Wednesday, September 30, 2009

No Google Today


Some days, only God has the answer!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today, I Am Lazy


Laziness is nothing more than
the habit of resting
before you get tired.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Life Goes On



Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment
of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.
Jim Fiebig
How true it is that in all our losses (the simple and the complex) we find ourselves fretting and worrying about those things we feel are very special to us. But think again, are they all that special or just a glob of melting substance that was there to satisfy our mortal appetite?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Where Could I Go


Living below in this old sinful world
Hardly a comfort can afford
Striving alone to face temptations sore
Where could I go but to the Lord

Where could I go, oh where could I go
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord

Neighbors are kind, I love them everyone
We get along in sweet accord
But when my soul needs manna from above
Where could I go but to the Lord

Life here is grand with friends I love so dear
Comfort I get from God's own Word
Yet when I face the chilling hand of death
Where could I go but to the Lord

Where could I go oh where could I go
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

When He Visits



This thought has been with me for quite some time now, so here's my penning to express.

When He visits what shall I say?
Will I have words of wisdom?
……..or words that ultimately decay?
Will I offer phrases definably spoken?
……..or devaluing ones as an unwanted token?

When He visits how will I behave?
With an illustration of gladness
……..or with a countenance most grave?
Will I step forward a welcome to bid
……..or will I in the background remain hid?

When He visits will I shout for joy?
Happy to see the One I adore
………or will I an excuse employ?
For will my soul tranquility enrapture?
………or will I never timelessness capture?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Checking In


Thanks Dorinda for the email. Couldn't help but high jack this picture for my blog (although I can't get the animation to work, it is still adorable).

Faith's Steps

Faith is taking the first step
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

BAAA (animal word for HELP)


A True Friend Is Always There
to Help You Carry Your Burden

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our House versus God's House

I’m not sure why I am writing this post today but I feel that it is something I need to do. Pain and suffering comes to all - and when it does, we must guard our soul, not allowing ourselves to move away from our Hope and our Redeemer.

"I will say unto God my rock, why hast thou forgotten me? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, where is thy God?" Psa 42:9-10

When suffering, there are times when it is extremely difficult to go to church. You would think in a crisis that the church would be the first place you'd want to retreat. In some cases, Yes. In others, No – and it's not that we don't love God, or want to be a part of His Glory, it's because the services sometimes go in directions contrary to our feelings. The problem is, we have this preconception that we know exactly what we need and when. When hurting, we say, today I don't need to laugh; today, I think I should cry, or vice versa.

Sometimes, if we are in a service that doesn't go as we believe it should, frustration (and sometimes anger) surfaces, and we want to scream "STOP, can't you feel my heartache, my pain? Don't you care?" At this point that we must get a hold of the situation, perhaps by excusing ourselves and stepping into the church foyer, the prayer room, or the churchyard to regroup. Myself, I had to wrestle with the fact that life goes on whether I want it to or not. No, it is not wrong to experience hostilities for it only confirms that we're human. However, it is wrong when we hold onto them and pet them, telling ourselves that we are entitled to them.

We must be careful when pain (and hurt) fills our mortal house. It is then that we must overcome our own self. We need (at least try) to pray even though we don't feel like it. We need to sing although the words ring hollow. We need to smile even though our heart is breaking. We must try to care even though we could care less. Whatever it takes to get our mortal house in sync with His House, we must do. If it means a thorough house cleaning - dusting, sweeping and mopping until we rid ourselves of any pity or resentment (or God forbid, hatred). Please be thankful that God entrusted you with that loved one, possession, job, or leadership role for a season or more. Just having it/them for awhile is better than never having at all. And in so many circumstances, it isn't you or God that removes, it is life. Life has a way of twisting us, turning us, squishing us (you add the rest).

May I say that it would be easier in difficult times to fold up our spirit than go through the motions of praise and worship, of sharing and caring; however, if we will honor God, in His House, during our losses, they will become the most precious times we'll ever know for we are with Him and nothing can touch us. The rages of fear are calmed, rejection is lifted and every evil flees. Our minds will regain control and bring peace (and who cares if it only lasts the length of the service. At least for a small while, we find solace). Eventually, the hour will come when what we feel in service goes home with us for perhaps an hour or two, then a day, a week, a month, then longer. That is, if we let it!

