I need to just relax


Friday, September 5, 2014

Whisper- 5 Minute Friday

Whisper sweet sounds in my ear
Beckon me far away
Leaving the hustle and bustle behind
Refreshing my soul each day

Whisper words of comfort or challenge,
something to make me think
Lift up my spirits and awaken my senses
Let my heart see Him smile and wink

Whisper my name and a command
speaking with authority from above
Lord, help me find my way in the dark
Pour out your grace and love.

5 Minute Friday!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Reaching out

Jumping in, a stone lands
Ripples ebb, near and far
When they stop no one knows

Word exchange
Heart strings resonate
Brighten up skies
Music plays, fills the air
Vibration, echoes on and on

A week or two, a hundred years
One never knows if, how, or when
Ripples from words do reappear
Their reach unfathomable

Have you seen your ripples reaching?
Heard their music play?
Have they come back to greet you?
How long has it been?





Friday, August 29, 2014

Reach- 5 Minute Fridays!

Reach out and touch somebody is the song that comes to mind at first, but as I just recently celebrated a birthday, I am inspired to reach ahead into a new year. Reach for the stars. Move onward and upward. See what wonderful surprises may await me. It involves extending oneself to obtain something desired or needed. Yes, reach! Reach high and low. Reach far and wide and don't give up! I suppose that may be what I am doing here at Five Minute Fridays. This is a first for me and so I am jumping back into blogging with a fresh new twist. Reaching to find or perhaps rekindle some creativity. It is a great opportunity for me to reach out and connect with others as well. I'm happy to join the conversation!

katemotaung.com/2014/08/28/five-minute-friday-reach/

Friday, March 8, 2013

Unless!


Dear Mr. Governor,

I keep reading and hearing nasty things these days.

Nasty things about YOU taking programs away.

The youngest and most vulnerable always first to be mauled.

 Mr. Governor don't you know?

 "A person's a person, no matter how small."
(Dr. Seuss)

I don't understand these things on TV.

I don't understand. Don't you see what I see?

Money to Syria, sixty million they say.

It's me and my friends, THEY keep asking to pay.

What is happening over there in your neck of the woods?

I'm convinced you're not up to anything good.

My friends at non-profits are losing their hair.

We see government has become one BIG, HUNGRY BEAR!

Six percent from my family with special needs?

WHO TAUGHT YOU to throw US OUT instead of the WEEDS!?!

What happened to kindness, compassion and love?

Is this how you'll be remembered, dear Gov.?

It will, UNLESS you practice this truth.

A saying we learned in the time of our youth...


Do unto others, Mr. Cuomo.

Do unto others, as you'd have them do unto you.