So today, why not allow your mortal house to begin its reunion with God's House. It starts just one praise, one prayer at a time.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Next Piece, Please

We are one big family of people,
trying to make our way through
the unfolding puzzle of life.
Sara Paddison

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Silence My Heart


We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bye Bye Hugo




One of the fun sights on my way to work before I retired is being demolished. It is a four-story hotel at the corner of Sixth and Howard streets, known as the Hugo Hotel or the "Furniture Gallery in the Sky". It has sat empty for over 20 years. with its fame being in its art work - art hanging out its windows (i.e., tables, chairs, beds, sofas, lamps). Each of the 23 furniture pieces is attached to the side of the building with wood and steel. We were told never to worry about an earthquake because if a piece of the building fell, the art pieces would stay attached as each was solidly connected to the main structure. Nice thought, huh?

Well, being Hugo's fate is inevitable (meeting with a wrecking ball) and since I was in SF this week, I said "good bye" to my dear old friend. Bye, Bye you odd-ball landmark - you
certainly added a chuckle to many of my days.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's No Secret


Psst! Got something to tell you. Jesus Loves You, and Me. He Loves Everybody!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fragile, Handle With Care



LIFE IS FRAGILE
SO BE CAREFUL
WHAT'CHA DO WITH IT

Monday, September 14, 2009

Guess Where I Am?

Whoa-whee, me and The Papa are here again, and got our FastTrack pass out to take a monthly trip over the most beautiful bridge in all the world. Marin and Sonoma Counties, here we come - with stops to our favorite ladies antique boutique in Kentfield, and then onto our favorite Mexican restaurant in Petaluma. It's great going back to our old stomping grounds in the early-mid 1990s. (However, my thoughts go to how exciting it will be when we crossover into the most beautiful place of places - Eternity)





Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grace


Grace, Grace, Wonderful Grace
Coming down from the Father Above
Sweep over my spirit, forever, I pray
in fathomless billows of Love

God supplies perfectly measured grace
to meet the needs of the godly.
For daily needs. . .there is daily grace
For sudden needs. . .sudden grace
For overwhelming need. . .overwhelming grace
God's grace is given wonderfully. . .but not wastefully
Freely. . .but not foolishly
Bountifully. . .but not blindly
John Blanchard

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Barbara





Happy B-Day Wishes, Barbara. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy your special time. And may your blessings be many and your heart be filled with love and joy. Wish you nothing but the best of days (and years),
Love you dearly, Mom

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wagging that Counts

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One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is
his tail wags instead of his tongue.
Unknown

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Birthday My Angel


Happy Birthday Zoe Claire
September 10, 1995 - February 13, 1996

My precious angel, You are always close to my heart.
Love you dearly, Nana

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happy Birthday My Princess


Happy Birthday Cassidy



May your day be filled with wonder delight, and may the year be filled with blessings and every good thing. Miss you, but your happiness means more.
Love you dearly, Nana

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

To Carry. . .or to Cast?

To Carry, or to Cast? That is the question we all face from time to time. Our flesh/ego/whatever has us thinking that we can handle whatever comes our way, and that it is a sign of weakness to ask for help. However, the truth is that when we are weighed down with cares and have difficulty moving forward, He wants us to call out to Him - for burden carrying is one of His specialities.

Cast your cares on Him. . .for He cares for your soul.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Rock


Where do I go when there's nobody else to turn to?
Who do I talk to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there's no foundation stable?
I go to The Rock. . .I know He's able
I go to The Rock

I go to The Rock for my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and The Mountain stands by me
When the earth all around me's sinking sand
On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend
I go to The Rock

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Rock of Ages


Rock of Ages. . . Cleft for Me
Let Me Hid Myself in Thee

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

HELP!!!


There are days - and then there are days!
And then there are weeks!!! HELP!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

No Tears = No Rainbow

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
John Vance Cheney